Is Experimentation in Nintendo Games Really a Good Thing?

Nintendo has so many iconic franchises, it’s ridiculous. Out of the big three companies, only Nintendo has unique franchises that are hitting their 25th anniversary. The Ratchet and Clanks, Jak and Daxters, and Sly Coopers of the PS2 era were phenomenal while they lasted, but eventually waned in popularity or just ceased being made altogether. Somehow, Mario, Link, and even Fox McCloud with his rather small staple of games have managed to stay relevant to gamers and maintain enormous fanbases. For a game series to survive decades, it has to evolve with the times, right?

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PopRocks3591359d ago

The thing is those games do experiment to some degree. The overall formula is the same but here's where I see the differences;

Where in Majora's Mask were you sailing across a gigantic ocean map? Where in Mario Galaxy were you cleaning the world and using a water powered jetpack? One could also argue that the Metroid Prime trilogy was to Super Metroid what Super Mario 64 did after Super Mario World.

I never really thought it was that difficult to see. These franchises do new things with old formulas and present them in newer ways, often complimenting the older gameplay style and making them work in more modern times.

It is sort of like how people continue to enjoy 2D games despite us being a decade into the 21st century; there are some things that just work and don't require an exponential amount of change. Forcing change for the sake of it will only hinder that franchise's evolution. I cite Sonic, Spyro and just about any modern sequel to a Rare game since the Xbox era as examples.

TruthbeTold1358d ago (Edited 1358d ago )

It's kind of like Disney characters and general story formula arsenal. So many great games have been made using those characters, that those characters now are expected to, and do appear in a variety of situations, and attract a lot of great talent to their development teams. Furthering their appeal to people across the decades.

Sony and MS came along a bit later in the gaming business. But if the kids who grew up playing and loving Ratchet and Clank and Halo still love them enough once their adults, or now that they are adults, then they will work to bring that sort of depth of history to those franchises by getting into the business and furthering it with their own development efforts. Mario is indeed King though. He's become exactly what Miyamoto first envisioned him as. The character you can use for just about any type of game.

CouldHaveYelledUiiW1358d ago

"Well Said" (But I wish that I could vote more)

I add that this is also reason that their are so many Mario titles.
When Nintendo makes a successful change like to 3D or Galaxy or PaperMario people want new versions of the old style of play.

People wanted a new 2D sidescroll Mario and they got it and soon a 3D Mario will follow-
Will it be like Galaxy or will it be something that Maximizes the unique properties of the WiiU?
But even if it is different people will probably want to revisit Mario Galaxy.

Some people still want a new 2D Metroid despite how great Metroid Pime was. So, if Nintendo gave us both, that would be two Metroid games on market per Gen. (I have even seen a rare few want a new but better Other M style Metroid).

Technically, If I look at Zelda games their are many IPs that could be spun from it. Just because the game has changed so much over the years.
-Zelda Majora Mask
-Zelda 2D
-Zelda 3D
- Zelda RPG (Adv. of Link 2)

BUT if this happened the Nintendo Haters would yell, "MILK!" & "NEW IPEEEEEEEEZZZZ!"

And I would follow, "But you haven't even tasted the old IPs."

TruthbeTold1358d ago

Yeah, some non-Nintendo gamers often love to scream for new IP's, but don't even play what's available. Or, an old unused IP will come back be it like Kid Icarus, or the buying of Monolith Software and the Xeno series that comes with it, and people act like that's no good either. Fortunately, their numbers aren't as many as they'd like to believe, and as long as they aren't even playing these games they love to knock, who cares what they think?

lfclee1358d ago

Wii u rocks and the gamers on Wii u community are the best I have ever meet really mature nice people .

tweet751358d ago

its always important to innovate at least try some will win some will loose. Look at metroid , metroid prime hugely innovated and was succesful. Metroid other M innovated and failed.

3-4-51358d ago

Yes, because even if the idea doesn't work in the game it was intended to, it's now out there as a known idea for other people to tinker with and include in their game.

What might not work for one game, might be perfect for another.

I have a ton of respect for those willing to try and be creative.

MidnytRain1358d ago (Edited 1358d ago )

No, they should just do the same thing for the next 100 years.

AWBrawler1358d ago

All I have to say is Mario 3 is nothing like Galaxy which is nothing like Mario 64. They always change the style. Look at Mario like an actor who starred in many movies. Nobody complains saying sean connery movies are all the same

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