Mobile gaming has been around for ages. And, as such, so has Nintendo – in fact, many consider the term “gaming” and Nintendo to be synonymous.
It is to those people’s despair that the company continues to fall so far in terms of financials. Nintendo today slashed 70% off of their profit forecast, explaining the move by pointing to lower 3DS and Wii demand than was previously expected. Nintendo (and Sony, creator of the PSP and PS Vita) has continued to fall behind both Apple and the Android juggernaut in terms of mobile gaming. While Sony has been able to cling to their PlayStation 3, Nintendo’s Wii was a shooting star: it burned brightly, but quickly faded and eventually fell out of favor with consumers.
Nintendo is now relying on the Wii U, their next-generation console, to save them. However, many are skeptical about the product, believing that the tablet controllers are much more of a gimmick than an actual feature, and that Nintendo’s only way forward can be creating their games for other platforms. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, though for the time being, Nintendo, like so many other pioneering companies who haven’t been able to keep up with the times, is beginning to fall in to the death descent.