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Submitted by vividamage123 700d ago | opinion piece

A Counter Argument Against “Mario Syndrome”: Defending the Ever Familiar Plumber.

Recently, Nintendo had released an incredible amount of information regarding the future of the WiiU at Nintendo Direct. Most of this information came in the form of the future lineup of games. These games range from an HD remake of Zelda: The Wind Waker, a brand new Yoshi game from the Yoshi’s Story developer, another brand new Zelda game, and Mario Kart, among others. One of these other games is a new 3D action Mario game, coming from the studio that brought us the Mario Galaxy series. Regardless of the success that these familiar titles have had over the past console generations, I have seen many negative comments regarding Nintendo’s inevitable ‘rehash’ of standard Nintendo titles, and even some articles on big game coverage websites stating that Nintendo will have a hard time succeeding. (Culture, Industry, Nintendo, Wii, Wii U)

corrus  +   700d ago
there is really Mario Syndrome that's why Nintendo fans are so crazy when you say something against Nintendo they defended it with teeth and nails
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Instigator  +   700d ago
And that is not true about any other fans, right?

Did you know that around a year back I wrote a comment on a review, saying that I would buy a PS3 when the game released. You know what happened? I was showered in disagrees because it was the "wrong game" that made me want to buy it.

Now, corrus, I know you have an unnatural hate for Nintendo and their fans, but don't act like what you just said isn't equally true for any other fanbase.
WiiUsauce  +   700d ago
Of the four 3D Mario games ever made, 3 of them are in the top 10 highest rated games of all time. Two of them are in the top 3 with Galaxy 1 being the highest rated game ever created. That is why Nintendo fans are excited.
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iamnsuperman  +   700d ago
I do not get why Super Mario Galaxy was rated so highly. I mean I get it is a 3D Mario game but that was it. For me the best platformers have a selling angle which pushes the genre. From the hard ones like super meat boy to the ones that introduce ground breaking mechanics like LittleBigPlanet (user generated content). I recently reviewed (awaiting approval here) Sound Shapes and the music angle was a good change of pace for side scrolling platformers. Mario is fine but it never pushes anything beyond that. I think Paper Mario is the best Mario as it actually tried something different.
RuperttheBear  +   700d ago
The Galaxy games have some of the best level design in gaming. That's why they are so highly regarded. Those games you mentioned are great, but I had more fun with the Galaxy games.
MNGamer-N  +   699d ago
Mario Galaxy is one of the best games ever created. Tons of content, fantastic music, a truly satisfying game that has infinite replay value.
OmniSlashPT  +   699d ago
So highest rated mean they're the best? So GTAIV is the best game ever? SMG are hardly the best platformers of this gen, and they're far from being the best games around.

Mario games are getting saturated, Nintendo has done a wonderful job at rebooting it, going 3D, HD and all that, but it's always the same, it doesn't change as much as Nintendo wants it to change. We need something new, stop throwing Mario games at us.

No one ever criticises Mario games. Look at the past Mario game for the Wii U, it was alright, nothing amazing, and the reviewers knew that and some mentioned that, but still gave it 8s and 9s. While when new LBP games are launched (LBP being one of the most innovative games ever) reviewers always say it doesnt feel fresh or new. Which is kind of bollocks, but I can agree with. But not saying that about Mario? The only franchise that releases 4 to 5 games every year? ffs
MNGamer-N  +   699d ago
I do agree with your saturation point, as it seems Nintendo likes to place the plumber on tennis, Olympics, sports mix, party games, etc. etc.... alot of them.

But I also know that when I see Mario on the cover, a I am assured that it will be a quality title that will be worth the money to purchase. I trust Nintendo will deliver that quality with every game. That is why I buy their products, and don't mind seeing Mario time and time again, as long as the experience is fresh.
Nevers0ft  +   699d ago
The article has a point. Other games seem to have a sequel released on an annual basis yet Nintendo gets grief for releasing one or two sequels every console generation. It might seem like there's more because they have a tendency to let mascots cross-over or use them as a "skin" for a totally different game (like Mario Strikers or Mario Tennis) but they don't have "sequelitis" nearly as bad as people accuse them of and certainly not as bad as publishers such as EA and Activision who literally milk their major titles until their udders bleed.

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