Game Boys don’t cry
Now they’ve really abandoned me. I’ll just quote the important details. [GameDaily]
While Shigeru Miyamoto recently confirmed to Kotaku that Nintendo’s internal development teams have shifted their focus away from the GBA so that they can concentrate on Wii and DS titles, Nintendo of America’s George Harrison, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications, has given GameDaily BIZ a pretty strong hint that Nintendo may be finished with the Game Boy product line.
The DS was once referred to as a “third pillar” by Nintendo, but the handheld has been so phenomenally successful for the company that there’s little pressure to sustain the Game Boy name in future handhelds.
“This year in our marketing you really won’t see much push against Game Boy itself, so it will kind of seek its own level. It’s hard to say in the future if we will ever bring back the Game Boy trademark,”
“It was a big risk for us to actually pass on it and call the new product the Nintendo DS, but it was part of Mr. Iwata’s philosophy that if we’re going to make a radical difference and try to reach a new audience, then we have to change the name… We had to make a break even though we had one of the greatest trademarks in the history of the industry.”
Sad, really sad. The company who most abuses notalgia value decides to kill off the product with the most profound financial impact of the last 15 years. Singlehandedly — pun unintentional — it kept Nintendo treading water while they got their shit straight through two consoles. It could be a ploy to capitalize on some “Game Boy is back!” frenzy at E3 2017, so don’t sleep on it. Whatever the case, the Game Boy Advance was the trustiest of handhelds and the Micro is still my favorite regardless of its untapped potential. From now on, it’ll look a little different and go by the name PSP. Hope you like brain games, nintenfolks.
Read on to see the notes for an unfinished post i drafted last year about the need for a next GB.
Game Buoyancy Advanced
[Orginal Game Buoyancy on Infendo.]
Overview: Why Nintendo still needs and could use the Game Boy. Reiterate some points from the first, make it clearer and more entertaining and in-depth. Beat the NSMB horse. Say how the Micro and SP are the kings of 2D gameplay and portability. Explain that the PSP would have a market if it focused on games from day one: this is the Game Boy’s place. DS can’t do everything like the GB. GBA is in over 50 million homes worldwide– why doesn’t it get more games?
Talk about a GB successor and what it needs to have/do. Tilt-motion (not waving) ability with wireless Wii and DS connectivity. For Wii games that are controlled sideways with only the d-pad/buttons like Downhilll Jam, so it has everything you need including the speaker and adds a screen. For DS, cross-platform DS/GB games like Pokemon Dungeon that have system-specific advantages for co-op or other multiplayer/data transfer are intriguing and possible. DS-like SD cards for bigger games with cheaper storage costs. Faster Wifi (g,b,n) than DS. A screen about the size of one DS screen (if it can’t be a tiny bit bigger), but shorter and wider for a widescreen aspect ratio and better portability. The 2 shoulders with 4 buttons (if that– all analog if possible) and Start/select. No analog sticks, but if they decide to, only 1, flat and on the right. Stereo sound if possible. Multi-purpose USB port or propietary for add-ons. Instant sleep/hold switch.