If you\’re a 90s gamer, then you know very well of the nuclear war that took place between SEGA and Nintendo for about a decade. The two gaming giants smacked it out continusouly, each 1UPing the other on regular occasions. SEGA was the only company that was able to challenge Nintendo for a few years, and they pushed hard. Fast-forward to now and times have certainly changed. Regardless, the former CEO of SEGA of America, Mr. Tom Skalinske, made some very interesting comments involving Nintendo in a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz .
Here’s what he had to say:
I don’t think [Nintendo] should give up hardware or consoles. I am surprised that they haven’t formed a division to extend the IP. I’d love to play some of their games on my iPhone or iPad. It’s really a form of marketing for them in a sense. They wouldn\’t even need to make that much money off it, but it would keep their brands relevant with the users, including people that are older, like me. So it seems to me it’s a marketing mistake, but I don’t think they should give up what they’re doing because they’re damn good at it.”
Ironically, SEGA themselves recently announced that they\’d be shifting their attention away from consoles and focusing more on mobile platforms and free-to-play titles for PC.
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