We’ve all heard the rumors over the last few years. Nintendo should just get out the hardware business and go software only. People keep talking about how Nintendo is over and mobile devices are going to replace consoles. I don’t think we’re anywhere near that reality just yet, but one man, Bing Gordon, who used to work at Electronic Arts, thinks Nintendo should get out of the hardware business and just put their games on other devices.
“I think Nintendo’s already on track to become primarily a software company. I can imagine a day when Nintendo wonders – and maybe it’s generational change – when Nintendo wonders if they ought to take some of their best games and make them apps.”
The executives at Nintendo have said time and time again they’re not going to put their games on other platforms. They’re in the hardware business, and despite what the internet might tell you, they’re still doing pretty good in it. They’ve got cash in the bank, plenty of best selling IPs and a new console on the way. Mr. Gordon went on to say that, while unlikely, an Apple/Nintendo partnership would be a killer combination.
We’re not going to see that any time soon. Nintendo is all about their hardware and the games to go with it.