It seems like it would be a cold day in hell when Nintendo would port their precious first-party titles over to consoles from Microsoft and Sony, but some analysts believe that is something worth discussing.
According to a report from GamesIndustry yesterday, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter discussed the chances of that happening.
“So long as [Satoru] Iwata is CEO, I don’t think there is a prayer that they allow their software to show up on third-party platforms. If they are considering it, we’ll see GBA software on mobile phones first.
“If Nintendo decides to go the way of Sega, it will be because a new CEO takes them in that direction. I don’t see Iwata making a decision like that, it is not his nature,” Pachter said.
EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich jumped in the ring on this one saying Nintendo should think about releasing their products on other systems, but doing so could damage the company.
“While I do agree that Nintendo should explore releasing products on other platforms, there holds a significant risk that it could marginalize the benefits of owning a piece of Nintendo hardware and could create a cascading impact on the health of their hardware division.
“Nintendo’s market dominance has always come on the back of its hardware. Their hardware has been a key factor in driving the growth of their brands and products.
“If the Wii U turns into a market failure, I’d suspect that a software only approach becomes a serious consideration; however, it would likely cut the company’s valuation in half. The transition alone would spiritually kill the company for many years,” Divnich said.
Will Nintendo ever release their brands on consoles like the Xbox 720 and/or PlayStation 4? Should they do so?