Industry veteran, Bing Gordon believes Nintendo is on track to becoming “primarily a software company.”
Gordon began his career at EA in 1982 and is currently a board member of a few companies including Zynga, a leading social-game provider.
Speaking with GamesIndustryBiz, Gordon shared his thoughts on various industry topics including what’s ahead for console games. He compared Nintendo’s future with that of Sega “back in the day,” where Sega became primarily a software company. He did however explain that it was Sega’s missteps that brought on the company becoming a software-pro company, and while Nintendo has not made any missteps, the outcome could still be that Nintendo could become a primarily software provider.
“I think Nintendo’s already on track to become primarily a software company,” states Gordon.
“We saw that with Sega back in the day; Sega made some missteps and became primarily a software company. Nintendo hasn’t really made missteps, Nintendo probably has better creative talent and better leadership now than Sega did.
“It’s got the most robust business model, the best creative talent; Miyamoto’s still the best in the business,” he added.
Gordon believes the handheld market is going to be under a lot of pressure, and so he says he can imagine a day when Nintendo wonders if they ought to take some of their best games and make them apps.
Nintendo’s 3DS XL launches locally this week and has the promising-looking ‘next-generation’ Wii U console scheduled to launch later this year.