Posted by: seanmalstrom | February 7, 2016

Aonuma and ideology

Aonuma says:


 part of me feels that developers putting their own ideologies in games is kind of scary.


What does Aonuma mean by this? It doesn’t matter what Nintendo says, it only matters what Nintendo does. At the moment, Nintendo isn’t saying much. As far as Generation 9 is concerned, Nintendo has made no known action aside from joining with DeNa (or whatever the name of that Internet company is) and making mobile games.

Back with Generation 7, Nintendo couldn’t stop talking about their business strategy and kept pointing to two books: Blue Ocean Strategy and Innovator’s Dilemma. Game journalists, then, did not have the curiosity to crack open those books to have a peek inside. Now, Nintendo says nothing because of competitive pressures. Everyone takes Nintendo’s words seriously now and do not dismiss them as they did during the end of the Gamecube Era.

Also, the DS was already a smash hit before news of the Revolution and its controller were revealed. DS showed Nintendo’s ACTION that could be analyzed for the eventual home console. The Wii was a more evolved strategy of the DS. But at this point, we have nothing, zilch, nada. There is no hardware or software of Nintendo’s actions to be based on.

We cannot analyze Nintendo’s Generation 9 approach because there is nothing to analyze. Generation 8 started in 2010 with the release of the 3DS. I imagine NX handheld will launch in 2016 and NX home console will launch in 2018. 2018 will be FIVE years after the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch.

I just got done doing a COMPLETE PLAY-THROUGH (every single level, nothing skipped!) of Super Mario Brothers 3 on original NES hardware. My NES and game is thirty years old… and it still runs beautifully. The challenge, as Cartman discovered when he went to the future to play the Wii, is to find a compatible TV.

You know what I want from future Nintendo hardware? Quality. And by quality, I do not mean it in the hardcore way. Quality, to a hardcore gamer, is ‘omg graphics!’ and as fast tech the hardware can be. To me, quality is hardware that doesn’t break and can stand the test of time. The NES uses hardware from 1983 despite it being sold in America in 1988. The Wii also did well as did the Gameboys.

Cheap and reliable beats ‘zomg cutting edge’. People today do not realize how much of a joke the NES and SNES were hardware wise. People do not realize the joke of the Gameboy or DS were in being ‘bad hardware’.

People do not play hardware. They play games.

What Nintendo may not realize is that the ‘differentiating feature’ of their recent hardware is actually diminishing the hardware. 3D on the 3DS means the hardware is much more expensive, more fragile, all for a 3d gimmick. The Gamepad made the Wii U way more expensive than it had any right in being, plus more fragile. The Wii, on the other hand, was not made more expensive or fragile by the Wii-mote. The DS was not made more expensive or fragile by the touch screen (not by much).

Anyway, at this point we can only wait for actual Nintendo news. I suppose we will have to wait until E3.



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