Senior principal analyst and head of games at Screen Digest Piers Harding-Rolls has told Edge that he believes that Nintendo is behind the curve in a number of fields when it comes to next generation consoles. Harding-Rolls cited online and cloud content strategies as something Nintendo has yet to fully embrace. Thankfully, Nintendo announced earlier this week that Miiverse will eventually come to smartphones in the Spring.
“We believe Nintendo looks increasingly isolated in the market. It does not have the luxury of a wider device ecosystem play such as Sony, Apple or Microsoft and it is behind the curve in its online and cloud content strategies. We would like to see Nintendo be more aggressive in ‘hinging’ off its devices using its online platform – Nintendo Network – onto third-party devices as Microsoft is starting to do with Xbox Smartglass and Sony is doing with PlayStation Mobile. Neither of these solutions is significant at present but it does show that these companies are willing to engage users on the most popular third-party connected devices to drive relevance for their own products.”