I’m a relatively young gamer. The first platform I owned and played a ton was the Gameboy Advance, which I received for my fifth birthday from a relative. From then on, Nintendo platforms saw the vast majority of my gaming. Each day I would play my GBA religiously, and for a while that was the only platform I owned.
Throughout the next decade, Nintendo platforms stayed my true platforms of choice. I purchased and played the GameCube when everyone else was buying a PS2. Of course I picked up a Nintendo DS, which still stands as one of my favorite platforms of all time. I stuck with the Wii, through thick and thin, and it remained my primary console even with the dominance of the HD console twins in the later Wii years.
I stayed a devout and true Nintendo fan. As a sophomore in high school, while my friends were picking up the latest Call of Duty game, I purchased and played through The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Things began to evolve, however. Slowly, Nintendo platforms moved away from my console of choice and I became a far more agnostic gamer.
It started in 2010. The Wii was finally beginning to release is croaking breaths, while the other platforms were getting some of the best games of the generation. On the 360, I saw games like Red Dead Redemption, Alan Wake, and Mass Effect. The Wii, no doubt full of excellent titles for its first few years, saw what was a much more barren release schedule in its last few years.
That’s when the big decision came – I picked up a used Xbox 360. My mind was blown.
I absolutely adored games like Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption. I still played my DS religiously, and picked up the 3DS on launch date the very next year, but I felt corrupted. I was no longer the pure Nintendo fan that I once was.
Slowly, I began to amass an ever-larger catalog of games for my Nontendo system, and my Gamerscore began to grow. The Wii was still my primary console, but I was cheating on my true love. I would spend hours with my new HD mistress.It continued like this for a few years – with Nintendo still at the center of my gaming life, but with Xbox invading in large chunks.
Then, through a playthrough of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, my Xbox 360 died. It was not even the red ring that was all too common on older 360 models, but some other error entirely. I had a choice to make.
I could either pick up another Xbox 360, and continue on in the ecosystem I was quickly adapting to. Or, I could pick up another system entirely, the PS3, to play through some of the exclusives I had yet to experience.
I went with the latter option.
Here I was again, playing virtually every game Nintendo released, but indulging in another console for my Nontendo pleasure.
In the following years, I would end up buying both a Wii U and PS4 at launch. For a long time, the Wii U would be considered my primary console – I’ve played pretty much every first-party game released on the platform. With the scarcity of Wii U releases over the last few years, however, I no longer have a primary console.
I own an Xbox One, which I bought about six months after its launch, that I use primarily for playing multiplayer games like Fifa with friends.
The PS4, on the other hand, is for most of my multi-platform and singleplayer gameplay.
The Wii U? Well, I use it for really the only thing I can use it for: Nintendo games.
I no longer have a primary gaming console, and honestly that sucks. I wish I could belong to an ecosystem. I wish I could rack up my Gamerscore without neglecting my Trophy level. I wish I could be a little bit of a fanboy. Instead, I’m an agnostic gamer stuck with no real allegiance. Nintendo will always remain my one true love, but right now my attention has been stolen away by others.
Looking towards Nintendo’s next console, the NX, I surely hope that Nintendo can reel me back in. But, it’s going to take far more than just a consistent output of first-party games. I need third-parties, I need the online ecosystem, I need voice chat and achievements, and I need a holistic console experience that doesn’t leave me wanting for another.
I wish Nintendo the best of luck.
Originally published on Nintendo Enthusiast.