EA vet: Nintendo to follow Sega
If we’re to believe former EA Chief Creative Officer Bing Gordon, Nintendo won’t be making consoles forever. Instead, he sees Nintendo’s future in the software business, much like Sega went from making consoles, to purely making games.
“I think Nintendo’s already on track to become primarily a software company,”
“We saw that with Sega back in the day; Sega made some missteps and became primarily a software company.”
Of course, Nintendo hasn’t made any real missteps recently, and is in far better shape than Sega was at the time. Gordon acknowledges this, but also sees that the Big N is under huge threat from Apple when it comes to hardware:
“Apple’s most directly competitive with Nintendo. So far, when [Nintendo designer Shigeru] Miyamoto makes a perfect game, in his career he makes games worth $200 – it’s worth buying a system for,”
“I think the handheld is going to be under a lot of pressure. I can imagine a day when Nintendo wonders – and maybe it’s generational change – when Nintendo wonders if they ought to take some of their best games and make them apps.”
Regarding that generational change, Shigeru Miyamoto is the man to watch. He’s responsible for several of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, but he’s also 59 years old which makes one wonder how long he’ll continue working for the company. And when he’s gone, the question is, as Gordon states it, whether Nintendo would consider a partnership with another company. Like Apple.