Nintendo showed off it’s HD console, the Wii, U on the second day of E3. Highlights included a New Super Mario Bros. U, Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, ZombiU, Trine 2: Director’s Cut, and Nintendo Land. So, in other words, another Mario game, a bunch of games that came out last year, another zombie game, and…Nintendo Land.
Why do people love Mario again? Oh yeah, it’s because their products raised a generation of latchkey kids who remember the glory days with rose-tinted glasses, and exposed their children to Nintendo products. Nintendo doesn’t innovate anymore. That controller is a gimmick that, like the Wii, will be utilized best by Nintendo only, and people will still probably clamor for a regular controller. Wisely, Nintendo revealed the Xbox 360-looking Gamepad controller.
Nintendo stays a step behind, yet everyone flips their shit. Journalists and fans alike cheer at Mario in High Definition. When a mature game arrives on a Nintendo system, it’s news because Nintendo doesn’t cater to adults. They never have. They make games for kids that adults can, and do, enjoy. They make another Mario, another Zelda, or another Metroid, this time with better graphics, again, and everyone cheers.
Is it low standards? Is it an ache for Nintendo to come back to glory? I don’t know. What I do know, is that Nintendo makes games primarily for kids.
Nostalgia’s a bitch.