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Nintendo Still Against Releasing Franchises Annually

Though many franchises such as Call of Duty and Assassins' Creed release annually, Nintendo is against releasing their existing franchises annually. For example Fils-Aime says Mario Kart gets one iteration for each Nintendo console.

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thehobbyist889d ago

Shareholders, mostly. Look up the excerpts from their shareholders meetings. Reading what these people say I can tell you that they'd probably love the idea of annualized releases.

wonderfulmonkeyman889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

Oh lord, the horror of shareholders.
I remember this one excerpt of a meeting with them and Nintendo that I read.

One of these bean-counting jack-offs wanted Nintendo to put Mario on mobile so that they could Micro-transaction people.
How?
They wanted to make people pay for the ability to GET HIM TO JUMP HIGHER.

That's the kind of person that "industry professionals" like Micheal Pachter are saying Nintendo would be smart to cater to for the sake of profits.

I mean, seriously.
That's a whole new grade of dumb.
Not even Bowser would attempt a plan that poorly thought-out.

Canary889d ago

Godmars290... I've seen you posting on N4G for years. You know -exactly- what kind of people are asking.

GCO Gamer889d ago

They release Mario almost every year.

Relientk77889d ago

2007 - Mario Party 8, Mario Strikers Charged, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Paper Mario, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
2008 - Mario Kart Wii, Mario Super Sluggers
2009 - New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
2010 - Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mario Sports Mix, Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition
2011 - Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mario Kart 7,
Super Mario 3D Land
2012 - Mario Party 9, New Super Mario Bros. U, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
2013 - Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Super Mario 3D World
2014 - Mario Kart 8, NES Remix Pack, NES Remix 2
2015 - Mario Maker, Mario Party 10, Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Trippin Stars

They actually release several Mario games every year, and have been for years

http://www.mariowiki.com/Li...

-Foxtrot889d ago

Wow...lot of titles.

It might not be the same franchise annually but they Nintendo needs to realise they still rely on Mario far too much

I mean hell they were going to make Splatoon with Mario characters. What would be the point in that.

Blackleg-sanji889d ago

...that's.. That's just unhealthy

TotalSynthesisX889d ago

And yet their other franchises like Metroid, F-Zero, Star Fox, Earthbound, etc. hardly ever see the light of day anymore. Hell, I'm still shocked that a new Star Fox game is actually in development.

Ark_889d ago

I don't get your point?
Same charakter, but very different games.

E.g.
Mario Kart 2008 / 2013
Mario Party 2007 / 2012 / 2015
Mario Bros 2009 / 2012
and so on.

It's 3-5 years in between - everything but annual.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory889d ago

NES Remix Pack, NES Remix 2 aren't Mario games

BigDuo889d ago

... I think you've just missed the point completely.

marloc_x889d ago

You know the difference..

shaw98889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

Though there is a difference. They are of their own series. Each Mario game on that list are YEARS apart.

Mario kart 2008/2011/2014
Mario party 2007/2012/2015
New Super Mario 2009/2012
Mario sluggers 2008/NA
Mario Sports mix 2010/NA
3D Mario 2007/2010/2011/2014
Mario and Sonic: NO DEFENCE
Mario maker has never been done before
Mario v. DK Last one was made before the wii I believe

NES Remix is not a Mario game

You also put "Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games" Twice.

Although Mario is every year. Each genre is years apart.

LOL_WUT889d ago

Yeah pretty much evident that they heavily rely on mario lets not forget the year of Luigi with New Super Luigi U and Dr. Luigi. :)

Big_Game_Hunters889d ago

except those games are all different genres and only share the charater mario and NES remix isn't amario game. Games that are completely different genres but share characters releaseing anually can't really be considerd anually sequels in a franchise.

The only one i see with anua releases there is theolympic games, and that is mostly by sega.

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wonderfulmonkeyman889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

They're talking about entries in the main lines, not spin-offs featuring the same character.
You both know that, so why are you pretending otherwise?

smoothdude889d ago

I find that Nintendo games hold their value over time. I guess this is due to the fact that we don't see yearly updates of any of their franchises. This is a good thing really...

admiralvic889d ago

That has a lot more to do with Nintendo games maintaining their original or a high MSRP. Like Super Mario Bros. U is a launch title and you'll still have a difficult time finding it for <$50 new at a retail store outside of a promo like BXGY or a special coupon.

thehobbyist889d ago

And that's why the second-hand market is a beautiful thing.

jakmckratos889d ago

Lol....yeah not like Nintendo hasn't been releasing Mario, Zelda and Pokemon games sometimes multiple times a year for a while now....

All_Consoles889d ago

Main zelda games are released about once every 5 years...
Main 3d mario and 2d mario games are released about every 2-3 years

Those are the games selling millions upon millions and pushing hardware sales, and those are the games fans want the most. They release the most well developed titles from new and old franchises. Splatoon, xenoblade x, bayonetta 2, Devils third, etc are all new or fairly new games

360ICE889d ago

Pokémon is a good point, though! That's absolutely an annual franchise that sees incremental change from installment to installment.

One of my favorite franchises, but still annual.

@All_Consoles
Yeah, they're new games, but neither Bayonetta 2 (hint: "2") or Xenoblade are new franchises. I appreciate that they're doing something new with Splatoon, though. It's been ages since they actually developed a new franchise (discounting Wii Music/Play/Fit/Sports and Nintendoland).

BigDuo889d ago

While it is true that Xenoblade X isn't a new franchise, it is a spiritual successor to the original Xenoblade. Monolith Soft is basically treating Xenoblade X as Square Enix generally treats Final Fantasy as a franchise.

wonderfulmonkeyman889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

Neither Pokemon nor Mario ever get annual releases of their main-line games.

Spin-offs of Mario franchise do not count as "Mario games".

Spin-offs are spin-offs.
Remakes are remakes.

Main games are main games.

Nintendo doesn't consider the first two to be the same as new entries to main games.

And Pokemon is Game Freak, meaning not entirely Nintendo's decision about how often they're released.

360ICE889d ago

@wonderfulmonkeyman
I more or less agree with you on Pokémon (although, at what point did tons of spin-offs become less related to milking than making many fully fledged games?)

They Pokémon franchise is owned and operated by Nintendo. They can do what it what they want. They could give it to someone else than Game Freak, if they wanted, and here are the facts:

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, release 2014
X and Y, 2013
Black 2 and White 2, 2012
Black and White, 2010
HeartGold and SoulSilver, 2009
Platinum, 2008

For seven years now, they've released games every year with only one break. Before that, they'd alternate between one year breaks and two year breaks. It's about as annual as it gets (they also, strictly speaking, release two games). Sure, some of the games are remakes, but does that really make it better?

360ICE889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

*More or less agree with you on Mario. Obviously I don't agree on Pokémon.

Looking back that comment had a lot of nonsensical mistakes. One day I'll start proofreading my own comments. One day.

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wonderfulmonkeyman889d ago

Spin-offs are spin-offs.
Main games are main games.

Main games have never been annual on Nintendo systems.

Kevlar009889d ago

Nintendo doesn't think of franchises like other people do. Mario Party is different than Mario Kart which is different than Mario Golf which is different than Mario platformer which is different than Mario Olympics. As long as the gameplay or concept is different from another game it's a different or new IP to them.

Sure they rely on Mario a ton, no disputing that. But they rarely produce the same series twice in a row. Theirbiggest stagnation is the 2D Mario series (I'm not a fan of the NEW series), but their other series get at least one or two new additions that adds an X factor. They still mix things up time to time and Mario is a proven seller, he's a stamp of approval.