Nontendo: Nothing to play
By AntonCaptainSeagull. Friday, July 22, 2011 1:31:22 AM
I recently realized that if it wasn't for my wife and I being addicted to Animal Crossing: City Folk, the Wii would have seen no play for months on end. The last great game that came out was Donkey Kong Country Returns back in November of last year! Ok, we watch Netflix all the damn time too, but I'm talkin' gaming, and most people really didn't give a damn about Metroid: Other M once they started playing it. Nintendo just hasn't been around much, and neither have the third parties - at all. We haven't seen squat from these guys guys except some E3 stuff showing off the hardware for next-year, and though I want to be really really excited about it, somehow I'm loosing it. Nintendo has one, maybe two great Wii games left for release: Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Kirby. For my money Kirby is just too short, fun but short.
When the 3DS was shown off at E3 it was huge news, the list of games they had in development was not only long, it was impressive: Assassins Creed, Resident Evil, Mario, Zelda, Starfox, Professor Layton, Animal Crossing, Metal Gear Solid, Mega Man, etc, etc. And still more impressive games are being added to the list, like I dunno... SMASH BROTHERS!!!1!11 But most of that stuff is pretty far-off, like next-year far-off, and some are even being canceled like... Mega Man!? And sheesh, forget about how the 3DS actually launched, with Street Fighter 3D being the one save-grace, and THREE different Nintendogs titles to keep you happy, and Pilotwings, while neat for a few nights, really just makes you feel like you blew $40 on a tech-demo. Early adopters who didn't care much for fighters had to wait from the 3DS launch March 27, until June 19 to get the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. For some of us it was super exceptional because it was the first time we had ever played this title, for others it was great because the re-make really is amazing. But at the heart of it all, if you had played the N64 game, you are still playing a re-make. Thank-goodness they included the Master Quest mode because by now most everyone who has gotten it has beaten the "basic" quest, and there STILL isn't anything else out there yet to really drop $40 dollars on. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries is out, but you really gotta be a super Resi-Evil fan to get it because it's JUST battling and NO story. So really the 3DS, which is an AMAZING machine is cooling off really quick because no one is releasing any hot stuff for it, and launches are super important for a system, when half the people at work/school have one, the other half see the cool games and want one too, when no-one has it... no one sees it. Commercials and print-ads can't do much for the system either because they just can't show you 3D, they can only show you something that looks a lot like an older DS and a pretty big price tag.
You don't have a 3DS? what the heck have you been doing with your time!? The situation on Wii is just plain bad, and Nintendo knows it, According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata:
Sorry Iwata, it's not just the Japanese market, it's all of 'em, and if short-comings like the whole "Project Rainfall" are any indication, the situation in North America is a whole lot worse. For those of you who don't know "Project Rainfall" is a pretty massive attempt by RPG fans to bring three (or any of the three) games from Japan to North America: Pandora’s Tower, Xenoblade Chronicles, and The Last Story. Games that have amazing critical acclaim and have seen great sales in Japan, two of which have release dates in Europe. Nintendo was seen tweeting a tease on Twitter taking note of the movement saying that they were going to make an announcment in a week about it, to stay-tuned, and when the week was over, their long awaited response to the entire thing on their facebook page was:
The Wii is in the most unhealthy condition since it hit the Japanese market. The current condition in the Japanese market is not the one we want.
Thank you for your enthusiasm. We promised an update, so here it is. We never say ‘never,’ but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring these three games to the Americas at this time. Thanks so much for your passion, and for being such great fans!
But we can't blame it all on Nintendo, if they pumped shit out like Ubisoft does, they would pump shit out like Ubisoft does. Nintendo is still the king of quality when it comes to their first party titles, and it's because they take the time to make them, and they pour their hearts into everything they make. So to fill in the gaps we need the third parties, who... just aren't there, well except Ubisoft with all it's BS Imagine: Somethingz titles on DS we would rather blend into powder and snort then buy and play, and SEVEN + Just Dance & Just Dance spin-offs like Smurfs and Michael Jackson versions, along with the other tons of shovel-ware like Family Feud's, CSI's, Amazing Race, Hollywood Squares, The Price is Right's, and the list goes on, did you notice which games there are multiples of? Family Feud and the Price is Right? Did these games really need more? I can't totally kill Ubisoft because they published some good games, games that someone else made, like Grasshoppers No More Heroes titles, games that were very welcome to the library on Wii, but they just flat-out burried the good games on the shelves with crap at Gamestop, Target, or wherever you buy your games. And it's not just Ubi, Capcom and friends are guilty too. Nintendo does however have a seal of quality, which sadly they put on everything and has become useless, really it just means that what you are buying is approved software for playing on their machine, which any good bootlegger can photocopy and stick on his junk anyway. If they were to use that quality seal for stuff they truely believe is of "good quality", it would hold some good power with it's fan-base, we would then really keep an eye-out for that gold emblem wouldn't we?
Next year we get the Wii-U, and what an emotionally confusing piece of machinery that is huh? We are excited because of that funky controller we can take around the house, and after all we really do like amazing graphics and they do look prit-ty sweet on Wii-U, that and some of the games shown off right? some hardcore stuff, stuff Nintendo players have been jealous of from the MS and Sony systems, the high quality games from those third party developers that have been abusing the Wii. Assassins Creed, Resident Evil, Batman, Ninja Gaiden, Aliens, all that crazy looking stuff and more! But it's also a bit worrying because, well the 3DS reveal felt the same way and so far hasn't shown much off. Then theres the chance that Sony and MS bring out their next big guns at the same time, sure both companies have gone on record talking about 8-9 year lifespans with their current tech, which would put Nintendo ahead for a while, but if they decide to ditch those plans and stick to the usual 5-6 year plan, Nintendo could end up being smoked graphically and performance wise, and have to sit there for another 5 years with another under powered machine. Some of us didn't really let the power or visuals get to us with the Wii because we really enjoyed the games that Nintendo gave us like Mario Galaxy's and Donkey Kong which were just flat out amazing, and look terrific anyways. The developers were the ones that needed the horsepower, and they really did need it. Ports are actually a god-send in the gaming industry, if all 3 systems had the same third party games, the decision on which machine to buy would be made on cost and first party games, two points Nintendo destroys the competition in. But with the Wii, they just couldn't port Grand Theft Auto IV, Assassins Creed, Gears of War, Resident Evil 5, Shadows of the Damned, L.A. Noir, Red Dead Revolver, Dead Space, etc. over without a lot of work in downgrading textures, lighting, physics engines, polygon counts, all the while beefing up load times, and drastically mapping actions to different buttons/motion controls. It wasn't fiscally worth it to these companies to put it on the system, when they could develop the same game for the two other guys. Let's hope that Wii-U gets the good ports.
How do you guys feel about the current market in the world of Nintendo gaming? or gaming in general? it looks like the whole world is turning into the same shooters on the other systems, and shovel-ware for Nintendo, let us know what you think in the comments, let's get some serious discussion going! Also there is a new poll on the right side of the blog page...