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Listen Up, Nintendo: The Best Ideas Come From Fan Feedback, Not ‘Doing Things Differently’

GenGAME writes: "Nintendo’s developers often pride themselves on their ability to create new hits for the industry. The official rhetoric is that doing things differently than what people expect is what gives them their winning potential. Is that really true, though?

"Looking back at some of Nintendo’s most successful ventures of the last couple generations, it seems like it was giving in to fans’ wishes that produced many of the biggest hits, not ignoring them and doing something new instead."

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bullymangLer1184d ago

is funny, nintendo just the other day mentions that they have been listening to fans comments all these years regarding wishes and hopes. coiinKadink now there's an articLe on the same mention.

yes, nintendo read this article, you mite learn a thing or 2? ha!

miyamoto1184d ago

In the hey days of the original Capcom Japan they produced hit games after hit games because they KNOW what we gamers WANT before we knew we want them.
Megaman, Street Fighter II, Resident Evil, Dino Crisis, Devil May Cry, VS series, Power Stone, etc. New ideas after new ideas

adorie1184d ago

Miyamoto,I don't know if I agree with you, regarding your opinion being relative to Nintendo, but I do agree with you about the whole Capcom thing. I miss Megaman and Keiji Inafune as well as all the old greats who MADE *pounds fist on the floor* THEM who they are today.. a money grubbing company who is using nostalgia to bait people into buying their crap.

RE6 was just short of poo.

admiralvic1184d ago

Honestly speaking, companies really shouldn't listen to what fans want. I think Ford put it best with his famous “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” quote. People don't know what they really want and a lot of fans have terrible ideas, which in some cases have made games worse. Obviously they should take some consideration in what people want, like maybe bringing back a popular series (like Pikmin or giving Luigi another shot), but beyond that they should come up with awesome new ideas.

rainslacker1184d ago

A more apt quote by me would be, "Ask 1000 people what they want, and you'll get 1000 different answers."

Fan feedback is good for some things. It can help guide the development team to make a game that will be appealing to the fans. But game design should be left to the professionals for the most part, and while Nintendo does have a tendency to keep their family friendly appeal, they are pretty good at making quality games.

Just reading on here, most of what you see is people saying they don't want any change, only want sequels, and find reasons to call foul over the simplest of things. The fans, from what I've seen haven't shown they are a strong force for the idea of innovation and creativity.

RedHawkX1184d ago

i agree the voices of 10's of millions of people can up with a lot better things then the 10 people in nintendos locked down secluded think tank/idea facility.

legendoflex1184d ago

It's almost scary, the degree to which there's a 1:1 correlation between "games that address fans' desires/problems with appeal" and "best-sellers of the generation."

PopRocks3591184d ago

I disagree with that somewhat. Last time I checked, hordes of fans were not exactly clamoring for mechs and jetpacks before they were used in Halo.

That said Nintendo really needs to stop ignoring their fanbase at this point. I appreciate that they have unconventional ideas and act upon them, but for goodness' sake... throw your fans a damn bone!

admiralvic1184d ago

As I've mentioned above, Ford really put the whole thing best “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”. A great example of this would be Demon Souls, since I doubt people would have every thought / suggested they include a way to invade other peoples games and would have instead asked for a simple PVP space or something to that effect. Yet FS did their own thing and it went on to be an amazingly popular and infamous feature of the series.

I don't really think it's fair to say Nintendo is ignoring their fanbase or go so far as to say they need to throw fans a bone. Thus far we've seen Nintendo revive Pikmin (only took a generation for that to happen), bring Mother 2 / Earthbound to Virtual Console (been demanded for ages upon ages), gave Luigi's Mansion another go, brought back the classic Zelda look / feel in Link to the Past II, Revived the Donkey Kong Country series, ported the extremely popular LoZ OoT game to the 3DS, revived the commercially unpopular Bayonetta (in turn also offering more mature and "hardcore" games to the Wii U) and these are just the things off the top of my head. I mean, how many things does Nintendo need to do for their fan base, for you to consider it "a bone"?!

Concertoine1184d ago (Edited 1184d ago )

i feel like the wii u's desperation will at least not spur more ignorance. nintendo said they were hiring more studios to get the series' fans have been asking for (like star fox or f zero or metroid, or a new IP), im looking forward to the coming years for nintendo's systems.

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