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They need to get EA to use the controller to let players draw up their own audibles and change passing routes in Madden 13. Then for the Europeans, and other people of good taste, have the ability to use the touch screen to adjust player positions, formations, offside lines etc in FIFA 13.

That should take care of it.

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Release a full fledged console that appeals to casuals and the hardcore, and get damned good third party support *AND* exclusives.

It's just that simple.

1. Be far cheaper then the others

2. Whore out their franchises

3. Make normal controls an option to not alienate 3rd parties

4. Make online decent

1) Make sure you're not out of the third party multiplat loop
2) Make the kind of games that made Wii successful

easy. Wii style blockbusters along with the multiplats that sustained the competitors will easily provide something compelling

Monster Hunter: pissing me off since 2010.

I don't think there is much Nintendo can do to win the next generation. Nintendo did something they never do, they played all their cards early on revealing the controller and roughly the power of the system over a year before competitors. This leaves Nintendo powerless to do anything really they need to wait and see how their competition reacts.

I've suggested on the Sony board that it is in Sony's best interest to release a platform with similar power to WiiU for multiple reasons. I have also suggested Microsoft do likewise. If all three platforms release with similar capabilities Nintendo will have a lot more competition then it did this generation.This would make it very hard for Nintendo to retake the lead and increase profits and market share for Sony and MS.

Another option would be if MS and Sony both went high end as they did this generation. Developers would likely create more content for those two platforms, but Nintendo would still receive low budget titles as they did this generation. Only problem with that is Nintendo would once again lack serious third party support. Nintendo would have to rely entirely on their own IP which would be far more difficult. I can't see Nintendo being as successful this time round against two higher end machines. They would receive a lot of support initially from THQ and such but in the long run the market share would go to Microsoft and Sony, I'm sure Nintendo could still hang in their maybe getting second place but third is most likely! It also depends on how expensive MS and Sony's higher end machines are, Nintendo stated WiiU was going to be expensive if it is not drastically cheaper then PS4 and Nex-Box and those two console over power it like PS3 did to Wii then Nintendo will have no chance in hell of dominating this generation!

The best out come for Nintendo is if one of the competitors follows their lead and the other foolishly goes high end. The high end competitor would suffer from high retail prices and development costs. THQ and other publishers have already said a true next generation console (Leap forward as in the past) would make games retail for up to 100$ or the publisher would have to sell twice as many copies to break even. If that's the case the one super power console would get a few high end exclusives from third parties but the majority of the software would come to the two lower end platforms. This would give Nintendo one direct competitor and especially if that competitor is Sony, Nintendo would benefit immensely. Sony's first party IP aren't capable of taking on Nintendo's and Japanese developers would exclusively support the lower end platforms not splitting support between lower and higher end.

In the end the only things Nintendo can really do is.

#1.produce high quality software for launch

#2.Improve the online network day one

#3. Utilize the WiiU controller to the max, day one!

#4.Price the hardware competitively make sure Nintendo's hardware is still the cheapest!

#5.Bring more Japanese content to NA/Europe and vice versa!

#6.Make sure their is a big IP available day one whether it be Pokemon, Mario, Zelda etc...etc...

Other then those six things I can't think of much Nintendo can do, its up to the competition whether Nintendo stands a chance or not!


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Bong Lover said:
They need to get EA to use the controller to let players draw up their own audibles and change passing routes in Madden 13. Then for the Europeans, and other people of good taste, have the ability to use the touch screen to adjust player positions, formations, offside lines etc in FIFA 13.

That should take care of it.

I like the Madden / Fifa ideas. They could really help the console's success.

Win the hearts of the children.

Pack in a mini-game collection with the console. Preferably consisting of 5 sports you can easily go outside and play in real life.

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As Apple and Sony claim to be capable of offering screen-controllers, as the wii-U controller seems to be too expensive for now to make people buy an extra one during the first year of the console's release, I propose Nintendo make a partnership with Google to propose a device, a controller with joysticks and buttons where u can insert your android smartphone to do the screen/accelerometer functions. With a Nintendo app in your phone to connect to the wii U.

Now I don't know if it's possible if we consider the different hardwares of the phones for compatibility, the wireless data transmission between the devices (that even big N seems to have issues with!), the fact that Sony-ericsson androids phones would probably be banned of this project! The fact that Google, Samsung, Htc may have their own interests and projects in the videogame business...

But, if there was a chance of realizing this idea, I think it would make a sufficient buzz (sharing pics or docs by sliding them from your phone to your tv, fun  local-multiplayer experiences of course...) to sell the console, even reassure idiot investors who wanted a Mario on phones.

At this point, who knows? Last generation the answer was MO POWA!! But historically that's never been the answer, nor has coming out of the gate first.

I think we'll have a better idea when MS and Sony show their hands and Nintendo tells us more. We really don't know anything right now. We don't know how powerful the Nintendo console is, what the price is, when it will launch. We don't know if their controller design will be copied. We don't know if Sony will go for a dualshock 4, if the next xbox will come with Kinect or do something completely different.

At this point we don't even have much to base a guess on, but even the past actions of these companies have shown all of them have an unpredictable streak.

Who ever makes the best balance of power and affordability, the best controller, and who has the most interesting exclusives will most likely determine it.

Keep in mind too 3rd parties have no loyalty anymore, so it could very well be 33/33/33 or some variation close to that with the groups made up people that prefer the controller or specific games.