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Sony: Nintendo's decline "could be detrimental to the market”

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The decline of Nintendo “could be detrimental” to the wider gaming industry, Sony has told TrustedReviews.

Nintendo recently posted a $15 million (£9.1 million) loss for the last financial quarter, signalling further struggles for the company despite consistent Nintendo 3DS family sales.

Now, PlayStation UK boss, Fergal Gara, admits that the fall of Nintendo could impact the entire gaming market, especially if companies like Sony don’t engage with younger consumers.

"[The decline of Nintendo] could be detrimental to the market, unless people like us raise our game and help tap into the younger consumer group that they serve rather well”, Gara said in an exclusive interview with TrustedReviews. “That is the challenge to us. We need to bring maybe more family-friendly, more casual experiences into the market. I think there’s a big market segment there that we should take the challenge to engage and I see lots of potential to do that.”

Nintendo’s latest financial reports are far from positive, but the sales of the 3DS, and its siblings like the Nintendo 2DS, surpassed all other console formats last year. Something Sony is very aware of.

“The DS family was the bestselling format last year, despite the stellar sales of the PS4 for the last four or five weeks, it was still the best selling console or console family.”

Sony is aware that Nintendo occupies a larger space in the handheld market than its own PS Vita, but still believes it is a strong contender, especially now with the PS4 Remote Play functionality.

“I think Vita has maybe not a huge position in the marketplace, but a very unique position. First of all it’s the only device that offers the same level of control and interaction, it’s the only device to offer the same level of visual beauty, and now it’s the only console to offer that companionship with the leading home games console.”

The new PS Vita Slim arrives in the UK on February 4 for around £179.99 and can be pre-ordered now.

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BlackTig3r

February 2, 2014, 1:40 am

We will never let nintendo die

Aiddon

February 2, 2014, 2:49 am

It's pretty bad when companies have let only Nintendo represent the market for children and families. Looks to me like people need to dial back the M-rated stuff and start expanding the family market

NEKO WORKING

February 2, 2014, 3:48 am

it's your chance Sony :)

miyamoto

February 2, 2014, 4:21 am

Step your game up PS Vita!

James Cluckey

February 2, 2014, 6:29 am

Children don't control the money. Adults who do control the money and are gamers decide where it goes. However this is a great opportunity for Microsoft and Sony. Expect to see some more family friendly titles. However the first one who slips and misses the core gamers loses.

Winston_from_the_Ministry

February 2, 2014, 11:52 am

And what about Sony's decline? Not so detrimental?

Stealth

February 2, 2014, 1:35 pm

Wii U is selling better than Vita, 3DS is selling better than ps4/ps3 combined.

Whose really in trouble?

Abort Mission

February 2, 2014, 5:10 pm

Vita outsold the Wii U by twice the number of sales in Japan. Keep dreaming, drone.

Abort Mission

February 2, 2014, 5:11 pm

So why is the Wii U failing?

Stealth

February 2, 2014, 5:29 pm

Vita outsold Wii U by 20 K in Japan

Wii U outsold Vita by 400K in the US

You tell me what matters.

Zen Shot

February 2, 2014, 7:35 pm

Sony, no.

saintfighteraqua

February 3, 2014, 12:03 am

The problem with your argument is you are comparing the Vita to the Wii U and the 3ds to the PS4...how the heck does that even make sense?
If you compare it the way it should be then things make a lot more sense.

saintfighteraqua

February 3, 2014, 12:06 am

Sony has quite a few family friendly games but I do agree they could use more.
Little Big Planet is still the best platformer on last gen in my opinion.

Rogerio de Andrade

February 3, 2014, 9:40 am

Says the guy who sells Vita... oh well..... Sony isn´t in better position, as the company is just like Nintendo and operating in red too

Rogerio de Andrade

February 3, 2014, 9:41 am

And why is the 3ds so successful ?? Can´t you tell us?

DecoyOctorok

February 3, 2014, 6:16 pm

Ha, exactly. Sony is even worse off financially. They couldn't even afford the Mario license let alone all of Nintendo's IP.

Guest

February 3, 2014, 10:32 pm

$0N¥'s decline wouldn't though. They should just go out of business with their pauper's brands, but their rapidly dropping stock and credit rating of Junk is going that way anyway. Pauperfanboys with their PoS4 and DEAD Vita be damned as their brand is going the way of the dodo! Downvote with your Neofaggot botnet all you like, you can't hide from the truth paupers!

Peter

February 4, 2014, 8:57 pm

What is wrong with you?

Abort Mission

February 25, 2014, 8:38 pm

Because it's welfare cheap and caters to children. Simple

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