Forbes contributor Tristan Louis yesterday published an article in which he called Nintendo the new Sega, which once made consoles but now only develops video game software for multiple platforms. In the article, by linking to a post published in April 2012 – several months before the Wii U was released – Louis claims that developers see the Wii U as an underpowered console, one that ‘can’t even match the graphics firepower of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.’ If interested, you can read Louis’ entire article here and the outdated post he’s linked to here.
… If Nintendo intends to remain competitive in the next-gen console business, the fact that developers see the Wii U as underpowered is not a good thing.
More of game is moving to mobile. Game developers have started looking at iOS and Android as viable and lower-cost platforms. One study pointed up mobile engaging players at a deeper level than consoles (arguable but directionally accurate).
Nintendo’s mobile standby, the DS, is being heavily undermined by Apple’s iPod touch with kids. Surveying playgrounds in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, one can now see more iPods than Nintendo DS’s whereas only a year ago, Nintendo seemed to rule the roost. …
-Forbes contributer Tristan Louis