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I kind of think what they are doing now is working pretty well for them. For a long time I thought Nintendo's biggest first party holes were shooters and RPG's. But now they have Splatoon, and a mainline Pokemon game is about to be released for a home console for the first time. They basically have all of the major bases covered now.

On top of that, they do a good job of reducing software droughts by partnering with other companies to use their IP. Mario + Rabbids and Hyrule Warriors are good examples of that. If anything they could do more partnerships with third party companies like this, but I don't think they need to buy any more studios.



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Studios that almost or entirely exclusively work with Nintendo like Next Level Games, Shin'en, Grezzo, and AlphaDream are no brainers.

I also think Level 5 and Platinum Games would be great acquisitions. With Level 5, Yokai Watch and Professor Layton might as well be 1st party Nintendo franchises given how those franchises have appeared exclusively on Nintendo systems to the best of my knowledge. Inazuma Eleven is also very Nintendo heavy. The big one hear that would be a shocker would be Ni no Kuni. That'd be a tough pill for PlayStation and PC fans to swallow, but it'd be a good gain for Nintendo and that's the point. As for Platinum Games, if there was one company that would make the most sense for Platinum to be bought by, it's Nintendo. They have a very strong and healthy working relationship already, the strongest one Platinum has at the moment, Square Enix being not too far behind. Bayonetta is essentially a non-official Nintendo franchise at this point. She's almost on the same level as Samus in terms of strong female characters on Nintendo. Plus, if it means more off the wall, compelling stuff like Wonderful 101 and Astral Chain, I'm all for it.

And that's it in terms of acquisitions that I can think of. Outside of that, I think the best approach would be to grow and expand upon the studios they already have.



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AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Sega makes a lot of money off PC, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if that was a majority of their sales come from. They have the Total War series which sold really well recently with it's China game, and of course those titles make a lot off expansions, heck they even licensed out their studio Creative Assembly for Microsoft's strategy games. That's why their "AAA" announcement at Gamescom was a PC-oriented Civilization-competitor. They also release the Yakuzas on there. If Persona ever came to PC, I would have no doubt that it would by far be their most profitable platform. 

Sega also has: Endless Space, Company of Heroes, Dawn of War, Phantasy Star, Bayonetta.. And saw some big success with Yakuza and Shenmue... But they are making a hard focus on the PC market now as that is where they are seeing the greatest profit growth.

Other companies are seeing similar like Capcom and Square.



Mar1217 said:

Honestly, I'd prefer for them to continue with the contractual deals they're doing so far with multiple partners but if they were absolutely pushed to do such then I'd go with these 3 :

- Grezzo : They would basically become the "Bluepoint" studio for Nintendo doing remake of their classics and an occasional new IP when tey're given time to do so.

- Platinum Games : They're on good relations and did tons of deals with Nintendo already, I'm also pretty sure Nintendo would let them have their own artistic freedom as to what they work on (usually at their best when they work on their own IP's)

- Sega : Yup, I said it. Most of their catalog nowadays is most popular with the Nintendo & PC audiences and this would mean the acquisition of Atlus too (SMT + Persona) HAHAHAHA !!!

Also, I'd like to see them acquire or make deals with Indie studios more often like Yatch Club, Wayforward, Playtonic Games or Shi'nen !

animegaming said:
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.

FloatingWaffles said:

Shin'en Multimedia

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.

Grezzo and Next Level games are already affiliates, so they are already as close as possible to being subsidiaries without actually being ones.

Shin'en and Platinum however would be pretty good fits in my opinion. However, becoming a subsidiary might clash with the studio's philosophy to create new, original IPs, and not sure if the owners of either company would want such a deal unless it would be lifesaver.



MercurySteam could be a good purchase. They seem enthusiastic about the idea of working on Nintendo IPs, they do nice work when they have a good game designer overseeing their projects and they haven't really done anything exceptional on their own so they'd probably be cheap.



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Bofferbrauer2 said:

Also, I'd like to see them acquire or make deals with Indie studios more often like Yatch Club, Wayforward, Playtonic Games or Shi'nen !

FloatingWaffles said:

Shin'en Multimedia

Shin'en and Platinum however would be pretty good fits in my opinion. However, becoming a subsidiary might clash with the studio's philosophy to create new, original IPs, and not sure if the owners of either company would want such a deal unless it would be lifesaver.

Given what Shin'en have accomplished on a shoestring budget in games like Fast RMX and Nano Assault Neo, I would love to see what they could do with the backing of Nintendo.



Pemalite said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Sega makes a lot of money off PC, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if that was a majority of their sales come from. They have the Total War series which sold really well recently with it's China game, and of course those titles make a lot off expansions, heck they even licensed out their studio Creative Assembly for Microsoft's strategy games. That's why their "AAA" announcement at Gamescom was a PC-oriented Civilization-competitor. They also release the Yakuzas on there. If Persona ever came to PC, I would have no doubt that it would by far be their most profitable platform. 

Sega also has: Endless Space, Company of Heroes, Dawn of War, Phantasy Star, Bayonetta.. And saw some big success with Yakuza and Shenmue... But they are making a hard focus on the PC market now as that is where they are seeing the greatest profit growth.

Other companies are seeing similar like Capcom and Square.

Together with Football Manager (which has sold over 1 million yearly since 2013) and Two Point Hospital (which Sega acquired in May this year). Their biggest success is of course Creative Assembly – the latest Total War: Three Kingdoms sold 1 million in a week and is the biggest concurrent played strategy game on Steam.

As a Civilization fan, I can't wait to see how Amplitude Studios' Humankind turns out and I hope to see another Alien: Isolation for consoles and PC some time in the future.

Sega is huge on PC. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if they dethrone Blizzard to become the biggest publisher on the platform.



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I don't think they will. Only possible purchase i see is Next Level Games



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Nintendo has less need to buy studios. Their platforms are first and foremost, vehicles to sell their own software. Not to say third parties don't matter or sell, but every Nintendo console lives or dies based on the strength of Nintendo's own blockbuster games. Second, Nintendo's stated multiple times that they're not interested in buying out studios. To them, games are only as good as the people behind them, and if those people leave, then you just have a name and facility, but none of the talent or culture that made those games great. This is why Nintendo prefers partnerships over acquisitions. The studio keeps its freedom, but Nintendo's marketing, characters, producers, and war chest are all readily available whenever they sign one of their games.