Nolan Brushnell, the founder or Atari stated in an interview with the BBC that Nintendo may be on a ‘path to irrelevance’.
“I don’t think handheld game-only devices make sense anymore,” said Bushnell. “Not when you have an iPod or an Android microtablet,” he went on to say.
“When it comes to the console market, I think the market is truncating,” Bushnell continued. “Nintendo always had a soft spot for young people – they sort of did the 12-and-under pretty well, and the other guys did the 12-and-over.
“And now I think the other [consoles] are good enough on those things, and the rush to upgrade from the 12-and-under is not nearly as important.”
He commented that gaming handhelds ‘don’t make sense any more
In the past he was known for openly disliking Nintendo’s new Wii product saying he is “baffled by Wii U”‘ and going on to say “I don’t think it’s going to be a big success”
He has also been involved for saying that the mobile games market is on borrowed time:
“The last five years have been the days of mobile gaming and shortform gaming, exemplified by Rovio with Angry Birds and Zynga with FarmVille. And that is over,” said Bushnell. “All the money’s out,”
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