For the Sake of Nintendo, Hear my Plea…

11 Jul

Nintendo fans, I have a request from you. Shut up. Really. Nintendo fan-boys, like all other fan-boys(or fan-people for you PC types) need to realize that they do not actually help. Because in your case, you are the reason that Nintendo is in trouble.

Now I understand that this can be confusing. How, when you all loyally buy your massive number of games and consoles and various digital content directly from Nintendo can I say that you are causing their financial stress? How, when everyone else has turned their backs on them can I accuse you of the very problem you seek to avoid? Simple, because you help Nintendo buy into its own press.

Companies are very interesting things. You are told that they are not people but instead are some mysterious entity that floats above massive skyscrapers pulling the strings of the people. But at the end of the day there is something very important that you should know about Corporations: They are composed of people and they need to make money.

Recently the Investors of Nintendo had a meeting to discuss the future of the company. Some questions were down right stupid. We got that. But most of the questions focused on matters of fiscal futures and company leadership. One investor bluntly asked why Iwata had not resigned due to the failures of the company and how he was messing things up. Iwata wasn’t actually at the meeting(perhaps due to last years punching of an investor when he wouldn’t shut up.) and his representative remained firm that Iwata would in fact continue to help the company along. In other words, they ignore the problem.

But here is the real problem. Three years of losses are going to take their toll on a company and that group of investors are getting nervous. As I informed a co-worker those investors do not care about games directly. They care about making money. And if Nintendo can’t make a profit, then they will go somewhere else. Although I’m sure we all agree it should be all about the games, money is still what pays the bills.

So now Nintendo fan-people, you are probably wondering why this even applies to you. After all we did establish that you loyally go out and buy the games that the company makes. You eagerly buy E-shop money to download the new releases of digital games. Heck, some of you even ran out and purchased a 2ds just to show your loyalty. What more can I ask of you? Why can’t I realize the awesomeness of Nintendo and just love the games?

Because Nintendo is dieing. And you all are the ones allowing it to wither away.

Nintendo might have won the first generation of console wars between Sega and Atari. But to be blunt, they aren’t winning right now. The Wii U is one of the worst selling consoles in history for Nintendo. Due to the drought of games Nintendo is trying to fill in the blank spots with digital releases of classic games. Several of the games that people have actually purchased the system for are either delayed(Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, and Watch Dogs), not mentioned(Metroid? Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy), or so far out to be pointless.(Legend of Zelda and Star Fox) The system is a total flop. And the worst part is, I think you all realize it.

Why do I say that? Because you all scream against any detractor at the top of your lungs. Me think you doth protest too much.

When the blunt investor asked for Iwata’s resignation you all screamed that the investor was a moron and didn’t get video games. When Ubisoft came out and stated that they were putting Watch Dogs, along with other major titles on hold due to the lack of return you wailed that they had become money grubbing bastards who didn’t care about gamers. And when EA stated that the Wii U was a lessor system than Sony and Microsoft and they were done remaking games for Nintendo you jumped on the EA hate train so fast that you forgot that they were a company who had made more games for your system than any other 3rd party. You screamed and wailed and complained that people couldn’t see the beauty and perfection which is the Wii U. You have attacked the critics of the system and chased off fans who have begun to question the livelihood of a console giant. And you have been proud of it.

Three years ago Reggie Fils-Aime came out when asked if the Wii U would have a blue ray player and calmly informed people that blue ray was a fad and would never take off. Later on when asked if it would at least play dvds he casually mentioned that no one really bought dvds anymore and that digital was the future. When questioned about why there wasn’t a better digital option than Netflix, he brushed it off saying that they were only making a gaming system. And when people questioned him about where all of these games were he did his best to bring up the various first-party titles that everyone would clamor to the Wii U for.

The problem is right then and there fan-people you should have been asking for his head. Think about this for a second. Nintendo is telling you that you don’t need to worry about anything but games and then fails to deliver anything but a paltry number of first party titles. You should have been screaming for a return to the glory days, when everyone had a “Nintendo” regardless of what the kids were actually playing. You should be hunkering down demanding that Nintendo remembers why they were the powerhouse that survived. Instead you plug your fingers in your ears and say that everything is perfect. When in fact it isn’t.

Here is my plea to you. If you really love your company listen to the critics. I’ll be the first to agree that not all critics need to be given the time of day. But every complaint can and does fix a company. And as I said before, this corporation is made up of people. Understand why that investor was demanding a resignation from Iwata. Send letters asking for newer titles and new IP. And demand a system that actually competes with the big dogs. When Splatoon comes out next year, give it a fair shot, but be critical when parts are broken. Which they will be broken.(Almost all online games are apparently.)

And pay attention to the people who left. I work at a game store. I have on a regular basis met your quitters. They get tired of waiting for games to be released on the Wii U only to discover that it has been delayed or was a slimmed down version. Remember many of these people left during the Wii’s dead period. When there wasn’t anything really good coming out on the system and they wanted games to play. The Wii went a bit too long and the Wii U was Nintendo’s next step.(Sadly a step behind the other consoles as well.) If you want them back(which you want and need) then find out what it would take to get them back. If Sony could do that with the PS4 then I imagine that Nintendo can do it too.

Last but not least. Stop living in the past. I remember Excitebike and Duck Hunt with much fondness. I also remember Altered Beasts and that dumb Taz game. I can go through years of archived games remembering with fondness the stuff that made them great. And I also know that it is time to move on in many ways too. I might love the classics, but it is more important to discover what is currently great. The Gamecube is done. The N64 has moved past its prime. The Wii is dead. You don’t want them going the way of the Jaguar either, so start demanding more from the current systems. I’m still waiting for a solid RPG for the Wii U.

So I guess in closing, don’t shut up. Or at least shut up long enough to read this and learn from it. Then start talking and figure out how to help your company out. I’ve seen both Sony and Microsoft makes some great strides this year. There is no reason that Nintendo can’t make a comeback.

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