Originally Posted by Typhlosion Explosion
Team name: Revolution Uprising
Team Position: No (Against)
The debate members of RU have decided that we all agree on no, that Nintendo is not falling behind.
I myself believe Nintendo is really trying to get ahead of the competition, and succeeding trying. Just look at Black 2 and White 2. The music in these games have been composed with much hard work. Many of the comments say that Nintendo isn't "screwing around" with this game. So I believe the stuff they have planned will not only keep them alive, but will enable them to surpass their competitors.
The success of one game cannot measure a companies ability to succeed in the marketplace. Back in the 90's the game company, Rare, was pumping out the wildly successful "Donkey Kong" series. In 2002, Rare was bought out by Microsoft. Even with all the success with one of the most popular game franchises of all time, they had to give in to their opponents. Nintendo's success cannot be measured solely by the success of B2W2.
Whether or not Nintendo is "screwing around" or not isn't the question. Nintendo didn't make B2W2. Gamefreak did. As of now, Gamefreak makes games exclusively for Nintendo, but is not owned by Nintendo. If Nintendo begins to fail, Gamefreak will go somewhere else. So again, B2W2's potential success(which is still to early to tell) cannot measure Nintendo's success.
I will concede that Nintendo is, at the moment, completely unrivaled in the handheld market. The only competitor is Sony's PSP, which is kind of a joke. It's only games appear to be strange exclusives with little following or bad ports of PS2 and PS3 games. However, Nintendo's monopoly on the handheld market doesn't ensure their financial security. Microsoft has talked about throwing its hat into the handheld market. If they are competing on nearly equal footing, the loss of a handheld monopoly could be fatal for Nintendo.
Most importantly of all, Nintendo is losing the console wars. Big time. With Microsoft's Kinect being sold in bundle with their Xbox360, they have stolen some of the Wii's console market. The Wii is totally unable to compete with the other consoles in the adult/teenage market. Its largest market is children, which Microsoft could very easily steal by marketing to nuclear families, wanting to buy a console that is appropriate for their entire family. Its also very hard to ignore the fact that the FPS genre is very popular and the best selling FPS titles, which are often the best selling games of the year, are not available on the Wii.
As far as gaming titles go, Nintendo has a strong base of classic titles with characters such as Mario and Link. However, Nintendo can't milk money out of its classic franchises forever. Eventually, probably sooner than later, people will bore of the same old game of "find the princess in the haystack" and move on.
The stake that will be driven into the heart of Nintendo in the modern gaming world however, is Nintendo's lack of multiplayer support. Everything is multiplayer these days and with good reason. People enjoy playing a game with their friends. Grand Theft Auto IV was a good game when judged exclusively on its singleplayer experience. The multiplayer was revoultionary however. Revolutionary and very simple. A group of friends can get together and wreak havoc on their environment. So simple and yet, Nintendo refuses to make their multiplayer enjoyable or easy to use. Its akin to being voluntarily kidnapped along with your friends. You are locked in a room where you are blindfolded and gagged, unable to speak to each other. Their is no mic support at all. There is no method of communication. In most multiplayer, communication is crucial or at the very least, much more enjoyable. I can respect that Nintendo doesn't want to compromise young children who play their games, but its severely hurting their sales. Either way, their reasons for ignoring the plea to fix their multiplayer system is not part of this debate. The point of the matter is, multiplayer is important and they are ignoring it.