Is The Nintendo Generation a Dying Breed?

Is The Nintendo Generation a Dying Breed?

There have been so many theories flying around the internet recently pertaining to why Nintendo are struggling, with some of them being incredibly bizarre. Theories aside, there is one element to Nintendo’s situation which makes me a little sad, mainly for a generation of youngsters who are growing up with the likes of Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and various other ‘big hitters’ that all tend to blur together. Simply put, the Nintendo generation may be dying out.

Like many others, I grew up surrounded by Nintendo systems and videogames. Inheriting a NES which progressed to a SNES and then naturally to a N64, I grew up playing the fruits of each system, most of which were products of sheer creativity. For the most part, things were innocent and joyful with the likes of Mario, Zelda, Mega Man, and Metroid. These franchises were unencumbered videogame joys. Their simplicity with ingenious design, their aesthetic, their sound–it was all fantastic and left a lasting impression on me and everyone else who played them.

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There’s a sense of brilliance that comes with each Nintendo system; any child of the ’80s and ’90s can testify to this. Each Nintendo system always arrived with various titles that projected the brilliance of videogames, especially titles such as Super Metroid (which continues to influence game design to this day), Ocarina of Time, and Super Mario 64. Nintendo has always managed to inject a touch of the brilliant into most of their titles, which in turn, impacts their systems and the experience of the person playing. Simply put: Nintendo systems have a tradition of showcasing the best of what videogames has to offer in terms of fun, creativity, and design.

As we all know, things change and the videogame industry (and its culture) changes quicker than most. The youth today are shifting more towards the likes of Call of Duty as their game of choice. Violent, flashy, linear, and rather unimaginative games that breed a toxic online community. The days of growing up with Nintendo seem to be coming to an end, and the stumbling ways of the Wii U aren’t helping.

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As harsh as it sounds, I pity the youth of today who won’t experience the sheer wonder that Nintendo offer in their games. Modern games are all about spectacle; ‘the bigger the better’ seems to be the ethos they operate around. It’s a great shame that a lot of young people won’t experience the wonders of true creativity and spark, because instead, they will be exposed to kill streaks and unlocking that snazzy new assault rifle.

Perhaps I’m simply locked in my ways, trapped in my experiences with Nintendo and how heavily they supplemented my childhood. It’s hard to depart from such an influence; after all, who can forget the first time they found a chest in The Legend of Zelda, or found a secret area in Super Metroid? The Nintendo generation is slowly dwindling, and that’s a shame. Next time your kid brother or young relative visits you, introduce them to what videogames used to be about. Who knows, they may even ditch the run-and-gun games in favour for something far sweeter.

 

Sean Halliday


6 Comments

  1. laubasebanto
    February 7, 2014, 7:34 pm

    no, Nintendo sold the most software and hardware of any company in 2013.

    • Deadpoolio
      February 7, 2014, 10:30 pm

      LOL No they didn’t Mario 3D world didn’t even outsell Killzone Shadowfall….They are out of touch have their heads up their asses and need to pull it out fire some people and get with the times….Hell They shouldn’t have even launched the Wii U in 2012 because they clearly weren’t ready to launch….Hell Sony and Microsoft practically outsold the Wii Us lifetime sales in 2 months time….Oh but your probably one of those delusional Nintendo cult members that didn’t find anything wrong with them slashing their sales forecast 70%

  2. Wooow
    February 14, 2014, 2:46 pm

    You don’t sound harsh. You sound arrogant, self-centered, and short-sighted. There is no reason to denigrate your experiences, so I’m not sure why you’re trying to do that to others.

    • Sean Halliday
      February 15, 2014, 12:17 am

      Ah the bravery of hiding behind a quickly made user name. Arrogant? how? self-centered? how? short sighted? how?

      i look forward to you not replying.

  3. Craig
    April 14, 2014, 6:04 pm

    I suppose, to a degree, it’s true. I wonder if Nintendo’s dabbling with the Wii left them in an awkward position where masses convinced themselves they were only for light hearted entertainment, even with games like Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3, while the heavy hitting, heavily marketed dross that makes up most ‘AAA’ entertainment has fooled people into thinking it’s the place to be.

    Nintendo is a company I still respect, at the very least. Even if they stick with the same IPs, they try something different each time, even if it’s not huge and they give you completed, polished games rather then half finished messes that require several patches and then have huge amounts of DLC. The fact such practices have become ‘accepted’ really disappoint me.

    • Sean Halliday
      April 14, 2014, 6:55 pm

      Funny you should say that about the Triple A thing, there’s a post going live tomorrow talking about that. I honestly don’t mind nintendo sticking to their guns, just makes me appreciate their games more after a season of ‘gritty’ titles.

      As for the DLC thing i totally agree, even bitched about it here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jUxqIsP270

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