Nolan Bushell, Atari’s founder has recently said how he thinks Nintendo is on a “path to irrelevance” after the lower-than-hoped sales of the Wii U.
Bushell claimed that Nintendo are in a “very difficult position,”; on the subject of possible similarities drawn between the Wii U and Atari’s failed Jaguar console in 1993, Bushell said that in that case the Jaguar had a “glorious beginning” before Atari were “abused by corporate charlatans”.
Atari had a famous fall in success, and Bushell also warned Nintendo that the same thing could happen to them with the growth in mobile and tablet popularity: “I don’t think handheld game-only devices make sense anymore,” he said. Bushell then added: “Not when you have an iPod or an Android microtablet.
“When it comes to the console market, I think the market is truncating.”
“Nintendo always had a soft spot for young people – they sort of did the 12-and-under pretty well, and the other guys did the 12-and-over.
“And now I think the other [consoles] are good enough on those things, and the rush to upgrade from the 12-and-under is not nearly as important.”
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