Future Nintendo hardware beyond the release of Wii U might not be greatly desired by the market, which may push the company down the SEGA route into software-only territory.
That’s according to former Electronic Arts designer and now industry investor Bing Gordon, who thinks Nintendo is “on track to become...a software company”.
"I can imagine a day when Nintendo wonders - and maybe it's generational change - when Nintendo wonders if they ought to take some of their best games and make them apps," said Mr Gordon.
However, while it might seem like Mr Gordon is suggesting that Nintendo has made missteps to push it down that path, he insists that the company hasn’t made the same mistakes as SEGA, who exited the console market when its Dreamcast console bombed at the start of the 00s.
Importantly, Mr Gordon explains, Nintendo has Super Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto. "So far, when Miyamoto makes a perfect game, in his career he makes games worth $200 - it's worth buying a system for," he said.
While it’s about as likely as a Call of Duty-Battlefield crossover, Mr Gordon believes a Nintendo and Apple partnership would dominate the industry.
"Neither Apple or Nintendo - both those companies like control - is likely to want a partnership, but a partnership would be stunningly cool," he said.
Do you agree with Bing Gordon’s comments?
By Gaetano Prestia