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.

4 Responses to “A Critique from a Loyal and Disappointed Nintendo Fan”
  1. I think the same; it was kinda dissapointing, most games we all knew from last E3. I would love to buy the WiiU on release, but at the moment, there hasn’t been a game that has gotten my full attention. Maybe ZombieU, maybe Darksiders 2…maybe.

    At this point we all have to wait for TGS.


  2. Zero says:

    To be honest, I was a bit let down by the lack of things shown, but I must say that getting upset or annoyed about not seeing anything new is…well, nothing new n itself.

    Nintendo haven’t be ones to throw all their big games out all the time and I think that’s what makes us want them all the more. Would you be happier if there was a new Zelda every year? A half assed attempt at a standardised forgettable adventure game, or wait a few years for something truly great.

    The fact that people still want new Metroid games or Pikmin just shows how good Nintendoscene first party products can be and that’s why we keep going back.

    Lastly, I’d just like to add that E3 isn’t the be all and end all of showing off new hardware or games on those platforms. Nintendo has shown that it can do announcements whenever it chooses, rather than waiting for these over hyped press only events.


    • Amaris says:

      Well Zero, honestly I wouldn’t feel the way I do if This had been going on for a year or 2. And no, I’m not asking for a new Zelda every year, that’s preposterous. But every year that Nintendo lags is another year that their competition has to one up them.

      And “throw their big games out there all at once”? They haven’t even thrown one of them, in my honest and humble opinion.

      I’m just disappointed and upset, is all.


  3. Amy says:

    Every year, with numbing predictability, Nintendo deliver a lacklustre E3 conference, and with even more numbing predictability, the internet is filled with comment like this.

    I’m struggling to figure out what the people who write this sort of thing mean by “hardcore” games. Do they mean “mature” titles like COD or Halo? Do they mean quality installments in well-loved Nintendo franchises like Zelda and Metroid? If they want the former, the Xbox 360 is going pretty cheap these days. If it’s the latter they seek… well, it should be pretty obvious to anyone even vaguely familiar with Nintendo’s history that however rubbish their press conferences might be, the life cycle of the next generation of hardware will see multiple high-quality first party titles. Maybe not as many or exactly the sort that “hardcore fans” wanted, but enough to make us remember why we bought the console in the first place. And it’s always been this way. This article seems to harken back to halcyon days that simply never existed. People have been writing variations on this article certainly as far back as the days of the N64, perhaps longer.

    Longtime Nintendo fans (and I count myself among their number) don’t keep buying Nintendo products out of loyalty- they buy them because they find value in them. If Nintendo’s output truly was as dismal as this piece suggests, fans would just lose interest and become former fans. Being a Nintendo fan can be a frustrating experience sometimes, I won’t deny it, but having played two great Zelda titles, several great Mario titles, a great Kirby title, and countless other great first and third party titles over the last console cycle, I find the suggestion that Nintendo have “forgotten what gaming is about” completely laughable.

    And let’s not forget that the “casual” software that faces such derision here is pretty much bankrolling the “hardcore” titles that we all love. Bringing gaming into the mainstream is the future, peeps. Soz.


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