A lot of disheartening news has come out of Nintendo's camp this week which worries me for the long time developer and publisher. With the massive popularity of the "big-boy" consoles it looks like Nintendo has to implement some big changes soon or may get lost in the fray. The first bit of Nintendo news came this week via Kotaku with the rumor from Nikkei magazine that Nintendo was going to release some kind of free mini-game on smartphones. This would later be changed with Nintendo's official announcement that they would be making apps for phones and that they hadn't ruled out games as a possibility. It was also announced later in the week that Nintendo is looking into mergers/acquisitions and Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has stood firm that Nintendo will not go third party and that the WiiU will not be getting a price cut any time soon.
Nintendo has weathered storms in the gaming industry before, and I've gone on record on the Good Talk Podcast as saying that Nintendo had another 5 good years in them before things got dire. Apparently the record sales of the 3DS and the vast library of games has not kept Nintendo as king of the mountain as I had thought.
They have already adjusted WiiU sales projections from 9 million down to 2.8 million and their stock price took a nose dive after that announcement to their shareholders. As optimistic as Iwata is, I don't really think he wants his companies' business model to change. Complacency with the original Wii console made Nintendo cocky since they sold gangbusters and the Wii remains one of the best selling consoles of all time. I would hate to see Nintendo go third party but I think that they might be going the way of SEGA sooner than we thought they would.
In other news:
- Square Enix has announced the beta and PS4 release dates for Final Fantasy XIV. I wish I had time to still play it...
- Rumor has it that Valentine's Day will mark the start of the Tit-Anvil beta. It looks awesome, but I won't be buying an Xbone, so for those of you that care...
- The NSA has added Angry Birds to it's myriad of shit to spy on you through. I thought it was ridiculous when they did it with World of Warcraft, but for shit's sake. Angry Birds? Really?
- Earlier in the week Microsoft officially bought the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games. Black Tusk Studios is now focused on that over an original IP that it was working on. Because money.
- The WiiU virtual console will be getting DS games soon. I imagine that you will have one 32-70 inch screen, and then the WiiU controller as your bottom screen. Even still, I hope that is an infusion of capital for Nintendo.
- Double Helix outlined a new punishment system for Killer Instinct. Rage-quitters will be sent to "jail" if their disconnect percentage is above 15%. I think that's a very cool idea. More online games need to implement such punishments for cheaters/ragers. Also another idea would be that if someone uses racial/sexual slurs more than 5 times in a match, they get audio jailed and their speaker no longer works. One can dream eh?
- Sony announced the freebies on PlayStation Plus for the month of February. Made me glad I didn't elect to buy Remember Me for the 360.
- The Michael Cera stand-in kid from Zombieland is going to be playing Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film. I'm not really a comic book guy, but that seems like an odd choice even to me.
- And lastly in the rumor mill this week, a "high level source" has leaked information that an Xbox One slim model is already in the works with a price point that will match the PS4. Guess ol' Microsoft is feeling the sting of being outsold 3 consoles to 2.
That'll be all for this week guys! See ya next week!