Nintendo (in my personal opinion) is one of the best gaming developers of all time. Sure their consoles aren't packed to the brim with cutting edge hardware, but that isn't necessary; after all they did practically save the entire gaming industry all those decades ago. Nintendo instead focuses on making their games feel like actual video games instead of war simulators. Granted, their way of dong things isn't for everybody, I just see a lot of merit in how they run it.
Despite having such a great track record, Nintendo hasn't been perfect (and if you don't think that, Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival says hi). Luckily for them, their good games heavily outweigh their bad. Just count the total they made for one console and you'll definitely see what I mean.
Unfortunately for them though, many choices they made went far beyond the games that they made. As a matter of fact, some of their decisions as a company were so incredibly bad that they nearly put themselves in the grave for it. Anybody who remembers the Virtual Boy could easily attest to that.
Nintendo may be a great gaming company, but they've made an embarrassing number of mistakes that hurt them deeply in the long run. Some, you may not believe, and others may come as no surprise. But these 15 mistakes by Nintendo are undoubtedly the most shocking.
15 Lack of Online Play
14 Behind in Hardware
13 The Virtual Boy
12 Creating the PlayStation
11 Losing Final Fantasy VII
10 Giving Themselves A "Kiddy" Image
9 Lack of Third Party Support
8 Losing Rare to Microsoft
7 Naming The Wii U
6 Crappy Launch Titles
5 Philips CDI Games
4 Milking Mario
3 Super Smash Bros. Melee Competitive Play
2 The Wii
1 Sticking with Cartridges
Final Fantasy VII and the PlayStation are both huge mistakes by Nintendo, but the root of that cause was sticking with cartridges. They even tried to correct this by releasing the N64 Disc Drive, but they were too little too late. Console peripherals never do well anyways. Cartridges just didn't have enough storage, but Nintendo was determined to stick with them. This resulted in a forever reputation that they would always be technically behind their competitors, thus people always bashing them for making inferior consoles. At least their handheld game is on point.
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