Nintendo has always had a special place in my heart. I grew up playing Mario on my grandparents Super Nintendo (SNES) and Zelda on my Nintendo 64 (N64). It seems that lately, however, that Nintendo has been falling behind Sony and Microsoft. Those systems have all the games like Call of Duty, Halo, and Assassin’s Creed. Everything realistic seems to be on Sony and Microsoft consoles.
Compared to the PlayStation and X-Box consoles, the Wii-U’s graphics seem to be sub-par. In almost every aspect it seems that Sony and Microsoft are pulling ahead. Does this mean that Nintendo is falling behind? I honestly do not think that they are. I think they are purposely making their graphics un-realistic. The reason is that the cartoon feeling games are what make Nintendo… well Nintendo!
The thing is, no matter what happens Nintendo will always have traction because of games like Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, etc. I just do not see those games going anywhere any time soon. Plus, let’s face it; X-Box and PlayStation are not even close to the Wii-U when it comes to family friendliness. Nintendo will always be ahead in this regard and I personally think this is Nintendo’s main focus. Not everyone enjoys playing Call of Duty, but everyone enjoys sitting down with the family and competing in a friendly game of Mario Kart. Nintendo is big on human relationships. This is the reason they haven’t hopped on the “bandwagon”.
Is this a mistake? Maybe; it depends on how you look at it. From a business stand point they might be missing out on a considerably large wad of cash. However, I think it is awesome and I do not think it will result in the “downfall” of Nintendo.
In a 2011 Q&A session with investors, Satoru Iwata (President of Nintendo) stated, “Nintendo has been a company attaching high value to human relationships for a long time.” In this session, he continues to talk about how the company was originally in the business of playing cards and how they have always been aware of the actual human connections created by their products. I think that the ability to bring people together and build relationships is a strong attribute that Nintendo has always and will continue to have.
So, just to conclude, even though Mario doesn’t run around with an M-16 defending the world from an alien invasion… Nintendo will live on. Not only will they stay in business, I think that they will gain their popularity back over the next decade. What do you think?
Author Bio: My name is Taylor Tyger and I love to play and talk about video games. My favorite console at the moment is the Wii-U and I love the Zelda games. I have a website called nintendoscrewdriver.com that I created to sell a tri wing screwdriver so people can take apart their Nintendo products easily.