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Nintendo’s margarine ways

June 8, 2007
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A disgruntled Nintendo fan by the name of James McGee has written an article for 411mania today about things we are very familiar with when it comes to Wii angst, but he fleshes the argument out a bit and his essay delves into such points of contention as Nintendo’s double-speak, mixed messaging, and spreading themselves too thin.

It’s all true, and while it might not be the freshest argument out there – especially when you read Intendo – his lengthy dissection is an interesting recap on some of that widespread Wii misfortune dispersed by Nintendo. In case you forgot.

My favorite quote: “if the Wii isn’t trying to compete with the other two systems, why does it keep trying to compete with the other two systems?

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  1. June 8, 2007 4:21 pm

    Here’s what I disagree with in McGee’s article: Nintendo is not dealing in double-speak when it comes to their core audience… there is no reason why they can’t be both casual-gamer-friendly AND hardcore-gamer-friendly, they have never declared themselves to be exclusively one or the other, in fact! Same thing with original games vs. ported games: I don’t see why they can’t have both kinds without alienating their audience.

    Here’s what I agree with in McGee’s article: Nintendo does deal in double-speak when it comes to online gaming, at least so far, and my suspicion is that they are not ready to tackle onine gaming yet, hardware-wise and network-wise, and they are just hiding the fact.

    But it is still too early to tell: look at how well the DS lineup of games is looking now, and how well online gaming has been implemented and maintained at that scale! Just like with Xbox, you need to give a platform about a year to mature their online gaming plan. But Nintendo should come out and say it: “We are still working on it!”

  2. frisby permalink
    June 8, 2007 6:27 pm

    And while you are working on it, resubscribe to Xbox Live. Nintnedo has dropped the ball, lucky for them they never really had a ball to drop on the matter.

    If they rolled out an incomplete online they would be screwed, but taking it at this slow of a pace is a joke. People have been playing online games since the freaking 80’s. Didn’t they say the NES had a modem built in for online. Damn.

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