Keeping The Faith: Why You Shouldn't Give Up On Nintendo Just Yet
Posted on Monday, July 2 @ 09:25:09 Eastern by Alex_Osborn
Or was it?
When word got out that they were working on an HD console (codenamed 'Project Cafe' at the time) I was hoping with all of my being that Nintendo would pull a 180 and recapture the core by focusing less on the casual audience. Naturally, the Wii U's debut squashed any of the hopes I had, leaving me a disappointed, bitter, ex-Nintendo fanboy.
But it's time to strip away my biased, somewhat unwarranted displeasure with Nintendo, as much of my opinion is fueled by childhood memories and impossible expectations. First, let's take a look at the Wii and why a bulk of the hate often leveled at it is simply unwarranted. I'll be honest, I don't like motion controls — never have and likely never will. That however, doesn't change the fact that Nintendo delivered a number of quality original titles to the platform that will go down in history as some of the best this generation. Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 are (arguably) the best 3D Mario platformers to date, with some of the most impressive level design gaming has ever seen. Then there's Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, which, while not wholly unique in concept, makes excellent use of the Wii's motion controls and rounds out the trilogy in expert fashion.
The list of incredible software goes on with other great titles like Smash Bros. Brawl and Skyward Sword, along with third-party games like No More Heroes and Xenoblade Chronicles, so those claiming that there haven't been worthwhile games for the core are flat out wrong. While Nintendo has expanded is reach to a broader market, they've still managed to deliver plenty of compelling software for fans like myself; it's just too bad we've had to use a goofy remote to experience most of the games.
So now that the Wii U is only months away, a lot of the negativity from the Wii's casual focus has rubbed off on the upcoming console, especially since it bears a similar look, supports the same controllers and has that blasted Wii branding. Well, that and the fact that Nintendo's showing at E3 this year was less than stellar. I'll admit, I came away from E3 pretty bummed about Nintendo's offerings, but anyone familiar with the company knows they shouldn't be underestimated.
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