Judging by my recent posts you can tell that I have some Nintendo Fanboy genes. Anyway I read an article on the BBC about the Wii, which got me thinking about what Nintendo needs in other to maintain momentum. Physics 101- Newtons law of motion states that a body would continue in its state of motion unless an external unbalanced force acts on it – keep that in mind for now. Nintendo makes games that everyone from all works of life can immediately pick up and start playing – Nintendo makes the best games period.
But this is the reason why most games can lack depth.
Going back to what I said earlier about momentum, Nintendo has momentum for three main reasons:
- Recent sales figures and tests show that Nintendo has successfully tapped the non gaming demographic and bringing them in by the trolley loads.
- The Wii controls bring a new angle to gaming even hard core non Nintendo gamers have shown interest in the console.
- At £179 for console and a game – the price is right.
We’ve all heard about the wonderful launch the Wii had compared to the PS3, plus the 30 launch titles including the best game ever made – Zelda twilight princess. It’s like Nintendo have been dealt an upper hand, the gamecube was a good system but lack of third party support killed the system, in fact I cannot remember any third party game that I liked on the gamecube apart from resident evil. Nintendo need more exclusives from other third party studio’s especially the likes of Capcom and Ubisoft.
Nintendo scares me when the say things like we are going in a different direction by not trying to compete with Sony and Microsoft, there is no such thing because a competitor is a competitor. This is the gaming industry were games determine which console gets more playing time. I agree with the philosophy of not relying on graphics alone to determine the enjoyability of a console, in the long run this benchmarking criteria is flawed (it’s like using the core speed of a cpu to judge it’s performance). However pretending that you are in a league of your own is like lying to yourself (Iraqi minister of info) about the inevitable.
Nintendo also need a solid online platform. Wii sports would be a major major blast if I could play with other people online. Who knows where my golf skills might take me, be scared Tiger.
Bottom line is to maintain this momentum:
- Nintendo needs more third party support (not ports) and exclusives.
- Nintendo needs a solid online gaming system like and even better than XBOX live.
- Keep the good games coming.
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