The once mighty Nintendo, is for lack of a better term, is kinda circling the drain. Sales of the Wii U have been awful and every day, a kid picks an iOS or Android device over a Nintendo 2DS or 3DS. They’ve got to do something, and fast. So in a meeting with investors earlier this week, Nintendo laid out a bunch of new ideas, the two big ones being a new flex pricing structure, where the more games you buy, the bigger discounts you receive on future Nintendo games, and secondly (finally!), an openness to the possibility of allowing Nintendo characters in games for mobile devices.
No one at Nintendo is saying that there’s ever going to be a Legend of Zelda movie, certainly not after the shitball that was the Super Mario Bros movie, But if for some reason, they did greenlight a Zelda movie, Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma has a weird, very Nintendo-like gimmicky vision of what it would look like.
The legendary Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who led Nintendo from a maker of playing cards to the world’s most recognizable video game console company over the course of 50 years, died today at the age of 85. Yamauchi was company president from 1949 to 2002. He engineered Nintendo’s global growth, including developing the early Family Computer consoles and Game Boy portables.
Like someone who’s completely given up hope, Nintendo yesterday put on their baggy sweatpants and unveiled the Nintendo 2DS handheld, something nobody asked for and nobody wants. The 2DS is kinda like the 3DS only it doesn’t have 3D but it plays 3DS games. And for those of you annoyed that your DS or 3DS screen didn’t get scratched ever, the 2DS also doesn’t close. It’s like the worst of all worlds handheld. Sure, Nintendo could have done a lot more useful and interesting and engaging things with their time and money, but they went with this.