Nintendo will survive 100 years and outlive Zynga, says Oddworld creator

Oddworld Inhabitants founder Lorne Lanning praises Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, and says the company will survive the next 100 years.

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Oddworld Inhabitants founder and Abe's Oddysee creator Lorne Lanning has said he believes Nintendo will outlive some of its competition and still be around in a hundred years.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

"When I look at the history of Nintendo, I say, 'Nintendo is gonna be here in 100 years.' I have no doubt," said Lanning in an interview with VentureBeat.

"I doubt Microsoft will be here in 100 years," he added. "I know Zynga won't be here in 100 years. I've been here longer than Zynga."

In the short term, many games industry analysts have called the potential of the Wii U into question, with the console being forced up against the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the coming months. The company is currently experiencing rude health with the 3DS, however, and has billions of dollars in its cash reserves.

For the Wii U, the Mario maker has currently lined up The Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, and Super Mario 3D World for release across 2013 and 2014.

Nintendo, which is a 124-year-old company, was founded in 1889 as a producer of playing cards, but attempted to diversify its business in the 20th century. Before arriving at family-friendly video games, the company attempted to get rich with instant rice, nude playing cards, and discreet love hotels.

Lanning also praised Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, saying, "Satoru Iwata came out and said people were asking him, 'When are you gonna lay off your development staff?' I don't remember exactly what he said, but it was basically, 'Laying off development is not going to solve our problems. Building great games is what we do and we're going to continue doing it.'"

"When he said that, in my opinion, he was immortalized in the creative community. I would work with him in a second. When a man in that type of position, in a world where the golden rule is the rule and that's what's expected at public companies, he stood up and said, 'That's not what we're about. We're about building great stuff. We have great people to build great stuff. We're gonna do that.'"

Speaking about his current development projects, Lanning added that "we're still building what we set out to build. Now we have to be clever and smaller in how we think, but we're more self-empowered than we've ever been."

Discussion

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amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I like that quote.  Nintendo isn't a company concerned first and foremost with profit.  They want to make good games.  For the moment though, I think that they could use a bit more focus on profit so as to reassure their customers that they can handle a difficult financial time.

truegamer22
truegamer22

If it wasn't for Pokemon,the Gameboy would have had lower sales than the        Game Gear

spammehardo
spammehardo

I agree. The name will stick around for a very long time however the company wont. 

OldKye
OldKye

"The company attempted to get rich with instant rice, nude playing cards, and discreet love hotels."

There is so much win in this one line of text lol XD

Nintendo really needs to get back to it's roots.

damacdon
damacdon

Nintendo is still the only one to care about local multiplayer, to me online might as well be smart ai, theres just personality or atmosphere to it.  

DMND
DMND

We started playing games when we were kids. Nintendo never forgets that, while the marketing machines like Sony and MS just think about feeding the bloodthirsty gamers.

I bought a PSP and later a Vita, just to see my two kids sharing their old Nintendo DS instead of playing the new ones...

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 Need to get me some of those Nintendo Nude Cards. haha

I hope Nintendo stay around for that long or longer! Nintendo consoles and games have heart!

I have great memories of Nintendo consoles and games, where as Microsoft and Sony are not so memorable to me. They just want your money.

Microsoft in perticular, is pure greed!

FrankFoxYaeger
FrankFoxYaeger

They can keep on dreaming BOTH OF THOSE PIECE OF SHIT COMPANIES WILL BE OUT OF BUSINESS IF THEY'RE SHIT PRODUCTS CANT COMPETE WITH MS OR SONY.

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

So, if Nintendo isn't going to make another console, what platform is their games going to be on in the future? PC?

ratchet200
ratchet200

Still not sure what the heck Zynga is.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I am not so sure mankind, or at least the means to make video games will be around in 100 years. Hate to sound pessimistic, but I don't have much faith in mankind seeing how we like to kill eachother and all.

danganronpas
danganronpas

I doubt they will survive 100 years.

Think realistically, Lanning.

rushiosan
rushiosan

Anyway, I believe we'll see stuff like "Ultra New Super Mario Bros. Master Quest 3" in 100 years. Selling the very same game over and over is their speciality.

rushiosan
rushiosan

I'm sure they won't die as a company. But as a hardware manufacturer? I really doubt the Wii U will survive this shitstorm. The gamecube was probably their last home console that offered a good balance between evolution, innovation and decent third party support. It actually had something to play. The major letdown was the lack of DVD mode and online support, and that's the reason why Sony "won" the war with Playstation 2 as one of the most popular and profitable systems back then. Nintendo's excessive conservatism will end up killing part of the company someday. They must realize we're not in the early 1990's anymore.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

Nintendo is best, we already knew this but thanks for the affirmation.

digits52
digits52

geez..  just announce Zelda or freakin Metroid already, save the rhetoric for the bar

Sampawende
Sampawende

I just realized something that woke me up in the middle of the night and I need to share it...

If the Wii U has the same power as the ps3 does that mean that the next Metroid will have ps3 graphics ? :'-(|

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

If GS could only find more excuses to post that Iwata in Luigi cap picture with every Nintendo article, well boy howdy, I could die a happy man.

Not quite as tirelessly funny as "Let the Geek Squad Install It" stickers on console game boxes, but it's way up there.

Way up there.

tomhas69
tomhas69

He thinks Microsoft will not be around in 100 years? I don't believe it. How do you kill that which has no life?

ziqi92
ziqi92

I agree with this statement. There's something timeless about Nintendo games. It's like an old friend you don't see too often, but always enjoy seeing.

currentlemon
currentlemon

Well if were talking about Nintendo historically, they first started by selling trading cards when they opened for business in 1889, a hundred fourteen years ago.  If they have been around for that long, I'm sure Nintendo will be fine.

gplayer5
gplayer5

Ok, I do have to admit they make some pretty good games. I was suckered into buying a wii just so I could play Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Honestly it's the worst console I've ever owned. My favorite still is the N64. After that, it was just one disappointment after another. I actually quit consoles thanks to the Wii and now only game exclusively on the PC. I miss the old days of Nintendo... =/

etryus
etryus

@DMND I agree 100% my best gaming memories are linked to the black & white Gameboy (Mario, Gargoyle's quest, etc..) and SNES.

megafitch
megafitch

@DMND People tend to forget Nintendo's influence in the market these days unfortunately. They see bright, colourful graphics and instantly think "kids game", when in reality although they may seem shallow on the surface, they offer a lot more depth than first meets the eye. Take Kid Icarus uprising for example - looks like a kids space harrier game - but its damn challenging! the same can be said for games like Super Mario Bros - Yeah sure you can blast through the levels  get to endgame with some moderate niggles, but to find all the secret exits and complete it 100%? not so easy......Even Pikmin 3, it looks like a shallow "throw things at stuff till it dies/breaks" sort of game, but theres a surprising element of strategy to it.

Gamers need to get their heads out of their arses it seems.

DMND
DMND

@FrankFoxYaeger The Last of Us: 2,79M sold.

Animal Crossing: 4,47M sold.

And now you think about the insane marketing cost of TLOU...

megafitch
megafitch

@FrankFoxYaeger I very much doubt it....Nintendo have been around since the 1800's - if they coped back then, they can still cope even if their latest console fails to meet expectations.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 @twisted_outlaw 
I hope that their games will be on Sony or PC if that ever happens.

Kyere
Kyere

@tightwad34You should brush up on your history brah, we're living in one of the "most peaceful" eras in human history. No Great Power rivalries, tons of global economic interdependence, a superpower-hegemony that isn't bent on world domination, and a legitimate international forum for grievances/issues = much more peaceful planet. Just 120 years ago, there were proxy wars and colonization attempts made every year by several Great Powers all attempting to bone each other for the biggest slice of the pie. This led to the two most devastating wars in human history. And before that? Wars every twenty years on the European mainland alone that devastated the civilian populace to the point of exhaustion. They literally had no more soldiers to fight the wars. 

So far? We've been doing alright since then. Cold War was relatively peaceful besides a few proxy skirmishes that got out of hand (nothing on the scale of conflicts in the past) and the international war on terror of the 21st century pales in comparison to Genghis Khan's reign of terror. 

I wish time travel were a reality, so idiots like you could see how we lived in the Dark Ages. Times are a lot better than they used to be. And that's a sign of progress.

Kyere
Kyere

@tightwad34 Still here post-Sargon dude. I think we'll be fine.


You should brush up on your history, we're living in one of the "quietest" eras in human history. I wish time travel were a reality, so idiots like you could see how we lived in the Dark Ages.

Kyere
Kyere

@danganronpas I don't know, a company that's been around since the Meiji Restoration has got some serious longevity. Gotta be doing something right.

Jagfiliit
Jagfiliit

@rushiosan I'm curious when "rehash" become synonymous with "sequel". I'm pretty sure I can blame game journalists for it.

Kyere
Kyere

@rushiosan And the current game industry isn't recycling successful titles? It's not Nintendo's fault they can still design decent games. Sure they fuck up alot, but they've gotten it right on more than one occasion and re-defined the industry numerous times. What rules the market at the moment are third party titles, plain and simple. Microsoft and Sony own maybe a handful (or in M$' case, less than) of first party titles that people buy their platforms for. Nintendo has a whole fucking library. Not too mention the only reason any gamer gets a Nintendo console is to BUY NINTENDO GAMES.

I've had a lot more fun in recent years playing Mario games than the rehashed CoD titles. Numerous IPs are falling apart at the third sequel in their series' lineup (AC3, Dead Space 3, GoW, etc...). Nintendo's still crapping out the good stuff almost three decades later. That's fucking impressive, know matter what you may think on the matter, you gotta at least respect them for that. I'm a PC gamer, tried and true, but I'm only a PC gamer because third party games are what rule the market. Why bother playing something on an inferior-spec'd console if I can play a superior version of it on PC? As it is with Nintendo, I can only play their games on their console. Hell, I ended up buying more games for the Wii and WiiU than my PS3 has. At the end of the day, I buy consoles for their games and if any of the exclusives interest me. Gaming is one of my favorite past times, and I seek to enjoy everything it has to offer me and on as many consoles as possible. Make fun of Nintendo all you want dude, but at least their franchises are still holding up with pronouncements of critical acclaim/praise 10 and 12 games in. How many other franchises can you say that about currently?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@rushiosan 

Even if they did a complete overhaul of the Mario franchise, we'd still have idiots like you saying it's the same exact game over and over again because it has "Mario" on it, in fact, they already have done massive changes to the series numerous times and you guys exist. 

Jagfiliit
Jagfiliit

@rushiosan I can't believe there are people that still believe this. Their primary source of income is the Japanese market, which they are still strong in. Dropping their hardware would be suicide.

digits52
digits52

yea totally didn't read the article, i was assuming Satoru Iwata had said this.. not sum Oddworld dude

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

@Sampawende The Wii U is more powerful than the ps3. Hell Nintendoland was doing things the ps3 can't.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 @Soulreavercross 

Nintendo Power!

digits52
digits52

yes some of there first party games are indeed Immortal

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@ziqi92 

I never sell my Nintendo games anymore, actually, that's a question I ask myself nowadays, especially if I'm buying it brand new "Is this a game I'm going to definitely keep?" if the answer is no, then the best that game is getting is a rent (or buy used from GameStop then return within 7 days). 

megafitch
megafitch

@FrankFoxYaeger and just to add to this - I own the Wii U myself (alongside the xbox360 and ps3), and although it does have its shortcomings, I've really enjoyed the console. the online infrastructure could definitely do with some work, and a few more unique titles wouldn't hurt - but they're coming I'm sure of it.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Kyere And I wish I could beam you here like in Star Trek so you can see for your own eyes how I am indeed not an idiot. You can come at me all you want but don't say things like that about someone you know nothing about. You may be right that times are better nowadays, hell you don't have to go back that far to see how bad things were. I mean look at the Nazis trying to take over the world and they came close to at least taking Europe over. Still it's human nature to fight and kill and it will always be that way thus lowering my faith a bit.

Kyere
Kyere

@abHS4L88 @rushiosan I agree dude. Only some kid who started playing games a couple years ago would spout some shit rhetoric like that. The game industry would be a bland piece of shit without Metroid: Prime (changed first-person games forever; easily on the level of Half-Life), Mario 64 and TLoZ: Ocarina of Time.

That's just naming three titles. If we were to go on exclusives "period". I'd also add Resident Evil 4 into the mix. I mean, that GCN-exclusive title only CHANGED THIRD PERSON GAMES FOREVER.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@Kyere Well Resident Evil 4 was only exclusive for a short amount of time.

Despite having less features than the PS2 version, the GC version had superior graphics. Both are easily outdone by the Wii Edition and HD versions of RE4 now though.

But staying on topic, yes, RE4 was very influential.