Nintendo: Gripes and Praise
April 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm
It's well known that I'm a Type-B Nintendo fanboy. For the record, that's more based on software than hardware, though I do love my Wii and DS. If you want to know what I think about the company and its practices, here's a brief rundown based on recent and continuing things.
-No Fatal Frame 4 outside Japan? (Still want confirmation from Nintendo on this one)
-New Zelda for DS, but not for Wii
-No new upcoming Mario, Star Fox, or Metroid games announced (though let's see what's at E3)
-New Punch-Out! and Sin and Punishment games coming out (why do so many people forget these two games?)
-Not backing down from games like Madworld
-Not forcing DS owners to upgrade to Lite or DSi
-Virtual Console releases
A quick word on the issue of Fatal Frame 4. The problem here is not Nintendo, but Nintendo of America. People seem to forget that there is a difference. Nintendo in general has no problems with the game, but NOA seems to. For the record, this really pisses me off. I'm not even sure what the problem is. Many people think it's Nintendo's aversion to mature audience titles, but then what about Madworld, The Conduit, Manhunt 2, Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark, etc? Others say it's because Nintendo themselves don't want to publish such games, but what about Sin and Punishment 2? While it's certainly not as mature as Fatal Frame 4, it's still a game not meant for kids. No, I think the real problem is that NOA doesn't realize the series is so popular in the US. So maybe we need to tell them that.