Nintendos home console struggle!
by, 16th March 2014 at 10:12 AM (609 Views)
Well, surely you heard about the numbers of Nintendos Wii U sales and they are not good. Knowing this causes me to worry. I still like Nintendo but they aren’t as good as they used to be. Ever since the N64 the sales of each generation dropped quite a bit. When the Wii came they had a big profit despite the many chunk games that came out throughout the time (probably too many games for Nintendos quality control to handle).
Nintendo claims they learned from past mistakes yet they repeat it. Start line up is insufficient and Third-party support is scarce for example. They may make most money with their own games but gaming changes and their line-up stagnates some. They still may be good but they used to be better. Sometimes it evens feels they just throw out games that could have been much better, especially if it comes to Mario games. Mario might be the mascot but his red is bleaching out if you ask me. For example we haven’t seen F-Zero for a while and they still forget about the potential of Luigi. Make some games with them.
With Luigi they could go a different route or take a different approach of game kinds. As examples, why not make Luigi go on a treasure hunt for Daisy or defend Sarasaland from an alien invasion. Tatanga could become the other reoccurring villain for Luigi games (and King Boo is main boss in ghost hunts, someone must bring in the cash).
It shouldn’t be saving Daisy, saving a princess that is unable to raise an army to defend against the regularly coming Koopa invasions, is Marios thing but finding special items or flowers for her, the way her Kingdom was set up from the beginning offers potential in that (old Egypt, deep sea, ancient China and mysterious islands) or throw out an returning alien race that simply wants to destroy her kingdom to build their own base on the ruins. Heck, Nintendo could even use Tatanga and his aliens to symbolic picture things like environmental pollution or corruption in the games. Luigi could use other technical gadgets from E. Gadd on his adventures too...
We have Zelda that is about myths, exploration, solving puzzles and riddles and finding inner strength by struggling through dungeons. Mario games are like “reach the last stage on a set path fast and try to survive with skill and sometimes reaction". Paper Mario or Mario and Luigi games have an interesting RPG style on them (used to be better though). So Luigi could go into a bit of other direction in more games with him being the main man as well, just some thoughts. At least they have a Yoshi’s New Island game now which is also a nice, cute and cuddly franchise besides Kirby.
Gaming changes and graphics become more important (the other thing is violence but Nintendo should stay away from that, could promote love and peace more as the opposite wall though). Weak, gimmicky consoles won’t cut it if the gimmicks aren’t utilized well, at least by Nintendo itself. If that causes sales other developer are more willing to port to Nintendo, eventually even try to utilize the gimmick more often and better. I mean, there was a time where Nintendo was well known to be a successful gaming revolutionist that everyone copies but this seems in the past now. Just an example, things like Oculus Rift is something I had expected to be made by Nintendo not someone else. At least the handheld market seems to be still in control of Nintendo though smart-phones and tablets hunt for the top but that is for the future. Maybe in 3 or 4 generations of Consoles, if Nintendo survives it that long (even if they have a few billion on the bank, if the loss keeps growing it will eat up that capital) they land another hit like the Wii (hopefully with less crap game avalanches).
See you around.
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