Why don't Nintendo make a computer?
Why don't Nintendo broaden its horizons and manufacture a personal computer?
- SarcastatronLv 72 weeks ago
Nah they should pull a Sony. And make their own E-car.
- Anonymous1 month ago
They like to stick with consoles
- 2 months ago
Because they don't need to. They are a very great gaming company already
- TStoddenLv 72 months ago
It's typically Japanese tradition that once you have a massive hit, you tend to specialize it such an item. Pivoting to other items / industries is difficult to pull off, much more successfully.
Nintendo's original console, the Family Computer (aka the Famicom), did have some limited online support in Japan that was intended to provide some services (like news, banking, legalized gambling on horse races) but did not provide online gameplay support. HOWEVER, since the console was more popular for the games, they stuck with that & released the NES to the rest of the world. Nintendo kept the name for the 16-bit era (Super Famicom for Japan, SNES for the rest of the world).
Their hit & specialization happened in the 1980's, where PC's were still fairly niche & was more focused on larger organizations than individual users at the time, but was slowly getting into homes. PC's were also not as user-friendly in terms of design & usability at the time, so it was a bit expensive to make & sell PC's at the time (or at least until "IBM compatibility" became a thing).
While computers have become more affordable, user-friendlier in design (with more standardized components) & easier to use... Nintendo just doesn't have the materials, equipment nor the staff to pivot into an industry that's relatively crowded, NOR does Nintendo have any incentive to do so. Nintendo is fairly content to being a game company that focuses on family-friendly entertainment.
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- 2 months ago
I think it's because Windows is just too big to compete with
- Ding DongLv 62 months ago
Sega made one and it didn't do that well, it was a PC with a genesis/Megadrive slot. Too expensive, kids just wanted a console really, PC software was grim back in the day, if you didn't want to type there wasn't much else. Why don't Nintendo make one now? Pretty pointless with gaming PCs being available already.
- Steve GuyLv 42 months ago
The original nes was called famicom (family computer) in Japan, and could play nes games as well as browse a very small internet. But they quickly realized that what really sold was the games, Mario became a smash hit almost instantly and sold millions of copies in both japan and the us. So they dropped the computer angle and became very protective of their ips despite massively declining profits after the Wii era. Hopefully making app games and a console version of Pokémon will help them start to become successful again.
- WalipmemoLv 52 months ago
That would be a childish computer
- Anonymous2 months ago
because they lag way back in experience and knowledge, it would be like starting with one arm behind thier backs, the other thing is that just about all game players know what nintendo are about, would they immidiately trust them if they branched out into a different product?, personally i pretty much hate the nintendo simplicity ideology, with their reliance not on creativity and ingenuity of design, but on tried and tested formulas, and i think that's where they see themselves, financially it's difficult against the major players of Microsoft and Sony, they can ill afford to read the market interest wrong and throw millions down the toilet, they need everything they have just to compete,,,,that's why they stay in their tested market field