A Response to an Apparent Death of Nintendo

Browsing YouTube today bought up a video suggestion for me which had a ridiculous title.

“Attention You Pathetic Nintendo Fan boys- I Was Right All Along” on the channel “BlackBond”

In this video of contradictive, copy paste speech over some average gameplay of Titan Fall we hear a man discuss just how over years he was right all along. Reading the comments revealed that he had claimed earlier the WiiU was the console to get, and how great Nintendo was. Jump forward a couple of years and he’s jumped ship, creating click bait videos that honestly was quite a boring video to watch.

I will be discussing some of the points he raised and leaving the comment section open to opinion.

“Where is Nintendo right now?”

Well frankly, Nintendo is doing incredible right now, they are back on the climb thanks to Amiibo sales, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 and a plethora of new exciting games to be released soon. Not to mention the New 3DS consoles, Majora’s Mask and Monster Hunter 4.

All I’ve seen on my Facebook feed is people posting how much fun they are having playing retro games (I do stretch the word retro there) and teaming up with friends on Monster Hunter. I see people posting on EB and GameStop pages asking when Amiibo and Limited edition Zelda 3DS consoles will be back in stock.

He goes on further to tell us that Nintendo fans need to demand better which is just ridiculous, Nintendo never ever ever releases a product that isn’t flawless. When was the last time someone found a game crashing bug like every game that seems to come out these days? What was that? You can’t remember? Look at Battlefield 3 and 4, bugs galore, still being fixed, Destiny was plagued with problems, was promised to be one of the biggest games ever, yet was so terrible. EA Games, Blizzard, Bungie, and more can’t make a polished game to save their lives.

BlackBond claims further that Nintendo has never done good business with 3RD party companies? Since when? N64 was full of 3RD party games, hell even the GameCube was, the only reason people think this is because the Game Cube never took off in Western Society. Also, why would they need to deal with 3RD party companies when they achieved the best-selling console of all time with hardly any 3RD party help, I’m talking about the Wii here folks.

Not to mention all the merchandise sales, god knows what sort of money is being generated from that section.

BlackBond claims Nintendo messed up staying with the use of game cartridges. Really?

In case you were unaware, cartridges are much quicker at loading times, they are much much more silent than a disk spinning faster and slower constantly, not to mention all the room saved when not using a disk drive.

This was my favourite point from him. He claimed Nintendo has fallen because people didn’t demand better of Nintendo. This is the most contradictive statement ever, you can’t blame the Nintendo fans for this, the blame falls on the users who jumped ship (like BlackBond himself), how are they supposed to sell consoles and games if people leave when things start to look a little rough.

BlackBond also claims that Nintendo supports the Hand Console more??? Well of course they do, that is their biggest market, why wouldn’t they support where the majority of their user base is? It’s like saying a game development company is terrible because they support the development of games for PC rather than Mac. BlackBond you are a bloody dumb arse.

He continues on further to say “you have to buy 2 consoles to play all games”. It’s the same Vice- versa you idiot, how are you supposed to play all games with just one console? “I really want to play Halo but I only have my PlayStation”, oh the PlayStation must be a terrible console. Not everyone feels the need to get every game. He even made a point in saying the Wii U doesn’t have Call of Duty, oh no….

Nintendo has released the most memorable, fun games that can stand the test of time and will continue to do so for much longer. Sure the WiiU is struggling now, but it’s picked up in recent times and I can’t wait to see what they do with it next.

Link to the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj9ASV-9VF0

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A Response to an Apparent Death of Nintendo

The replay value of games

The early years of gaming in my childhood consisted of countless completions of Donkey Kong 64, Konker’s Bad Fur Day, Legend of Zelda: OoT and Golden Eye. I didn’t have many games but back then it didn’t seem to matter, I just remember the games had so much to do, exploring every nook and cranny to find something you and your friends hadn’t discovered yet. These days it just feels as if games have a max of 2-3 play throughs, if that.

I’ll admit when I still had my Xbox One account I was a bit of an “ achievement whore”, tallying up over 100,000 on the accounts I had accumulated over the years, and once I finished a game 100% I wouldn’t give it a second look, why would I need too? I had collected all the points I could earn, I had collected every point of intel, every poster had been burned, all outposts captured etc etc. In saying this that is just single player, the addition of multiplayer to almost every game these days really changes the dynamic to video games and what constitutes completing a game. I know people online who say you haven’t finished a game until you finish the multiplayer aspect also.

This multiplayer aspect is what could be the difference between the content offered between games of old and today, there seems to be more emphasis on the multiplayer which is fine for a majority of games but there are some single player games that I think should cut out any form of multiplayer as they don’t really need it, which would allow for the team/ developers to focus on the story, hidden secrets and bonus missions for example.

Sure if you haven’t played a great game for a lengthy period you may want to pick it up and give it a run, but a majority of the time I’ll find myself straight down to the local electronics dealer buying the newest game. Now this is where this discussion could be seen as the pivotal point between my childhood and adulthood, the ability to spend money.

I would be lucky to get 2 games a year as a 10 year old, whereas being an adult I can comfortably afford to spend $100 a week on a new game, hell I can even complete it, return it within 7 days and exchange it for another if I desire.

People will say that expansion and DLC keep a game fresh, but today with expansions announced before a game is even released (EA I’m looking at you) I feel robbed, include that content in the game. I love DLC that is released months or years after a game was initially released as I will load the game back up and be happy to purchase it if it promises a good amount of gameplay. Dead Rising 3 was good for this, adding numerous side stories of different characters which kept the game fresh after finishing.

Companies have a habit of releasing a game yearly now, shooting games in general will do this regularly, where others will deposit large amounts of money to produce a polished game, with content that’ll keep even the most avid players interested for years.

When all has been said and done though if you love a game you will play it again, and who knows, you might just find a new secret on top of that mountain in the distance.

The replay value of games

Sorry I’m what?

32 years of age is the average age for Gamers apparently.

I’m sorry but I can’t believe this statistic, purely because 26% of Gamers are over the age of 50. How many 50 year olds do you know playing round after round of Battlefield, headset on, yelling profanities about who slept with whose Mother. Where do they find these people? I’ve never come across them in all my years of gaming online or online forums, “so where are they?” I asked myself.

And then it hit me, mobile gaming.

Looking further into it various articles counted app games and the people who play them regularly as gamers. How do we decide whom to classify as a gamer? Is there a Government body who creates these parameters? What is classified as a game these days?

This is where the line is blurred. The guy who plays WoW for 16 hours a day is considered the same as a 42 year old woman who loads up Candy Crush once a day, or is it the bloke who works at McDonalds, loading up Clash of Clans when he’s on the toilet.

Is it the people on Facebook sending me continuous invitations to play the newest craze game, or the woman still farming on Farmville religiously after all these years?

It’s like calling a man who walks his dog once a day an athlete, it’s just not the same, and frankly it needs to stop.It appears that only the proper gamers (if I can say that, but who are the “proper”?) refer to themselves as the “Gamers” and I guess that’s as good as we’ll get for now.

Thanks for the read guys

Sorry I’m what?