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  • torre-sims - May 8, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    I agree with number 3 but with new western ip's
  • Armondo28 - May 8, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    Nintendo's refusal to adapt or listen to its fans has always puzzled me... its like they would rather go out of business then do things differently...
  • mick-troeyen - May 9, 2014 12:13 a.m.

    ans still we get a ruby and saphire remake in november
  • sy-gower - March 21, 2014 8:06 p.m.

    Achievements are justifications for devs to put less effort into a game. Rare had secret areas to unlock to get a complete score in the DKC games, unlocked secret cheats in Goldeneye and Perfect Dark, pretty much all Nintendo games have unlockable content and that's all you need for Pavlovian responses. Not something as uninspired as ticking a 'well done' digital box. It's the equivalent of getting a star when you're a child at school.
  • mick-troeyen - May 9, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    nintendi land kinda had achievements
  • CurryIsGood - May 9, 2014 5:34 a.m.

    You could have a secret room with a hidden trophy for unlocking/clearing it.
  • lchesb - February 12, 2014 7:04 p.m.

    If Nintendo really wants to get back on top, they need to release a "new" updated version of the Nintendo 64, I mean if they did, I am sure Nintendo would at least make the money back that they lost from the Wii U!
  • lettuceman3 - February 7, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    I drooled when I saw the Pokemon MMO
  • JaiGuru - October 22, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    This article is good and brings up some very salient points. Nintendo has NOT learned the basic lessons of modern media. Piracy decreases dramatically when legitimate services find the right price point with a wide variety of material available with minimal restrictions. Tiered services and artificial scarcity do not work in digital distribution systems. Their lack of diverse IPs is devastating to their system. I love the old franchises, grew up with them and treasure them. But Mario doesn't sell consoles anymore. Failing making a system that is appealing to third parties, the company really needs to diversify it's stable of IPs, either with original work or by buying others. Look at what they did with Megaman 6 back in the NES days. And that turned out to be the best Megaman in years. Ultimately, this article only addresses the symptoms of the real problem. Nintendo has a severe lack of young blood. Iwata, Miyamoto, Yoshio Sakamoto... these people's time has come and gone. They clearly do not understand the realities of the industry and the changing demographics of gamers. Their design practices are rooted in the past. This company is being poorly managed at all levels of the process. I love the work these fine men have created, I do not hate them. But these things happen. Times change. If you cannot move with those changes you need to get out of the way. A corporate shakeup of Nintendo could push that company into a second golden age as all the other pieces are set up for it. I can think of no other company that can make as many missteps as Nintendo but still have legions of rabid fans who would defend them if they shit in a box and sold it to them with the cardboard still wet.
  • skeletor-1999 - August 4, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    I much prefer the original luigi's mansion. And guys don't encourage Nintendo little do most people know is that they are the greediest of the big 3 console creators and usually try to get you to buy as many new consoles as possible by instantly stop last gen games creating so the prices drop of them when the next gen is released and making "improved" versions everyone "must" have. I would rather not have to play good games on a Nintendo console as from the way their sales go pretty much any game I like fails on a Nintendo and ones for little kids like picmin succeed.
  • AshesFend - October 11, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    Why would a company release a new console and keep feeding the old console with games? Especially if the new console offers backwards compatibility. What the fuck's the point of that? Gaming companies could just release old console games knowing you can play them with the new console as well. Why bother mass-producing 2 discs?? We need MORE plastic garbage in our dumps?? And then for the console company, they're hoping you'll pick up your old games and join them on a new system, a system you don't even need because they're also going to keep feeding the old console games, but they hope you'll pay $600 anyhow. Some people will pay the $600 to say they have the newest thing (and a handful will buy them only to break them for 'fame' on youtube). No wonder systems price drop. It's hard to get bored if the console is still getting new games. New games that could make you crave to spend the $600 price tag even more if it was exclusive to the new console. Nintendo's doing it right, in a business sense. Call it greed but one quick look at google for pricing shows Wii U is the less expensive system. If their strategy is to be cheaper than the others, of course they should want to sell more.
  • skeletor-1999 - October 12, 2013 1:38 a.m.

    But think about it how many people wait for price drops to buy new consoles as not everyone can afford one, so people wait, buy the console then games stop being made for it. It is unfair especially as next gen games cost more than current gen even if they don't look different significantly enough to be worth the extra money. When games stop being made for your console it's value drops significantly so you could only get a small part of the money back you bought it for so people can't afford next gen until the price drop and the cycle continues people wait, buy the console then games stop being made for it. I know this from my experience and all the other people I know, the thing they does stops people staying loyal and buying more from them over staying with them because they have a bit of leeway to keep on current gen until you can afford a bundle with a couple of games in. This is the reason why in places like where I live only a small few people use Nintendo because everyone else uses Sony or Microsoft consoles where they can play with their friends and put off the looming next gen until a price drop or they are ready for it but to still get new games they are looking forward to.
  • AshesFend - October 12, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    If you can't afford it, save until you can. That's life, unfortunately. Honestly, with a record breaking game like GTA V released only about a month or so before the PS4 releases, I think Sony missed a big marketable step. If they convinced Rockstar to hold GTA V and make it only for the PS4 to release the same day, sales at the get-go may be greater than what they will be. We won't really know if that's for sure now, but a record breaker + new console exclusivity should = better sales. As many units as Nintendo sold with the Wii, I think only a small few people anywhere actually use it. It was aimed towards casual gamers. Casual gamers tend to drop off from playing for periods at a time.
  • skeletor-1999 - October 12, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    It's the not affording in the first place which is the problem most people get put of if they buy something that becomes obsolete almost directly after buying it. Lots of people get Playstations and Xboxes for presents because they are a big thing focused at a much larger group than Nintendo's casual and child gaming which most people grow out of pretty soon after starting gaming they also have a long lifespan that doesn't end as unexpectedly as Nintendo's consoles which in comparison leave randomly. The thing with GTA5 though would be if it was a next gen game then they would have to put more effort into making it look next gen not just good in comparison to GTA4, even though many people think the graphics are stunning they are quite behind other games who choose smaller maps with more realistic graphics. GTA5 just wasn't the right game for the switch as it hadn't quite reached the point where it was really good looking, fast and emersive but still big they haven't quite got it all so it seemed smart to put it where it wouldn't seem so out of place it's a good game in most ways though.
  • AshesFend - October 12, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    If you want to make an amazing product, shouldn't you strive to put more effort into a project?? I don't think 6 years in between the Wii and the Wii U is " something that becomes obsolete almost directly after buying it.". In fact, I think the Xbox 360 came out only 5 years after the original Xbox, which is fair as Nintendo has done 5 year releases as well. So I don't get that. But you mean the support, I think. The NES was released in 1985 and supported until 1995. Considering the SNES was released in 1991, that's one more year than the Xbox 360's 3 year plan. Different times, I know. But it shows Nintendo's done some decent console support before. Finally, not sure if you saw the trend on Twitter, but so many people spend $$$ on iPhones each release that a hashtag was made to make fun of people who have so many bills to pay, child support they say they can't afford, car payments, etc... "#ButYouGotThatiPhoneThough". And iPhones are released every year (two years if we don't count the S models). People already do spend on things that are just on the verge of becoming obsolete. It's the fast-paced world of technology.
  • skeletor-1999 - October 13, 2013 4:09 a.m.

    I see your point but people try to put the least effort they can into something for the highest outcome they won't just give a game the best graphics possible because they wont have anything to show next time because they already used the best graphics available and the largest map with the largest story and best actors. I agree that Iphones come out way faster than they should but they don't become obsolete for a few more years just not top of the range any more. Nintendo even if it does have a long life span doesn't advertise much or have much information available about something becoming outdated, where I am they just advertise what's just come out and sneakily remove all the new games being made on the current gen. I think DS's come out too often though as I got one a little bit after release and within months it was already obsolete. I just think they aren't the most helpful company they wouldn't even refund or take back my DS when I found out that it was broken before I did anything other than turn it on, Nintendo has a Japanese EA feel to them and just like EA they leave a lot of customers feeling betrayed after they work hard to get something from them.
  • AshesFend - October 13, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    They should want to push the best graphics possible every time. Otherwise, why are we even updating consoles or even computers? If they had held back and polished off GTA V, it may have been an amazing experience to launch the PS4. I can understand the Nintendo frustration. Was it a store that wouldn't refund though or you actually went straight to Nintendo? Some stores won't refund, making them iffy as such in electronics sales. I honestly don't know too many policies on Nintendo about their current support of consoles. However, I'd totally understand wanting to move forward and focus on the new product they've produced rather than to look back and entice people NOT to buy said new product. And I agree about the DS. That one's a bit much.
  • JaiGuru - October 22, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    The Wii and WiiU were obsolete off the shelf. Six years between releases of THAT particular product line is more like 10 in the lives of their competition. And your comparison is a bit skewed. Yes, in WORLD markets Nintendo did support the NES for quite a while after its major market run. But in markets where the SNES was readily available, NES support was nill because customer interest was nill and what came out was usually terrible shovelware. The places where NES received meaningful support were developing countries where markets aren't robust enough for consumers to be on the cutting edge of product acquisition.
  • AshesFend - October 23, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    I'll accept the skewed comment, that's fine. I wouldn't expect equal support for every console, but that's just me. I disagree about the consoles being obsolete off the shelf, however. I detect a little exaggeration with the "off the shelf" remark.
  • JaiGuru - October 24, 2013 3:22 a.m.

    Neither console were indicative of the orthodox build of comparable gaming hardware for their time. This is not an opinion. Both included hardware architectures which were markedly less powerful and of a highly proprietary format, which is the bane of any game developer studio, thus making them obsolete configurations. You "detect" no exaggeration. I speak literally.

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