Friday, April 10, 2009

How can Nintendo save itself?

"Save itself?"

A valid question. To look at the state of Nintendo and say that it needs 'saving' at this point in time sounds ludicrous. The Wii has sold over 50 million units globally since its launch back in 2006, and the hand held Nintendo DS has sold well over 100 million units. Unlike the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, Nintendo are actually gaining money with every sale. So what needs saving? Since the bleak days of the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube -- Nintendo is now thriving, expanding into markets that have been largely untouched by Sony and Microsoft.

What needs saving now is Nintendo's integrity.

The Nintendo 64 and the Gamecube, whilst not financially prosperous, were amongst the best gaming consoles of wall time. In so many ways, we have been wowed by the degree of quality that Nintendo delivered: The Legend 0f Zelda: Ocarina of Time, GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Pikmin. The list goes on.

Now, the Wii is plagued by titles like Wii Sports, Wii Music, Wii Fit, Wii Play. What happened to the old Nintendo? Flagship titles like Metroid and Zelda have lost their lustre. Super Mario Galaxy, whilst being the most critically acclaimed games of 2007, has been a diamond in an ocean of mediocrity.

Nintendo needs to act fast. These are ways that it can restore -- not its sales -- but its reputation.

1. Bring out: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2

Look at it. Just look at it.

Within this game lies so much awesomeness, and I wish Nintendo could realise this.

The Wii will never be a graphical power-house in comparison to the PS3, or Xbox 360, but with the Wind Waker's cell shaded charm, this is easily forgettable. The gameplay and magic of the Zelda series should not be just limited to the Nintendo DS, with Phantom Hourglass or Spirit Tracks. It needs to be on the big screen! Everything about Zelda is so good, that you could take the same game, add some different levels and quests: and Voila! You have Wind Waker 2.

Twilight Princess took a totally different route -- but can we say that this has the same charm or likability as Wind Waker? Graphically, Twilight Princess is sterile and out of date.

This title alone would justify my purchase of the Wii.

2. Stop putting 'Wii' in game titles!

Seriously. if there's a Legend of Zelda: Wii -- people will die...

3. More cell-shading / artistic graphic design.

Let's do a comparison shall we?

How, Nintendo? How can you possibley say: "We have the best exclusive games", when your competition have a graphical leap above you of this kind of calibre? Nobody will be able to take you seriously. If you want to look like you are in this to win this, you need to make your games stylised and charming rather than realistic. Nobody expects you to have amazing textures, nobody expects you to have detail and finesse - they expect colourful and charming design aspects (both of which, you can accomodate).

Again, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, is one good option -- that kind of style is easy to create and looks great no matter what platform it's on. Or Super Mario Galaxy, with a kind of charismatic, colourful animated effect.

Whatever you do, don't try to get technical.

4. Restore the 'Quality' in Quality Assurance.

That means none of this crap, Nintendo.

And Box-Art aside, none of this either:


  1. sorry, but "Twilight Princess" was WAY better than "the Wind Waker" every sense. not to say "the Wind Waker" was not a good game. I just prefer the "Ocarina of Time" style of Zelda games. "Twilight Princess" is one of my favorites if not my favorite Zelda game.

    aside from that...
    I agree. Nintendo needs to stop making cheesy, lame, fast, and childish type games.
    I'm not saying there is not a market for them.. but this is one of the reasons they're loosing to Xbox and Playstation.
    Cut back on making said games, and start releasing some more mature games. everyone know the majority of "gamers" are in their 20-30's. myself included.

    When it comes to whos side I choose in the system battles. I've always tried to stick with Nintendo. I grew up with the NES and SNES, and they almost lost my support with the N64 and Gamecube piles of junk.

    I think they're doing great with the DS and Wii. However they need to stop inventing new and creative systems, and concentrate on making/releasing quality games again.

    I know this has turned into a ridiculously long rant.. but one more point I'd like ALL gaming companies to hear.. stop making all these damn sports and war games! I'm so sick of them.. and when ever I walk into a game store these days it seems to be almost all I see.. if I wanted to play sports, I'd be outside...

  2. I agree with you in many ways. Wind Waker had a lot more "Soul" than Twilight Princess and still felt just like Zelda.
    I want a WW-Style Zelda on the Wii as well, even though I really LOVED Twilight Princess, it just couldn't win my heart like Wind Waker did. Twilight Princess just screamed "WE TRIED TO MAKE THIS SEEM AAAAAAADULT" in my face all the time while I was plying it. -.-
    Also, Nintendo just NEEDS to stop letting crappy third-party games get beyond it's check. I miss the times when this games were on pirate-catridges only, because Nintendo didn't let them through the quality check...