Ladies and gents.
This week it has been confirmed by intelligent guess that the customer to AMD's custom chip is Nintendo. Also in the same week it's been confirmed that Nintendo is currently working on software for the next generation of systems, including a next-gen Mario.
Last year when Nintendo revealed their strategy for a unified software library and API for the OSes spanned accross their hardware lines, I declared an early victory for Nintendo in gen 9. People ridiculed the pre-emptive prediction and called me crazy, but the writing is already on the wall. In 2016, Nintendo will be releasing the successor to both the 3DS and WiiU, the first of a line of hardware that will play a shared library of games.
Nintendo will be able to focus all its development effort on that one single library. They will have a variety of devices that will all play the same content. Portables, tablets, home consoles, hybrids, you name it. This will be a huge gamechanger. The question that beckons is, how will Sony and MS react?
While Nintendo steals the home console show by basically translating its portable victory across all its devices, how will Sony and Microsoft be able to compete? Will they offer tablets, portables of their own, will they follow a unified library approach? How will they compete against Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Mario, Zelda, and a whole library of smash-hitters combined? The 3DS gave no chance to the Vita to survive, but 3rd parties in the West have always given advantage to non-Nintendo consoles. How will this play out?
Will Sony and MS continue to compete to attrition, with MS undoubtedly ready to rebound from its flagrant mistakes in gen 8 as Sony did from its failures in gen 7? Or will Nintendo force their hands to compete with them in their home court, at last?
Post your thoughts below.