Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Personal Tech
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Nintendo Hopes New Exercise Platform Works Out
Nintendo Hopes New Exercise Platform Works Out

By Adam Dickter
February 1, 2014 7:10PM

    Bookmark and Share
While Japanese giant Nintendo's Wii Fit was a top seller, it would be surprising if Nintendo can match that level of success with another fitness product. CEO Satoru Iwata thinks Nintendo's third platform, being prepped for a 2015 launch, will be a winner, but gamers are a difficult crowd to win over, and many have moved on to mobile devices.
 



Can a new platform dedicated to health-based programs help restore the fiscal health of game-maker Nintendo? The Japanese giant hopes so, announcing this week that it will put its marketing muscle behind a third platform in addition to its Wii U console and DS handheld devices.

In a Jan. 30 briefing to investors on third-quarter results, which was posted on the company's Web site, CEO Satoru Iwata said he was recognizing that quality of life is a big part of the appeal of gaming consoles, and that means going beyond entertainment.

A New Blue Ocean

"Of course, defining a new entertainment business that seeks to improve quality of life creates various possibilities for the future such as 'learning' and 'lifestyle,' but it is our intention to take 'health' as our first step," said Iwata.

Rather than just rolling out more games like Wii Fit, which provide fun exercises with the motion-sensing device, Iwata said he would expand health use "in a new blue ocean."

He said early 2015 would be a target for the new release.

Nintendo desperately needs to pump up sales of its devices. It slashed its forecast for the year from 9 million units to 2.8 million.

Tough To Please

Senior digital home analyst Michael Inouye of ABI Research told us that Nintendo has many issues with the Wii U, that go beyond a "killer app" or feature.

"Iwata blamed some of the troubles on the Gamepad, which he believes consumers mistakenly view as a peripheral for the original Wii, rather than a key differentiator for the next generation of consoles," Inouye said. "While this might be true for some casual gamers, this is certainly not the case for those who are more passionate about the gaming hobby (especially not this far removed from launch)."

Inouye said casual gamers are an increasingly difficult crowd to win over now, as many have moved on to mobile devices with free or dirt-cheap apps.

It may not just be a question of perception. "The Wii U’s hardware is closer to the seventh generation of consoles (Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3) than the now current-generation (Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4," Inouye added.

Low Performance?

"This hurts it from a third-party game developer perspective and even in those cases where games support all platforms the Wii U performs below the eighth-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony," he said. "Nintendo’s Wii U has also suffered from a lack of key first party titles" while some launched late last year the company is still trying to push legacy titles to help fill in the gaps.

While the Wii Fit was a top seller, it would be surprising if the company can match that level of success with another fitness product, the analyst said. Also smart, wearable fitness products such as watches are already on the market.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 Personal Tech
1.   Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
2.   Galaxy S5 Phone: Less Can Be More
3.   Beware: Facebook Shares Your Locale
4.   Easter Egg! Microsoft's Clippy Is Back
5.   Zynga Launches Mobile FarmVille


advertisement
BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Spat
Moving on to other carriers after snub.
Average Rating:
Is Zuckerberg Nuts To Buy Oculus VR?
$2 billion deal for unproven company.
Average Rating:
Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
Siri-like virtual assistant has promise.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.