By baldgye 0 Comments
Ok so I don't really like Nintendo, I mean ofc I have many versions of the Gameboy and a 3DS, along with a Wii, and apart from my Gameboy I've not really enjoyed any of the systems I've used or owned. But that's fine, I'm not really the person Nintendo games are aimed at and this isn't really aimed at why I don't like Nintendo, but what I can't understand is why Nintendo who has this HUGE library and history of well loved games and has the most diehard fans of pretty much anyone in gaming hardware at this point, why they made the WiiU and why they didn't make something for their fans.
What I mean is, Nintendo has a growing grass-roots fanbase of people who have been buying, reproducing, modding and making music from their old hardware and software. Chip-tunes is the PERFECT example of what Nintendo should be doing, sure it's a small market, but Nintendo don't actually need to do much at all, if they made a version of the original Gameboy, with a backlit screen and some more audio-out ports and allow people to mod it, they could sell for all profit, and that small market could be given room to grow because of the newly gained attention... and Nintendo bearly have to do anything, the hardware is already available and cheap.
On top of this NES/SNES collecting has grown into something of a phenomenon for people of a certain generation of gamer, not only that but there are developers actually making new games on the NES hardware. There are also shops selling reproduction carts for people who can't afford to collect the insanely expensive original carts as well as people selling new plastic cases for people to protect their carts in.
So why doesn't Nintendo push out a totally open, region free NES or SNES that can play either title? Let people have the hardware they can mod and play around with, the hardware is so dated my 5yr old watch can run SNES games, the hardware is cheap and available, the audience already exists and is almost exclusively a Nintendo fan. Hell Nintendo could even make limited edition Zelda or Mario versions of these machines and sell them for $99/199 and people would buy them...
It seems to me that there is this HUGE Nintendo core fanbase that uses Nintendo hardware for all kinds of things (making games, hardware/software mod's and making music), why Nintendo doesn't give this grated niche but die-hard fanbase what they want and make money from them I have no idea.
Instead of using the WiiU as there 'next gen' system, they should focus 100% on making the 3DS the tide over until the actual next gen (ps4 etc) and in the mean time give their hardcore base what they want and show there actual fans that they haven't forgotten about them....