Former THQ president Jason Rubin has been discussing Nintendo’s future in the console business, stating that the Japanese entertainment giant is completely irrelevant in the console world.
Nintendo has hit hard times as of late, with its floundering Wii U console already nearly overtaken in worldwide sales by the Playstation 4, but Rubin believes that the centenarian business is a worldwide treasure that is being left to go to waste…
Speaking in an interview with Game Trailers, the ex-president of THQ and co-founder of Crash Bandicoot creators Naughty Dog said that “the company is a worldwide treasure, it is a crime that we do not play those games on the systems that we have,” before going on to say that “Nintendo is irrelevant as a hardware manufacturer in the console business.”
Of course, some would argue that the man who helmed the doomed ship that was THQ during its final days might not be the most reliable source when it comes to irrelevance, but it’s fair to say that Nintendo is finding itself in a spot of bother on the home console front. Our article a fortnight ago on GD looked into how worrying the Wii U’s sales were, with the Playstation 4 already overtaking the year-old console in UK sales.
Certainly the launch figures alone indicate that the Xbox One and Playstation 4 are in a whole different ball park when it comes to popularity, After the enormous sales of the Wii last generation this comes as further proof that no gaming company can rest on its laurels and be assured commercial success.
The performance gap between the Wii U, Xbone and PS4 is often cited as a reason for the lack of interest, with third-party interest drifting to where the sales and the horsepower is.
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