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Submitted by 32froshes 985d ago | opinion piece

Is Nintendo Good for Gaming?

The entire game industry is watching the release of Nintendo's Wii U. Will it be able to repeat the phenomenal success of the Wii at launch—a success that changed the entire game industry as other companies rushed to incorporate motion control into their own consoles? Of course, not all gamers are interested in the Wii U, or anything that comes out of Nintendo these days. Still, it's good for all of us that Nintendo is around. Here are a few reasons why Nintendo is good for gaming. (Nintendo, Wii, Wii U)

capjacksparrow  +   985d ago
In some respects yes, in others not so much. All 3 platform holders have their plusses and minuses though.
krazykombatant  +   985d ago
Nintendo have always been innovating in the industry, their games outside of the silly marioparty, have always been top notch quality. They've been so successful in the industry that others seem to just despise them and want them to fail at every turn. Can't frigging wait till all the smoke blows over about the WiiU.

Too many troll articles and people declaring their consoles superior. Load of crap.
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killatia  +   985d ago
Of course they're good for gaming, Nintendo is the only 100% gaming company that still makes consoles in this industry.
kesvalk  +   985d ago
no they're not, they just makes bad games that lack any type of fun...

why is this even a question? as far as i know, the more the merrier.
Mikito11  +   985d ago
What the hell are you on? Nintendo make first class games that are more fun than a lot out there...
shackdaddy  +   985d ago
Pretty sure he was being sarcastic...
DarkBlood  +   985d ago
yeah samus pic was a dead giveaway lol
kesvalk  +   985d ago
sorry, i thought i was sarcastic enough...

i will try harder next time :P
live2play  +   985d ago
i know you were joking
but to be fair with the people that disagreed becasue they thought you were being serious...
...its hard to tell between sarcastic comments full of purposefull stupid and actual anti nintendo fanboy comments
kesvalk  +   985d ago
but i even made my serious comment right below it =/

i think i will start using the [/sarcasm] too...
deafdani  +   984d ago
I'll let you know, people in N4G have a really, really hard time at catching sarcasm.
TongkatAli  +   985d ago
The one thing I love about Nintendo is their ability to not pay attention to the competition and do its thing. I feel Nintendo consoles are more about having fun then being nerdy and competitive.
ape007  +   985d ago
lol wut, nintendo IS the heart of gaming
beerkeg  +   985d ago
Are articles that start with a question annoying?

Yes. Yes they are.
NastyLeftHook0  +   985d ago
is water good for humans? ofcourse!

nintendo and sony are good for gaming.
deafdani  +   984d ago
Microsoft is good for gaming, too, by virtue of what Xbox Live brought to the table.

All three companies are beneficial to gaming in different ways.
NastyLeftHook0  +   984d ago
cross game chat i would say.
shackdaddy  +   985d ago
Yes, of course they are. Sony and Nintendo are both excellent gaming companies.

I love how they do their own thing. Everyone gets into the shooter craze then Nintendo is off in their own bubble doing 2D platformers. It's great and breaks up the monotony of things. Reason why I always go the PC/Nintendo route each gen instead of just straight up PC.
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Ben_Rage_3  +   985d ago
"breaks up the monotony of things."

That's a great way of putting it. There are times when I simply get tired of shooting and stabbing things on my PS3/PC. And that's when I break out some Super Mario Galaxy, Donkey Kong or Kirby. Don't get me wrong, Borderlands 1-2, Mass Effect 1-3, Uncharted 1-3 are some of my favorite games this generation. But I need a break from the "monotony" at times and Nintendo gives me those alternative experiences that fill that gap. Great comment!
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spike  +   985d ago
If it wasn't for Nintendo. Kinect and Move would of never seen the light of day.
Zodiac  +   985d ago
Nintendo makes games. Games are good for gaming.

Every bit counts. Anything that contributes is good for gaming.

Nintendo has created some of the most memorable characters and franchise in all of gaming history and they deserve to be recognized.
Series_IIa  +   985d ago
Just remember, it was Nintendo which lead to the Playstation being made...

So Nintendo is/was good for gaming!
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miyamoto  +   984d ago
Correct but before that Sega of America and Sony of America planned a joint venture for a 32 bit console after the Sega CD according to Sega-16.com.
Jek_Porkins  +   985d ago
Nintendo is great for gaming, look at the way people have emulated what Nintendo does and is successful at. Now I'm not saying other companies outright ripped Nintendo off, but its obvious that Nintendo has a lot of great ideas and when they are successful others follow suit.

We need all the current console makers to stay put, the gamers get the benefit of this, be it with competing games or console prices. Nintendo saved the industry and in their own way helped create Sony. Nintendo is needed, wanted and essential to the game industry.

Also, I'm loving my Wii U.
NYC_Gamer  +   985d ago
Nintendo is good for gaming because they provide software for different type of gamers
chukamachine  +   985d ago
Your confusing Nintendo with Sony.
izumo_lee  +   985d ago
Ever since they started in the early 80s Nintendo has created an empire with their almost untouchable 1st party games & characters. These games/characters has been synomnous with gaming ever since & the staggering sales of these franchises are impressive.

However there is a downside to having too popular a character. The threat of 'overusing' them can lead to stagnation & that in the long run is not good for the gaming industry. Games need to evolve as time goes by & Nintendo has for the most part done a good job for some of their franchise. Link & his games have done just that evolving into something much more but unfortunately i can't say the same with Mario.

Super Mario Bros. is great don't get me wrong but the same ideas & situation are in every Mario game. Granted Mario Galaxy is something i would like Nintendo to expand more than what is delivered almost every year.

Yes Nintendo is good for gaming cause a healthy Nintendo means a larger pot in the market, though i wish Nintendo tries to evolve their franchises more so than stick with the same formula to often.
chronoforce  +   985d ago
I love Nintendo for still believing there should be a difference between games and films not all need to be a Michael bay, action-set-piece blockbuster to be amazing. its good games are trying to be bigger and more emotive but not at the expense of gameplay. Nintendo's introduction of motion control should have been as pivotal as when it introduced 3d games and the anologue stick,they are looking for extra degrees of control instead people prefer to stay in the cave
Y_5150  +   985d ago
Nintendo and Sony needs to co exist so gaming can stay awesome.
Picnic  +   985d ago
Remove the rose tinted glasses from your eyes.
Nintendo have been good for gaming during the N64 and Gamecube years. And that's it. Let's examine the evidence:

The NES - released late in the day in the UK about the time that the Amiga was already out. So that's an 8 bit console with games costing 40 pounds each or a 16 bit computer with games tending to cost 25 pounds maximum (in practice most Amiga games were probably pirated).
Hmm.. Amiga wins. If you disagree with me at least know that it sold a lot more in the UK than the NES ever managed. The Amiga even has a much better range of platform games. Zool, Superfrog etc.

The SNES - many would also regard this as a pinnacle of Nintendo but I only regard it so in a qualified way - for Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country. Apart from those, the Megadrive goes head to head very well. Yes, multiformat games tend to look and sound a bit better on the SNES but the SNES is also a slower console. And the MD had some great exclusives including its fruitful partnership with Disney.

The N64 - a great statement from Nintendo. Mario 64 did look very special back in the day. Not always the prettiest visuals in the world but realy ambitious in their scale. But this was often due to Rare who pushed the console right until the end with Conker's Bad Fur Day.

The Gamecube - remains scorned by many who don't like its cute looks or controller. The Resident Evil remake and Metroid Prime alone make it worth a purchase but there are other solid games on that console, albeit some of them too hard or quirky to be very popular with Nintendo gamers.
The tiny discs are brilliant and possibly load data faster not massively worse than a cartridge.

The Wii - oh dear. Has a few of the same kinds of games that were on the Gamecube but you feel like you're playing them on an inferior system. The console and controller themselves feel more cheaply made than perhaps any Nintendo console. And its peak of popularity over a Christmas or two and many of its simplistic looking, cheap games made it seem like a gimmick rather than a worthy successor to the Gamecube. Let's get this straight - some of its games are significantly aesthetically inferior to Gamecube games. Call that progress? And the Miis are like Fisher Price men dipped in chocolate.

In short , Nintendo has been innovative but usually when they had Rare or third parties on board or when Miyamoto makes an effort. They're not quite intrinsically, reliably, innovative in the way that Sega was.
And nowadays I trust Sony, or even Microsoft, far more to surpise me than Nintendo's conservative efforts at changing the market bythe odd technological change rather than any surprising new franchises. They might as well be as stagnant as a dirty pool to me now, tarred by overpopularity drowning out criticism. Super Mario Galaxy looks fun but their default mode now seems to be boringly conservative. I'd say that Nintendo are now the Star Wars of gaming (not much prospect of massive change). They're still that old fashioned Japanese playing cards company at heart- their old habits die hard.
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Theyellowflash30  +   985d ago
Nintendo is fantastic for gaming. They have proved it with quality titles for more than 25 years. The gaming landscape without Nintendo is not a good one.
ylwzx3  +   984d ago
I don't know what will end first... Console wars or the end of the world......
mananimal  +   984d ago
No, Nintendo Sux, they should have gone the way of Sega years ago imo...They would have much more value as a software only company, they could focus more on making great games from established franchises theyve created.

Nowadays, I havent been interested in Nintendo since the "gamecube".

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