Posted by: seanmalstrom | July 15, 2014

Email: About that Captain Toad game

Hey Master Malstrom,

just a quick opinion on that (underwhelming) Toad game: I think Nintendo did it due to the positive hardcore reaction on the Toad puzzles on the Mario 3D world game, which is unsurprising. They must think the game is gonna be some sort of cult hit, I guess.
Also, they have the assets/engine already in place from that previous game, so it must be a cheap game to make, I suppose.
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So where is my Twilight Princess sequel? That was an expensive game engine too.
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NSMB engine took some work. Where is my Return to Sub-Con game where I can choose four characters like in Super Mario Brothers 2? Oh, that’s right. Nintendo deliberately prevented 2d Mario from having the feature it originally made to put it in 3d Mario.
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Nintendo simply doesn’t want to do those games. Why is it that Nintendo wanted to make the games we did back during the 80s and 90s and now keeps wanting to make games most people do not care for? It is one thing for a game to be 3d and puzzles, but why does EVERY Nintendo game have to be 3d puzzles? At the rate Nintendo is going, somehow they are going to convert Mario Kart and Smash Brothers into 3d puzzles because that is the only thing Nintendo wants to make.
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Most hardcore gamers I hear from thought the Toad levels from Mario 3d World were meh. There is no real excitement over Captain Toad.
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“But Malstrom! But Malstrom! Nintendo needs to pump out a game quick because of the empty release schedule.”
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Why not make a new classic Zelda game? Using modern technology, it shouldn’t take that long. It’d sell much better than Captain Turd: Treasure Seeker anyway. Hell, do a Super Mario All-Stars out of the early Zelda games. That would sell better than Captain Turd: Treasure Seeker.
But you see, Nintendo doesn’t want to make those games. Nintendo is not being motivated by costs, market demand, or even creativity. Nintendo is motivated by ideology. And the ideology Nintendo is consumed about is 3d gaming and, to a lesser extent, puzzles. They keep trying to ram 3d gaming down our throats. By 3d gaming, I don’t mean a game that is 3d. I mean 3d gaming is ‘pushing for MORE 3d’. It would be 3DS. It would be Gamecube-esque games like Pikmin 3 and Wind Waker Hd.
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How come you don’t hear more about games like Wii Sports Club? It’s a sequel to the best selling game ever made. Yet, Nintendo acts like it wants the game to fail.
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It was over 16 years (!) before a new 2d Mario was released since Super Mario World. No one is this stupid. Nintendo did it on purpose.
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There are two types of Nintendo audiences. There is the audience that likes the games Nintendo wants to make (you N64 and Gamecube fans out there). Then there is the audience that likes the games Nintendo doesn’t want to make (you NES/SNES/Wii fans out there).
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They keep saying, “Those classic games? It is time to make something new.” And what is new is ALWAYS a sequel to a N64 or Gamecube game. ALWAYS. I just wish Nintendo would be public about how there are games they don’t want to make and games they do want to make… market be damned. If I see Aonuma mention how he ‘wants to get back to the spirit of NES Legend of Zelda’, I am going to SCREAM! He HATES Legend of Zelda which he said so with his own words!
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I’m tired of the lies. If Nintendo doesn’t want us to be their customers, then they should say so. Otherwise, I assume they want us to be their customer yet they keep making games no one cares about. Captain Turd: Treasure Seeker looks like some indie game crap. No offense to you indie developers, but you guys know that ‘puzzles’ are the home of indie games, not AAA game companies like Nintendo. What’s next? An 8-bit retro game challenge? Whoops, Nintendo did that too.
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Why is Nintendo acting like a big budget indie developer?

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