A Critique from a Loyal and Disappointed Nintendo Fan
Hello all, Amaris here. I’ve been MIA for a while, but I’m back and better than ever. Unfortunately, I’m starting my return with a bit of a critique of Nintendo’s press conference at this year’s E3. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love and respect Nintendo; their company got me started gaming many years ago when I was still a tyke. But to me, this year’s E3, along with many of the previous years, felt like a giant let down. As a dedicated fan, I was more than excited to see Nintendo’s press conference; I even woke up in time to watch it. But what I saw left a giant hole in my heart that I hold dear and special just for Nintendo.
The conference started with a cinematic of Shigeru Miyamoto prepping for the presentation. The cinematic was quirky and humorous, which is very characteristic for Nintendo. Watching this, I was very excited for the coming announcements. As the cinematic went on, it went on and followed Miyamoto as he stepped onto the stage. A roar of applause ensued and I sat tight, ready and waiting. The announcement of Pikmin 3 was wonderful news. With such a strong start, I was hopeful.
Unfortunately, I was, once again, let down. As the conference went on, I anxiously waited for any small morsel to satiate my desire. While I respect Nintendo’s mission to bring gaming to the family, I firmly believe that they should target a portion of their marketing to the demographic that made them as successful as they are: The hardcore gamers. But instead, we were thrown half-baked bones of third party games that had already been announced, and regurgitations of games passed, in hopes of inciting a positive reaction.
Time passed, and although I had already felt disappointment, I waited until the end of the conference for any piece of interesting and exciting information. But I was still left with nothing. In all honesty, after the conference was over I felt like I had wasted an hour of my life; an hour I could have spent eating breakfast before work. It felt almost as if I’d been backstabbed by a good friend.
Now, you may think that all of this is too dramatic and unnecessary, but take a step back and think about it. There are people like me out in the world, dedicated people that follow every move that Nintendo makes. There are the fans, that are anxious and eager to conquer the next exciting Metroid adventure, or the next Zelda game. And then Nintendo pulls a move like they did this year. It’s insulting, almost.
And you know the worst part about it? We’ll all keep buying Nintendo’s products. Every handheld, console and time-worthy game they dish out, we will purchase. Why? Because that’s what dedicated fans do. Part of me hopes and wishes every day that Nintendo will wake up and see that they’re letting down one of the most important demographics that follow them. Part of me knows though, that Nintendo will probably never stray off the beaten path that they’ve already traveled so well. They’ll keep releasing dance games and Miiverses, and the hangers-on like myself will keep holding out and waiting for Nintendo to throw them a bone.
But maybe that’s just me. Maybe I am just an angry fan, ranting about something that will never change. Maybe I will shut up once I get a DECENT Metroid game thrown in my direction. But that’s only going to last so long. And the family audience that Nintendo is targeting will only float their boat for so long until it sinks. Maybe that’s what it will take though, for Nintendo for snap back into reality and remember what gaming is really about. In the mean time, I will continue to report the news, snap up every good game that gets released, and replay every Metroid, Zelda, and Mario game from the past, hoping it renews my undying love and loyalty to the company every single time.
Comment? Questions? Concerns? Feel free to shoot me some feedback.
- E3 2012 Wishlist: Samus Aran, Come Rescue Me! (nintendoscene.com)