Often heralded as the most innovative console and game developer in the gaming industry, Nintendo has come a very long way from the card-manufacturing company it was back in 1985.
Each of their major franchises has its own set of rabid fans, and to this day, Nintendo fans are among the most loyal the gaming community has ever seen. With the exception of maybe the GameCube, each of their consoles has sold remarkably well and has never failed to please their target audience. Their handhelds alone would guarantee them the #1 rank out of all three console developers. They are the pioneers of innovation and lead the charge when it comes to changing and molding the way we play games.
Certain facts about Nintendo could very easily give one the impression that they are among the more conservative of game developers. Although Nintendo has always governed the way we play games and made radical changes to the same, one must admit they will not change themselves unless they are absolutely forced to.
See what I mean?
And what did Nintendo do? They went ahead and used them again.
People complain Sony copies Nintendo. Yes, they do that. There’s no denying the fact that Nintendo does majority of the hard work (inventing) and Sony comes along and makes profits by doing the rest (imitating or improving). They did it with the analog, they did it with rumble, and they’ve done it again with the SIXAXIS. But is it really a bad thing?
Refusal to accept change was a large part of the reason Nintendo couldn’t catch up to Sony all these years. They deserve to be numero uno, but they aren’t. However, all is not lost. As we all know, Nintendo’s fans are far more loyal than either Sony’s or Microsoft’s. These fans remain loyal and continue to support the company through, both, good and bad times. The Wii is here. The Regginator is here. Mature content is here. Nintendo finally seems to be embracing change and deviating from the business strategy it has conformed to all these years.
And with that, I’m going to end this post on a good note. Nintendo is changing. Change is good.
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