Nintendo's Mario Pressured to Jump to iPhone

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Aug 11, 2011
  1. prowler
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    In “Super Mario 3DLand,” Nintendo Co. will make its iconic Italian plumber battle turtle-like Koopa Troopas on its 3-D player. The company instead should develop titles for Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone, investors say.

    The rift highlights the dilemma President Satoru Iwata faces as consumers shun Nintendo devices to play games on iPhones, iPads and Facebook Inc.’s website. The flop of the 3DS debut prompted the company to slash prices 40 percent in Japan starting today, the first time the games developer has resorted to such a move within six months of a product’s debut.

    Iwata, who’s said Nintendo will only make titles for its own products as long as he’s in charge, should scrap that strategy to avoid further alienating investors who’ve driven the stock to six-year lows, fund manager Masamitsu Ohki said. One option may be acquisitions as the past successes of the Wii and DS helped Nintendo, the world’s largest video-game maker, build a 1.05 trillion yen ($13.7 billion) war chest in cash, equivalents and short-term investments.

    “Smartphones are the new battlefield for the gaming industry,” said Ohki, a fund manager at Tokyo-based Stats Investment Management Co. “Nintendo should try to either buy its way into this platform or develop something totally new.”

    He declined to identify his holdings or to name any companies that Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo should consider as acquisition targets. Yasuhiro Minagawa, a spokesman at Nintendo, declined to comment beyond statements made previously by Iwata.

    Ohki isn’t alone in saying Iwata should reconsider his strategy. On July 6, Nintendo shares jumped the most in almost four months after Pokemon Co., a former unit, said it’s developing a game for the iPhone and handsets running on Mountain View, California-based Google Inc.’s Android software. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) sent a note to clients saying the move indicated Nintendo may begin making titles for products outside its proprietary hardware.

    Hours later, Nintendo denied any change in strategy, and the shares surrendered gains.

    “They just don’t get it,” MF Global FXA Securities Ltd. said in a sales note that day, referring to Nintendo. “Sell the stock, because a management once feted for creative out-of-box thinking have just shown how behind the times they are.”

    Given the concerns over the outlook of Nintendo’s handheld and home-console business, which account for most of the company’s profit and sales, Nintendo should make better use of its more than $10 billion cash pile, investor Tetsuro Ii said.

    “Nintendo should aggressively make acquisitions or increase returns to its shareholders,” said Ii, president of Tokyo-based Commons Asset Management Inc., which held 2,200 Nintendo shares as of February, according to the company’s website. “It’s management’s task to consider how to make use of the cash.”[/p]Source

    lmao.
    Investors are idiots.
    Also shit article is shit but it's worth the fun read.
     


  2. Tom Bombadildo

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    ...And Sony should make all of their exclusives on Android too! ...Heeey wait a minute!
     
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    LOL. Investors want iMario [​IMG]!
     
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    Reading is for losers. Posting without reading the op or just reading part of it is all of the rage nowadays.
     
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    I hardly see this as news, I was reluctant to post this.

    Just some investors saying bring 'mario on to iphone blah blah....' I think Nintendo made it quite clear they aren't. If there were on the otherhand then that'd be news. [​IMG]
     
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    How is this not news?
     
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    I'm pretty sure there's still more DS's in the market nowadays than there are iPhones.

    Also...

    >Jailbreak iPhone
    >Get a bunch of emulators
    >Play Mario.
     
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    Technically it is news but nothing major. [​IMG]
     
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    From an investor's perspective, it's a valid point. Ain't gonna happen (any time soon), but still.
     
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    Hence why it's not frontpage news. We put tons of news here, big and small.

    I say it's news.

    So let's get back on topic, shall we?
     
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    When did I (or anyone) imply it was major?

    edit: INB4guild deletes this post
     
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    hey, lets forget it.

    On topic I don't Nintendo will listen, they are stubborn as they are.
     
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    You said that as if they should. [​IMG]
     
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    It's not a matter of them being stubborn, it's a matter of it being Mario and it being on their major sellers and biggest franchise. People usually buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo games. Why put them on another platform and miss the whole Mario/Zelda/whatever crowd?

    EDIT: It's like if Microsoft started putting Halo on every console. It's one of the Xbox's selling points (to some people, at least).
     
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    Definition of NEWS \?nüz, ?nyüz\
    1a : a report of recent events
    b : previously unknown information
     
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    True, but they can't rely on Mario forever. If they can't get good third party support, they'll need to start creating new IP's, not use the same ones for the past 25 years.
     
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    Are you seriously comparing the Wii U/3DS to the iPhone?
     
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    They wouldn't. The whole point of Mario is that it's a Nintendo franchise. Honestly, take away first party exclusivity on a Nintendo system and they'd have some of the most utter shit consoles I'd ever see.
     
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    Seeing that Nintendo treats Mario like their lives, they will never release it on another platformer.

    Reminds me of Halo...
     
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    [​IMG] So you're saying the 3DS is not in any way impressive or close to iOS devices? I don't see now that is fair or accurate in any way. I don't see the iPad doing 3D like the 3DS does, among other things...

    Also, if you're trying to tell me the Street Fighter IV port to iOS is better than the one to 3DS... [​IMG]
     

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