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In the gaming community, Nintendo is often cited as "the Disney of gaming" and while that may have been true during the 90s or 80s, in 2019? The two companies couldn't be anymore different. Now yes, Nintendo and Disney share similarities. They're both known for family-friendly content, and both have an empire of well known characters in pop culture that they want to protect and look after as much as possible. That's where the similarities end however. Nintendo is a big, but not too big publicly-traded company that focuses exclusively on interactive software, accompanying hardware, and character licensing. With little experience, or even interest in anything else outside those areas. If anything, they're much more the "Sanrio of gaming". Similar to Nintendo, Sanrio (the Hello Kitty company) also specializes in creating iconic characters and selling licenses for them to willing clients for various purposes. Difference being that Sanrio is just character licensing, whereas Nintendo is also a software and hardware developer, allowing them to integrate their characters into their own homemade entertainment as well.

Disney, at least the modern Disney is a mass media conglomerate not dissimilar to that of Viacom or WarnerMedia. They have their hands in everything from film, to television, to radio, theme parks, sports, news, online entertainment, and yes, brand licensing. Disney in recent years has become (in)famous for its acquisitions. In recent times, they acquired Marvel, LucasFilm, Maker Studios, and just a few weeks ago, 20th Century Fox. With that on top of their other subsidiaries like ABC and Pixar, Disney has the largest empire of entertainment in the industry, and for some (myself included) that's a bit of a problem. The Disney of today is no longer just the family-oriented entertainment company that mainly stuck to film and TV, now it's just yet another faceless, emotionless, mass media entity that owns way more than it really should.

I don't see Nintendo making acquisitions of comic book companies, or acquiring other, equally large game publishers, or being involved directly in TV, News, or Film divisions. TBH, Sony is much closer to a Disney than Nintendo is, considering the division behind PlayStation, Sony Interactive Entertainment, is just one of many autonomous subsidiaries the Sony Corporation owns.



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Well, technically, Nintendo already stated that they see themselves as an entertainment compagny first but they haven't touched much on other media due to sheer reservation for the treatment of their propreties. Although, it could be seen they've recently began to tip-toe their hands into diversification of their revenue stream as well with the licensing of their IP's for movies (Pokémon,Mario) or even theme parks in colab with Universal. This is also not touching all the products related to everyday-life stuff, books, toys or even themed restaurant (Kirby Café) that can be seen in Japan.

Will they ever try to be like Disney ? I'd say that as long as the core owners and decision makers of the compagny remain in the hands of people who values fun and enjoyment over everything else, then no.



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In terms of there IPs, yes they are the only ones that are close to Disney. They wont be a big as Disney but Nintendo's reputation is basically on par.



Eventually Nintendo will be a part of Disney (in a few decades)



Conina said:
Eventually Nintendo will be a part of Disney (in a few decades)

Just like everything else .



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Nintendo hasn't destroyed a franchise they bought ? Looks at Disney's Star wars! Yeah, don't think so :P

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If you are still making that comparison due to Nintendo and disney being the companies with the most recognizable characters, absolutely!



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Conina said:
Eventually Nintendo will be a part of Disney (in a few decades)

That would be amazing.



    

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BasilZero said:
Conina said:
Eventually Nintendo will be a part of Disney (in a few decades)

That would be amazing.

If you don't like Nintendo and want them to go away, then sure. Really amazing indeed.



The only companies I can see Nintendo ever becoming a part of are Apple or Microsoft. Square Enix or Sony are more likely to become part of Disney.



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