If you play games you know Nintendo. If you don’t play games you know Nintendo. The name is synonymous with games for several decades and their recent sales figures for their newest console, the Nintendo Switch, shows that their influence is still very much alive and kicking. But why do we keep coming back to this brand? Surely SONY and Microsoft have appeal as well. How come Nintendo has this level of success? I think it’s because Nintendo does not follow the same rules as other developers. They are unpredictable, and that makes them interesting. Good or bad we have found that Nintendo will always surprise us, and I think we all love surprises.Nintendo does not follow the same rules as other developers. They are unpredictable, and that makes them interesting. Click To Tweet
As we get older experience shows us that less things surprise us. It is actually more meaningful when we see things that raise our eyebrows, good or bad. Nintendo definitely has a track record of doing that. Whether it was the flop of the WiiU or the meteoric return to success with the Switch, Nintendo has always gained our attention. It may not have always been positive, but certainly surprising.
Try to remember that first Nintendo game you played. Mario, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda; any of the classic favorites from one of the older systems. It definitely made an impression, a feeling of wonder, amazement and excitement. Personally playing Super Mario Bros. for the first time was totally unexpected and changed the way I played games forever. Who would have thought a pack-in title with a console would eclipse World Championship Wrestling or Ninja Turtles that I had with the NES. A guy named Mario is using mushrooms and flowers to defeat turtles? Not making sense however was the charm of the game and also the wonder of it. This began my love for Nintendo, and most certainly many other gamers as well.A guy named Mario is using mushrooms and flowers to defeat turtles? Not making sense however was the charm of the game and also the wonder of it. Click To Tweet
Today we look at the Nintendo Switch. It isn’t so much that we also have a pretty awesome console we can carry with us everywhere, but more so that we had only speculative information that this was what Nintendo was making next. The fan base for Nintendo is quite large, faithful and vocal. If they like or dislike something Nintendo will know, quite loudly. The announcement of the NX, code name for the Switch, was set for early 2017. There was wonder, amazement and excitement, the same as we first picked up that Nintendo control for the first time and played our first game.
As we look towards E3 2018 I think that sense of wonder is still there. The biggest question mark falls on Nintendo and their titles. SONY has revealed their focus on titles for the show and Microsoft has had quite a leak via the Walmart Canada incident a few weeks ago. However, even though Smash Bros. is expected to be the focus of the Nintendo Direct we are still expecting something else. Are going to see ports from WiiU? Are we going to see some crazy returns from older titles? Will Metroid Prime be shown? We are all at the edge of our seats and waiting to be surprised again.