Poll: Should Nintendo Exit the Hardware Business?

If you read gaming news with any regularity, you will often hear someone opine that Nintendo should just give up the hardware business and focus on software.  No more consoles, just become a third-pary developer and put Mario on everything from Sony and Microsoft's consoles to digital distribution platforms like Steam and GOG to iOS and Android.

Considering Nintendo's a prideful company that's sitting on enough cold, hard cash to keep operating at a loss for a decade plus, that seems exceedingly unlikely but this week's poll is not about what's going to happen but what you think should happen.

So let's hear it lovely and smartly-dressed readers.  Should Nintendo forego hardware and focus exclusively on software?  Maybe you think it should keep its handheld business but drop the console side.  Heck, if you think Nintendo should just pack its bags and leave the video game business altogether, I want to hear it (just don't expect me to invite you over to Christmas dinner).

Vote in the poll then fight it out in the comments.  You can even email us your thoughts, opinions and banana bread recipes at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com.  In addition to our weekly EA-bashing, EZK and I will discuss this very topic on next week's podcast so please look forward to it.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor and Nintendo fanboy Andrew Eisen

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  1. Infophile says:

    Oh, I'm not denying that (though we don't have specific numbers to know for sure). I was simply countering the point that Nintendo makes a lot of money from hardware. Since they're selling at a loss, they can't make money from it, at least directly. They can make money indirectly from third-party games sold for it, however, which I forgot to account for (not that there's much of that yet).

  2. AMCApril says:

    I whould say no

    cause nintendo is still freaking awesome

    and i don't hate them fully


  3. Infophile says:

    They did on the Wii, but they're selling the Wii U at a loss. Hard to make profit when it costs you more to make them than you get from selling them.

  4. axiomatic says:

    Well mine is less a complaint about being able to compete with the 360 and PS3 and more a complaint that using hardware more common to x86 that seems to get games (ports) to market faster than most other means, the hardest being the PS3 of course. 

  5. hellfire7885 says:

    They are learning though, all of the online aspects of the Wii U are a LOT better than previous generations.

  6. CyberSkull says:

    The hardware and software ends of Nintendo are fine, but what they are really weak on is online services. The online stores are poorly designed, and the social networks are nearly nonexistent.

  7. axiomatic says:

    I see the disconnect. I guess I was unaware that the WiiU was using an Power PC Espresso. I thought it was an older PowerPC chip. My bad. You can continue laying the smack-down on me. 

  8. axiomatic says:

    Well what I said was "serious" hardware specs and what I mean by that is current generation technology that developers would be comfortable with. Not hardware from generations past that  might not be exciting to develop for.

  9. quiknkold says:

    Nintendo makes a profit just fine, especially thanks to the 3DS. which also had a slow start. I see the WiiU picking up, and the next generation being Nintendo making up for their mistakes in the past. 

  10. axiomatic says:

    I think you missed an option:

    Nintendo needs to compete with serious hardware specs and the amazing games will build themselves. Developers will come to the platform in droves to cater to the kiddies.

  11. PHOENIXZERO says:

    Nintendo has been called to get out of the console business since the N64's "failure" if they haven't yet they never will unless they go bankrupt.

  12. SeanB says:

    Nintendo makes a LOT of money from hardware. Dont expect them to exit just because you dont like the way they do business.

  13. ZippyDSMlee says:

    potables are to small I'd rather plug them into my TV but I guess they want me to use roms and emulators since thats about as close as it gets, tho the new vita revision has mini HDMI output I think.

  14. Wymorence says:

    Sorry, but I cringe at the thought of not having Link or Mario on my TV upstairs… Unless they develop a handheld that links to your TV (at which point is it really a true handheld?) I vote they stay the course. The Wii was quite a successful little console with a lot of really awesome games on it as well as the cop-outs that were there just for a money grab, and god knows the SNES was an amazing piece of hardware for its time as well.

  15. prh99 says:

    They could disappear and it would make little difference to me, I haven't touched a Nintendo property or console since the N64. No hate, just not interested.

  16. Alex Houston says:

    Personally I’d love to see Nintendo enter some sort of partnership with Sony. Sony could provide the console itself with its reputation for solid hardware. And Nintendo would provide console exclusives with the IPs we have all come to love.
    This mega console would get my money every generation.

  17. hellfire7885 says:

    I'd say they should keep going. I shudder to think of how any of their IPs would be on other consoles, especially wit hthe demands said console makers might, well, make.

    Sure people rip on Nintendo, but they aren't doing THAT bad.

  18. Infophile says:

    I'm not sure this is a good idea just yet. The Wii U flopped, sure, but a lot of that was due to not having any killer apps at release. Imagine if it had sold with a new (3D, not sidescroller) Mario game, or a new Zelda. But this is just one flop – the Wii outsold the PS3 and X360, and made more profit per unit sold (which is to say, it made profit period per unit sold). This came after losing out to Sony the previous two generations (GC and N64), and being the unquestioned winner for two gens before that (SNES and NES).

    The Wii U is flopping now, but things may turn around if/when it gets some good games released. Or, who knows, the PS4 and XBOX720 may do even worse. The trends don't look good for Nintendo right now, but there's still plenty of time for them to turn things around.

  19. Narcosleepy says:

    I've been saying this for a couple of years now.  I don't have any of their portable hardware, and they seem popular, so perhaps that is an option, but in the competitive console business, I think they are done.

    However, they do make some quality games.  It would be great to bring some of them to competing platforms.

    Do I think this is a likely outcome?  No, not a chance.

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