Our Plan is We Have No Plan, It's Brilliant!
Nintendo held a press conference today to announce that they're "working on a game that will be totally awesome but that's all we can say" and that they're "totally going to compete with Sony's hand-held and stuff" again without offering any details. In a surprising turn of events investors weren't very comforted by the fact that Nintendo's plan appeared to be no plan at all.Ok, that's not entirely true, they ARE going to setup a points system.
That's right kids! By then end of this year you can collect points when you buy Nintendo products! With said points you can get game-related swag from Nintendo's own site, presumably like some kind of game-related Pepsi points system. I know the idea of getting a Donkey Kong plush doll after buying hundreds of dollars worth of Nintendo products is very exciting to consumers and I'm sure Gamecube's will be flying off the shelves this holiday season.
According to VE3D Nintendo also mentioned that they will work with more 3rd party developers without buying them, have Capcom make a new Donkey Kong game and have a new Zelda out by the end of 2004.
So Nintendo's big plan in the face of lagging Gamecube sales is continue to do exactly what they've been doing since the system launched almost two years ago. Nice one.