For the last month or so I’ve had a thought in the form of a question that has been circling in my mind ..A thought that if you would have asked me a few years ago I would have considered the question asinine and totally foolish, but now I reluctantly see as a possibility. If Nintendo fails to Captivate with the NX this could prove catastrophic for them as a company.
I remember the predictions (mostly trolling) of Micheal Pachter.. him constantly predicting the demise of Nintendo as a Hardware producing company. Weekly on his show Pach Attack via GameTrailers Pachter called for Nintendo to become a 3rd Party developer, developing their IP’S for Sony and Microsoft. To add insult to injury even with the successful run of the Wii his verbiage never changed he just wouldn’t let it go. In his mind Nintendo no longer had a place amongst the hardcore/core gamers and was only satisfying the Nostalgia of a small unwavering group of Nintendo fans …Now that GameTrailers has beating Nintendo to the punch …close their doors as of this year I wonder why Michael Pachter didn’t see their demise ..but let’s stay on topic!!
For all the success of the original Wii ..the WiiU in 3yrs has totally destroyed and with the Wii itself ending lacklusteredly I’m not sure how Nintendo could come back if the NX like the WiiU fail to catch fire… Nintendo needs to hit a home run with the NX …there is no room for anything less. On a good note the hype and interest for the NX is at a level I haven’t seen since the N64 or the original Wii but the fact the the intrigue is so high only makes not hitting a home run even more devastating.
Just look at how the supposed leaked NX controller quickly spread like wide fire …look at how the Hype turned to harsh criticism like people were just waiting for something underwhelming to write Nintendo off again …YouTube was buzzing with disgust & anger videos and this was just a rumor so imagine what that would have been if the leaked controller was authentic. It just strengthens my argument that Nintendo is walking on a cracking glass floor. Hardcore fans, causal fans and non-fans alike are at a breaking point with Nintendo. The WiiU only cements the lack of tolerance for subpar offerings from Nintendo pertaining to the hardware.
Now I know what you’re thinking and what you’re going to say …”LeveledHead Nintendo has vaults full of cash” and guess what.. you’re right!! So no Nintendo isn’t going to go broke any time soon, but money isn’t the problem. Yes Nintendo can financially sustain another bust easily, but can they sustain another bust as far as brand appeal goes? See this is were the problem lies, Nintendo can not continue to lose their appeal in the market place. Mindshare is were Nintendo is standing in sinking sand… Nintendo isn’t popular amongst the gaming majority. Nintendo isn’t as respected in the gaming industry as it once was and there are kinks in the armor. As iconic as Mario is Nintendo has to give him something to work with …. And some new players to hit the court with. Splatoon is a breath of fresh air, but Nintendo needs to give us more of that!! New IP’S with New characters creating new experiences.
The Nintendo NX needs to be on par and honestly more powerful then both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4… Nintendo has to complete for our dollars and complete for mindshare. They have to make themselves relevant to modern millennial gamers… who view Mario like many of us view Disco & bell bottoms… it was something our parents thought was cool. I know that’s a bit harsh, but it’s just the truth and the numbers don’t lie. This current generation of gamers could careless about Nintendo and their legacy… so Nintendo closing their doors wouldn’t bother them one bit and that within itself should worry Nintendo.
So no Nintendo is not in a position to play games… this could very well be the last shot at getting any true relevance since the N64 and that was 3 generations ago. The Wii was something special but it did little to change the Gaming Industry opinions of Nintendo… good for kids, but not good enough for me.
So I’m holding out hope that Nintendo will delivers with the NX ..Now maybe it’s the Fan in me but I truly believe they will!!