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noname2200 said:
Ninten78 said:

Wonderful news...buy Platinum now

I get the impression Platinum would much prefer to stay independent, to the point where they reacquired and published a Nintendo IP, even if their financial stability is questionable. At the very least, Platinum currently has of contracts and commitments with other companies, no?

They do. I would not mind if Nintendo bought a stake in PG but they still remained able to release games as they have been. Just to give PG a little extra financial security. I do kinda wish Nintendo could buy outright or 50% of the Bayonetta IP from SEGA.



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This is a very interesting move for a few reasons. I had an article sitting unfinished that was going to tackle the game's industry acquisitions but the thing I expected Nintendo (and Sony) to do is make defensive acquisitions. Insomnica was one of these as, like Next Level Games, they had no problem working with Sony and being independent. But Sony bought them up. Right now, you have a lot of big fish looking at video game companies. Microsoft has been pretty direct with this and has also purchased a studio away from Nintendo. With Luigi's Mansion doing so well, they expected they they couldn't afford to lose them.

On the "Nintendo being conservative" part, that was more of an Iwata thing. Yamauchi had no reservations about buying up companies. That's how we got Retro Studios. They also purchased stakes in Rare, Factor 5 and Silicon Knights. They also owned Brownie Brown (now 1-Up Studios). They also purchased HAL for a while (which is how Iwata came on board). Nintendo's acquisitions slowed when Iwata took over. Monolith was only acquired as part of a failed deal to merge with Bandai Namco. The new president has only been around for less than 3 years (started in 2018). Nintendo is also cash rich right now, and they may make other moves. 

noname2200 said:
Ninten78 said:

Wonderful news...buy Platinum now

I get the impression Platinum would much prefer to stay independent, to the point where they reacquired and published a Nintendo IP, even if their financial stability is questionable. At the very least, Platinum currently has of contracts and commitments with other companies, no?

That's kind of Platinum's problem: they need to be bought out but what to play make-believe. On the issue of contract, the only companies that will work with them are Nintendo and Square. Everyone else dropped them (Activision, Cygames, Konami, Sega). This self-publish ploy probably wont work since they have no experience doing it and their games don't do that well. Wonderful 101 is a good reason why it wont work. It doesn't help they are clearly having development problems (remember Babylon Fall that was suppose to come out in 2019 OPPS I mean 2020 OPPPPS I mean 2021). They would be perfect for Nintendo since, despite low sales, Nintendo will take the lower profits to help build the system's profile. Mature games and action games are not in Nintendo's wheel house.

I could see a Nintendo purchase in the future, but this would be after the self publishing goes bust. I don't have any faith in Kamiya's new game. 



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B6a6es said:
Nautilus said:

So, as of now, Platinum is a big no no for acquisition from anyone, really.

Except for Tencent

I explored the psychic ether and found traces of some sort of connection with MS, so they should buy them and then ask is there any canceled MS IPs they would like to do.



I looked it up and their last game on a non-Nintendo platform was a PS3/360 game in 2011.

In 2014 they announced they would be a Nintendo exclusive studio, but apparently “a number of owner-directors [of Next Level] recently determined that the time is right for them to sell their shares"* and Nintendo didn't want to risk losing them as a partner so bought said shares.

*https://www.polygon.com/2021/1/5/22215014/nintendo-buys-next-level-games-luigis-mansion



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curl-6 said:

This is kinda like marrying your girlfriend of 15 years.

Not a bad move though, Luigi's Mansion 3 was pretty damn good, and it always helps to have more first party studios.

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They might as well go and by all the other companies that pretty much work exclusively with them while they're at it. (Intelligent Systems, GREZZO, Good-Feel.)



Nautilus said:
noname2200 said:

I get the impression Platinum would much prefer to stay independent, to the point where they reacquired and published a Nintendo IP, even if their financial stability is questionable. At the very least, Platinum currently has of contracts and commitments with other companies, no?

Yes. They are actively trying to become a publisher now, with buying back Wonderful 101 from Nintendo and publishing themselves and that GAAS game about giant robots being their first Big Games as a publisher.

So, as of now, Platinum is a big no no for acquisition from anyone, really.

Or they going publisher route could backfire on them and make they in need for cash and make opening to be bought by nintendo.



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FloatingWaffles said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Acquire Platinum before they keep making fucking stupid decisions

I'm glad that one of Nintendo's most talented and successful partners is now officially Nintendo

hey I was gonna say they should get platinum next ;_;

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I would love Platinum to be under the Ninty banner and I'm not joking. I want Ninty to lock them in for games like Bayonetta and Astral Chain. Maybe even something like Scalebound down the line.



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B6a6es said:
Nautilus said:

So, as of now, Platinum is a big no no for acquisition from anyone, really.

Except for Tencent

Tencent lent money, not bought them.



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The best decision Nintendo has made as of late!! ^^