A lot of people like speculating about what Nintendo is going to do next. Actually a lot of people like making things up and then presenting them as fact, so we've had a lot of different and usually conflicting conjecture about Nintendo's plans for the future. Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, has stepped forward to level the playing field a bit in this BBC article that I noticed over at Voodoo Extreme. In the article, Mr. Iwata has several interesting comments about the state of the Gamecube and Nintendo, not the least of which is:
Read More or Hit the forums to discuss!That's not to say that everything is saki and roses at Nintendo. Mr. Iwata seems completely aware that the Gamecube has not quite lived up to expectation while rival Xbox has cut out a strong presence in key markets.
"We are developing a new home video game console with a plan to release the new system around the same time as rival makers do.""We will get ready for a battle in 2005 although foreign game developers are now saying that rival next-generation systems won't come until 2006."
Nintendo now expects its console to miss its sales target of 10 million units by 10%, with software sales falling short of a 55-million-unit goal.
In an interview with the Reuters news agency, Nintendo's president attributed the poor performance of the GameCube to a weak appetite for games.
"Consumers today apparently don't want to sit in front of the television to play games for hours and hours," said Mr Iwata.
Worse, if this last quote is any indication, Nintendo seems more willing to place the blame for weaker sales on the consumer instead of themselves. I'm not suggesting that Nintendo is a poorly run business, but I have serious doubts that Sony's brass would agree that consumers aren't playing video games anymore.- Elysium