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Iwata says mergers and new game studio acquisitions are a possibility

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Satoru Iwata has announced several new directions for Nintendo over the last few days, especially since the investor conference that led to Iwata taking direct responsibility for the failure of the Wii U to gain traction after a full year of being on the market. Now Iwata has announced several new directions, including non-wearable fitness equipment. In addition to new directions, it looks like Iwata may be looking to beef up Nintendo’s development studio catalogue, as in a recent interview with Nikkei, Iwata discussed the idea of acquisitions and mergers.

When asked about the history of his company, Iwata had this to say:

“…Mr. Yamauchi (former President Hiroshi Yamauchi) often said “Shitsui-taizen, Tokui-reizen,” meaning that we should act regally when things are bad, and be calm when things are going well.” Were he alive now, he would tell me to carry an air of confidence. We built up cash reserves when earnings were strong. Because the entertainment industry ebbs and flows in wild swings, Mr. Yamauchi insisted it is vital to have deep pockets. Without savings, we could not have recovered from a single failure in game systems. Even now, we can afford many options because of our robust financial standing.”

Iwata goes on further to say that Nintendo as a company will change the way they market products by listening to consumer feedback from the Internet, as well as offering discounts to loyal customers. He also says Nintendo has plans to offer products in emerging countries that will differ from pricing in advanced economies, which means we could see more products like the Nintendo 2DS shipping elsewhere in the world.

Iwata summed up the interview with this statement:

“We should abandon old assumptions about our businesses. We are considering M&As [mergers and acquisitions] as an option. For this reason, we’ll step up share buybacks.”

What do you think about Iwata’s statements?

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  • Stephen Davis

    I will believe it when I see it Iwata. Im sorry guys but I feel he had been teasing us with these announcements to change WIIU for FAR too long. I mean whatever happened to the online free multiplayer game Steel Diver for WIIU that he announced would be released before Christmas? Look at history so far, and on and on he makes empty promises. Were aware of this aware of that. BUT nothing ever gets done. He needs to leave. Oh yea he also said he would do that too if they had to report another loss. Yea I am threw buying it, he is what is holding Nintendo back.

    • Fred

      But Nintendo is actually buying back stock so that they actually can buy more studios. Too bad we can’t grab a time machine and go back to the 90′s when they owned half of Rare if they would have just bought them out completely AND also bought Retro instead of deciding between the 2 then maybe Rare wouldn’t have fallen apart under Microsoft’s wing and I’d be able to download Banjo Kazooie on my Wii U as well as DK64, Donkey Kong Country, and Diddy Kong Racing. That would be awesome!!!

      • harelsen

        Do i need to remind you that the talent at rareware studios evaporaded at the end of the n64 days?

        • Fred

          But didn’t that happen AFTER Microsoft mismanaged them? It’s my understanding that if Nintendo would have bought them out fully they probably would NOT have happened. Am I wrong?

          • Haize

            Rare was still making Nintendo games during the Gamecube era. Star Fox Adventures.

          • Fred

            Yes I know they did Star Fox Adventures. I also know that some of their games got canceled when Microsoft bought them out like Donkey Kong Racing got canceled. Are you saying Rare had already started going downhill at that point? Cause if you are then no, I’m not familiar with that part of the story. I know they were working on games for Gamecube, I know internally some of them wanted to branch out and make games on other consoles and so at first they were excited when Microsoft bought them out. I’ve also heard that shortly after the purchase Mircosoft forced them into doing games they didn’t want to and so many of the key developers left cause they didn’t like the new environment and over time more people have left and that current Rare is very different from the old Rare, but if this started before the buyout then I’m unfamiliar.

          • Justin Clark

            The Goldeneye and Perfect Dark team left Rare to form Free Radical (TimeSplitters) in 1999. There are also reports that a lot of other talent had left by that time. Nintendo never owned half of Rare. It was something like 49%, so they had no say at the end of the day in who bought them. From what I understand MicroSoft way overpaid and Nintendo decided not to match. If anything Nintendo should have bought Free Radical when they had the chance.

          • Fred

            They did have a say in who bought them in that, you’re right they only owned 49%, but they had a contract that said if they matched whatever offer was made they could override preferences and buy them out completely, but when Microsoft offered $375 million Nintendo wasn’t willing to match that so they lost out.
            Although you may be right in that it might be that the talent they lost before the Microsoft buyout was a big enough loss to make it a big deal and the start of the fall it couldn’t have been the whole thing because they release several great games AFTER Free Radical was established.

          • Haize

            We’ll I suppose it depends on your opinion. Star Fox adventures was intended to be a original N64 game that had nothing to do with Star Fox. It was Miyamoto who thought the main character looked like Fox and had them change the game. The game was revamped and released on the GameCube, but due to time constraints certain aspects, like the ending, we’re not finished. It’s not that great of a game and is probably one of the very few mistakes that Miyamoto has made. But yes, it’s absolutely Microsofts fault. After they bought Rare they started forcing them to make Kinect games. And,like you said, many of them have left the studio.

            So who knows, under Nintendo’s direction, Rare probably would have continued their trend and made some amazing games, but we’ll never know. At least we have Retro Studios, Monolith Soft and Next Level working for Nintendo. Hopefully they buy some more awesome studios. I think they should buy Level 5, but that’s probably impossible.

  • simkenno

    Great this is exactly what was needed :) Acknowledging the mistake was the best first step. I believe that now begins the big comeback for the wiiU, Great games, great new innovation with the gamepad, Boosts to the virtual console and DS games. Its great. Love my wiiU and now it looks like I’ll have even more great games to look forward to :)

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Lol, he has been making excuses all his time as a president. Thats nothing new.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        This sounds like the latest one. I don’t think much will change, if anything.

      • simkenno

        Lol, you have no faith.

  • Wishsong214

    M&A is a good tactic at this point. The WiiU is underpowered compared to the Xbox One and PS4, so once 3rd parties are making games exclusively for them, there will be literally no hope of their games being put on the WiiU. However, if Nintendo has a bunch of studios under their wing (Next Level, Retro, Intelligent, etc), then they can make that list of exclusives that come to the console be actually pretty extensive.

    Also, once they’ve guaranteed the WiiU as a well-sold system (or, at the very least, decently sold), 3rd parties may be more willing to make exclusives for them (kind of like how the 3DS has gotten its share in things like Bravely Default, or the Wii had games like Sin and Punishment 2 and No More Heroes).

    • Jeffery02

      Sin and Punishment is a Nintendo IP, so that’s probably not a great example. Otherwise though, I completely agree. They have gotten started with Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2. Hopefully they can get more, and keep up with, 3rd party exclusives.

      • Wishsong214

        Still, Treasure might not have chosen to work on Sin and Punishment 2 and instead concentrated on other efforts if they hadn’t know the potential market they had with the Wii being a major sell. That’s more what I mean. I could be wrong, and it could have been like what they did with Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 (giving the 3rd party studio the money to develop it in the first place).

    • matt

      Xbox1 can’t and wont do 1080p/60fps ever WiiU underpowered ?? how come i know 3 people that have sold ps4′s to get a wiiu and said it’s got better graphics Hmmmmm

      • Gameonfool

        Wii u with better graphics than a ps4, get real. Although I do believe that the wii u is more powerful than many believe it to be.

        • matt

          Ive seen better graphics on WiiU then i have on ps4 or xbox1 sorry and xbox1 can’t do Full HD games so please it’s not ps3/360 all over again as xbox1 is weak,ps4 has cpu bottlenecks and WiiU has just poor marketing and fake made up articles everywhere that’s the truth WiiU has better video playbk and browser let alone the games over ps4ä and xbox1.

          • Zanzama

            The graphics problem might be because a lot of games on the PS4/Xbone aren’t even taking full advantage of the console’s hardware. Blame the laziness of the developers who develop PS3 games with a PS4-sign slapped onto the disc.

          • matt

            No sorry they both use x86 which means they are virtually maxed out now as we speak,wiiu has custom everything nothing is stock and we have seen 1080p/60fps on 9 games work it out all using 1 cpu core and a smidge of the gpgpu,Fast Racing Neo is using 4k/8k textures at 1080p/60fps thats nextgen…..ps4 version of ghosts is using the same 1k textures on everything just like wiiu ect but we know Ghosts looks rubbish in comparison to Blackops2 wiiu as that uses 2k textures ????

        • Michael Rowlands

          same here i think to say the wiiu is underpowered to the xboxone and ps4 is like saying the ps2 was underpowered to say the xbox and gamecude and look how will the ps2 sold

        • Squid

          The Wii U makes the games look beautiful like next gen. Look at Mario Kart 8

      • Wishsong214

        Arguably a discussion of use. Half of what makes a game work is actually aesthetics, which involves the studio actually knowing how to make the console, no matter what it is, look like their vision. For example, many Wii games were actually developed by people who knew how to take advantage of the hardware (such as Skyward Sword, Mario Galaxy, Metroid Other M), and so they looked really good for being a very underpowered console compared to its competition.

        Now, the biggest thing with the other current-gen consoles is that the look is not as big a jump as the previous gen. Wii was standard-def, and the other two were high-def. This cycle, they’re all high-def…but the Xbox One and PS4 have higher powered components and so could POTENTIALLY look better than WiiU things. Now, again, though, some developers are really messing up and not managing to get the 1080p/60fps that everyone craves. Or the resources to get them to that point are not worth it.

        Also, I would personally say that the WiiU has better aesthetics so far. Nothing on the other consoles has pulled me in with its look. Killzone looks like another dark shooter, Ryze is dark and grimy, even the more brightly-colored Knack has some bland character and enemy design and boring looking levels. Compare to the crazy aesthetics of Mario 3D World or the delicious looking fruit in Pikmin 3 (seriously, that game makes me crave fruit or juice).

        Basically, I wasn’t attacking the WiiU. I’m happy with my choice of it as my console. But it is an indisputable fact that the PS4 and Xbox One have stuff inside them that allows them to do more.

    • ZeldaFan83

      Bravely Default was published by Nintendo which is why it’s a 3DS exclusive.

      • Haize

        It was self published by Square in Japan. Nintendo published it for a western release. So no, that’s not why.

        • ZeldaFan83

          And anytime Square wants to they can port the game over to any console or portable handheld in Japan but since it’s Nintendo published here it’s not that easy.

          • Haize

            I guess that’s potentially true since we don’t know what kind of contract was signed, but that game was designed for the 3DS and before Nintendo stepped in, Square had no plans to bring the game to North America or release it outside of Japan.

  • RichM

    Can you buy Square Enix? Platnium Games? I like the quote he cited. Basically, if things are bad…act calm. If they are good…act calm. Might as well add, if your ass is being handed to you…act calm.

    • John Stevens

      This is right on par with a lot of Japanese culture. Don’t be flamboyant, don’t stick out of the crowd too much.

    • Shy Guy

      Keep Calm and Carry On

      • Pablo Lavín

        :MattShadowsScreamingCARRYYYONNNN:

    • leo

      Square? Come on

      • RichM

        Come on as in…why? Or they can’t afford them? Losing Final Fantasy to Sony was an extremely sad day for us N64 people. Granted, with the graphics heavy focus of Square Enix games, I have to agree it would be a long shot. But, why can’t we get Kindom Hearts on the Wii U.

        • Denvy

          You really think Square just wants to be bought up if they’re not in financial disarray? Nintendo should fork out $$ for exclusivity on titles, but buying Square is nonsense.

          • Wayne Beck

            Square-Enix is in financial disarray, but Sony already owns a large stake in the company.

          • Leo

            Nintendo had 49% of Rare when Microsoft bought them, i don’t think Sony could do much to prevent Square from being sold if Sony don’t have more than 50% of the company.

          • Jon Turner

            They don’t. Sony’s stake in SE is down to about 8.6%.

          • Jon Turner

            Apparently that “large stake” has already dropped drastically. It used to be 50%, but now it’s at 8% at best. That may not stop them from being invulnerable to a Nintendo takeover.

        • Wayne Beck

          Nintendo can afford every other Studio in the World, it’s more about who’s willing to sell. Sony already owns a sizable stake in Square-Enix, that’s why Final Fantasy isn’t on Nintendo.

          • Jon Turner

            Which hasn’t necessarily stopped SE from giving DS remakes of FF3 and 4 nor the CRYSTAL CHRONICLES spinoffs or the KINGDOM HEARTS games on DS/3DS, respectively. Even if Nintendo CAN’T buy SE, at least comission them to port KH3 to WiiU or for some exclusives.

        • Leo

          Indeed, losing Square to Sony was one of the saddest days in my life as a Nintendo gamer, just as much as losing Rare to Microsoft. I think Yamauchi had cursed Square every day of his remaining life till his death, i don’t think he ever recovered from that horrible betrayal.

    • Wayne Beck

      You missed the part about, If things are good, Hoard Money and become the most financially solvent company in the industry.

  • Shankovich

    I think it’s time for Nintendo to buy Sega and Platinum Games. I mean, they’re practically first party studios now.

    • Fred

      Don’t forget Next Level Games (they recently said they’re only going to develop for Nintendo now)

      • Squid

        I thought they were made second party not so long ago.

        • Fred

          No, they are fully independant, they’ve just decided that like like the experience of making games for Nintendo better than their other experiences so for the immediate future they only plan to make games for NIntendo.

    • Pablo Lavín

      SEGA, Platinum and SEGATLUS (^o^)/ Like Persona on Wii U

    • MujuraNoKamen

      Completely agree, they’d gain some great new IPs and the extra devs will help with the release schedule. And Platinum would really help with getting Mature games on Nintendo platforms and since Sega now owns Atlus that would be great for JRPGs.

    • abe

      if this was last year they could of bought activision when their parent company was trying to sell them (not sure why)

      • Michael DeVore

        Risk. Activision is considered unhealthy because it and Blizzard have two franchises that account for most of their worth. When, not if, those franchises wain in popularity the company will have a mass of layoff, or start gushing cash like crazy. Because they couldn’t find a buyer, mostly because everyone else viewed them as risky, they forced Activision to take on a lot of debt, and buy them out in a classic 80′s corporate raid. Activision was risky before, but the one thing it had going for it was it’s money, and with the forced debt it’s even more of a risky buy.

    • The Clockwork Being

      They really can’t do that. Sega is owned by Sammy Inc. which bough Atlus recently. And with many of Sammy’s division making loads of cash from both Sega and Atlus they really won’t want to sell Sega to Nintendo.

      But Platinum Games? All my yes.

      • Michael DeVore

        SGAMY has a market cap of 1.4 Billion USD and Nintendo has about 5 Billion cash on hand with another 5 billion or so in bonds so it’s well in the realm of possible. Not to mention that Nintendo could easily buy them with a loan since they have little to no debt and an excellent credit rating.

        Heck with their money they could buy all of EA for the 8 or so Billion it has out in the market.

        The real question is who do they want that they can’t buy, and that would be MS(314B) and Sony but just barely can’t afford Sony at 16B.

        • Wayne Beck

          Your calculating Microsoft and Sony Wrong. Sony at 16B and Microsoft at 314B is the entire company. Nintendo would only be looking to Acquire the Gaming Divisions. If either of them were actually willing to sell, Nintendo would probablly be able to pick up either of them for about the same Price as EA.

          Microsoft is possible because the people who own the largest stake in the company do not want to lose money on Xbox anymore. Sony is possible because they have not made any significant money in almost a decade.

    • Rinslowe

      Not to mention awesome as potential exclusive content makers. :)

    • Justin Clark

      A Nintendo/Sega combination would really be something; if handled correctly. Nintendo consoles would then have multiple times the amount of exclusive IPs of either competitor. Not to mention that Nintendo could allow Sega to continue working in the mobile space to generate income without sacrificing any Nintendo IPs.

      Also, Nintendo could use Sega to fill in gaps within their games lineup. Sega has a long history with fighting, racing, sports, and action games. I would also like to see current Nintendo developers have a crack at Sega franchises. A Monolith Soft Skies of Arcadia or a Retro Panzer Dragoon, could be really cool.

      On a side note, if Nintendo were to try and acquire a Western publisher I’d have to vote for Take Two. They have a surprisingly low market cap around 2B which is probably due to the fact that they don’t annualize releases (outside of sports). I know EA attempted a buyout a few years ago and they probably have no interest in a Nintendo takeover, but they would be my choice. With quality sports and racing games, the Bioshock and Borderlands shooters, and of course GTA they hold many IPs that Nintendo in genres where Nintendo is lacking.

    • DragonSilths

      Platinum Games has a project in the works for the Xbox One right now though…

    • Gonzza

      If they buy Sega then Sonic games will be polished sooooooo much that we won’t see bad reviews for Sonic again ;)

  • Fred

    I want Nintendo to buy Next Level Games, Platinum Games, and maybe 1 or 2 more (I’m not familiar enough with all of the studios maybe WayForward) and then I want them to go establish 1 or 2 new ones either from scratch or by dividing current studios and then growing both parts.

    • Virus6

      Next Level Games is already 2nd party. It doesn’t really benefit Nintendo to buy them when they make games exclusively for the system any way

      • Fred

        Except that they can change their minds anytime since Nintendo doesn’t even own part of them. If nintendo bought 51% then at least they wouldn’t be able to change their minds.

    • Andrew Baines

      I fred it would be nice to see Nintendo bye Psygnosis Mindscape Imageworks

      • Fred

        Who are they? What games have they made? Maybe I’ve played some and don’t even know it.

        • Andrew Baines

          Psygnosis Mindscape Imageworks are dev who made some of the top games for the amiga check them on utube they would be good if they remade them in hd for the wii u

    • Mario

      Don’t forget SEGA!

      • Shy Guy

        Wouldn’t that be a kick, I’d love to go back in a time machine and tell people in 1994 that one day Nintendo would purchase Sega, I bet I could make a salad from all the rotten veggies supporters of both companies would throw at me.

      • Fred

        You’re right I don’t know why that didn’t cross my mind.

  • Eduardo

    Nintendo needs to listen the people in this site. It’s like we’re giving then all the answere.

    • Virus6

      The last thing Nintendo needs to do is listen to armchair CEOs who think they know what they hell they are doing.

  • darkcreap

    Um, I am going to review the documentation in search for the moment when he said “mergers and acquisitions”, since the article does not explain much. Yes, definitely Nintendo needs buying more studios like Retro or Monolith to substitute the lack of third party support they have.

    I wonder how long will it take for that strategy to give fruits, though. Unless they have been working in that for long (which I think is not the case, since they expected big western third parties to do that), I think it will take long before we see any results.

    Furthermore, as some other users acknowledge here: I’ll believe it when I see it. He’s been promising a lot of things that don’t get done (eg: Miiverse app, two gamepad support, etc). That promised flow of games in 2014 better be real, since without a Nintendo Direct we don’t know many release dates. And one of them is for Mario Kart, which doesn’t come until May. What are they going to release before? I hope they don’t expect us to wait three months between Donkey Kong and something else.

  • HungryMetroid

    Nintendo should have bought Atlus a few months ago. I wish they would make Platinum and WayForward second party.

  • John Stevens

    More 1st party studios would mean more unique (and hopefully quality) games for Nintendo consoles. Seems like a good move.

  • Simon Stevens

    They should pay other studios for a whole range of exclusive games for the system, at this rate they have nothing to take it forward other than first party titles.

  • Shy Guy

    “We built up cash reserves when earnings were strong. Because the
    entertainment industry ebbs and flows in wild swings, Mr. Yamauchi
    insisted it is vital to have deep pockets. Without savings, we could not
    have recovered from a single failure in game systems. Even now, we can
    afford many options because of our robust financial standing.”

    This is why Nintendo will probably still be around long after every person who reads this has died of old age. Old conservative companies like Nintendo do not act in overly progressive ways that can endanger the company’s long term financial stability, many of the things armchair CEOs say Nintendo should do are the sort of high risk things a much younger and impulsive company might take a chance on, but then possibly end up defunct like Atari, Acclaim, and The 3DO Company.

  • Joecoo1

    I think nintendo should think about handing the zelda franchise to Bethseda inc for they are the most amazing company when it comes to mythical games like Skyrim and they have open worlds and harcore action that would make gamers flood in and buy the game not just becaus of zelda but the reputation of Bethseda for they appel to hardcore gamers and alot of poeple love Zelda already and if hardcore gamers see that bethseda is working on zelda thy’ll pay more attention to nintendo.
    Just think of it an open world Zelda game with sick graphics and and has apealing nature to hardcore gamers.

    • Pablo Lavín

      But they will alter the story.. or something, and Bethesda hates Wii U

    • darkcreap

      Bethesda has clearly spoken against Nintendo. I really doubt handling them Zelda is a good idea at all.

    • Donaald

      Yeah, and having a broken game,”Armor DLC”, patches that don’t fix anything, endings behind paywall, yeah, sound awesome, right? pfft gamers these days…

      • YogiGRB

        uhm …. didn’t think i would ever but thumbs up Donaald, have you been reading and learning? Your replies and discussions seem more mature now. tip of the had to you sir for saying this without being bias towards any platform

  • matt

    Wiiu is not underpowered Xbox1 is the wiiu has unique hardware that will get more and more powerful over time,ive read an article that xbox1 can’t do and won’t ever do 1080p 60fps and we know WiiU can do this on Bayonetta2 which has more action than any nextgen game so far and it has co-op ect so please stop calling wiiu underpowered to ps4/xbox1 when xbox1 is the odd 1 out this gen look at dead rising it looks like a 360 game…..Mariokart8/Bayonetta2/X/Smash all will destroy any xbox1 game in graphics/action/fps/resolution the lot…….

  • Blue Hernandez

    Buy Capcom, Kojima Productions, Square Enix, Sudo 51, Bungie, and SEGA (I have no idea how much all these would cost or if it would be possible). You’ll be set with mascots and a huge diversity of quality games.

    • majora :D

      I don’t think there’s enough money in this world to buy them all (else Micro$oft would have done it already)

    • Denvy

      Oh yes, just buy Sony and MS while you’re at it and then everyone will have to buy a Wii U. Seriously, we need to remain realistic.

  • leo

    Buy capcom! There basically broke anyways.

  • Mjeku

    Am I the only one who was super, super excited when he announced DS support? But then suddenly remembered that we were also promised GBA and GCN support, and NEITHER has shown up?

    • NkoSekirei

      the gamecube support was a suggestion wasnt a promise just to let u know but eventually we might get some gamecube games remastered to hd like wind waker

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    Do this! It’s freaking mandatory Iwata does this.

  • William Martinez

    Iwata is a wise man, i think we will see some good changes and amazing games, hopefully we will also see strong third party support.

    • GregoryTheRainMaker

      Iwata has to actually do it. He’s known for giving a lot of lip service as months and months pass by of nothing happening, and all that is left is mediocrity which always seems to be put to the forefront to make the Nintendo brand look bad. We have to see it to believe it. Though, if I am being practical…he might not do it until more bad news that makes him look like a joke like he does now hits the Wii U.

      • William Martinez

        you’re right, iwata said they will improve the NNID so it won’t be attached to the console but a cloud ( i think) and that’s something i asked for, he is fixing a lot of mistakes :)

  • Rich Garriques

    nintendo needs to make wii u region free make it more tangible to people no matter where they get it.

  • Super Buu

    Buy Platinum Games and make a bunch of western studios and Nintendo has officially won the generation for me.

    • GregoryTheRainMaker

      This.

  • WarioForever

    Make more studios outside of Japan.

    • darkcreap

      That’s a fair point. To appeal better to the west, they need more western studios.

      • Shota

        like retro studio?

        • Fred

          Yes and if they had 1 Retro for every Japan based studio then we’d never have these game droughts. We’d have significant releases year round.

        • darkcreap

          Yes, but Retro alone is not enough, I think. Retro is hiring people, by the way, so growing the number of teams in an already existing studio is also a valid move as well as having more studios, I guess.

  • Fred

    This is cool, but I just learned something cooler!

    X is coming this year!!! According to Nintendo’s notes from the investor’s meeting see the second to last page here

    http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2014/140130e.pdf

    As a side note Bayonetta is coming too, but who cares X, the system seller, is coming this year in Japan, US, and UK

    • Donaald

      Don’t get your hopes up yet, though. Remember, last year we saw delay after delay.

      • Fred

        Too late, my hopes are already up!

    • majora :D

      Thank you Fred, I’ve been waiting for news about X for months!

      • Fred

        Seriously, I was dying for news on this too. Have you seen the GameXplain analysis videos for the 2 trailers? They’re interesting

        • majora :D

          nope, can I get a link?

          • Fred

            Yea there are 2 this one

            and this one

    • GregoryTheRainMaker

      Both are important….great marketing needs to be applied to these titles. They have enough heft to get enought people to care about playing a Wii U.

      • Fred

        You’re probably right that both are important for Wii U sales, but I just don’t have any interest in Bayonetta 2. I am, however, stoked out of my mind for X. Xenoblade is my all time favorite game if X is even close to as good we’re in for a treat.

        • GregoryTheRainMaker

          Well just buy what games appeal to you…I’m going to play both.

    • Rinslowe

      Interesting. Anyone who has played Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii knows what Monolith Soft can do…
      X is game of the year for me no questions asked. Lets hope it indeed gets a 2014 release. :)

      • Fred

        YES!!!

  • Donaald

    Studio acquisitions is something they should have done last year, Nintendo is so slow in catching up, they need to have more manpower and franchises to get the games NOW!

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  • Christopher Acuna

    Hope they don’t go 3rd party, that would just break my heart.

  • ZeldaFan83

    Nintendo should make a deal with Precursor Games for Shadow of the Eternals or the next Eternal Darkness, their pretty much the same game except for the name.

    • Donaald

      No, they shouldn’t work with Dyack, but they can outsource it to a better studio.

      • ZeldaFan83

        Everyone gives Dennis Dyack a lot of shit but at Precursor Games he is designated as the Creative Director and has no power regarding the studio or the money side of things. He focuses just on the creative side of things. I think it would be fine. He’s not in the same position like he was at Silicon Knights.

  • verymetal

    I would like to see Apple partner with Nintendo. They could both work together on a new console to rival the PS5 whenever that comes out. One thing is certain though, Nintendo has to get their next console right. It needs all the bells and whistles, but most importantly it needs quality games at launch.

  • wiimenonowiiu

    Would have been nice if it was a merge with some advertising companies

  • Skelterz

    Buy square Enix Re-release FF7 on wii u exclusive watch the fanboys cry to be fair it would be full circle they stopped making games for nintendo when 7 came out then they come back with ff7 remastered.

  • Skelterz

    buy capcom = Megaman ,monster hunter, resi evil, breath of fire, street fighter
    buy square = Final fantasy ,chrono trigger, kingdom hearts, dragon quest
    buy sega = Atlus, sonic , phantasy star , streets of rage
    buy game arts = Grandia enough said.

    • Fred

      I’ve never heard of game arts or Grandia

      • Skelterz

        download grandia 2 for pc or ps2 emu or better even buy it, its an rpg very good game

        • Quicksilver88

          Or better yet play it on Dreamcast as they did a rather poor port to ps2

          • Skelterz

            i never played the ps2 version i found it years ago when i was alot younger for pc, its the only game i ever i completed on my pc im not much of a pc gamer.

    • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

      Buy capcom and they also get that new Strider game that’s not coming to wii u.

      No point buying square as their games are past their best and Nintendo has monolith studio.

      I think the news that would make me happy is if they buy Sega. Short term they’d get that great looking survival horror aliens game that’s not set to come to wii u. I’m currently loving the Shinobi 3 3d classic on 3ds. And my dream game is a total war fire emblem hybrid. Many Sega games sell well on Nintendo so it should be easy to make it profitable.

    • darkcreap

      I liked streets of rage (played it in an emulator when the Mega Drive was no more with a friends) and I wouldn’t mind having an updated version of it. I bought Final Fight 2 and 3 for Wii VC and updated for WiiU. I wonder if they will update Streets of Rage too. I will buy them on the WiiU VC only.

    • Brandon

      Nintendo would only be able to get capcon or sega maybe. As of square enix sony wouldnt let them touch it and game arts nobody really knows.

    • The Clockwork Being

      Sega can’t be bought since they are owned by Sammy. And Sammy also owns Atlus.

      • Skelterz

        i forgot about that, i spose at the moment there sort of only releasing stuff for wii u anyway, capcom would be a good idea though there like broke as shit and they like nintendo have a well spring of untapped amazing ip.

        • The Clockwork Being

          Oh no Nintendo can buy Sammy and everything they own but I don`t think they will.

          • Skelterz

            make your bloody mind up lol, and yeah i don’t see it either.

      • Justin Clark

        Nintendo has enough money to buy Sammy…

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Glad to hear it, it’s crazy that they’ve not done much of it I mean who could say that Retro or Monolith were bad decisions? If Nintendo took on new talent from outside teams (just like Retro) then they’d be in a much better position.
    I hope they buy platinum games, Nintendo are apparently the only ones who want to fund their creativity and they’re a really great team. Platinum would give them great new IPs, get some more mature games out and help with the release schedule.

  • Spencer Manigat

    No. Don’t buy Sega. Sega IP’s won’t make you enough. Buy Capcom. Exclusive Street Fighter, Monster Hunter, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, etc. THAT is where the money is at. Nintendo doesn’t need 3rd party support. It just needs their games.

    • Diana of Themyscira

      So it needs 3rd party support?

    • Wayne Beck

      Sonic made by Nintendo would be a AAA IP again.

  • X3Charlie

    Stop being afraid to do the same things your competitors are doing if they’re good ideas. More focus on online Multiplayer, Achievements, virtual console, and not babying your fans comes to mind.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    I’ll believe it when I see it. We’ve heard this many times before. Time to put your money where your mouth is, Iwata.

  • gerome

    nintendo could theoretically buy studios that are in financial crisis. these include capcom, sega, platinum games. they will not buy ones that are still too large and powerful such as square enix. if nintendo wants to turn this ship around, they need to buy developers, aggressively partner with developers, and build new developers (especially build western developers). if nintendo can build their own sort of “empire” with a nice mix of developers, nintendo consoles will have a large amount of exclusives, and in the future, third party support will not be so necessary if nintendo decides to continue building consoles their own way.

    • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

      Sega’s doing very well at the moment. The best time to buy them was around the time they were sold to sammy. But that was gamecube era and Nintendo probably didn’t want to risk that much cash.

  • Guest

    They should acquire a development team that’s really good with dialogue writing and voice acting, so that when they finally usher Zelda into the modern age, they don’t ruin it like they did with Other M. (I state this a huge fan of Nintendo and Zelda, but one that sees their strengths and weaknesses.)

    • Leo

      There is a job open since october for translator to portuguese, it seems that Nintendo is finally giving some attention to dialogue for other markets.

  • Baconfat23

    What if Nintendo could buy Rare’s IP and send it over to Retro (if you can do that). That would be awesome.

  • Leo

    Time to spend that cash Iwata! Nintendo go shopping! This is good news!

  • Leo

    Even if Nintendo buys the current troubled Rare, this alone would be prestigious for Nintendo in the gaming industry. I wish Nintendo could simply buy Rare regardless the crap that it is nowadays and then rebuild that company from the core. The name Rareware still is a very strong word in the gaming community, especially for Nintendo fans.

  • Mark

    Time to spend some of that Cash Nintendo!!

  • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

    Buying Sega is the Best And Only Thing What EVERYONE Want

  • Brandon

    You guys want nintendo to buy these publishers, but its not going to boost sales dramatically. There pretty much all over capcom and sega right now and its not doing anything. Square enix is not going to be bought buy nintendo any time soon or ever, because to be real sony would buy it first if anything.

    • Jon Turner

      That is, IF Sony has enough pockets of money left. They seem to be losing quite a bit. Sony’s own stake in SE has dropped quite drastically to 8.6%.

      • Brandon

        Im just saying if it was to happen, but the playstation department actually has money to spare.

  • Zackary Bruley

    I have been telling people for about 9 moths now to expect a Nintendo-SEGA Corp. It only makes sense now.

  • Chris Wells

    Oh man…. Imagine if the xbox division was sold to nintendo. If that came with all of their xbox live servers nintendo could instantly have the best online gaming. And oh yea Nintendo haters world wide would have a meltdown!! I’d like them to buy out capcom. Dream world they’d buy naughty dog too

  • Rinslowe

    “Mr. Yamauchi insisted it is vital to have deep pockets.”
    Now that is a line for the history books, lol
    R.I.P MR. Yamauchi-san, your company’s pockets are indeed – deep. :)

  • FutureFox

    M&A or you die. Its that simple. Nintendo needs to foster unique experiences and not rely on third-parties to take the plunge on their own dime. They have their own business models to follow too.

  • Rodger Jamjet

    I think buying capcom, square enix and platinum games would be a great start. Getting resident evil games, tomb raider/deus ex games, tw101/bayo etc is a great start not to mention Sega with is racing/fighting genres

  • HydePark1980

    The last thing Nintendo needs is to be another one of these Japanese publishers that westernizes themselves just to appease gamers who change as frequently as night and day.

  • blindtiger

    BUY RARE NOW!

    • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

      For kenect sports?

      • blindtiger

        haha no… for goldeneye 64 online and maybe a banjo game

  • Quicksilver88

    The problem is most these companies are publishers. I think what Iwata is talking about is more development teams or houses.

    I would love to see Nintendo buy Sammy/Sega but it would be tricky because most of Sega and Altus games and proffits are not generated on Ninendo systems. I love Sega’s IPs but so many of them have been in the storage tank for far too long. Would Shenmue 3 or HD trilogy sell that well? How about a new crazy taxi, space chanel 5, Sega GT? Sonic has been hit and miss (mostly miss). Remember Head Hunter or how about a modern shining force or new Skies of Arcadia?

    So Sega has a ton of IPs but Nintendo cant just buy them and make them exclsusive because the WiiU is not a popular enough platform.

    Honestly Nintendo has so. Many great IPs of their own that they are not using in the console space right now. I would rather see them buy development teams and bring us Metriod, Fire Emblem, DK 3D, Excite truck/bike, FzeroHD, geist, waverace, mario sports, Starfox and a new SF adventures….and on and on. Nintendo needs more teams working in their IPs and that would be super.

    • C4

      Good points. If they really wanted to acquire Sega (and Sammy) I don’t think the current Wii U “success” would be an issue though. 3DS hardware base is also larger. They also have to think about the next 10 – 20 years. Their next console and handheld launches maybe won’t be easier then their last.

      • Quicksilver88

        Well I have to wonder if owning Sega/Sammy/Altus would really help WiiU sales or not? If we could have the best of old Sega and Nintendo gives us everything we want….and honestly in what generation haven’t they? So I am an olddddd school gamer and it has great appeal to me. What I like is that Sega was always thought of as being radical or edgy. They would give Nintendo a label (and IPs) to publish mature games under. So if used or marketed correctly it would be a great union. The console/portable hybrid seems like the future so hopefully that will be Nintendo’s next system. It sounds like the new portable grafx chips being show are putting up better than ps360 level grafx on 5 watts!!! Within a few years Nintendo could affordably build something with WiiU power in a handheld, now that would be cool.

  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

    Sega’s in good shape at the moment so I don’t see them selling. Out of all the really big companies Sega is one that Nintendo can most easily make profitable on long term. I think they could with capcom but it might take more work.

    They could make up for some of the Wii U’s low sales with 3ds games. Shenmue 1 & 2 remakes followed by a Shenmue 3 would sell well on 3ds. Don’t know how Shenmue would do on Wii U but the Wii U needs games, and more importantly exclusive games, and third parties aren’t going to be supplying many. It’s not like Nintendo can stop supplying games just because there’s a risk that some might not sell. If they aren’t prepared to supply games they might as well cancel the Wii U.

    Atlus could sell all their games on just Wii U and 3ds and have an audience no problem. Nintendo should have bought them, they are easily worth over $141.6 million to Nintendo as it would have largely secured them the jrpg market for this gen and probably the next.

    It’s true that games currently in development, like the aliens survival horror that’s getting some hype, probably wont make profit on just the Wii U. The studio behind the new Aliens survival horror normally makes total war games. That’s a franchise that could be made to work on the wii u especially if lent a Nintendo IP to hybrid it with like a fire emblem total war crossover. They aren’t huge budget games. That could also be a example of a game that could only work properly because of the touch pad.

  • C.S. Bailey

    ” Without savings, we could not have recovered from a single failure in game systems. Even now, we can afford many options because of our robust financial standing.””

    And that is why Nintendo, at the very least, has 2-3 more home consoles before they even have to THINK about pondering getting out of the game. Throw in a new handheld in there somewhere and my grandchildren will be able to buy a Nintendo system one day.

    Nintendo + M&A = Scary news, IMHO. Nintendo is the type of company that could own 49% of a company, but not use its’ leverage to ensure that any game made for all systems has the best and most exclusive DLC on their system. At the same time, they have other developers make so many games for them you wonder why they haven’t bought them yet. I’m talking about you Shin’en.

    • Rinslowe

      Shin’en aren’t likely for sale….
      Those guys have a history of doing things on their own terms.

      • Enumerating Wishes

        Like the Starfox team, but ended up being General Pepper’s dogs anyways ;P

        • Rinslowe

          Like a lot of things but still… If Shin’en wanted in, that’s all the action they’d ever need.

  • Dennyleven

    great that they are changing! Feels so nice to see that they want to listen to their fans on the internet! So if you see this nintendo! Start putting more games on the store shelves and release a 32 gb WHITE wii U! :)

  • oontz

    “We should abandon old assumptions about our businesses. ”

    Best thing he has ever said.

    • MujuraNoKamen

      Totally. I hope this means they’re going to work with 3rd parties better and for the love of god try some mature games – Eternal Darkness 2 please.

  • matthew garcia

    Crazy how all 3rd parties dropped wii u. Never seen it this bad. Even gamecube had more help. No love for nintendo

  • Prizm

    There was a fascinating article I read by a former 3rd party Wii U developer. Nintendo of Japan would barely throw these guys a bone. They’d just ship them a dev console with japanese instructions and no genuine communication. Article: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2014-secret-developers-wii-u-the-inside-story

    Reading it, the overall failure seems to be NoJ’s inability to communicate with the west. They’re holed up on their island with their heads in the sand. They need to hire some international public relations staff pronto and actually listen to them. Seems to me that NoA is just NoJ’s puppet with their hands tied. NoA has to sit there apologizing for NoJ’s dumb decisions (failure to distinguish Wii U as separate console, failure to market the Wii U effectively, etc).