Nintendo will have to port its games to other platforms – and it will likely happen inside two years, reckon analysts.
"Nintendo has to deal with the change and let Mario games be played on non-Nintendo devices," said Nanako Imazu, an analyst for the brokerage firm CLSA in Tokyo, in an interview with the New York Times. "I think it will take at least couple of years to see that."
The Wii U's success or failure is crucial, according to analysts – with Ninty likely to have a year to push the console before the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 arrive on the scene.
David Gibson, a Tokyo-based analyst for Australian bank Macquarie, reckons the Wii U will have to fail in order to force a change at the top that will enable Nintendo to port its games to other platforms – and we won't know whether the console can be considered a success for a couple of years yet.
Come on, Nintendo – the people want to play Super Mario Bros on their iPhones with the iCade 8-Bitty. Make it happen.