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Do you still care about Nintendo?
I am, to some extent. Not nearly as much as I used to be, though. I bought a 3DS, and I am interested in what Nintendo puts out, but to be honest, I can't see myself buying a WiiU at all and the Wii I got was barely used. A new Zelda or Mario game just isn't enough for me anymore. To younger audiences, I'm sure those new Zelda and Mario games are great, but they aren't for me - I've played too many that were very similar to each other.
We should all care about Nintendo, even those of us for whom the WiiU doesn't hold much appeal. Nintendo seems to have written off a large section of the games market, either deliberately or because it's stubborn (especially about online gaming), and so it's easy for us to similarly write them off. I think having a diverse console market means having companies out there who are basically doing their own thing, even if their direction drives me absolutely nuts (which, right now, it does).
I know there are some out their rooting for Nintendo's failure, but I'm not one of them. The best way to keep pressure on these console makers to deliver real quality games and services is to have all three major console makers healthy and competing. I can't stand Nintendo's WiiU, but I'm happy it's out there, and I'm still fascinated by the things their doing (even if I'll never buy them).
I think I was at the point where I didn't care a year ago, but that was mostly because they weren't localizing the latest Fire Emblem and there hadn't been a Nintendo game I got excited about in years. After playing Skyward Sword and Mario 3d Land (almost reluctantly), and with an awesome looking new Fire Emblem on the way, I'd definitely say I care. Maybe I don't care about them as a hardware developer, but in terms of games I'd say they are in my top 3 favorite companies.
I like Mario and Zelda but I don't think I care about those franchises. The only Nintendo franchises I truly care about are Metroid and F-Zero and those seem to be stuck somewhere in Nintendo's vault of "Maybe we'll make these one day!". I think their hardware is always interesting but I don't really care about it. I bought the Wii because I was having video game fatigue at the start of this console generation and it looked unique. And it was. It just wasn't as good as I hoped. But it isn't as bad as most people who would look at a video game forum would believe either.
....so there's that. I guess I don't really care but I'm not opposed to caring at some point in the future.
I still care about a lot of their IP's. I would love it if nintendo could figure out what the hell they're doing and make an awesome gaming machine again (I'm a gamecube fan) but if they became a third party company who made multiplatform games I'd be alright with that.
Since I grew up with Nintendo they still have some hold on how awesome they were then. But what they've been doing with the Wii/WiiU hasn't really made me like them as much. Still love just about everything they make on the 3DS though. So uh I kinda still like them.
Kid Icarus: Uprising was fantastic and pretty much a new IP, plus they've released the best Pokemon games I've played in years, one of which was the only 'third' version of a Pokemon game that I thought was good enough to purchase, since it wasn't really a third version.
I think the Wii U isn't looking so great, but they're granting my wish by making a Pikmin 3, and I have a deep respect for them after they saved Bayonetta 2. I'm not exactly happy with what they're doing to Paper Mario, but Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is looking promising, and the 3DS is actually a great system.
So yeah, I do question some things that Nintendo have been doing, but they're a great company.
I grew up with Nintendo, so it's hard not to care about them, but it's definitely not what it used to be. They're still my overall favorite developer, but the gap is closing pretty fast. They're watering down Mario with all these recycled releases, the last Metroid was pretty stale, the Wii--though great in many ways--had so many problems, the Zelda series is still very well done but hasn't come close to the innovation of the N64 games.
They're just real wobbly anymore. Still sometimes great, often meh, and sometimes pure shit. It's definitely not what I want to see from them. But I still love a lot of what of they do, and am by no means ready to write them off.
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