Nintendo Throws in the Towel
Greg Johnson / Apr 1st, 2015 No Comments
With a heavy heart Saturo Iwata, CEO of Nintendo, has announced that Nintendo will be switching away from the first-party format. Nintendo will officially make the announcement during a Nintendo Direct that will take place April 1.
The company will continue to support Wii U and 3DS consoles for a limited time, but sometime in 2016 the gaming giant will switch over to a yet-to-be-named third party. While Iwata is toying with the idea of joining up with Microsoft or Sony, Nintendo is also considering going strictly mobile in light of a recent announcement to allow mobile games to access Nintendo’s roster of original IP.
When asked about the shift, Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario amongst many other Nintendo franchises, had the following to say:
“In an era of guns and glory, Mario just doesn’t have a place anymore. Perhaps he’ll have a gun in some of his future titles, maybe a busty sidekick. Who can really say.”
Ultimately Nintendo’s stock has benefitted from the announcement as principle shareholders are quoted regarding the announcement as saying “It’s been a long time coming.” Also of note was the reaction from Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé, who when pressed could only say, “My body was not ready.”
Nintendo is Totally Going Away
What a bombshell dropped by the savior of the videogame industry. Even during the gaming crash, an idea such as this wasn’t toyed with, which is why on April 1st, this article is lucky enough to cover such a literally unbelievable story. For those still wondering as to the articles authenticity, the video link to the “official press announcement” below should help to clarify.
Official Nintendo Press Announcement
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