While dozens of video-game companies are laying off employees, canceling projects, and slashing budgets, Nintendo is spending the oodles and oodles of money it's made from DS and Wii sales. According to Nikkei.net, Nintendo is setting up a $141 million (converted from yen) research-and-development facility near its Kyoto headquarters. The center will be used for both hardware and software development.
Nintendo's success has been completely ridiculous. It's funny that so many people were saying "Nintendo is teh doomed!" during its Nintendo 64 and Gamecube days. While its 2009 forecast isn't as crazy as the previous two years, the company is still the most successful and profitable out of the "big three" console manufacturers. It's also interesting to contrast this news to Sega's closures and job cuts; the two companies used to be kings of consoles, but they've gone in different directions in terms of both strategy and success.
Back to the research facility! What do you think Nintendo will cook up in its new idea factory? Will it make the original games that so many of you are clamoring for? Will its next console and handheld systems come to life here? Or do you think the return of the Virtual Boy is imminent?