Hey, Nintendo, What's The Problem?
Rumors suggest the big N has lost its way. Time for an intervention.
In basketball, coaches normally call a time out whenever their team makes a series of mistakes and/or loses momentum. It's a way of saying, "hey guys, cut the crap and let's regroup."
On that note, time out, Nintendo.
Look, we love the company as much as the next hardcore fan, but the big N continues to exhibit concerning behavior while at the same time absorbing some nasty abuse from the video game industry that remains unanswered.
Forget about the 3DS' rough start. We've heard that story countless times. Instead, focus on the bizarre attachment that adds a second circle pad to 3DS, which essentially boils down to some bulky piece of plastic that sits underneath the system and looks ridiculous.
Now consider recent reports that the publisher's newest console, the Wii U, has cheap components, and that developers can't get the wireless functionality working. And this thing ships when? June 2012? September 2012?
To its credit, Nintendo has yet to come forward and address either issue, but come on. We're talking about the market leader, the same Japanese based company that has sold more consoles and portable machines this generation, and was poised to resume its dominance into the next decade. Now it seems confused, like an old man struggling to remember things. "Oh, this used to be easy."
Fans love to say Nintendo will survive because it's Nintendo, and they have a point. The publisher relied on its beloved franchises to weather some storms, and will probably continue to do so for years to come. For all we know, it has logical solutions for both 3DS and Wii U
We also know that, despite being a survivor, it played second fiddle to Sony for quite some time before Wii came along.
Nintendo can do no wrong? What about the GameCube broadband adapter that worked with, what, one game? Please.
Bottom line, the games will continue to be good, no question. We just hope the company's on the right path. That 3DS circle pad attachment, unfortunately, suggests otherwise.