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Nintendo : The Double Standard


Over the past year I have talked a lot about the problems and flaws of Nintendo. They have done many things wrong, but there still seems to be a very visible double standard in how people look at Nintendo, and it’s starting to really annoy me.

The problem appears to be this: People want to be seen criticising Nintendo.

The most common criticism tends to be about the frequency of Mario games – but they are still far more infrequent than most other popular series. The Xbox 360 will have at least nine Call of Duty games, seven FIFA games, and ten Need for Speed games by it’s demise. Sure, there are lots of other releases featuring the Mario characters, but each game series still has a limited release schedule. E3 showed the first home Mario Kart for five years, the first Smash Bros for five years, and only the third 3D Mario game since Mario Sunshine in 2002.

Nintendo : The Double Standard gameplay

Nintendo: never mature?

How someone can complain about seeing the same characters over and over, whilst enjoying 20 FPS games all of which contain the same space-marine styled stereotype seems weird to me.

After E3, people complained about the new reveals being the same old games. To an extent that is true, but no more so than any other system. FIFA 21, Need for Speed 18, Call of Duty 10, Gran Turismo 6, Forza 5, Killzone 4. Let’s not forget that as well as the Nintendo games there are new IP such as Wonderful 101 and X. Even the much maligned Wii had its share of new IP’s: Mad World, Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Wii Music, No More Heroes, Red Steel, Boom Blox, Epic Mickey, etc

It also seems ironic to see people complaining about Bayonetta 2 only being on the WiiU. The reason it is only on the WiiU is because Nintendo are backing and publishing it – the game wouldn’t ever have been made without them!

Nintendo : The Double Standard gameplay

Nintendo: never new?

And let’s not forget about hearing the same people complain about huge delays in the Nintendo release schedule, whilst bitching that the games look rushed. While it is totally correct to say Nintendo needs to make more games, I for one am perfectly happy to give a studio that produced Super Mario Galaxy as much time as it needs to get the next game right.

The other classic is people who bitch about the Nintendo machines only being for kids only to go back to their 360 and play a COD game against some 12-year-old American kids!

If you don’t like the games, that is fine. If you don’t like the hardware, that is fine. But stop the double standards.

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Rob is an advertising strategist and author of 'The Ad Pit' blog. Rob has been playing games for 25 years - which makes him feel very old. He used to have a victory ratio of 40:1 in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, but that was a long time ago! #dogyears

8 Comments

  1. Hmmm. I get your points, but I think some of them are as extreme as the ones your calling out. I only really play mature games, but the number of space marine FPSs outside of Halo and KZ is not has big as people make out, I reckon. And I never really play online exactly because it’s full of kids! I do hear what you’re saying though. Nintendo have made themselves as easy target of late – and haven’t had the sales to back up their unique approach.

    • I don’t think it’s just recently. There seems to be a group of the gaming community who seem offended simply by Nintendo existing. I think even the idea that Nintendo games aren’t mature is part of it. Being colourful and fun doesn’t make something immature, it just makes it colourful and fun.
      Games that use macho stereotypes and violence to appeal to teenagers are far more immature really.

  2. I think it is a little bit of both. While I am saddened that there was no new Metroid, etc etc and by the fact that Nintendo don’t really seem to have a real software plan, all of the games looked good, especially the titles you mentioned.

    • Aye. The problem is not that Nintendo release sequels, the problem is that they aren’t making enough other games to go between them.
      Mario Kart, 3D World and Smash Bros will almost certainly be excellent games, just a shame there aren’t more original IP’s and Metroids and FZeros to go alongside them.

  3. I was really looking forward to seeing what Nintendo has to offer via their ‘conference’. I honestly was expecting them to release two or three games that was going to blow everybody’s minds, because they have been going downhill as of late.

    So I was sitting there and New Mario Bros game (expected), Mario Kart (expected), Smash Bro’s (expected)….and it just kept going on. My mind wasn’t blown, infact, the only thing that surprised me a little was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

    Games like Mario bros, kart and Smash Bro’s are just a norm for new Nintendo consoles…but I was honestly expecting them to announce a new franchise…sort of like how amazing it was when they first showed of Smash Brothers. It was completely new and got everyone excited. This is what they needed……not bloody having Wii Fitness trainer as a playable character in the game.

    That whole announcement to me was just one big trolling session from Nintendo. The way they made people wait around to hear the news of something pretty much nobody cared about.

  4. Since when should it matter if the game coming out is the same old shit?
    If it is fun and enjoyable then why cant we just sit an enjoy it as Nintendo releases these games they put alot of effort into them and they all wind up being enjoyable

    Will they come out with something new – doubtful as the term “If it aint broke dont fix it ” applies here

  5. I couldn’t agree more. Nintendo just changes controllers but never changes the games. This can be good but I grew up. – Scott Craighead

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