Franchises such as Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong transcend video games into popular culture, which is something that isn’t often seen outside of Nintendo. Sure, there are your Halo’s and Call of Duty’s of the world, but they don’t reach quite a broad of an audience as your standard fair Nintendo franchise. Why does Nintendo have such mass appeal? Well, I’d argue the utmost reason is because the games are just plain fun. It’s impossible to not have a good time while competing with grandma in Wii Sports bowling, and that’s an experience exclusive to Nintendo’s consoles.
When you think of the biggest names in the video game industry you’d be remiss if you left out names such as Â Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata. Between these two people the likes Kirby, Pikmin and Wii Fit were created, all of which have gone on to be successful in their own right. Those aren’t the only two employees that Nintendo has either. The people working within Nintendo EAD are responsible for the top 3 games of all time according to GameRankings, and you will never ever see a single one of thisÂ developmentÂ teams games on a competitors console.
The feel-good feeling
As I have said before, I completely love my other video game consoles, but they don’t quite give you the same experience found on one with a Nintendo logo. You can sit down with your children and play Donkey Kong not having to worry about them viewing any inappropriate content. With a game like Mario, you can give your girlfriend a controller and she will just get it. Try and do the same thing with that 13 button Xbox 360 controller and things might not go so smoothly. The ability to hit so many demographics with a single game is something Nintendo just plain does better than anybody else. Ask Disney how that’s been working for them in the movieÂ industry.
When you look up innovation in the dictionary, Nintendo’s logo won’t be found next to the definition, but it should be! Let me give you just a few firsts for Nintendo in the video game industry: dpad, shoulder buttons, force feedback, motion controls. Have the likes of Microsoft any Sony (and Sega before them) essentially copied most of these idea’s from Nintendo? Well, yeah! Can we expect Nintendo to do it all again with ProjectÂ CafÃ©? Only e3 will tell!
Many would argue that the veil of secrecy that Nintendo has over its new consoles and games is a negative point against Nintendo, but I for one enjoy the clandestine nature of the company. Too many times have games been spoiled for me before I even laid a finger on the controller in large part due to the excess of info publishers like to throw at consumers prior to a games release. Yeah, the boss at the end of level 7 was super awesome, but I already saw the trailer back in February and was expecting it! This won’t happen with anything Nintendo published, mark my words; and when they finally do reveal the next Zelda or Metroid title, you will be so much more excited because of it.
Don’t forget to tune in to Infendo.com tomorrow to read the reasons why you won’t be buying Nintendo’s next console!