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Why Nintendo Is Still The Best

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Depending on who you ask, some might say we’re in the golden age of gaming.  Many probably disagree and would rather say we’re in gaming hell! E3 came and went and was filled with the promise of a new Halo Game, Assassin’s Creed: French Revolution Edition (Let them eat my hidden blade), Crackdown, Rainbow Six, etc., and of course if those don’t interest you, you can download Grand Theft Auto III to your iPhone on your commute to work. I feels like we’re experiencing an oversaturation of games with budgets bigger than most Tom Cruise blockbusters, and you can’t even download a “free” iPhone game anymore without ads upon ads or without reaching a level that you can’t play without paying extra money. The future of gaming is mobile gaming? My ass.

And then there’s Nintendo.

Nintendo is the company that everyone wrote off as “too kiddie” back when Nintendo decided to abandon the harder-edge of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask in favor of the cel-shaded graphics of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Then everyone said Nintendo was “selling out the hardcore gamer” by releasing the “gimmicky” Nintendo Wii console, which sold over 100 million units. That thing was EVERYWHERE, and vastly outsold its generational counterparts, the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, by about 20 million units. Nintendo’s latest offering, the WiiU, has undersold, but frankly it’s less than a million units behind the Playstation 4 and it has sold over a million more units than the Xbox One.

But you don’t read articles about why Playstation 4 is a failure. You don’t see headlines decrying “Is This The End of XBox?!?!1?1!oneoneeleven!”

No. Every other day you see an article talking about the end of Nintendo. But Nintendo showed it’s still alive and well at E3 2014.

They showed up with guns blazing, and they were ready to play some goddamn games.

Nintendo will always win for two reasons: 1.) They have the best games; 2.) They don’t give a single, solitary fuck about what anyone says about them.

Sure, every critic is going to crow about games like Evolve, which won four E3 Game Critics Awards, including Best of Show. With respect to the developers, though, let’s be honest: You’re not going to see people lining down the block at your local best buy to play Evolve. But Nintendo had people waiting for hours to play a Super Smash Bros U and its Nintendo 3DS counterpart. I would know, I was one of them. I was off from work one of the days after E3 and decided to wander into New York City’s Nintendo World store to try the game. I waited in line for a little under an hour to play three matches against three other complete strangers. People were waiting there all day and were drooling over a chance to sample a demo.

Admittedly, not all of these gamers owned a WiiU. After playing the demo, the Nintendo Store workers took a poll, and everyone who didn’t own a WiiU said they’d buy the console for the game.

Here’s the thing: It’s been a long, hard road for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS early adopters. I mean, for those of us who bought the 3DS on launch day, like me, the first game you could buy was Pilotwings. PILOTWINGS. Seriously. I spent hours I’ll never get back playing that game. Wii U, sure, didn’t have much except the masterpiece that is Super Mario 3D World, the incredibly inventive and addicting Nintendoland, and Pikmin 3. Sales have been low. However, the recent smash-hit Mario Kart 8 which has already had a pretty significant impact on Wii U hardware sales.

Yes, Wii U still doesn’t have an original Zelda game, and it looks like we’ll still have to wait until 2015 for it at the earliest. We haven’t gotten a Mario Galaxy 3 announcement, and probably won’t any time soon. Maybe people think the “gamepad” is still gimmicky. You know what else was a “gimmick?” The Nintendo DS. Two Screens? One of them’s a touch screen? How could THAT possibly catch on?

The Nintendo DS went on to sell almost over 153 million consoles: Almost as many as the Playstation 2, the highest-selling video game console of all time. And that doesn’t count the 3DS, which is closing in on 50 million in sales. Nintendo launches rarely start off strong, but give them time. The games are worth the wait. Smash Bros, a new Zelda on the horizon, the soon-to-be-addicting Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Wooly World, Star Fox, the new Amiibo peripheral, Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad, that fucking crazy paintball game where the kids turn into squids… [EDITOR’s NOTE: It’s Splatoon] It’s a great time to be a Nintendo fanboy. Nintendo is still the best!

As the great Peter Molyneux said, “Never underestimate Nintendo.”

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