After a 25-year hiatus, Nintendo will be at Toy Fair 2014, which sparks the question: Why are they here now? Various media outlets have speculated that Nintendo might be trying to get in on the interactive toy market utilized by games such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity by releasing their own game with the Nintendo license. If true, this could be the best move for Nintendo to raise the sales of Wii U game consoles.
First, a little background: On Oct. 16, 2011, Activision released Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, a game that took a risk that paid off. Skylanders became so popular that on Aug. 18, 2013, Disney decided to jump in on the interactive toy/video game market by releasing Disney Infinity.
Nintendo is the perfect company to get in on the interactive gaming market. Since its creation in 1996 by Satoshi Tajiri, Pokemon has become the second-most successful video game franchise in the world next to the Mario. Furthermore, the Pokemon franchise itself revolves around collection, an integral part of interactive gaming. Nintendo has already shown that bringing its popular characters together in one game has the potential for great success with Super Smash Bros., a major system mover for the company. Nintendo has so many popular characters that a Skylanders-style game to the Wii U makes a lot of sense.
It’s fair to note that Nintendo did in a small why attempt to make a move in the interactive toy game with Pokemon Rumble. It’s not far-fetched to predict that that Nintendo will be showing off Pokemon Rumble U during Toy Fair this year.
At this point, speculation is all we can do. I don’t know what Nintendo has in store at Toy Fair this week, but we are looking forward to seeing what they present. Still, this is only a rumor, though a lot of people are talking about it. GamerFitNation would like to know what you think.
Do you feel it’s beneficial for Nintendo to step into this market?
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