Looking at the state of the video game industry today, it’s hard to believe that it was ever in any sort of trouble. The norm these days is for several huge, big-selling blockbusters to come out every year (i.e. Assassin’s Creed III, Black Ops II, Halo 4, etc.), but it wasn’t always like that. Once upon a time (namely the mid-1980’s), the video game industry was in a sharp decline and things were looking pretty bleak. Not many new games were coming out and industry revenues dropped drastically from $3.2 billion in 1983 to just $100 million in 1985; it seemed like gaming was on its way out. Then lo and behold, a hero appeared in the form of a mustachioed Italian plumber (formerly carpenter) who had a penchant for stomping on turtles: Super Mario (and more importantly Nintendo) was born onto the scene and things haven’t been the same since.
Today’s infographic from MBAonline.com shows us Nintendo’s meteoric rise and how it has continued time and time again to hold its place at the top of Game Mountain. One may not think that Nintendo, with its mostly family-friendly games and devices, has a leg to stand on in the day and age of big-name shooters and sleek, sharp gameplay, but that assertion couldn’t be more wrong. The family-friendly model gives Nintendo an extremely broad, already-built-in fanbase that is hard to compete against. Combined with the fact that their handheld and Wii sales continuously top the charts, it’s not hard to see why Nintendo stands the test of time and continues to deliver.
For more Nintendo info and stats, refer to the infographic below and have a great week! [Via]