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Ex-Epic Games director Cliff Bleszinski has been reflecting on what he feels could be the future of the video game industry, and has admitted that one day Nintendo may be forced to leave behind hardware manufacturing to focus purely on software publishing.

Speaking to GamesIndustry International, the man behind such hits as Gears of War and Unreal Tournament said:

This business has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the '80s. I really think we're in a massive state of turmoil. I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward...In regards to the industry, it's like the Super Smash Bros. of business right now, and I want to see if Peach or Mario wins.

With downloads become more and more important and fresh challenges coming from the likes of smartphones and tablets, Bleszinski's comments aren't totally unfounded. But could Nintendo really "do a Sega" and become totally focused on software publishing? Leave a comment to share your own opinion on this matter.