Feeds

Games too complex, Nintendo chief warns

Especially for the three-year-olds it's targeting...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has warned that games are becoming too complex and the industry risks alienating consumers.

It's a line the company has trotted out before. Right around the time Sony was announcing its PlayStation 2, former president and now chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi made much the same complaint.

Iwata's restatement came this week in an interview with the BBC. The comment comes just weeks after Sony unveiled the PlayStation Portable into a market thus far dominated by Iwata's company.

Nintendo's stance is that the industry has become obsessed with faster processors and better graphics. This trend, he reckons, represents a failing of innovation that will see people become "tired of games".

Well, it's worked so far, with each new broad generation of consoles selling more than the previous ones. PC gaming has similarly gone from strength to strength on the back of faster CPUs and GPUs, and the new titles they make possible.

Still, there's something in what Nintendo says, given the way old, graphically challenged games remain popular - this reporter occasionally still enjoys laying waste among Doom baddies - and how retro titles are finding a new home on mobile platforms.

Not surprisingly, Nintendo's DS is the answer to this rampaging complexity among modern games. According to Iwata, it will offer a broader appeal. "The players of DS will have even wider demographics than today," he said. "I hope people realised a DS game can be played by a three-year-old and a 50-year-old returning to games."

Parents of young children may be a little concerned that Nintendo is now targeting toddlers.

Whatever, the DS' basic control system, with its voice-recognition, will allow game developers to make titles that are easier to play - and so keep consumers buying. ®

Related stories

Sony, Nintendo pick March '05 for Euro console launch
Nintendo DS to ship 29 November for $200?
Nintendo DS: more communicator than console?
Official Nintendo DS console pic appears on Web
Sony shows wireless PlayStation Portable
Start-up touts x86, Wi-Fi as mobile gaming future
Gametrac morphs into, er, Gizmondo

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.