Date: January 17, 2016
01) Nintendo NX Everything We Know 2016
The last Nintendo console system I ever got was a Game Cube…and that was when the price dropped to $99…and nearer to the end of it’s supported life. I just wasn’t really all that interested in Nintendo, by that time…but I knew I could pick up a lot of games cheap for it, and it would open up that library to me.
It was a nice enough system…but my allegiance was to the PlayStation.
Generally speaking…when Sony entered the video game console market…everything else faded into the background [where it comes to consoles, anyway]…because Sony was making a product, which excelled at the kinds of things I most liked.
Sony had the deep, innovative RPGs…Sega had the fast paced sports type stuff…and Nintendo had the cute, “kid friendly” market, which often pushed the more simplistic games as it’s main course.
They each did great at what they focused on…and of course, they each wandered into every genre…but their “bread n butter” was fairly pronounced…at least in my mind [and that of many] they were.
No matter how great the systems were…I’ve been huge on RPGs, ever since I started with video games on my Commodore 64…So, when Sony came around with it’s PlayStation RPG golden age…the path was set.
…Suddenly…all the simplistic games I thought were so cool, which I’d previously had no choice but to make due with…They were no longer adequate [for the most part]…and the systems which stayed with these more simplistic game models, just didn’t appeal to me.
That really sums up the way I look at Nintendo, today.
In fact…I was in a Game Stop, a couple of years back…and this commercial was being played, for the latest Mario game…And the female pushing the game so enthusiastically, only really had one thing to say…”More gold coins…More power ups…More blocks to smash…More, more, blah, blah blah!”…
…Which really made me roll my eyes…in realization of just how pathetically stagnant the Mario series is…They just repackage the same basic concept of a game [lots of timed running, jumping and smashing, etc.], with better graphics…and “more of it”…
Just to be clear…I loved Mario Brothers…and I played a lot of Super Mario World, because it came with the Super NES…and it was reasonably fun, for a while…plus, I didn’t have much else to play at the time…I don’t go running back to it, though. It’s ultimately not my thing.
…And if I wanted the experience of more timed running, jumping and smashing, etc…I wouldn’t foot the bill for a new system and game…I’d just dig out my old copy of Super Mario World…because I’m sure it will quell the hankering, just fine.
I’m more complicated than that…and I need something different from timed running, jumping and smashing, etc…to keep me engaged…Since that is largely what Nintendo is all about…I just don’t see them beefing up on what I find boring, to be at all interesting.
…So, Nintendo has this new console on the horizon.
It’s going to have to be something really, really different from the past…if it hopes to turn my head.
I will be looking on, none the less.