There's no doubt that Nintendo is facing some hard times. There's also no doubt that most of the blame behind these financial declines lies solely with their poor decisions. Even in the face of this looming disaster I can still see hope for the Nintendo brand of gaming though, if only they were to listen to the sound advice being shared. It's due time that Nintendo swallows their pride, and chooses to listen to their diehard fans. There's plenty of well spoken advice going around the internet as well as ideas that could dig Nintendo out of their abysmal hole, but they continue to ignore these words of wisdom, and reasoning. I'm going to share with my readers, and Nintendo some advice that I think could get them back on track with their fan base. It is after all the consumer who made them what they are, and not the developers who created the hardware, or the software. Listen to reason, and you (Nintendo) may once again reign supreme.
by section I'm going to rattle off some business advice that I think,
and in some cases that the world thinks will help Nintendo rise to the
top again. You (Nintendo) can brush me off like every other fan, but
keep in mind that a fall always follows pride (as my friend so
rightfully said) ...
The Wii U ...
are several reasons why I personally believe the Wii U has failed to
bring in the cash flow that Nintendo had expected. As everyone else in
the world of gaming has said the library of the Wii U is severely
lacking. Games have continually been pushed back, and IPs that could
have raked in the money are being ignored. People would pay up for the
Wii U if there was a game library worth turning to, but sadly there is not one in place.
While Microsoft, and Sony have entered the next-generation strong they
fail to deliver to the gamer a library of games worth bragging about.
This is where Nintendo could jump in, and reign supreme if they only
gave it their all. Game ideas being thrown at you like a
next/current-gen Pokemon RPG would attract an unbelievable amount of
attention. Seeing as Pokemon is being compared to Microsoft's, and
Sony's Call of Duty series you know damned well it would be a cash cow yet you sit on your corporate arse twiddling your thumbs.
myself, and others have even suggested doing another Metroid game,
possibly one that harkens back to the days of Super Metroid with
next-gen accents. A Super Metroid experience with a mixture of 2D, and
3D elements. Also we all know that the new "Super Smash Bros. Brawl"
will arrive eventually. Why not release it earlier than expected? That
game in itself would sell your Wii U console. I personally had a blast
playing 'Super Smash Bros.' on the Wii myself. I spent hours upon hours
with family enjoying the living heck out of it. You (Nintendo) know that
the sales are there yet you still choose to spite your fans, and push
the release back even further with certain titles.
else that would definitely draw in a paying crowd would be mature games
directed at the older Nintendo audience. Why not give your fans some
exclusive fighting games, or something with a little blood, gore,
sexiness, or scares. I know AlphaOmegaSin recently brought up the fact
that Japan is getting some Fatal Frame Wii U games, but you (Nintendo)
choose to leave your Western fan base in the dark. This whole practice
of giving Japan the best, and leaving out the rest of the world has to
stop. It's only hurting potential sales. These once niche gaming genres
such as that of Horror are growing in popularity over here in the US.
Horror games are the craze as are JRPGs, and fighting games. Give the
customer what they desire, and they will come back for more. Ignore
them, and they'll stay the hell away.
The 3DS ...
recently I jumped back on the Nintendo bandwagon by buying myself a
3DS. Everyone I knew online was saying how great it was. Having been
looking for a reason to trust my money with Nintendo again I purchased
the handheld console, and immediately bought three games that interested
me. From the get go I could see why the bragging was going on. The 3DS,
like other DS consoles had an interesting library. The fact that the
3DS also supported past DS releases was a huge plus. What gets me about
the 3DS though is that as popular as some games may be the game library
for it still seems to be lacking. There's not that many "AAA" titles out
there for sale.
I put my money, and my trust into the
3DS thinking the library would be amazing. In it's current state though
it is honestly trailing behind what Sony's PS Vita has to offer. The
differences between the Vita, and the 3DS are very noticeable in an "In your face" sort of way. The only
real advantage that the 3DS has over the Vita is the fact that a decent
memory card won't set you back $70 - $100+ dollars. Graphics-wise, and
sound-wise though the 3DS pales in comparison. The only thing I can
recommend doing in the case of the 3DS, because of these facts is to offer
up some more exclusive "AAA" titles that will have gamers flocking over
your (Nintendo's) way. As I said earlier JRPGs are a growing trend, and
even mature games or fighting games might be your (Nintendo's) saving
grace. A new "Super Metroid" game, or new Metroidvania style IP
definitely would not hurt. It might also be good to include some proper
puzzle games (An Original Tetris Reboot), or even some CAVE-like
shoot'em ups (Shmups). This is all very sound advice that could dig you
(Nintendo) out of that ever growing hole which you currently find
yourself in. You simply have to listen to the one reason that you were
big in the first place, and that is your fans/consumers.
In closing ...
as we know it still has a fighting chance. If they can swallow their
pride, and listen to their fans they might just reign supreme again. The
gaming community is still looking for that savior console to offer what
they've been longing for. Sony has faltered, Microsoft has blundered,
and Nintendo is hanging on by a thread above a great dark chasm. Unless
one of them can get their sh*t together, suck up the loss, and make the
consumer glad to continue spending their hard earned money on their
games, and gaming consoles the gaming industry as we know it is doomed.
It's plain, and simple. This is your chance to shine Nintendo, and to
show the gaming community which you have amassed over the years that you
truly do care. "Do it, or do not" as Yoda so rightfully said. You are
standing at the gaming crossroads, and you have an important decision to
make. Down one path lies utter ruination, and down the other path a phoenix-like resurrection. I hope that your decison is the right one Nintendo, for your sake and ours.
Your Last Samurai,
Brad Carver (OtakuDante)