The recent London Games Conference brought some of the industry's greatest minds together to discuss all things gaming, with Nintendo's recent loss one topic discussed at a panel.

David DeMartini, senior vice president of global E-commerce at Electronic Arts — he must have some pretty big business cards — believes Nintendo's loss isn't the end of the road for the veteran company:

Lots of us here have been in a similar situation. Lots of people have had that experience and pulled themselves out before. It would be premature to rule anyone out: even Apple was down for a while. There are an awful lot of smart people at Nintendo with a tonne of experience on hardware. That story may yet to be told.

DeMartini's optimism wasn't shared by his fellow panellists though: David Bishop of PopCap made the biggest ripples by saying Nintendo should have quit the hardware business 18 months ago.

[via next-gen.biz]