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Replicant said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Nintendo will probably stick with contractual work but I think the company that would most benefit from an acquisition would be PlatinumGames - so they don't shut down in-between Nintendo releases.

Huh? Nier Automata has sold over 4 million copies and the upcoming Babylon's Fall and Granblue Fantasy look pretty amazing as well.

Ironically enough I was just talking about in another discussion on the site how great Nier Automata's multi-platform sales were. 

While I agree with you that Platinum had a lot of success in-between Nintendo releases, in fact their largest success (and you can even look at stuff like Metal Gear Rising Reveangance or Bayonetta 1 which were all successful, Bayonetta 2 not getting a publisher mostly because Sega was near bankruptcy), Platinum has been treated inconsistently by most publishers.  

For context - Platinum Games actually got kicked off Granblue Fantasy, and Babylon's Fall was announced E3 2018 but hasn't been shown at all since, and despite an Automata sequel being hinted at many times it doesn't seem like Platinum is actually going to be involved with it this time around (considering they only have 200 staff but are working on Astral Chain, Bayonetta 3, Babylon's Fall, Granblue Fantasy, and at the time of the first Nier Automata sequel tease - Scalebound was pretty recently cancelled). 

It just seems like they're doing a lot without getting much credit or success. Wouldn't be surprised if Babylon's Fall was outright cancelled. They seem like the studio that sort of needs commitment from a publisher. 



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Mar1217 said:

Platinum has stopped working on Grandblue since a while now ...

AngryLittleAlchemist said:

For context - Platinum Games actually got kicked off Granblue Fantasy, ...

Oh, I didn't know that.

What a bummer. PG's games are lit.



Mar1217 said:
DonFerrari said:

Yakuza and Persona say hello. Valkyrie, Shenmue, say Hello as well.

How exactly are Sega games most popular with Nintendo audience?

You're right, I forgot Sega had quite the subsantial fanbase on PC as well thanks to their strategy games and recent effort to port some series in their catalogue. 

Doesn't change that Nintendo has quite the relationship with Sega (even making exclusives for their system as well) and it wouldn't sound farfetched to think Nintendo has interest in them.

Sure Nintendo could buy them. I was just pointing that perhaps it is the worse in profits for sega currently.



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Replicant said:
Mar1217 said:

Platinum has stopped working on Grandblue since a while now ...

AngryLittleAlchemist said:

For context - Platinum Games actually got kicked off Granblue Fantasy, ...

Oh, I didn't know that.

What a bummer. PG's games are lit.

Saying they were kicked off might be a bit too negative from me, we don't really know if it was a negative event or if their contractual work just naturally ended. But I think that also makes their work with Square on a potential Nier Automata 2 very unlikely. Nier Automata was a collaboration with Yoko and Platinum, but with Nier Automata selling 4 million and probably 5 million by the end of this generation, Square would probably want to develop it in-house. It's easily their biggest surprise hit this gen. And if Babylon's Fall is cancelled ... then yeah ... the only supporter right now is Nintendo.

That's how I see it anyways, but of course there's always the possibility their relationship with Square is great right now.



They should expand their first party studios.

More games for their platform = more platform sales = more software sales for anyone making games on the platform = more third parties on the platform = more platform sales = more software sales for anyone making games on the platform.

I'm surprised that console makers don't do it more often.



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AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Nintendo will probably stick with contractual work but I think the company that would most benefit from an acquisition would be PlatinumGames - so they don't shut down in-between Nintendo releases.

I actually came here to say exactly this TBH.



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I think an acquisition of Next Level Games is pretty likely especially if Luigi's Manson 3 sells and reviews great.

Hell back in 2014, they said they are only doing Nintendo projects from now on.

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/01/next_level_games_doing_only_nintendo_products_now

Nintendo at this point might as well just seal the deal and buy them out.



I really think they should; acquiring Monolith Soft (and Retro back when they used to actually make games) paid off well for them.

You need quality games to fill the gaps between big EPD releases, otherwise you end up with game droughts that kill hardware sales momentum.

With MS and Sony hoovering up studios left and right, Nintendo would be wise to get in on the action. I'd love to see them bag Platinum, Shin'en, and Playtonic personally. I think it'd be great for them to grab a high quality porting house like QLOC or Panic Button to help maintain a flow of third party games to Switch.

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Next Level Games

I could see these 2 being acquired even though they basically work exclusively with Nintendo already just to ensure that they can't be taken away, similarly to why I think Sony finally acquired Insomniac recently, to make sure they don't risk not getting Spider-Man 2 in case anyone else buys them during this whole dev buying spree.

Platinum Games - I don't necessarily want to see PG get acquired by anyone, but should it ever happen Nintendo is definitely the best fit for them and gains the most from it. They're the most frequent collaborator with them and seem to have a great relationship, and while Sony and Microsoft usually get these types of games because they have full third party support, Nintendo doesn't so it works out for both of them. PG, whose games more often than not don't sell too well, gets secured funding to make whatever they want and Nintendo can continue to fill a crucial gap missing in their library.


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KungKras said:
They should expand their first party studios.

More games for their platform = more platform sales = more software sales for anyone making games on the platform = more third parties on the platform = more platform sales = more software sales for anyone making games on the platform.

I'm surprised that console makers don't do it more often.

Monolith Soft just opened it's fourth branch in the compagny, it has been growing exponentially. I think Nintendo is doing well on this side of things, not mentionning they've said to push young and new devs lately for their games.



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