A Little Out of Date…

TimI found this sentence in my business class text book, and although the copyright date is 2008, I think their information is a little outdated. The class is on Strategic Management and the book is Contemporary Strategy Analysis by Robert M. Grant.

“A critical issue for Nintendo in the coming years will be whether it possesses the financial and technological resources to continue to compete head-to-head with Sony and Microsoft in the market for video game consoles.”

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Well, technically they picked a strategy where they didn’t have to compete head-to-head on technology, and clearly the strategy was a winning one.

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18 Comments

  1. roadjcat says:

    Yeah, I guess that’s sorta true. I’m pretty sure that Nintendo has said that they aren’t competing with Sony and Microsoft.

    Either the article is outdated or the author still thinks Nintendo has some catching up to do as the casual market will only sustain them for so long.

    And keep up the constant blog posts. They’re pretty spiffy. XD

  2. MetaRidleyR27 says:

    Nice. That’s all there is to it. 🙂

  3. D3vin says:

    Like I said, Nintendo is the new Sega. Quantity over quality… just because they have more users doesn’t mean they are gamers.

  4. roadjcat says:

    Like I said, Nintendo is the new Sega. Quantity over quality… just because they have more users doesn’t mean they are gamers.

    Opinons. I’m having a buttload of fun with their “casual” games. XD

  5. Loooca says:

    As much as it hurts, he spoke the truth. They funny truth, at that ;p

  6. Copyright date, but released in 2007. Textbook authors tend to always have their information a bit backwards. Nice catch though Tim.

  7. SirSkaNinja says:

    You realize Nintendo is on the verge of going under and the other two companies are not, right?

    /fail

  8. D3vin says:

    You realize Nintendo is on the verge of going under and the other two companies are not, right?
    /fail

    Am I doing the Failing or is Nintendo? Nintendo’s own Reggie Fils-Aime said this:

    “By now, you all know how Nintendo chose a fundamentally different path,” said Fils-Aime. “Instead of competing for the very best players, we decided to shoot for the most players.”

    Quantity over quality, they can make a bunch of half-baked games for the casual people instead of the gems that they are known for. This is coming out of the mouth of the people who got us out of the arcade crash of ’83 with the NES have gone soft, all they see now is money, like Sega does.

  9. roadjcat says:

    More opinions. I have 29 Wii games and 26 Gamecube games. There’s maybe 1 Wii game I regret buying and about 3 GC games I regret buying.

    Plus you forget about something called the DS.

  10. SirSkaNinja says:

    Personally, I PREFER Nintendo and their systems and games over the others. That doesn’t change the fact that laughing at that book and claiming Nintendo’s strategy was a “winning one” is stupid considering their current financial situation.

  11. Tim says:

    SirSkaNinja,
    Nintendo’s current financial situation is very strong, they are making money hand over foot. OF COURSE their strategy is a winning one! The book is out of date because it was before the Wii that people speculated that this generation would be the last for Nintendo home consoles because they were falling behind Sony and Microsoft in terms of state of the art hardware. Their strategy was to NOT compete head-to-head on graphics and focus on fun gameplay, capture a larger market, make hardware that actually turned a profit on day one.

    I guess I’m not sure what your point is or where you get the idea that they are going bankrupt.

  12. D3vin says:

    Plus you forget about something called the DS.

    … a system that is plagued by mediocre games with kid’s liscences, like ‘My Little Pony’ and ‘Hannah Montana’.

    I’m not trying to fight, it is just that I may buy a 360 instead of a Wii now, there are still games that I want for both systems, I just think that I might get more out of a system that isn’t for Kids, grandmas, and My mom who thinks she will lose weight with the system. I still like Nintendo, but I might want to try something else in the meantime

  13. lwelyk says:

    More opinions. I have 29 Wii games and 26 Gamecube games. There’s maybe 1 Wii game I regret buying and about 3 GC games I regret buying.
    Plus you forget about something called the DS.

    More of YOUR opinions, your opinions aren’t any more valid. I have more gamecube games than that and far less Wii games than that, obviously different games appeal to us. Meaning for D3vin and many others, the Wii doesn’t have the quality games that HE is looking for. Meaning games HE likes.

    And DS has been terrible for a while now. Thankfully this fall it’s been picking up agian, I just dont’ have the money to buy any of the good games coming out. XD

  14. lwelyk says:

    You realize Nintendo is on the verge of going under and the other two companies are not, right?
    /fail

    lolwut? They make a profit on every system and they top every sales chart. What magical fairyland do you live in?

    If anyone would be leaving the console market, it’d be Sony.

  15. sheppy says:

    Ugh, I’M defending Nintendo?!? Whatever is the world coming to…

    Nintendo has the right to define their console however they see fit. Period. You can complain about how they left behind their core audience but let’s face it, their core audience was the only thing keeping them in the black. The core audience will be there no matter what. What Nintendo needed to do was expand beyond the core audience and since the last two consoles third parties were basically unrewarded for their efforts on a Nintendo console, Nintendo could no longer rely on massive library alone to sway opinion.

    Now, long ago Nintendo made a speech at an E3 talking about Nintendo’s focus is Quality, not Quantity. At the time, N64 was leading in average review scores by .3% but it sounded good at the time. It gave the N64 only players an anchor to keep that sinking ship in place everytime a PSX exclusive made some waves. And even though N64 played host to many of the worst games during that gen, it stayed a mantra of the devout. The quote was a lie. Quality vs. Quantity is PR speak for “we don’t have as many games.” It’s a lie even as Sony spins it in regards to PSN. Yes, the games you have are on average of solid quality… but you still have under 50 PSN games compared to the 200+ on XBLA. Yes, you have a higher percentage of quality games… but in raw numbers you are about equal (although I applaud the fact that they have more complete and polished games).

    While Nintendo was saying this during the N64 war, the Gameboy and GBC were being flooded with absolutely horrible crap in their war of attrition against Wonderswan and NGPC. So with the new flood of software on Wii that’s substandard, I have to ask.

    What exactly changed? Quality Control on NES just meant the publisher paid for the Base10 chip. If you think the seal was some mark of being a good game, obviously you haven’t played 80% of the NES library. We are seeing the same crap floods on Wii and DS and to me it means only one thing, nothing has changed. The systems still have their quality titles it’s just not as easy to find them because unlike the Gamecube and N64, we’re not longer seeing months with 2-3 games released.

    So yeah, kinda getting tired of the crap flood arguements. The leader always get a crap flood and people somehow pretend N3 was total genuis compared to Cooking Mama.

  16. roadjcat says:

    More opinions. I have 29 Wii games and 26 Gamecube games. There’s maybe 1 Wii game I regret buying and about 3 GC games I regret buying.
    Plus you forget about something called the DS.

    More of YOUR opinions, your opinions aren’t any more valid. I have more gamecube games than that and far less Wii games than that, obviously different games appeal to us. Meaning for D3vin and many others, the Wii doesn’t have the quality games that HE is looking for. Meaning games HE likes.

    You are correct. That was my point. He was saying that they aren’t making quality games. That was his opinion. My opinion was that they are.

    … a system that is plagued by mediocre games with kid’s liscences, like ‘My Little Pony’ and ‘Hannah Montana’.

    So? It has tons of meaningless games. That’s not the point. Just because it has a bunch of bad games, does not mean it doesn’t have a bunch of good games. *goes to count DS games XD* I have 24 DS games, maybe about 2 I regret buying. IMO, they’re doing quite well.

  17. sheppy says:

    If I showed you guys my collection, you’d probably cry… tis a beautiful thing.

  18. Flashx11 says:

    What would it mean to have the best gamers anyway?
    The most skilled? The most likely to buy expensive accessories? The most likely to 100% clear every game they touch?

    The whole point is to make fun video games that people will enjoy, allowing for different tastes in games. So what if third parties are allowed to release spew tons of games that core gamers deem silly/obnoxious/unpleasant/boring? That didn’t take anything away from any of the core games you like.

    I don’t think Nintendo even expects the core players to buy the casual games; maybe a few will seem like fun for the whole market, but most games cannot be everything to everyone.

    Core gamers don’t own Nintendo’s consoles because of casual games.
    Casual gamers don’t own Nintendo’s consoles because of core games.
    Don’t blame either for that, or companies for knowing that.

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