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So, what do you think?

No, not at all. Innovatio... 122 33.42%
 
Not really, but I'd like... 92 25.21%
 
Don't know. Time will tell? 11 3.01%
 
Yeah, more less. Traditional is good. 47 12.88%
 
Absolutely. PS4 and Xbox ... 52 14.25%
 
What's "traditional" anyway? 19 5.21%
 
Show me the answers! 22 6.03%
 
Total:365
Pemalite said:
I don't think they need a brand-new high-end traditional console...

Just take the switch, throw away the Joy Cons, Screen, Battery, Dock, sell it for a fraction of the price... Profit.

I don't think the market for a home-only Switch is very large, much like PSVita TV compared to even Vita sales were just a fraction. 

Nintendo's strong hold is portable game systems, as such that is going to be the bedrock of Switch sales. 

They can certainly make one though (a screen-less version basically) if they want. 



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Soundwave said:
Pemalite said:
I don't think they need a brand-new high-end traditional console...

Just take the switch, throw away the Joy Cons, Screen, Battery, Dock, sell it for a fraction of the price... Profit.

I don't think the market for a home-only Switch is very large, much like PSVita TV compared to even Vita sales were just a fraction. 

Nintendo's strong hold is portable game systems, as such that is going to be the bedrock of Switch sales. 

They can certainly make one though (a screen-less version basically) if they want. 

Price can mean allot.



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Were they innovating?

Doesn't look like it to me. They definitly made the choice to bet on gimmicks, but i wouldn't call them innovations.

Motion controls died. The wii u gamepad never had its potencial tapped (perfect for mmo's). The gamecube had a handle? The N64 controller was a misfire. The only thing that stuck around was rumble.

So yeah, they should have gone for a powerful console.



Nem said:
Were they innovating?

Doesn't look like it to me. They definitly made the choice to bet on gimmicks, but i wouldn't call them innovations.

Motion controls died. The wii u gamepad never had its potencial tapped (perfect for mmo's). The gamecube had a handle? The N64 controller was a misfire. The only thing that stuck around was rumble.

So yeah, they should have gone for a powerful console.

Yeah the D-pad, shoulder buttons and analog stick were just useless gimmicks that died fast...



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Is the Switch really an innovation? Because it's pretty much all past Nintendo gimmicks + portable. There's nothing innovative in the Switch, if you ask me.

Should they stop? Should they make a PS4/XBO or PS5/XB2 clone? Hard to tell. I dont think they should.



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Traditional consoles are just too much work for Nintendo as well. Look at pretty much all success home consoles (40 million or higher):

NES
SNES
Sega Genesis
Playstation
Playstation 2
Playstation 3
Wii
XBox 360
Playstation 4


8/9 of them have all the major third party developer support of their time or very close to all of it, XBox One will probably hit this threshold too so that would 9/10. The Wii is the only exception and that required a break through controller that completely changed everything and came with a completely untapped audience for its time.

Portable machines are much easier. You don't need as many games/genre types (lower attach rate) and you can get away with a more limited library scope. People just don't expect as much from a portable library.

For a home only console people expect a very wide gamut of content for differing situations or different moods they're in, Nintendo is not very good at catering to that post-SNES era. 

Sony and MS present too many problems for Nintendo because they're willing to spend a lot of money and Nintendo quite frankly was already having problems with Sega in the 16-bit days. Portable is just friendlier waters for Nintendo and people are more willing to accept more cartoony style games on portable screens, which favors Nintendo's library style. Console market is about big screen/edgier experiences these days, not so favorable for Nintendo. 

As Mr. Iwata even said, Nintendo is not very good at competing, which is crazy for a president to admit, but there it is.



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zorg1000 said:
Can people please stop referring to everything new as a gimmick?

But it's not really something new. They just took the PS Vita TV idea and made all the games compatible. The biggest complaint from people is that by going with a traditional console, they're missing out on key features and games.



Lawlight said:
zorg1000 said:
Can people please stop referring to everything new as a gimmick?

But it's not really something new. They just took the PS Vita TV idea and made all the games compatible. The biggest complaint from people is that by going with a traditional console, they're missing out on key features and games.



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