Atari Founder Says Nintendo May Be On “Path To Irrelevance”


Nolan Bushnell, who after founding Atari, knows a thing or two about video game companies becoming irrelevant, has given a new BBC interview. In the interview, he makes several candid statements about Nintendo, including that he feels the gaming giant “could be on the path to irrelevance.” Bushnell’s comments were rationalized through his beliefs that dedicated handheld gaming devices have become obsolete in the age of mobile gaming, and that Nintendo is at the forefront of a shrinking market. The BBC article also discusses similarities between the Wii U and Atari’s Jaguar.

Bushnell is steadily gaining a reputation for making disparaging comments about Nintendo, as he also found time to bash the company upon the Wii U’s launch, stating that Nintendo’s importance was waning and he was “baffled” by the new console. Here are more of Bushnell’s latest comments:

“I don’t think handheld game-only devices make sense anymore. Not when you have an iPod or an Android microtablet.”

“Nintendo always had a soft spot for young people – they sort of did the 12-and-under pretty well, and the other guys did the 12-and-over. And now I think the other [consoles] are good enough on those things, and the rush to upgrade from the 12-and-under is not nearly as important.”

Founder Of Atari Says He’s Baffled By Wii U, And Doesn’t Think It Will Be A Success

Nolan K. Bushnell, the founder of Atari and the godfather of the games business has told The New York Times that he’s actually baffled by Wii U. Bushnell went on to say that he doubts Nintendo will ever be a major import ever again, and that it feels like the end of an era for the company.

“I actually am baffled by it. I don’t think it’s going to be a big success.”

“These things will continue to sputter along, but I really don’t think they’ll be of major import ever again. It feels like the end of an era to me.”