Analysts Believe Nintendo Employees Are Losing Hope
The past several months haven't been kind to Nintendo. Hardly any attention has been put on the Wii, the 3DS launch was lackluster due to a poor launch library, the analog nub add-on debacle has everyone up in arms, and there are rumors that the company is struggling to develop the Wii U. Add to that the fact that Kirby Mass Attack, a game that should have been a priority for Nintendo, saw a delayed launch for some strange, inexplicable reason (read: conspiracy), and it's easy to see that the company has had better days.
According to 24/7 Wall Street, the dip in hardware sales and unclear future for the 3DS is enough to cause uncertainty in the Big N's employees. That's definitely a bold claim, and though we obviously don't know if everyone over at Nintendo is really "losing hope," it's quite possible that plenty of employees are growing frustrated with the recent sales figures the company has turned out. That said, I think we can all agree that saying Nintendo is losing hope is a bit of a stretch.
According to the analyst website, the rise in smartphones is one of the main reasons for Nintendo's increased stress level. The company has repeatedly stated that it doesn't see mobile gaming as a threat, and it refuses to cash in on the trend. Is this a mistake, though? Should Nintendo start developing apps for iPhone and Android devices? Could this help the company see some increased revenue?
I think Nintendo is currently in need of some restructuring. The company really screwed up with the 3DS, both in terms of software and with this analog peripheral crap. Nintendo has also been largely ignoring the Wii as it develops the Wii U, which may be harder than it seems. It's likely we'll never even get a glimpse at the morale of Nintendo's staff, but the assessment that several within the company are losing hope is justified, even if it is a bit exaggerated.