Nintendo possibly exiting the mobile game market.

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Nintendo possibly exiting the mobile game market.

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Post by VG_Addict » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:26 pm

https://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarde ... 4a1dfc7159

Is this a good move for them? They only really entered the mobile market because the Wii U wasn't doing well, but with the success of the Switch, they don't really need to anymore.

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Post by I am nobody » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:28 pm

Licensing Pokemon to Tencent makes it sound like they're just having other companies handle mobile for them.

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Post by DarkZero » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:31 pm

Pokemon is a different entity from Nintendo, so their plans for mobile might be different.

I think Nintendo will be fine without the mobile market, though it undoubtedly introduced a lot of people to Nintendo games they otherwise might not have played.

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Post by Sim Kid » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:40 pm

There are several reasons with Pokémon Unite.

1) It's on the Switch, too.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one who caught that little detail...

2) It likely entered development awhile ago - long before the announcement.
Contrary to popular belief, when games are announced or given a trailer that doesn't mean they just entered development. This is one of the reasons people seem to think Pokémon Sword and Shield entered development in 2018... when it actually began preproduction in 2016 according to GameFreak, was teased in E3 2017, but not formally announced until February 2019.

If I recall, Serebii or Marriland (one of those two people who run fan sites) actually found proof TPCi was contacting a third party in 2019. This implies that it might have been in preproduction or early alpha....

3) TPCi can in fact operate independently of Nintendo.
Remember when Pokémon GO launched, and it caused Nintendo's stocks to soar (https://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/11/nintend ... lease.html ) only to plummet before the end of the month when people realised they didn't actually have that much to do with GO? (https://www.theverge.com/2016/7/25/1226 ... pokemon-go ) I mean, when you load up the app, Nintendo's name is mysteriously missing from the title screen showing who made it and who licensed it - in fact Nintendo isn't even the publisher of Pokémon GO!


I wonder if Nintendo being one of the peopel to disclose "True Odds" as I call them is one of the reasons their mobile games didn't make a splash. Coupled with the fact mobile games are very competitive, are often paid for by a few high rolling players known as "Whales"... it wouldn't be surprising if a lot of their audience didn't decide "**** that" and didn't play out of protest. If you were to show someone the true odds of obtaining the item they want, I hypothesize that they will actually not buy that lootbox trying to get that piece of Worthless Aesthetic Junk that they want. (I remember my sister's 7th grade math teacher managed to talk her entire class out of buying Pokémon cards by calculating the odds of obtaining the desired cards.)

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Re: Nintendo possibly exiting the mobile game market.

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Post by I am nobody » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:52 pm

Yes, Sim Kid, we all saw the trailer and everyone knows games do not magically pop into existence the moment they're announced. Please try to be less condescending.

Nintendo owns 32% of The Pokemon Company as a joint venture with Game Freak and there's been plenty of staff crossover. It's not a truly separate company, and Nintendo would've had input on major decisions.

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Post by X-3 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:17 pm

You guys say that, but maybe Ishihara heard the news internally and commissioned an elite squad to make Pokémon Unite in order to punish our unjust society.

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Post by CaptHayfever » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:38 pm

^But who will lead this elite Pokémon squad?



And remember, "I'm-a Luigi, number one!"

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Re: Nintendo possibly exiting the mobile game market.

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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:28 pm

DarkZero wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:31 pm
Pokemon is a different entity from Nintendo, so their plans for mobile might be different.

I think Nintendo will be fine without the mobile market, though it undoubtedly introduced a lot of people to Nintendo games they otherwise might not have played.
Yeah, Nintendo will be fine without mobile. I think their approach was fundamentally flawed, they could've done very well if they did it right. Look at the Mario VS DK series, games like those would be a much better fit for mobile than trying to make stuff like Mario Kart work.

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Post by VG_Addict » Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:54 pm

Nintendo could have had even more people playing their games if they did mobile well. Mobile gamers outnumber console/PC gamers by a LOT.

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Post by I am nobody » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:01 pm

Mobile gamers also largely don't pay anything and the market is flooded.

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Post by Sim Kid » Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:33 pm

Yeah and the ones who do tend to papy a lot. That's why I feel mobile games are full of what I call "Whaling Mechanics".

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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:17 pm

That's a pretty well-known factor in mobile gaming.

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:47 pm

i thought i heard that the nintendo mobile games were decent money-makers, but with the switch's popularity and portability i totally understand them shifting to free switch downloads for those kinds of games. don't have to share a percentage of the profits with the play store or app store, and if you get people going into the eshop for the ftp game there's always the hope they see something else that catches their eye that they can pay for.

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Post by Apiary Tazy » Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:02 pm

From what I heard, most of the games Nintendo put on mobile missed their expectations aside from their top titles and they put a whole ton of them on there. Seeing how the Switch has done, it's easy to see why you wouldn't waste the effort anymore.

Pokemon is a different beast though, probably.

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Post by Sim Kid » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:44 pm

I REALLY HATE POKEMON! wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:17 pm
That's a pretty well-known factor in mobile gaming.
Yep. :P That's why Whaling Mechanics are so popular.

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