You know, I’ve defended Nintendo through a lot of bullshit.
As a child, I owned a Nintendo 64 and I played the shit out of it. I was never wanting for games, and I was too young to know anything about how Nintendo was only dropping like three first-party games a year for it.
After that, I had a GameCube and I CERTAINLY never had a dry spell with that thing. I really don’t understand why that box gets so much shit. I have like 25 great games for it! And a ton of franchise-best entries, too. Best Metroid, best Mario Kart (fuck you, I don’t care what you say), best Zelda (ditto), best Resident Evil, best Smash Bros., best F-Zero, best Paper Mario…best Rogue Squadron…best…Mario Tennis?
Anyway, as far as I’m concerned that was the 2nd golden age for Nintendo. And where are we now? Oh hey! Nintendo’s finally on top! It’ll be like the NES days all over again with great games all over the place and industry dominance paying off for the players! Oh wait. Nintendo is a bunch of greedy fucks.
I’m not going to go too far into this because, frankly, I’m not terribly qualified to talk about the politics of this thing. All I know is that WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO THE LAYPERSON is that Nintendo has handily won this console generation by selling out its fans. Period. They took over, sat back and let 3rd party shovelware define the system while their development teams…did what exactly?
Wii Vitality Sensor? Wii Party? Are you kidding? How about an F-Zero game, or, you know, that Pikmin sequel you’ve been talking about for four years now. Hell, I’d take a solid sequel to Luigi’s Mansion at this point.
And hey, how about the Virtual Console? Really a lot of support for that lately. And just so we’re all clear, the hardest part of putting a game on VC is writing the desription blurb for the Wii Shop, so there’s not much holding them back from just dumping a ton of games on there. They just really don’t give a shit.
Just make some fucking games, Nintendo. PLEASE. Failing that, put the glory days on Virtual Console so we can remember when you weren’t so lame.