Thursday, July 12, 2007

Are we being abandoned?

Before you scream "OMG COPY COPY COPY!!!11!!1", let me say that this is in response to this Go Nintendo article, not a rip-off. Ok? Alright.

Many people out there right now are thinking "Wii Fit? Wii Sports? Wii Music? OMG, Nintendo has left us core gamers behind!!!!". This, however, is not true, and this is why.

First of all, it's not as if Nintendo has completely ceased production of all non-casual games, no matter what some people's rants would lead you to believe. They're still making Mario Kart, Super Mario Galaxy, Battalion Wars II, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and more. But Nintendo announces ONE casual game in the form of Wii Fit, and everybody goes overboard. As far as we know, Nintendo is currently developing two casual games, Wii Music and Wii Fit. Add to that Nintendo's casual games that have already been released, and we get a total three. Wii Sports, Music and Fit, that's all.

And how many core games are they working on? To my knowledge, in addition to those already listed, upcoming Nintendo games include Animal Crossing, Project H.A.M.M.E.R (On hold, not cancelled), Mario Strikers: Charged!, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Fire Emblem, Endless Ocean and Disaster: Day of Crisis.

Some of you are now thinking "But Duck! That's only twelve games!". Are you forgetting that more than just Nintendo is developing for the Wii? We have Eletronic Arts bringing FIFA, Madden, NBA, Need For Speed and Tiger Woods. Capcom is bringing Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Zack & Wiki. SEGA is bringing Ghost Squad, Bleach, NiGHTS and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Ubisoft is working on Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, Nitrobike and Red Steel 2. Namco Bandai is developing Soul Calibur Legends. D3Publisher is bringing Dragon Blade and Puzzle Quest. Activision is bringing Guitar Hero III and Tony Hawk. Lack of core games? I think not!

Also, while on the subject of third-parties, Nintendo said that they're gonna space out their releases more, making the Wii more attractive to third-parties scared of Nintendo cannibalizing their profits.

So then, if after reading this you STILL think that Nintendo is abandoning core gamers, I honestly believe you will never think otherwise. Some people are just immovable when it comes to their falsely based opinions.

The Duck Has Spoken.


Bentendo said...

See, the thing is, it's not that we're mad that they announced casual games. I think everyone is mad that they only announced two hardcore games (Mario Kart Wii and Advanced Wars DS). Last year they revealed a ton of them (I don't feel like listing them all again, just check out's comments), and only TWO this year?

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Al Sleet said...

My sentiments exactly, PsychoDuck.

Tony said...

Might want to throw in Wii Play to the list so yeah...four total.

Which is still a very small number. :)

Gallade said...

Might also want to throw in the extremely large amount of Mini-game compilation, and all the non-games for the DS

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

For one thing I think we have different definitions of casual games, Fifa for example is a casual game, as is Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, just because these are established franchises doesn't mean they aren't casual, its not like for all these years there has been zero casual support.
What people seem to be think of as casual seems to be limited to non-games which are either tools or edutainment.

Two, the online support has been abysmal, not giving out the green light for devs util about 6 months after launch and the one big online game, Strikers, being questionable in its "core" appeal.

Three, in a market like this people are ging to make comparisons, no matter how "blue ocean" Nintendo is now, and in online terms and interesting IPs Nintendo have easily been outstripped by the compotition

Spectral said...

Alot of

Spectral said...

A lot of people are shitting on RE:UC just because it's not "RE4".

It's fucking pissing me off.

But Nintendo's online is getting a slow but steady start.

I definitely can't wait for Advance Wars 4. But that's a series noone really knows about, so its a love it or hate it kind of game.