Speaking with GameTrailers, the former Naughty Dog and THQ boss Jason Rubin branded Nintendo "irrelevant" in the console hardware space, but admitted that the company as a whole was a "worldwide treasure."
Rubin's comments come amid continuing dismal sales figures for Nintendo's Wii U, with the latest being the recent revelations that in its first week on sale, Sony's PlayStation 4 has already surpassed Wii U's lifetime sales in the UK, and that considerably more people have bought a copy of Knack than Super Mario 3D World.
The sales figures have once again prompted the seemingly interminable discussion that Nintendo should consider releasing its games on non-Nintendo platforms -- Rubin said the fact that this hadn't happened yet was "a crime."
Despite Wii U flagging in the face of significant, technologically superior competition, however, it still has a number of points in its favor. Most notably, Wii U exclusives are significantly more distinctive than those found on PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360, and include beloved Nintendo franchises such as Mario and Zelda -- plus more recent popular affairs such as Wii Fit and Wii Party which have that unmistakeable brand of Nintendo fun about them. This distinctiveness is almost certainly why we'll never see these games on non-Nintendo hardware: while Wii U is struggling to sell, somewhat like its spiritual precursor the GameCube, it's still the only place to have certain experiences, and that's unlikely to change any time soon.
Super Mario 3D World's launch week sales figures may look bad, but as always, Nintendo is in this for the long game: given the way things have worked in the past, it's more than likely that the critically acclaimed Super Mario 3D World will continue to sell a year from now, while PlayStation 4 owners will almost definitely have moved on from the -- to put it politely -- rather divisive Knack by then.
We had a good old argument about whether or not you should buy a Wii U recently, along with what the best Wii U games are. What do you think? Is Nintendo "irrelevant," as Rubin claims, or do you think it's fine continuing along its own path?