Submitted by SoundGamer 763d ago | article

Things Nintendo DIDN’T Do First

GXC: "It’s common for debates to spawn in gaming communities about the different gaming companies and their products. One of these debates happens to come from the claim that “Nintendo did it first” or that other companies are “copying” Nintendo with their games, consoles, and other ideas.

It is true, Nintendo has become a bit of the patriarch of gaming. They saved the industry from its collapse in the 80′s. Nintendo introduced the most famous branding and most recognizable franchises in gaming. Nintendo did do a lot of things first for sure, and the industry likely wouldn’t have gotten to where it is now without them. Still, the fact remains, Nintendo didn’t do everything first. Let’s take a look at some of the things that Nintendo didn’t do first and some things that they may have adopted from other companies." (3DS, Culture, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, Retro, Wii, Wii U)

gamefiles  +   763d ago
lol not that lies are ahead but whose gonna take this article serious when the author makes shit up like;

"Many have credited games like The Outfoxies, beat ‘em ups like Streets of Rage, and Battletoads & Double Dragons as some of the inspiration for Super Smash Bros".

I mean, is that what Masahiro Sakurai said inspired him to make smash bros ? or do I smell fanboy raunchiness ??
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dboi787  +   763d ago
Where in the quoted statement does it say that Masahiro Sakurai was inspired by those games? The statement clear as day reads that several people have credited those games, not the creator of Super Smash Bros. If there is any "fanboy raunchiness," it's clearly on your part.
gamefiles  +   763d ago
but I never said that the article says that sakurai said that. I clearly stated that sakurai would be one of the ones to know WHAt INSPIRED HIM to make smash. the author says that "many credit other games for the inspiration of smash" lol, why not ask the Main source of smash what inspired him to make smash?, instead the authour of this article farts shit out his mouth?? ha haa .
If the author wants real answers to his ponderings, hese got to get them from the MAIN sources.
losers will believe anything on the internet.

lol poop scoop article.

fanboys need to pay attention.

lol sony, riding nintendos wiener all these years.
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Dylila  +   763d ago
proper read with a lot of information i didnt know. nice article with a lot of facts which are very welcomed.
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LOL_WUT  +   763d ago
Well said Dylila ;)

Too bad that some "people" are going to overlook this well written article. ;)
gamefiles  +   760d ago
what does it smell like?
dboi787  +   763d ago
This article is surprisingly great for the topic matter. Lot of points even I didn't know. Enjoyed the read, man, excited for more! :D
Canary  +   763d ago
I've never seen anyone claim that Nintendo did any of those things first.

The only "firsts" I've seen attributed to Nintendo are 1) the first use of a lock-on mechanic in an action/adventure game with Ocarina of Time, and 2) first use of a quest journal in an RPG/adventure game with Majora's Mask.

I have no idea if either is true.
rainslacker  +   763d ago
I see people claiming Nintendo came up with a lot of things that they didn't. I've never seen the first point in this article, but it's understandable that people would believe they invented video games, or at least the home console.

Outside of that, Very few technologies in the console world were truly created by the console makers themselves. Sometimes the actual implementation of technologies can be credited to them however. Everything you see in consoles was mostly developed independent of consoles(maybe not the D-pad which was a reaction to console joysticks sucking at the time).

One thing Nintendo is very good at though is bringing these technologies into the mainstream, and marketing them to be a successful product. No one can ever deny their achievements, but technology is generally independent of gaming.

It's really all semantics. If something works, then why shouldn't other people try to use it or adapt it or improve on it. That's how innovation works.
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SoundGamer  +   763d ago
You would be surprised how many things Nintendo fans claim Nintendo did first.

Pick any of the many popular Nintendo centered websites out there and you'll see these thoughts in the comments and forums.

Not only Nintendo fans, but just people who don't know much about video games. I used to work in games retail and I can confirm that these misconceptions are sadly prevalent.
BosSSyndrome  +   763d ago
The Dreamcast didn't have a screen on the controller, it had a HOLE.
gamer42  +   763d ago
A factual article indeed, but most of these are obvious. (I mean who really thought nintendo were the first platformers, to use disc based gaming, and especially online gaming)except to fanboys. The main point of this article isn't to discredit nintendo at all but to point ot some things nintendo didn't do first. The only problem I have with this article is the last part of the 3D part, it's just they could have put some earlier examples of glasses free 3D. Besides that I really enjoyed this article. Like he said "We should be glad that advancements and innovations are made in technology and in gameplay – no matter who did it “first.”"

TL;DR good read
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yewles1  +   763d ago
"Disc based console gaming started getting off the ground with SEGA’s fourth generation system the Mega Drive."

Turbo Grafx-CD, PC...
ThatMiamiGuy  +   763d ago
It did say console gaming in that quote. Turbo Grafx-CD was known as the "PC-Engine" for a reason. So that one I guess is a technicality. It is a console but who knows, maybe it was left out as an error.

But anyway PC gaming is not console gaming.
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Nevers0ft  +   762d ago
I'm not sure if I'm misunderstanding your post but the PC Engine had nothing to do with PC's. Not only did it look like a console and take cartridges (HuCards) and the guts were a combination custom chips by Hudson and a CPU based off the 6502 (which was in the C64). Other than the name, there's nothing "PC" about it.
ThatMiamiGuy  +   760d ago

The comment I replied to said PC.
drsnoopyseussdog  +   763d ago
As much as Nintendo is very creative I am glad that there is an article to prove people wrong when they always say that Nintendo invented everything.
GARBAGE LICKER  +   762d ago
Nobody thinks Nintendo made the first video game console but quite a few people will say Atari was the first
ThatMiamiGuy  +   760d ago
Stand on a street corner and ask random passerbys what the first game console was, or who made games first and see how many come up with the right answer.
PopRocks359  +   762d ago
I'm surprised it's about "who did it first" as oppose to "who did it best."

Nintendo didn't do motion control first. Hell, they weren't even the first company with a mascot. Doesn't mean they didn't help popularize and improve upon a lot of these concepts.

I know people who think the Atari 2600 is the first video game console ever. You have these misconceptions thrown around a lot and it's because history can become more like legend. Nintendo is the oldest of the main existing console manufacturers, so you may have people who don't know any better with the perception that they were "the first" or that the NES was the "first console ever," which is totally untrue.

If anything, articles like these should be informative, not malicious or bitter.
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ThatMiamiGuy  +   760d ago
I didn't see malice. In fact, the article gave a lot of praise to Nintendo.

I know people who think Nintendo is the only company who makes games. Everything is a "Nintendo" to them. My boss, mother, and sister still call my PlayStation a Nintendo for example.

The gaming community might know more, but your average everyday consumer might not.
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PopRocks359  +   759d ago
Sorry, my wording was poor. I meant to say that this article should be taken as informative, not malicious. I agree on both counts.
ChickeyCantor  +   762d ago
"Nintendo Did NOT Invent Video Games "

Who claimed this?

"Disc Based Gaming "

The Famicom however did have a disk add-on.
This beast.

No one ever claimed Nintendo was the first to use optical disc. They only started to use those with the Gamecube. Is the author on crack?

"The Platformer "
Nintendo "innovated" regarding design. Not the genre.
Super Mario Bros had a fresh type of game-design to it. That's why still to this day it's looked upon for great game design, especially for its time.

"Controller Innovations "
"Analog Stick – The first consumer console with a controller with an analog stick was Radofin’s 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System (1976). "

From the website : first comment :
"Actually, Nintendo WAS the first to use an ANALOG stick... the 1292's stick was a 2 axis, digital stick...which is basically a D-pad with a stick to grip."

"Dual Analog"
Which evidently was inspired by the N64 analog stick. Ironically enough he didn't try to push the idea that 4 shoulder buttons was also by Sony.

"Online Gaming"
Why even bother mentioning this? PC's did it ages ago.

"Portable Gaming"
No they just did it right.

"Autostereoscopic and Stereoscopic 3D Gaming"
"tereoscopic 3D gaming can be traced all the way back to SEGA’s 1982 arcade classic, SubRoc-3D. "

Yeah...Why even bother? I mean stereoscopy isn't exlusive to gaming. Nintendo simply incorporated it in their handheld. Something that hasn't been done before on such scale.

Seems to me the author is just reaching.
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fatstarr  +   762d ago
the author is an idiot I think we all came tot he same conclusion.

next he will say Nintendo wasnt the first to surround sound

Nintendo wasnt the first to use rca cables

Nintendo wasnt the first to have 2 screens

Nintendo wasnt the first to have touch screens.
fatstarr  +   762d ago
this article is really really trying too hard.

No one claimed Nintendo invented video games

when was nintendo and diskbased ever mentioned? any gamer knows nintendo got to true diskbased gaming in the game cube era. the n64 had add ons but it wasnt the first

Nintendo Made the platformer what it was. ask what a platformer is and I guarantee you no one will say "space panic" they will say super mario bros 9/10 times

the crossover brawler with your own franchise characters all entirely owned by 1 company? the smash engine is legendary and is copied for ever. vs series arent cross over brawlers they are cross over fighting series.

Analog stick not a dpad with a stick on it...
and the author is stretching real far with that dreamcast 8bit lcd screen on a controller which was more for saving games than the screen function.

going real far to discredit nintendo for everything lol.
ThatMiamiGuy  +   760d ago
Discredit? I saw a lot of credit given to Nintendo in that article.

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