Message To Critics: Give Nintendo A Chance
Despite a tumbling stock and an uncertain future, the big N still has plenty of star power and smart business sense, despite what analysts think.
Yesterday, we stumbled across a sports article written by an analyst reflecting on the young NFL season's first two weeks.
The topic? Which 2-0 team isn't for real.
Obviously, such things are par for the course in sports journalism, regardless of how bizarre. After all, the Green Bay Packers barely made the playoffs last season and won the Super Bowl. With this in mind, how do you pass negative judgment on a team leading its division?
This made us think about Nintendo and the harsh criticism it's received from financial analysts and investors following the 3DS' rough start.
The "advice" seems ridiculous, from begging Nintendo to develop for iPhone/iPad to leaving the hardware business altogether.
This, despite 3DS not being on shelves for a year.
Most importantly, without a Mario or Pokemon game to speak of.
Did Nintendo make mistakes with the 3DS launch? Absolutely. The machine was too expensive, the eShop wasn't available and the games left much to be desired, but the big N made some great moves by releasing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, dropping the price of the system to $169.99 and kicking the aforementioned eShop into high gear.
Keep in mind that each of those respected series do gangbusters for Nintendo. All told, they're the equivalent of the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning. Similar to the football team, Nintendo will always struggle without its star.
That said, the financial analysts and investors should drink a tall glass of "calm the hell down" and let Nintendo do its thing, reserving judgment until sometime in 2012, after the holiday dust has settled. Remember, the company is the market leader in terms of systems sold this generation, taking into account Wii and DS. It knows how to move hardware with quality software.
Regardless, critics will continue to bash the champ, but what else is new?