Are Nintendo Games Truly ‘Kiddy’?

Nintendo has a very unique image in the eyes of the general public. They’ve done much to separate themselves from the norm from both a hardware and software perspective. Their franchises are highly valued in the industry and have a large, loyal crowd of fans. But despite their prestige, a lot of other gamers tend to have a negative view of the company. When they’re not complaining about the differences in the capabilities of competing hardware, they’re mocking the fans of these legendary franchises for supporting these, as they call them — “kiddy games” — even going as far as to sometimes call them “big babies” or some other similar insult.

This observation leaves one simple question — are Nintendo titles truly ‘kiddy’?

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LOL_WUT1226d ago (Edited 1226d ago )

Well, whatever they're classified as it doesn't help when Nintendo puts on a muppet show as part of their Direct or when they'd rather give the spotlight to Skylanders and some happy meal toys than on their own mature titles like Devils Third, Fatal Frame etc. ;)

XisThatKid1226d ago

Over all no it's not "kiddie" it's a ridiculous stigma that Ninty has.keep in mind can't stand them as a company it's that it relies on franchises made in the 70s and 80s a much more "friendly" time in terms of video major games titles

Aery1226d ago

Yes, they are, absolutely, but doesn't mean that an adult cannot enjoy their games.

Ezz20131225d ago

Yes, they are

But who said that's bad thing ?!
I for once enjoy games like that every now and then.

NukaCola1225d ago

The is a difference between childlike and childish. Nintendo makes fun and lighthearted games.

freshslicepizza1225d ago

they are not really kiddy but more family oriented. i'd say they are the disney of videogames.

pompombrum1225d ago

Calling them "kiddie" isn't really fair but they present themselves in a very child friendly manner. Walking into a GAME shop in the UK and checking out the Nintendo section it's like going into a toy store. A good game is a good game though and that's one thing Nintendo does very well, they make games that can be enjoyed by just about everyone.

Shnazzyone1225d ago (Edited 1225d ago )

If only the games weren't so great. Damn all the millions of people who recognise the difference between milking a franchise and consistently reinventing franchises so they survive. Why can't all these people just be happy missing out on incredible gaming titles because they are afraid of being seen as immature by those around them. I mean, mario doesn't even have blood. How could an adult ever enjoy that? I mean. There's not even guns or some desperate attempt to reach the level of mid grade action movie. It's like Nintendo makes games that are fun and that's all they care about. What assholes.

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Aery1226d ago (Edited 1226d ago )

DP, sorry

ChickeyCantor1224d ago

What does it matter to you how they promote their products. YOU know about devils third, fatal frame, etc. So what is all this bitching about?

BrandanT1226d ago (Edited 1226d ago )

I'm not sure. I often find some hidden, more mature, elements in a lot of Nintendo games.
I haven't seen too much of it lately though.

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Concertoine1225d ago (Edited 1225d ago )

Pikmin 3 had some subtle themes about the exhaustion of planetary resources, Star Fox is referencing an old tv show, Metroid is literally a word for word copy of the Alien series...

Majora's Mask outrivals most recent Silent Hill games in terms of purgatorial situations, fan speculation, and exploration of the theme of death and it's inevitability.

Splatoon is a throwback to 90's lingo and Dreamcast-era Sega, things that kids today won't really see.

DKCTF is not only hard as hell, but references the 90's games as well. I'd like to see any kid beat that game, took me forever.

Nintendo does not make kiddy games, they make Nintendo games.

Shnazzyone1225d ago

I got over wanting games to be mature to enjoy them when I completed puberty and saw a vagina in real life. Now i prefer a game of mario kart over wanting my games to be like movies.

Sureshot1226d ago (Edited 1226d ago )

Someone has to make quality games for the under-aged.

goldwyncq1225d ago

And Nintendo's been doing a poor job of it nowadays.

Black0ut1225d ago

In your opinion* I personally think Nintendo go above and beyond with their games. Just a different appeal.

MasterCornholio1226d ago (Edited 1226d ago )

I prefer to use the term Kid Friendly and there's nothing wrong with that since the games are still fun even for adults.

lemoncake1225d ago

Kid friendly is perfect way of describing Nintendo games.

Metallox1225d ago

I prefer to use the term "for everyone". Everyone can enjoy them, and the "grown-ups" also can admire the excellent design of most Nintendo games.

OB1Biker1225d ago (Edited 1225d ago )

They are certainly for everyone it just depends on what type of games you like..
The thing is I have no interest in most of them but my kid (seeing all the adverts on kiddy channels) keeps bugging me to get one and I ll probably end up buying a 3DS which is also probably not as worrying to see her handling than the way she handles my Vita.

Sly-Lupin1225d ago

It speaks to a problem with the game industry as a whole. Nintendo is the only big gaming company that's really making an effort to cater to children. Most of us here? We probably grew up playing Nintendo games.

As we got older, we moved on to other platforms. But it's fair to say Nintendo "made us" into gamers.

But today?

Kids start gaming on phones and tablets, and that's where they stay.

higgins781225d ago (Edited 1225d ago )

Funny, I don't remember anybody labelling them 'kiddy' during the Times of the NES, SNES or N64. Those who do throw around these labels should take a long hard look at themselves and ask, am I particularly grown up? An example. Those who overlooked Wind Waker purely based on the visuals missed arguably one of the best adventure games of all time. Animal Crossing, Super Tennis, SMG, etc, etc.

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Spotie1225d ago

Now is not then. That should be painfully obvious...

remixx1161225d ago

Windwaker was absolutely amazing, my favorite Zelda out of all of them.

......Nintendo games aren't really "kiddy", they are just lighty hearted.......everybody needs a little little big planet, project spark and Yoshi wooly world in their lives every now and again.

Its a good break and mix of the violent witcher 3, bloodborne and call of duty......helps keep gaming fresh when you can play both sides.

Ninty's issue is how they advertise themselves, the come off kiddish. I'm mean damn just watch their Muppet show e3 stream and their rabbis push of amiibo just all comes off as kiddish and casual, while games like devils third, fatal frame and smtxfe take a back seat in obscurity.....

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