My Random Thoughts on Nintendo's Future
By hostyl1 06-21-2011 11:17 AM
I originally started writing as a response to mm2barry's blog (which I'll shout out here), but I noticed I was getting long winded and was taking his/her blog down my own path so I decided to just post it here. Comments appreciated, thanks for reading.
Nintendo is stuck in this weird place. At this point, I dont see how copying exactly what MS/Sony are doing helps them. Even if Ninty executed a perfect online system and ran their games in full HD/3D what would set them apart? Their usual franchises? OTOH, what do they do with these millions of people that bought into the Wii? They are at least a little interested in games, but just arent into the traditional shooters and action games.
If *I* were Nintendo, and believe me, they are much smarter than I am, I would try and not just go for the "family" aspect of making everything colorful and kid friendly. I would partner with a competent third party developer like a Rockstar or an Ubisoft and try and get games for the adults. Not mature as in bloody, but mature as is dealing with complex themes. Things touched on by games like LA Noire, Heavy Rain, CSI, etc. Have a slew of games with the feeling of a Romantic Comedy or of running a business or deep social interactions...sort of a grown up Animal Crossing, a more engaging Sims.
It seems to be such a shame that Nintendo has atractted people who want something different from gaming than the 'bang-bang shoot-em-up' games that you get on the other consoles, but seems ready to dump them and go crawling back to the so-called 'hardcore' gamer who really isnt that into Nintendo in the first place.
It seems to me that the reason the attach rate of the Wii is so (comparatively) low is not so much that casual gamers are averse to buying games (hello iOS gaming), but rather there arent games that appeal to them. Seriously, how many mini-game collections does one need? Once you get Wii Sports, Resort, and Carnival Games, you're pretty much covered there. What games tried to break out of that mold? Where was a genre bending experience like a Mirror's Edge? Where was a game that focused on deeper concepts like government conspiracies like a Beyond Good and Evil? The only thing they *kinda* did was adventure games, but they half-assed that too!
Zack and Wiki is one of my favorite games of this generation, but where was the promotion for this game? Whereas you saw Wii Fit on the Today Show, I never heard/saw/read anything about Zack and Wiki anywhere but on gaming sites/podcasts. And while they did release Tales of Monkey Island, they did it through WiiWare and not on a disk. Talk about failing to meet your audience where they are!
The WiiU has some potential to address some of this. I could see a detective game where you use the WiiU controller as an X-Ray machine or simply a magnifying glass. You could have some sort of flight/driving sim where you move the WiiU controller to look around in 3D space. Heck you could have a "Dirt" esque rally type multiplayer game where one person drives with the Wiimote/wheel and player 2 uses the WiiU controller as a map to give directions to the driver (like in a real rally race). You dont think an "Amazing Race" type game would attract casuals?
I guess I'm just looking for *somebody* to do something outside of the "hardcore gamer" mainstream. That's why I applaud games like Heavy Rain and LA Noire for trying to do something different (though they too rely a bit too heavily on traditional gaming conventions). With all the "non-gamers" that have been drawn in by the Wii, Nintendo is in a great position to change what we think of games. They did it in one respect with the fitness area. But if they could tell the stories that gaming is heading towards while de-emphasizing the "game-y" parts (shooting, action sequences, twitch reflexes) they could really hook people.
Games like Hotel Dusk, Portal, Stacking could have all done fine even using the motion controls, but you'd be hard press to find their analogues on the Wii. *That's* why casuals stopped buying Wii games. The industry didnt offer them enough new things.
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|Retom7 - 06-21-2011, 03:45 PM|
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