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SPC Soapbox - 8/15/12 Sony's Gamescom, Zelda's relevancy, & Wii U's supposed gimmickry

SPC writes, "I am now retiring the SPC Mailbox. From its ashes and taking over is the SPC Soapbox. I find that I have a lot of topics I want to talk about, but I don't have enough to say about them to fill a full article. That's where the SPC Soapbox comes in. I get to talk about not only subjects I want to discuss, but I also get to touch upon topics that are of interest to the SPC community (so in essence the SPC Mailbox lives on).

For the inaugural edition of the Soapbox segment, I will ramble in my generally incoherent fashion about Sony's presentation at Gamescom, the question regarding if The Legend of Zelda series is still relevant, and whether or not the Wii U is merely a gimmick."

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MultiConsoleGamer1443d ago

Sony has an amazing show at Gamescom. I only wish that other companies (Microsoft and Nintendo) gave a damn about this important event.

PopRocks3591442d ago

I don't think it's that they don't care. I reckon there are underlying issues.

Nintendo's confounded secrecy for one thing. :/

Phil321442d ago

Nintendo and Microsoft probably want to do their own conferences where they can have 100% of the attention and not fight for the media and gamers' eyes. For instance, Nintendo generally has a September conference for blowouts (new software, details, etc) on new hardware releases. They did this for the Wii and 3DS, and it seems they might for the Wii U.

avengers19781442d ago

MS doesn't really have anything to show, since there not ready to unveil the nextbox yet, plus I don't think the usually go to Gamescom... Nintendo should be blowing everyone away with WiiU stuff, but they remain pretty tight lipped... When Wii came out they had a huge media blitz, and had them everywhere to play, and that really helped push there sales, Wii U is only a few months from coming out and hardly anyone knows about it(other than us, well informed gamers, people that actually know what E3, TGS, and Gamescom are.)

omarzy1442d ago

Nintendo did not attend because they are planning Wii U sampling events later this year. I would have liked them to attend, but at least they had a reason. I think this would have been a great opportunity for Microsoft to show off Smart Glass, but they did not go nor have we heard anything about Smart Glass or who is supporting it.

miyamoto1442d ago

The problem with Nintendo is that it can not handle direct competition.

Remember Nintendo was accused of industry monopoly?

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Remember how Sonic the Hedgehog gave Mario a run for its money & totally destroyed Nintendo's US monopoly?

N64 proved no match to PS direct competition in terms of games.

When they went head to head with power against PS2 & Xbox Nintendo was devastated.

That is why it needed to sidestep and resort to gimmicks like Wii motion gaming in order to avoid the GameCube mistake twice.

Wii was considered by many as cowardly. Nonetheless it was a safe bet, smart & wise move

They are lucky Sony did not care for casual & kiddie gaming on the Wii & DS platform. It was borrowed time well spent. Mario & Pokemon had no opposition or direct competition.

M$ on the other hand was so busy trying to put Sony down in order to prevent it from making a grand slam leaving Nintendo scott free.

What if Sony & MS published their own Mario killer like Sega did? Will Nintendo be what they are today?

Also it seems Nintendo success & fortunes turn only when the competing companies have their own internal management problems. Not as a direct effect of their products in the market.

It seems Nintendo when challenged directly is a sitting duck imho.

omarzy1442d ago

"They are lucky Sony did not care for casual & kiddie gaming on the Wii & DS platform. It was borrowed time well spent. Mario & Pokemon had no opposition or direct competition.

M$ on the other hand was so busy trying to put Sony down in order to prevent it from making a grand slam leaving Nintendo scott free.

What if Sony & MS published their own Mario killer like Sega did? Will Nintendo be what they are today?

Also it seems Nintendo success & fortunes turn only when the competing companies have their own internal management problems. Not as a direct effect of their products in the market.

It seems Nintendo when challenged directly is a sitting duck imho."

Completely agree with everything before what i have quoted here. Nintendo has done the opposite of this ever since the DS launched. DS sold more than PSP in a direct battle, same with the 3DS, and the Wii triumphed over Kinnect and Move. Mario and Pokemon never had competition, Sonic got beat by Mario in the first few battles they had, and everything else is just what if questions, but interesting to think about for sure.