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10 Reasons To Stay Loyal To Nintendo

#6. It's easy to forget how many good games are already out for the Wii

No More Heroes, Zak & Wiki, Boom Blox, Okami, Super Paper Mario, Excite Truck, Guilty Gear, We Ski, Bully: Scolarship Edition, Blast Works, Battalion Wars 2, Fire Emblem... If you only concentrate on the negative, you'll only see the negative.

#7. Wii MotionPlus could turn out to be really good

We know, okay? We know you want 1:1 lightsabers. So do we. But while none of the demos we've so far seen for the Wii remote's new add-on have been any kind of substitute - bar, of course, the potential for playing Wii Sports Resort fencing while squinting and going "Vwumm" - think about why you're frustrated by that. It's because that little white LEGO brick has the potential to bring about some amazing experiences.

The kind of sophistication in control that Wii MotionPlus promises just isn't necessary for mini-game waggle-pap. It's purpose is to bring about the kind of experiences we all imagined when the Wii was announced in 2005. It's been a long time coming, but it has the potential to kick off a renaissance.

#8. Reggie

Look at the man. He's carved out of solid kebab meat and could crush your skull in one hand, without even pausing to bite off the head of the sheep he's holding in the other. You want to be on his side.

#9. Until recently, Nintendo hasn't been skimping on the hardcore games.

Think about it. We've already had Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Mario Kart, Smash Bros and a new, vastly under-rated addition to the Excite franchise. And several of those titles have been the best editions of their respecive franchises we've ever had. If Nintendo hadn't been banging on about the expanded audience at the same time, would we really have had such a problem with the company's hardcore output?

Yes, some new IPs would be good - Where have you gone, Project H.A.M.M.E.R. and Disaster? - but we haven't been missing out on the stuff we've always loved. There are tons more Nintendo franchises just waiting for a Wii outing. Generational staples like F-Zero and Star Fox still haven't made an appearance and would work beautifully with the Wii remote, and we are still stubbornly adamant that Kid Icarus is on the way. Plus at this stage Nintendo can't go back on the repeated statement that the Mario and Zelda teams are hard at work. We haven't had two Mario home console games in one generation since the NES, so that's definitely a big deal.

#10. Cammie reminds us of a Wallace & Gromit character. And we like Wallace & Gromit

She's also a bit like a Koopa Trooper, according to Matt, which proves her hardcore franchise loyalty.

So what do you think? Have we convinced you? Do we sound like crazy fanboys hanging on to the last scrap of hope we can muster? Hit upthe forumsand let us know.

David Houghton
Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.