Sony: Nintendo's decline could hurt industry overall

UK boss Fergal Gara says if Nintendo can't turn things around, it will be up to companies like Sony to tap into the family-friendly market.

If Nintendo's fortunes don't turn around, the industry overall could be negatively impacted, Sony UK managing director Fergal Gara told TrustedReviews in a new interview. In this scenario, it will be up to companies like Sony to tap into the family-friendly market that Nintendo has long focused on, Gara said.

"[The decline of Nintendo] could be detrimental to the market, unless people like us raise our game and help tap into the younger consumer group that they serve rather well," Gara said. “That is the challenge to us. We need to bring maybe more family-friendly, more casual experiences into the market. I think there’s a big market segment there that we should take the challenge to engage and I see lots of potential to do that.”

Nintendo recently recorded its third straight annual loss and admitted that Wii U and 3DS sales failed to reach sales estimates for the period. The company has since said that business models like free-to-play are negatively impacting Nintendo's hardware business.

Still, the 3DS family of systems was the best-selling format of 2013. Gara acknowledged that Sony's own portable, the PlayStation Vita, does not command the same userbase as the 3DS, but said the platform has something unique to offer players.

“I think Vita has maybe not a huge position in the marketplace, but a very unique position," Gara said. "First of all it’s the only device that offers the same level of control and interaction, it’s the only device to offer the same level of visual beauty, and now it’s the only console to offer that companionship with the leading home games console.”

Gara is of course referencing the PS Vita's Remote Play functionality, which allows PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games to be streamed to the portable.

The PlayStation Vita Slim will be available beginning February 7 in the United Kingdom, following its release in Japan last year. Sony hasn't said when users in the United States can get their hands on the lighter and slimmer hardware revision.

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217 comments
transformouse
transformouse

Pfft, Nintendo isn't going anywhere. I bet my life on that.

Bryjoered07
Bryjoered07

Please fail WiiU so I can play your exclusives on a powerful console again. I have zero desire to buy their gimmicky BS console other than games like Zelda and Mario Galaxy. Nobody likes their consoles except families and little kids. Just give it up, bring your games to xbox and playstation and I guarantee you'll make buttloads more money.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Nope, sorry but this won't affect the industry in any way. How many times have we seen or heard of people say the industry is in trouble and then games like GTAV bread pretty much every sales record out there. There is no justification to it.

HartPuncher
HartPuncher

DOn't worry... They ain't going away... But when they announce what they have at E3, brother, hold on to your ass!



Ohhhh, this is exciting :)

LusterSoldierGS
LusterSoldierGS

Nintendo got really lucky with the Wii back in 2006.  It was released before the smartphone craze started with the iPhone in 2007.  And even then, it wasn't really until 2009 that mobile gaming finally began to take off.  As a result, Nintendo was able to easily lure in the casuals.  If Nintendo had released the original Wii in 2012 with their innovative motion controller, the Wii would have been far less successful because mobile gaming is much cheaper than console gaming.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Why do Sony always seem to be suckling the teat of Nintendo?

zeldafan195
zeldafan195

It's so ironic that the people who want Nintendo to die want this because they blindly support another company that wants Nintendo to succeed.

zegend
zegend

Funny how people believe Nintendo wii u is not next gen, yet their controller has more next gen tech than both xbox one and ps4 has in their system! Which of these two systems can you play without a TV? With better graphics than every tablet including Ipad and Android and the last most poweriful system ps3!

zegend
zegend

Nintendo can go all first party games and i'll still buy it over ps4 and xbox one

gaijingamer7
gaijingamer7

The best strategy for nintendos survival is to create a 3DS successor that you can link to your tv like the PSvitaTV in japan. abandon the traditional home console all together, make the DSTV system a bit pricier and maybe drop a few AAA games that can only be played when a 3DS successor is linked to the DSTV. That will get people buying it. Put netflix and other apps on it too that you can play mobile on the DS.

hardeman
hardeman

if nintendo goes under, i will no longer support the video game industry, my love for games started with nintendo and it will die with nintendo

pa_amb_tomaquet
pa_amb_tomaquet

come on Sony, buy Nintendo. we all love the Nintendo universe and would love to see Mario side by side with Kratos, Nathan Drake, Joel and Elli, and the rest of the PlayStation family.

chev7758
chev7758

Lack of reading, tons of trolling, ignoring facts, bias attitudes, asshole behaviour, shallowness, and crappy journalism. Yup, this is GameSpot.  

hadlee73
hadlee73

Going by the squeaky voices heard in COD multiplayer these days, I don't think Sony or MS have to work too hard to release kids content.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Doubtful.  Nintendo haven't been relevant for over a decade.  The Wii sold extremely well, but was a flash in the pan.  It had no lasting appeal.  Most people bought it, played Wii Sports for a month, and never touched it again, let alone buy other games for it.

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

Leave mobile gaming apps to target the younger consumer groups, lord knows Candy Crush is probably one of the f2p games hurting Nintendos business...

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

Nintendo's home console failed because even the people they are marketing to ( casuels and kids) aren't interested. I work with kids who are around the same age as Nintendo's target market ( 10-11 years old) and I have never heard them talk about any nintendo games. A majroity of kids are talking about either Madden; GTA; or call of duty three franchise's whom nintendo doesn't have on their home consoles. I'm not going to discuss the casuel because that has been discussed over and over again.

ignautius
ignautius

For those keeping score at home, that's Sony and Nintendo in different news stories basically confirming Nintendo as a company is the only console beholden to children.  And some people still fail to see why Nintendo gets the reputation for being "kiddie".

TransformerRobo
TransformerRobo

Sony to make family friendly IPs?


And on a console that's too expensive for family-oriented games?


Don't make me laugh Sony. You haven't been able to do that since you left Crash Bandicoot out to die in a back alley.

LauriAJ
LauriAJ

Wii U still has untapped potential in my opinion. I think it's better if we treat Nintendo's consoles as being in their own generation and should not be compared to Sony's and Microsoft's consoles at all.

jark888
jark888

Nintendo hardly offers optimum hi-tech spec on their newly launched consoles even though those consoles will live up for at least 5 years.


That is one crucial reason why I usually hold on to getting my hand on their consoles. The company has the ability to do it otherwise, and I wish they do so in the future in order to survive in this highly competitive industry.

atopp399
atopp399

"it will be up to companies like Sony to tap into the family-friendly market."


Good luck, lol.  They've been trying since the early days of the PS One.  Nintendo isn't going anywhere.

staatsinator
staatsinator

@Bryjoered07  There is nothing wrong with the WiiU and anything else Nintendo has to offer. Don’t get me wrong, I love PlayStation and own a Xbox360 for certain games but I own all of Nintendo’s systems and they each have something to offer that I feel PlayStation and Xbox will never be able to offer. The WiiU is not just for kids and families and I’m saying this because I am a gamer and do not have kids. On their games such as Zelda and Mario, give those to some other company and its guaranteed they’ll get screwed up from what we’ve come to love them for.

TacticaI
TacticaI

@tightwad34  One has absolutely nothing to do with the other. The more competitive the business the better, the more innovation/ideas/IPs the better for everyone involved, from developers (and others who need jobs) to the consumer. 

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@zeldafan195  People don't want Nintendo to die. Maybe trolls say they do, but real gamers want Nintendo to succeed. It doesn't mean we want the Wii U to succeed, because it simply isn't right for many gamers. And maybe it's hard to tell sometimes, but most gamers love Nintendo franchises just like you do. We just don't like some of their console experiments. 

peterdavid12345
peterdavid12345

@hardeman  The video games industries without Nintendo is like smartphone industries without Apple. Competition will always good, especially to us as consumers. If the industries is dominated by one company, they will charged you will shit load of money. So nintendo Must Survive, if they die, you bet your ass will be cooked with Sony or M$.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@hardeman  At least you made it easier to understand you Nintendo people. Very interesting bunch you are. 

Defender1978
Defender1978

@hardeman  I agree 100%.  I've been a gamer for 30 years.  I am sick of hearing idiots bashing Nintendo on this site, but it is what it is.  I've been a fan on Nintendo forever and will continue to support them.  When Nintendo goes.  I'm done too.  I have no interest in the PS4 or the Xbox One and thats coming from a guy that has 200+ games on the 360.  I used to love video games and reading about them on sites like this.  Now all I hear about are trolls and fanboys.  I am going to go play Wii U now.  


hystavito
hystavito

@hardeman  Come on :)   Its a business, and businesses can fail, you don't need to go down with them.  What is fun and interesting about gaming for me isn't about the "industry" so to speak, about which companies make money and which don't.

peterdavid12345
peterdavid12345

@pa_amb_tomaquet  Sony might dominated this gen in Games, but the others division of them is struggling like hell, especially the TV and smartphone. So in term of weathy, Nintendo is way more weathy than Sony. They have like $9 billions dollars in the bank with NO debt. Don't know about sony but they're on a very thin ice now.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

@chev7758  

So why do you come here? Why not go to other web sites that don't have all those negative aspects? 

peterdavid12345
peterdavid12345

@hadlee73  tbh. Sony already did, they're hugely support indies games + they have alots of video games for kids ( and everyone ) too like LBP, ratcher and clank, tearaway etc etc.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

@hadlee73

why would they have too? most parents  are letting there 10year old play those Mature/18 games anyway. there huge difference between fantasy violence of the nes/snes/genesis era and the era of 3D huge difference

chev7758
chev7758

@DrKill09  This troll's knowledge is doubtful, he hates Nintendo because he wants to play Nintendo's games, so he's ignoring all the great games on the Wii. 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@TransformerRobo  The Wii U wasn't exactly cheap either. Upon release the deluxe version, which was the better deal, was $350. I don't think a $50 jump in price to a console that will be relevant for far longer is too expensive.

gaijingamer7
gaijingamer7

@LauriAJ  That's cute but they are competing for the same cold hard cash at the same time.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@atopp399  I don't think they are going to be able to do it with the PS4 and XBone. 

The consoles themselves are overly too complicated to be family friendly focused

TacticaI
TacticaI

@Defender1978 @hardeman  If the sites would stop pandering to them and making everything about specs and frame rates we might actually get somewhere. 

yngsten
yngsten

@hystavito @hardeman  

Nintendo will hardly cease to excist, they might get out of the console hardware, who knows... but Nintendo games will go on, possibly on other platforms.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@lilrobda1 @pa_amb_tomaquet  Ok both of you are being silly Sony can't afford nintendo if anything sony should be more worried for themselves since they are the closest to going away which if that happen would hurt us all not matter who it is.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

@chev7758 @DrKill09  

Wow, does that mean when you HATE XBONE you really want to PLAY it? Interesting way of thought there. :-o

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@demonkingx5 Me: "After what Nintendo did to Sony(stating something happened between them), it would be funny if(keyword, which is "if") that happened(resulting in a form of irony)."

You:  "Ok both of you are being silly"

Clearly your reading skills are lacking and you cant take a joke. Go back to school or Go to school.