Maybe that’s why I think Nintendo “won” E3. They may not have had an amazing showing, but you know what? I think that they succeeded merely by virtue of Pikmin 3
. Nintendo gets games. They’ll screw up as well, no question, but Skyward Sword
has some genuinely emotional moments that I -- young, present-day, or future me -- can’t ignore, and wouldn’t be out of place in a Pixar movie. I’ve yet to forget the charm and whimsy and imagination present in Super Mario Galaxy
. And clearly, their pals at Retro Studios can pick up the slack, at least if Donkey Kong Country Returns
is anything to go by. I think that if there’s any company that can crack the Pixar Code (if they haven’t already), it’s Nintendo.
I play games to have fun. Don’t we all? In that sense, gamers -- regardless of age -- aren’t all that different from children. Our tastes aren’t one hundred percent dissimilar; at our basest, we want something that wows us, entertains us, and leaves us with a smile on our faces. Being a “kid’s game” is just one way to accomplish that. But it doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be
considered a weakness or an unflattering label. It can be a game’s strength. It can let developers tap into their imaginations, and stimulate us no matter how old we are.
So to answer my brother: yes. Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
may very well be a kid’s game. And that’s all I could ever ask for.
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