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I'm honestly curious. 

 

One has a imploding 1st party, the other a 3rd party relationship that would be a surprise to resolve even if Playstation and Xbox vanished one day completely and it was either Nintendo, PC, or making their own consoles. 

Who has the trickiest road going forward?



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Pretty tough.
To be honest, I imagine both are still in better financial condition than Sony but Sony still has the sales and the support. As far as getting support from customers, I'd say Microsoft is always doing worse in the eyes of gamers, even when they're doing well.

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Nintendo's greatest enemy is themselves
Microsoft's greatest enemy is Sony

It is obvious who is in the trickier situation here. One Company has to discipline themselves while another has to fight a multibillion dollar company.

So Microsoft
Also hint 3rd parties do not determine a Nintendo console's success.



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Microsoft, definitely. Nintendo's fanbase is so dedicated to buying Nintendo products that they barely even notice 3rd parties anymore even when they provide something good. Which means that Nintendo has a dedicated install base for their software that no other company can boast. As problems go, that's a definite silver lining.

Microsoft is in a much tougher position as they're boxed in by their competitor.

In my opinion, Microsoft is in the worst position. They don't have enough first-party products to stand out, and most third-party offerings will go to Sony as well unless MS puts out the cash to make sure they get them first. Nintendo needs to sell hardware more than software, since their software is all but certain to sell tons.

Microsoft. Or more specifically, Microsoft's X-Box division.

Nintendo is a company with a pretty clear vision. They're going to be a company that develops games for the foreseeable future, and unless there is something absolutely catastrophic (like 3 Wii Us in a row), then they're going to be in the hardware business until if an when the market changes to make dedicated hardware irrelevant.

The XBox division on the other hand needs to justify its existence. Gaming is a drop in the bucket to Microsoft, and they're not devoted enough to stick with it through tough times. If it wasn't for Steam having such a large presence on PC, they'd probably be much quicker to transition "XBox" into a service. If the next XBox console isn't a lot more successful, I imagine that'll be it for the brand in terms of hardware.

killeryoshis said:
Nintendo's greatest enemy is themselves
Microsoft's greatest enemy is Sony

It is obvious who is in the trickier situation here. One Company has to discipline themselves while another has to fight a multibillion dollar company.

So Microsoft
Also hint 3rd parties do not determine a Nintendo consoles success.

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Microsoft will always be in the rough spot as long as Sony is still there. They have no grip with the international market and their even losing market share in their own territory.

Plus game wise, it's not going well from a 1st party perspective and when it comes to 3rd party their version usually sells less or way less than their competitiors.



Nintendo has control over their own fate. That's not a tricky position to be in, that's how any company would like it to have.

Your obsession with Western third party publishers gets more bizarre with each passing week. Perhaps you should do some research on video game history and once you realize that Nintendo and Western third parties have never been on good terms aside from rare exceptions of individual companies, then maybe you can sleep easier and give it a rest.

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Well, Nintendo currently has the best selling console on the market. How tricky can that position be?