Leave Luck To Heaven
The Japanese word "Nintendo" means: Leave Luck To Heaven.
When you consider how many times Nintendo has been called dead and come back, that Nintendo single-handedly resurrected the gaming industry after Atari died, or how many times they've disregarded the advice and path of the larger industry and created products wholly unlike the rest - and emerged on top, perhaps "leave luck to heaven" illuminates just how tenacious and visionary a fighter this company is.
Shigeru Miyamoto is the...well, the Shigeru Miyamoto of video game invention. In case you didn't know he invented Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, Zelda, with a whole host of other franchises, and is responsible for most of Nintendo's success. Shigeru Miyamoto is the creative director of the company, the #2 man, right behind the business man Satoru Iwata, CEO. Miyamoto is the main man behind every major path-less-traveled direction Nintendo's taken. And he's been right nearly every time. In Apple terms, he's Nintendo's Wozniak & Jony Ive rolled into one, but with the competitive spirit of Steve Jobs.
Miyamoto made a game called Pac Man Vs. for the GameCube system. One player was Pac-Man on their GameBoy screen, while other players watched the T.V. playing the Ghosts chasing Pac-Man around. This was in 2003. Miyamoto invented the Wii U 10 years before its time.
It's said nothing is more powerful than a great idea whose time has come. Many in the general populace wrongly assume Nintendo saw the rise in tablets & smart-phones, and reacted to them to make the Wii U GamePad controller as a gimmick response. In fact, Mr. Miyamoto has been waiting 10 years for his great idea to be possible technologically. Modern processing power, wireless, and touch-screen technology were the tools Miyamoto needed. And for the last 10 years Nintendo's been working on the problems and possibilities the Wii U now manifests.
Nintendo is much further ahead of the industry and the competition, than you may know.
It's become group-think that tablets & smart-phones have permanently eaten some of the traditional gaming industry pie. But I say, $.99 cent games without traditional controllers have simply increased the pie, they made the world of video-games slightly bigger. They've garnered attention while the rest of the world waits for the longest console cycle in history to be over. Beginning with the Wii U, this upcoming Sunday the 18th, the next generation of consoles will begin to flip the group-think on its head, and we'll hear how consoles are now eating back into tablet-style touch-screen gaming - until this broader "bigger-pie" conception is accepted in the main-stream.
Did you notice the Halo 4 24 hour record-beating $220 million sales figure? How about the $500 million record-obliterating Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 release a few days ago? The console based industry has simply been...waiting.
Like the iPad, which you didn't know you needed until you started using one, the same will be true of the Wii U. Once you see what Miyamoto's been up to all these years - the gaming world will never go back. And your living room will never be the same. Nintendo has revolutionized home entertainment, once again.
Leave luck to heaven.