This week’s review isn’t really a review. I wanted to go over Nintendo, and their future as a console gaming company.
Now why do I specifically say console? Well they have the handheld market. Don’t give me crap about how the Vita will destroy it, we heard that with the PSP, and well we know how well that planned worked out. (The DS won that battle).
Anyway, we all know of Nintendo’s new console on the horizon, Wii U. Yeah yeah we know the name is weak. I’m not going over that, because the name of a console should not make or break a system.
Nintendo has been criticized for being too kiddy in their games. Fair enough. But many of those people still enjoy those games. Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 were great games. Pokémon sells extremely well, and the list goes on and on. The Legend of Zelda and Metroid, although not showing blood are a little violent, but not too much, and appeals to a wide margin.
This is why the Nintendo Wii has sold so many systems, and has become a finical success. But with the Wii U, Nintendo wants to get the Hardcore gamer crowd back. Well although I don’t think they are truly gone, there are a few things Nintendo can do to secure them back.
First off Achievements. Or whatever they want to call them, just something along those lines. But why is the better question. They serve no real purpose, they don’t give you extra things in the games, over all its more of a check list of things to do in the game, so why have it? Ask X-Box Owners!
I’m dead serious. There are gamers who buy games JUST TO GET THEIR GAMERSCORE UP! These games also are more expensive used because they are in popular demand. There is an Avatar The Last Airbender game where you can get your 1000 GamerScore Points in about 5 minutes. It’s hard to come by, and a bit pricy, but people will buy it.
But there is more to it then that. It gives the player a feeling of self-accomplishment. I beat the game on expert difficulty, and I’m freaking awesome. Or I defeated Bowser without taking a hit, I am Super Mario! It also adds replay ability to the game, and new challenges. It’s not, oh Ganondoft is defeat, I’m done!
There are many websites out there that are dedicated to tracking your GamerScore, showing statistics, like how many players have this one game 100% completed, so when you do complete it, you feel awesome, and you achieve something! (see what I did there?) And with increase in technology it can get better.
Take an Animal Crossing game for the Wii U. With improved online play and feature ( I will get to that in depth in a bit), as you grow your town and such, they could easily add achievements to the game, making the never ending game that much more never ending. Much like DLC gives you.
We all know Nintendo can do this. In Wii Sports Resort, in each game there was a list of things to do, and to add more challenges and just more into the game. Even recently on the 3DS, they added things to do in the Street Pass games. I mean most are weird and obscure, BUT it proves they can do it.
Nintendo please, please, PLEASE stop making games like Wii Music. I don’t care if it sold near 1.5 Million copies (I’m serious), but really was it worth it. All games like that do is establish you don’t care about the hardcore gamer. I know you do, but others don’t. I will let the Wii Play go, for the most part. But let’s focus on REAL games ok?
Now to online gaming. Most people know I’m not huge into the online gaming, and I am not getting into it, but let’s face it. Nintendo has not been great with online, ok they have been really bad. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a prime example. Online was horrid. If you got a level with too much going on in the back ground (which is a lot of them) lag times were horrific. Final Destination, a favorite level of many, was probably one of the worst (Maybe behind Big Blue).
For the most part the Nintendo IP’s are not hugely multiplayer based, but the games that are, online will make them much better than before. A Pokémon Stadium game (which we all know will come out) would be great with a better online system, and we all know there will be a Smash Bros. for the Wii U, so that is not even needed to be explained.
Spacing! What I mean by this, is it seems we get a lot of Nintendo games at once, and then we get a lull of no Nintendo big name games. This causes issues for gamers, as it’s a lot to play at once. Yes this happens on other consoles, but it’s not the SAME company fighting their own games for sales.
Most of this is just me ranting yes, but I love Nintendo, and I want the Wii U to be worth the wait, and price. What we do know is intriguing, and keeps me wanting it. My greatest fear is we won’t have a strong launch title to help drive the sales, and we need it. The 3DS suffered because of this, and many people, at the time, speculated that the 3DS would die because of it.
At the time, all we can do is sit back and wait, E3 is just a few months away, and we will learn much more, hopefully a launch date and price as well (I predict November). Now if you excuse me, I need to really sit down and finish Skyward Sword.