Nintendo Is Going Back To Hardcore Gaming


In the dark era known as the 2000s, Japanese gaming juggernaut Nintendo was swayed down a forbidden path by the promising, but ultimately evil fruit of the casual gaming market. Nintendo, in their strive for global domination, produced the Nintendo Wii, a console with great first party support and a casual gaming library that even my grandparents loved. The result was great success, but not without paying a terrible price that they had yet to foresee- the mass exodus of third-party content that appeals to people under the age of 60 and over the age of 18. Nintendo has thus spent the better part of the 2010s trying to recapture the magic that made the Gamecube so successful, a much different kind of appeal than the Wii.

Cue 2014, and it looks like they’ve finally started to figure out how. Taking into account recent statements from Nintendo higher-ups like Miyamoto and the shift in their 2014 Fall/2015 Spring gaming line-up, Nintendo is putting their eggs in a new basket that will ultimately be the same as the old, successful basket from the 90s and early 2000s. Miyamoto even took to disparaging casual gamers, saying “Their attitude is, ‘okay, I’m the customer. you are supposed to entertain me.’ It’s kind of a passive attitude they’re taking, and to me it’s kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself.”

This is why you shouldn’t try and reinvent the basket. It doesn’t need shiny handles that attract people with only a “passive” interest in gaming, as Miyomoto put it. With the rise of tablets and smart phones, Nintendo’s market share took a huge hit. The casual gaming crowd hates being tied down to one place, and a console does just that. Nintendo is making the right call, moving back to the people that loved their games for so long and providing the kinds of titles those people want to play. Thank God, because if I had to play another Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing sequel, I probably would have gone on a cutesy farm-related killing spree. Actually, that game was called Raze’s Hell, and it was fucking awful.

You can find the full line up for the Fall and holidays here, at Gamingcypher. Most notably we see Bayonetta 2, a larger release of 60 third-party titles, Hyrule Warriors DLC, and a lot of first party support, as is usual with Nintendo. If you’re not excited yet, you should be. Hell, I am and I don’t own any of their consoles. My ascension to member of the PC master race required I give up most trappings of console gaming, so I’m limited to a PS3 and a PS2 right now, but the Pokemon games are calling to my inner 12 year old to buy a 3DS just to play them. Curse you, inner 12 year old. Curse you.

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Whiskey Ginger is a scientist by day and comedy writer by night. Other than his passions for the nerdier things in life, he also writes for comedy sites dedicated to fraternity and postgrad humor. His parents just wish he'd write less dick jokes.

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