Are We Nearing the End of Consoles? Nintendo Thinks Not

Nintendo's director of PR thinks consoles are too unique to die off

Fox News recently ran a story in which it suggests the traditional home console may soon be losing its place in our home as consumer demands evolve and smartphones provide deeper gaming experiences .

Well, it starts off with a rather bold statement claiming that "the end is near" for games consoles, which is immediately followed by a less dramatic theory that big-sellers like the Wii and Xbox 360 "may be the last of their kind". What could possibly lead to these kind of conclusions? Enter "avid gamer" Mark Ormond.

Fox News knows that Ormond doesn't represent every gamer in the world as he even admits that he plays more games on his iPhone than his Wii or 360:

I actually think consoles are a thing of the past... Why pay $50-60 for sequels of the same games on $300 machines when I can play newer experiences elsewhere in a lot less time — and for a lot less money — on devices I already use more?

Whether the gaming industry will be taken over by games developed for portable devices like smartphones, or consoles will utilise cloud storage as predicted by Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, Nintendo's director of PR Marc Franklin seems confident that consoles will be around for the foreseeable future:

Consoles display games on the biggest screen in the house... No other game device can match their impact. No other type of gaming brings people together in the same way.

Perhaps Franklin's optimism is evident from the extended life cycle of the current generation of home consoles.


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