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Can Nintendo Win Back Their Fans?

May 26, 2011

E3 2011 is getting pretty close, and we’re going to start seeing even more speculation as the days counting down to the big three ‘E’s start to dwindle down. One thing I’ve been curious about is whether or not Nintendo will be able to win back their lost fans. When Nintendo announced the Wii, there were high hopes, but years later these hopes were never satisfied. There were a good amount of first-party games for the Wii, such as Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Wario Land: Shake It, but it was only until 2010 when we saw Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Metroid: Other M. As for third-party support, there was very little; and when there was, it was horrible. It was either shovelware or bad ports. Not only that, it had poor online support and Virtual Console releases were far and few between.

The reason for this lack of support was because of the system itself (though that does not explain the poor online and the lack of VC releases). The system was about 50% more powerful than the GameCube while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 was significantly more powerful than that; even the PlayStation 2 continued to have support as a result of its power (though, at the same time, this doesn’t explain why developers complained about this lack of power from the Wii).

E3 is just around the corner, and Nintendo has announced their next console, codenamed Project Café, will be playable there. But can Nintendo win back their lost fans? Throughout this horrible 7th generation (this also includes the 360 and PS3), gamers have bashed Nintendo for their choices. I can’t seem to blame some of them, though many of these complaints have been stupid (“the graphics suck”, “not enough blood”, “Mario is irrelevant”). Despite this, the big N has made some pretty stupid decisions, such as a 40 MB download limit and the dreaded Friend Codes. With the announcement of Café on June 7th, I wonder if Nintendo will be able to get back to their former glory.


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