Reggie Fils-Amie Says "Meh" and Nintendo Repeating the Past.

     This post has been in a draft form for a while.  Quite a while, as in 3 years or so, and this new Reggie Fils-Amie (The President of Nintendo of America (NOA)) quote has sparked this draft's revision and completion: 
"It’s all about the games.  The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I’m allowed to say ‘Meh,’" Fils-Aime said.  "I look at our lineup of titles and I feel good about our lineup.  We’ve got Zelda.  We’ve got Mario.  We’ve got Donkey Kong.  In addition to great titles like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101, I feel very good about our lineup, and I feel very good about the value proposition we’re putting out there for the consumer."
     Nintendo has become redundant.  After 1,000 Pokemons, a plethora Mario games, and Zelda games that really haven't been anything new or inspired in years Nintendo is losing (lost already?) their hold has a gaming superpower.  Which is funny because the Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto himself had this to say:
"From my perspective, with regard to the more powerful hardware systems, to me what still remains incredibly important is the developers maintaining a focus on creating unique games because if all that everyone does is uses the enhanced power to create more and more games that look and feel the same, then all that it becomes is a competition about the power of the hardware rather than the uniqueness of the experience. That, to me, is where developers should be devoting their effort."
     It's a good thing Nintendo is following that advice.  I hope anyone reading this gathered the huge amount of sarcasm I loaded that last sentence with.  We need new versions of things (or just plain new things).  I love the old games, but really, where's a new Earthbound?  A completely new take on Pokemon?  I have been complaining for years about needing a Zelda that actually features ZELDA in the lead role.  Shiek (Zelda in a suit, not her magic-ed into a boy) as the lead protagonist.  Even if it was in Windwaker style.  I, along with a bazillion other fans, would love that.  Make her not save Link, but have her own adventure.  Hell, even her as the pirate Tetra would be great.

Way to move backwards again Reggie.

     What Nintendo is doing is recycling what worked 25 years ago.  They're marketing to children, as seen with the new "2DS" system which has been said to be for 5-6 year olds.  Another step backwards in my mind.  Nintendo needs to take off the kiddie gloves and take chances.  Where's the risky games like Naughty Dog's The Last of Us for PS3?  Where's all the mature games for people that were fans of the original NES games, and now have their own children, but are STILL gamers looking for a true GAMING EXPERIENCE as the 2 above quotes say?

     I mean, we've grown as gamers and fans, so why hasn't Nintendo grown as a game-maker?  

     Sure, there's always a place in my heart for A Link to the Past and the Metroid series, but my wallet stopped funding it long ago.  Nostalgia can only do so much.  They need to stop looking back at the safe sales- stop regurgitating the same old crap.  I've quit buying Nintendo stuff because they have nothing of note now, nothing worthwhile.  Until they do something like the big two, X Box and Playstation, Nintendo has lost me as a supporter.

     ...but...  if they manage to create something new, something different and unique from all the repetitive garbage they're tossing out yearly, I'll gladly return to them.  If, as Fils-Amie says, “...for us it’s about games, about the fun, about the entertainment value, and not about the tech,” then they need to give us fans what we want- grown up games for the modern gamers, not a spiffed up version of something we've played a million times before.  

     Nintendo- you've got to stop hording your beloved properties like the toys of the five-year-olds you market to, and take chances with the series'.  Think outside the box, make something interesting, and take chances with third party developers.  I want to be excited about these franchises again.  Have Mario actually do his job and plumb a shit-clogged toilet- hey, at least it's something different!  Rock the damn boat on the way to Yoshi's Island- you never know, something wonderful could happen.

     Nintendo, something needs to change, and I think many gamers know what.

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