5 Ways Nintendo Plans to Get Back Into the Game
It’s been several years since Nintendo (NTDOY.PK) had good news to tell investors during its yearly financial summary. With sluggish sales of the Wii U showing no sign of speeding up while its rivals blaze on past and the Nintendo 3DS losing steam with the rise of mobile gaming, the company is clearly in trouble. However, it is starting to take steps to fight its way back into a competitive position. Here are five ways Nintendo plans to get back into the game.
1. New first-party games
The main reason many gamers own a Nintendo console is to play the company’s first-party titles like Mario and Zelda. Nintendo’s two biggest upcoming releases are Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, coming May 30, and Super Smash Bros., coming in the third quarter for the Nintendo 3DS and in the fourth quarter for the Wii U. A new installment of the Mario Kart series probably won’t be enough to make the Wii U a solid contender in the coming months, but it will offer a much-needed sales jolt.
2. New Pokémon remakes
Remaking an old game might not sound like much of a money-making plan, but this is Pokémon we’re talking about, one of Nintendo’s best-selling franchises. Along with Mario, this is as close to a sure thing as the company has. Specifically, Nintendo is planning to release Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the 3DS later this year. They’re reimagined versions of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, which originally came out in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. Just like with the new Mario Kart, these upcoming titles are small steps toward returning to profitability and probably won’t have a great impact.