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    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2009 edited
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    • CommentAuthorJPete
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2009
    I have to disagree with this article. Throughout the article you talk about how Nintendo's hardware was revolutionary at during each generation and why. The fact is, after the Super Nintendo (which is still the best home system of all time), they weren't. The N64 and Nintendo's refusal to accept changes in the industry in regards to the format the games were delivered on was not revolutionary, it was stubbornness. The CD was the first major console game innovation that they hadn't lead the way with since the original Nintendo and they were unwilling to accept that. Even with the jump to the disc based Gamecube, they choose a proprietary format that limited the space on the disc versus the DVD's their competitors were using. Now they bring out the Wii and it is truly innovative, more than anything they've done since the D-Pad on the original NES controller.

    The problem isn't Nintendo's direction not being fun, most their software is a blast to play. The problem is the industries refusal to accept that this is a new innovation that is here to stay. They think that because Nintendo had a large market penetration into the casual crowd that hardcore gamers don't play their Wii's. I know more gamers then I can name right now and almost all of them have something in common. Some like their PC's, some have 360's, some have PS3's, but almost all have a Wii. They aren't casual, and aren't looking for things like a stripped down Madden because EA doesn't recognize their audience or Bioshock on rails. These things just make them irate. They do have a large library of first party games because, big surprise here, Nintendo's games are usually fun.

    Nintendo makes their games for the same people they always have and it works because they understand what the hardware makes possible. It seems like the other developers, who have now had 2 1/2 years to figure out the hardware and the audience, have failed miserably at figuring out what to do with it. Nintendo is still concentrating on the fun, the other developers seem to lack the creativity to do anything with the best thing to hit consoles since the Playstation.

    All that being said, the DSi really is an obnoxious money grab.
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2009
    Some very valid points. Especially "All that being said, the DSi really is an obnoxious money grab." Thanks for the comment!