outdated_gamer wrote:They will face an uphill battle trying to get the PlayStation and Xbox audiences. If it didn't work out for three gens now I very much doubt it would now. Some of those who buy PS/Xbox might not even be interested in what Nintendo has to offer.
It will be uphill, but they don't have to win back them all and they don't have to do it immediately. I expect the NX to be closer to the PS4 and One than the Wii was to the PS3 and 360, so if Nintendo have better 3rd party support then the NX will be more tempting. When people buy a Playstation they know they're not getting Halo or Gears Of War, and when they buy a Xbox they know they're got getting Uncharted or Killzone, but they can live with that because whichever console they buy they know they are getting the majority of big mainstream multi-platform franchises like Fifa, GTA and COD, Nintendo either didn't have these games or had late/heavily compromised versions. Nintendo need to get back these essential third party games, if they do I think Nintendo's exclusives will look more tempting to gamers safe in the knowledge their GTA/COD/FIFA fix is covered.
outdated_gamer wrote:we have to admit that Nintendo does cater to a younger audience and maintains their "family friendly" image. Their history is full of evidence for that, from censorship back in the NES and SNES eras, Miyamoto suggesting Rare to drop all the blood out of GoldenEye, going with a cartoony style for Zelda on the GameCube, etc. It's part of their identity and who they want to be, a sort of "Disney of gaming".
Nintendo absolutely does cater to children, and so they should, they'd be mad not to, there's nothing wrong with being accessible and appealing to all ages. There is a distinction though between the software Nintendo makes and the software available on their consoles, just because Nintendo themselves doesn't make it doesn't mean Nintendo's consoles don't cater to 'mature' tastes. Madworld on the Wii is about the most violent game conceivable, it also had Resident Evil, Dead Space, No More Heros and House Of The Dead: Overkill, not to mention all the other 'core gamer' releases. The reality is Nintendo's consoles do cater to 'mature' tastes, but there is a perception that they don't, that's why I highlighted marketing and consumer perception as issues they need to address with the NX, they don't need to stop making cartoony games.