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: 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: 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