Former Naughty Dog And THQ Head Jason Rubin Says Nintendo Is "Irrelevant" In The Hardware Arena

Feels "it's a crime" that Nintendo doesn't publish on other platforms

Nintendo may make some of the best games in the world, but it also creates some of the finest piece of gaming hardware, too. However, the industry as we know it is changing. The traditional console makers are now competing with the likes of Apple and Google. In addition to this, download titles are becoming increasingly popular, and new names are entering the publishing space — such as Puzzle & Dragons creator GungHo Online — and are earning the kind of money that veteran firms can only dream of.

In an interview with GameTrailers about the state of publishing and the next-gen war, former THQ president and Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin has branded Nintendo as "irrelevant" in the console space.

Aware that his comment would cause quite a bit of discussion, Rubin quickly added that he felt that Nintendo is an "worldwide treasure" and that no developer could ever top Shigeru Miyamoto. However, he also said that it was a "crime" that Nintendo games are not currently available on other platforms.

This isn't the first time that Nintendo has been branded as an also-ran — the same kind of comments were made before the DS and Wii became Nintendo's most successful pieces of hardware — and we're sure it won't be the last. Do you think Rubin has a point, or is this yet another case of an expert getting it badly wrong yet again? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

[via gonintendo.com, gametrailers.com]

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