To some, bashing Nintendo borders on sacrilege. After all, Nintendo is responsible for the most recognizable and enduring game franchises of all time. Mario Kart, Legend of Zelda, Smash Brothers; their first party titles rake in the Nintendo faithful every time. But when it comes to the console war, Nintendo has long been the kid brother trying to catch up with the big boys.
The first sign of trouble was way back during the release of the Gamecube. Microsoft’s Xbox had just entered the gaming arena boasting impressive specs, and Sony’s Playstation console had been dominating the market for some time with exclusive titles and backwards compatibility further boosting its game line up. Meanwhile, Gamecube hobbled in with mediocre specs, mini discs, and a built in carrying handle. While the other two could play DVDs, you couldn’t even fit one inside the Gamecube.
Then the Wii came out, distinguishing itself by being the only non-HD console, its nunchucks quickly turning every game into a novel gimmick that nonetheless captured the imagination of an entirely new generation of players. Fast froward to today, and Nintendo’s Wii U doubled down on the pad controller, which did little to sway fans (I’ll admit to one amazing night of Luigi’s Ghost Mansion in Nintendo Land. Other than that it’s gathering dust).
Nintendo could potentially double game sales, reaching gamers that would have never shelled out for a Wii U. Microsoft and Sony can add some serious hits to their line up, and just think of the cross overs and partnerships that would become possible! Master Chief appearing in Smash brothers on Xbox? Ratchet and Clank in Mario Kart on Playstation? It’d be a beautiful thing.
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