What if Nintendo decided to compete directly with PlayStation & Xbox?

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#1 hd_hammah_17
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I by no means think they should definitely try to go down that road, but I'm curious to know what you guys think would happen if they did. What I mean by this, is imagine if Nintendo made a new game console in say... 2022, to replace the Switch, as well as fully compete against the PS5 & Xbox Scarlett. I'd love to hear all of your thoughts and opinions on this idea.

For this console, they decide to make it more advanced than the competition because they have an extra 2 years of R&D (the same thing that happened with Super Nintendo vs. Sega Genesis), have a traditional controller using the same design that the other consoles have used for over 15-20 years; no motion control magic wands, no tablet controllers with useless touch screens, no attaching little NES controllers to each side of a grip thing.

They also approach major 3rd-party game developers and give them development kits and ask for their suggestions for the console, thus having more support from them, which enables them to have all the major multi-platform games available on Nintendo consoles in addition to the other 2 guys.

Also, they change their philosophy to fit the other 2 a little more. They stop caring about being family-friendly only, and start developing a shit ton more T-rated & M-rated Nintendo IPs (which is what I think they should've started doing with the N64), as well as advertising mature multi-plats on their website and in their press releases, so they can finally get rid of that kiddie image they've had for over 20 years now, and which still persists to this day. Of course, they'd still be making Mario, Zelda, Kirby, etc., so they won't be leaving kids out, but they will be a lot more balanced in that regard.

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#2  Edited By Black_Knight_00
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They have no reason to. It's true that they lost the the tween demographic to mobile games, but they're still making more than enough money catering to a niche audience of nostalgic manchildren. We'll see what happens in 10 years.

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#3 Blueresident87
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@Black_Knight_00: I feel the same way. There is no need for them to 'compete directly' with Micro and Sony since they seem to have hit their stride with the Switch.

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So basically stop being Nintendo, and become a carbon copy of the other two companies? I hope they never do that.

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#6  Edited By R-Gamer
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They did this in the Gamecube era and got stomped. I like the purpose of the Switch. It appeals to their handheld market( which is huge) and those that want a traditional console. My only gripe is the power of the hardware. I wish the dock actually had some sort of GPU in it to boost its capability when hooked to a TV.

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#7 judaspete
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I think this strategy would once again relegate them to 3rd place status.

I do think they would end up with a bigger market share now than they did with the Gamecube. Gen 6 happened at a time when a lot of millenials were in middle and high school, so the kiddy image held them back quite a bit. As this large chunk of the gamer demographic has aged, they have come to realize judging one's maturity based on the amount blood in the games you play is the height of immaturity.

Disney went through a similar struggle in the early 00's, but now they make a ton of money selling crap to adults.