ByDave Ramos, writer at Creators.co
I'm obsessed with Mega Man and Mr. Robot and a huge fan of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. Follow me on Twitter: @DaveFinalVR
Dave Ramos

Many gamers believe that Nintendo is not really at the top of its game right now. Sure, there's hype building for the , and Pokémon Sun and Moon were both the top selling games of the holiday season on Amazon. But for all those strong points, there seems to be more negative ones pointing out that Nintendo is not currently in its prime — namely, the talk of Wii U production coming to an end, only having 3 percent of players pay the $10 fee to unlock the full game, the decline of Nintendo's stock value, and the continued lack of third party support. This string of misfortunes has made me wonder about what would happen if Nintendo was bought out by another company.

Credit: Nintendo
Credit: Nintendo

Sony/Microsoft

Thanks to Nintendo's gimmicky hardware alienating many third party developers, and have been able to reap continued support by sticking to traditional console play; a normal controller, gaming system and a TV — nothing more required unless players wish to buy such devices such as or . If either company was to buy out Nintendo, the likelihood of continued manufacture of Nintendo-brand consoles would be virtually nonexistent.

As for Sony, it might take an interest in Nintendo's handhelds and perhaps develop some sort of Vita hybrid. Nintendo is currently demolishing them in the handheld space, so taking what works with the and combining it with the 3DS would prove in the company's best interest.

"PlayStation All-Stars" could not look anymore like "Super Smash Bros." if it tried.
"PlayStation All-Stars" could not look anymore like "Super Smash Bros." if it tried.

If Sony or Microsoft did not plan on using Nintendo's consoles, then why might they want to go through all the trouble of acquiring Nintendo? This answer is as simple as you think it is: The games! What gaming company wouldn't want access to Nintendo's award-winning library of games from Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, , Super Smash Bros., and of course, . Any studio would be crazy to not want such an assortment of popular IPs. Just imagine with Nathan Drake or , or just about any character from Sony or Microsoft's games. So much potential!

Microsoft, who owns developer Rare, would have the rights to finally remaster classic 007 on . If Sony had Nintendo and all its assets, that would include Monolith Soft, developer of the series, which in my opinion would give the series the tech it deserves to be even greater — and increase the chances of a Xenosaga HD Collection.

Ultimately, whichever of these two claimed ownership of Nintendo would win the ongoing console wars.

If Microsoft had Nintendo, you know this HD Remaster would happen.
If Microsoft had Nintendo, you know this HD Remaster would happen.

Disney

This acquisition would probably solidify as a conglomerate that wants to own the world — as well as my childhood. Disney has a history of letting the entertainment companies it acquires continue their business mostly as they were, only with additional resources. So in other words, it's likely Nintendo would continue as is, providing it proves profitable to its new owner. The downside of this is you would never again see another Disney-related game that is not on Nintendo hardware. This would be similar to how publishing for comics shifted to Marvel after 's contract with Dark Horse Comics expired. So for all those hoping Kingdom Hearts would finally receive an Xbox release, you could kiss those hopes goodbye — the backlash from Sony loyalists learning that their beloved series would be strictly on Nintendo would rock the internet.

However, the prospect of Disney buying Nintendo for gaming purposes would be a contradiction of its recent actions. Only last year, Disney canceled and shut down its gaming division, opting for a more profitable licensing strategy for its properties. So if gaming wasn't the House of Mouse's motivation for a Nintendo procurement, then what would be? Perhaps the production of Nintendo-related cartoons on Disney XD, along with the manufacture and sale of Nintendo merchandise, is the likely route — a cartoon sounds awesome! In fact, if Disney did neither shows nor merchandise, I would be surprised.

Another slightly complicated possibility is Nintendo-themed amusement parks. Just imagine Mario Kart-themed rides, a Metroid shooting simulator, 4D experience through Hyrule, and of course character meet 'n' greets. It would be wonderful! However, such a partnership has already been made with Universal, and if is any indication, it does not seem likely Universal would give the rights to Disney. In the end, Disney buying Nintendo seems improbable. In which case, maybe Disney really isn't bent on owning the entire entertainment industry.

Apple

Believe it or not, has tried its hand at the console space a few times. The Apple Bandai Pippin and its remodels were not met with much success, so the idea of finding success in the acquisition of an existing video game brand would be the smart route for the tech giant.

What us gamers would likely see are many, many new consoles/remodels launching at a more frequent rate. Perhaps we would see a new or every year or two because that's just how Apple works. This new Wii or 3DS might have a new feature each year like a new button, or a slightly bigger stylus, and cost the same amount as the previous model, which was discontinued for some reason. Unlike Nintendo's current scarcity of in-demand consoles, Apple will release it every where and have launch parties just in time for the holiday season, with a line around the block for eager Apple enthusiasts to pick up the Wii U S+ they pre-ordered the other day, now featured in a variety of new colors.

The Apple Pippin.
The Apple Pippin.

In all seriousness, what would likely happen is some sort of new console, but also a ton of app games. The app store would be flooded with Nintendo exclusives, being both new games and mobile ports of classics such the original Super Mario Bros.

Overall, if I had to put my two cents in, I would say let's keep Nintendo far away from Apple.

What Are The Chances Of Any Of This Happening?

The likelihood that Nintendo would sell off or simply be bought out is slim to none. According to a 2012 issue of Nintendo UK Gamer's Magazine:

"Buried in reams of financial data is the revelation that Nintendo have 812.8 billion Yen (£6.7/$10.5 billion) in the bank - enough for it to take a 20 billion Yen loss (£163/$257 million) every year until 2052. Then there's almost 469 billion Yen (£3.8/$6.0 billion) held in premises, equipment and investments. When that runs out - we're in the year 2075 by this point - they've got some of the most valuable intellectual property in gaming to sell off before the company goes out of business."

Point is, Nintendo isn't going any where any time soon. While the success or failure of the Nintendo Switch will heavily influence the direction of Nintendo from here on in — be it more mobile games, a much greater focus on the successful 3DS, or even a return to traditional console hardware — Nintendo will be around for years to come.

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