Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that company is considering bringing back dormant franchises for Wii U. Fils-Aime reiterated that Nintendo has over thirty different franchises and they are looking closely at which games would be best suited to their current platforms, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Which IP would you like Nintendo to revisit?
“You know, I think we have to be really clear on the time period that we are talking about, and we need to be really clear on the specific franchises that we are talking about. I do think though, that it’s helpful to look at what we’ve done with Wii, and what we’ve done to date with Nintendo 3DS. With Wii, there was just about every Nintendo franchise brought to bear on that platform, including “Metroid,” in a number of different incarnations. When you look at Nintendo 3DS, we’ve been able to bring back beloved Nintendo franchises like “Kid Icarus” and “Luigi’s Mansion.”
“Nintendo is a very fortunate place, we have over 30 different franchises, and we look constantly for opportunities to bring those franchises to bear on our most current systems. I’m not making any promises, and I’m not making any commitments, but certainly we are thinking about, for Wii U and for 3DS, what are those franchises? Maybe those franchises that have been dormant for a few years, that we can loving bring to those platforms to drive our business forward.”
EA’s president of labels Frank Gibeau thinks that now is the worse time to embark on developing new IP’s for current generation consoles. Gibeau believes that developers should wait for, what he says, are the spectacular next generation consoles.
“The time to launch an IP is at the front-end of the hardware cycle, and if you look historically the majority of new IPs are introduced within the first 24 months of each cycle of hardware platforms. Right now, we’re working on three to five new IPs for the next gen, and in this cycle we’ve been directing our innovation into existing franchises.”
“But, if you look at the market dynamics, as much as there’s a desire for new IP, the market doesn’t reward new IP this late in the cycle; they end up doing okay, but not really breaking through. We have to shepherd the time that our developers spend, as well as the money that we spend on development in a positive way, so we’re focused on bringing out a bunch of new IPs around the next generation of hardware.”
Gamespot has analysed which of the three console manufactures have the most new IP’s. Sony has come out on top since it launched its PlayStation 3 console in 2006. Microsoft is the second console manufacturer that has focussed on building new IP’s, though they have a smaller range than Sony. Nintendo has the least new IP’s, but then again, they’ve got plenty of existing franchises which they have built upon.