Former Naughty Dog Boss Calls Nintendo “Irrelevant”
Ouch, talk about being harsh. Nintendo may be ticking away and doing their own thing but it’s been hit and miss for the company. The Wii U is performing poorly while Pokemon X & Y sold like cocaine in a primary school. Former Naughty Dog and THQ boss Jason Rubin labelled Nintendo as “irrelevant” in the hardware space.
During a GameTrailers interview, Rubin reflected on the performance of Wii U in an interview with GameTrailers. He dubbed Nintendo “irrelevant” in the console space but conceded the company is a “worldwide treasure.”
His issue with Nintendo stems from the fact hat Nintendo does now allow its games on third-party formats, something Rubin dubbed “a crime.”
During the interview, he said that Xbox One and PS4 will do well in this generation, “Because Nintendo has stumbled.” He added, “Nintendo is irrelevant as a hardware manufacturer in the console business right now.”
When asked why he felt that way, he added, “[Nintendo's] own numbers.”
He conceded that there will be no developer like Miyamoto, but added, “It is a crime we do not play those games on the systems that we have as a community.”
He makes a point but keeping its games first-party are part of how Nintendo moves hardware. You’re not buying the greatest new gaming console but rather a Mario/Zelda/Pokemon machine. Ironically though, first-party games are the only thing keeping Wii U alive at the moment granted that not a whole lot of third-party developers want anything to do with Wii U.