In an unexpected turn of events, someone at Nintendo thinks the company's stumbling little console is doomed...to succeed. Yes, Nintendo of America executive VP of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt told GamesIndustry International thinks that things are ready to turn around for Nintendo, the company that he works for.
Moffitt drew 3DS parallels for this narrative, saying that, "with Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros, plus the innovation of Amiibo, I think we are right at that tipping point where we have a lot of great content that is about to be released for that platform that's going to tempt gamers into buying the system," much like Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land drove 3DS sales.
Moffitt also stood by the Gamepad in light of Microsoft folding on the Kinect and stood off to the side on the Virtual Reality discussion. "It's got a lot of advantages," he said. "It's got one disadvantage relative to what we know is often very fun for gamers, which is playing games socially in a living room. This is a very single player solitary gaming experience. Not all of our games are fun to play with multiple people in a living room in front of a game console but it doesn't lend itself to that kind of an experience as well as what Wii U does now. That would be a disadvantage of going in that direction. Could it be a nice addition to our hardware platform? Sure."
I hear many other Nintendo employees corroborate this idea, that they too think Nintendo will start doing well. What next, someone at Sony thinks the PS4 will continue to be successful?
Wii U at the tipping point - Nintendo [Games Industry International]
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2:00 PM on 03.19.2015