Pokémon Go is out on iOS and Android and Nintendo’s stock boomed over night.
Exclusivity is a very sharp double-edged sword. A fact especially true when it comes to gamers. Exclusive games are not rare. In fact, they are becoming more and more common. Disgruntled gamers will sometimes feel that console manufacturers are out for their wallets when the exclusive title which they really wanted to play is out on the one console they do not yet own.
When a game developer gets to work on a platform exclusive title, they know the exact limitations of the hardware. The number of variables drops. Platform exclusivity simply leads to better games. There are more resources and time available to put into actual content instead of coding. More content could mean anything from better graphics, more well-known voice actors or just proper voice acting, a better soundtrack, epic cinematics, or just more items and options in a game.
A platform exclusive title, however, may also mean that a majority of interested players will not be able to play that title because they do not own that platform.
When it comes to gaming, Nintendo has always been exclusive believing that their games require their hardware for the best possible experience and enjoyment. Nintendo’s mentality was never entirely shared by the general population. Many of its games have been ported to other platforms over the decades. These ports often struggled with coding bugs and were never just as good as the original.
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Pokémon Go is a collaboration meant to bring the Pokémon experience to the world. At least to the part of the world who owns an Android or iOS device. With a simplified version of the game’s mechanics and only the first generation of Pokémon currently added, it is an understatement to say Pokémon Go was a hit.
The servers cannot keep up with the players and people in countries where the app is not yet available have been using other sites to get the .apk and join in the fun.
Nintendo stock has gone up instantly reaching values of popularity it has not seen since the second half of the ‘80s.
After two decades of exclusivity, Pokémon masters do not need a Nintendo device and everybody has gone back to being ten years old. Pokémon Go is not a lesson in regards to the good and the bad of platform exclusivity alone. The lesson has to do with platform exclusivity and two decades of popularity.
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