Nitendo Life Staff debate whether or not they though Nintendo's dominance of the family market has lead them to neglect the 'hardcore'.
I seems that Brody is the smart one. "Brody: Tom, it's obvious that Nintendo is definitely going full force towards their new market, but I wouldn't necessarily consider this a change in focus. Looking back at their previous consoles, it's clear that Nintendo has always been about innovation. The Gamecube stood still however, and obviously lost against its competition. I think that with the Wii, Nintendo has more or less gotten back to their old ways. Sony and Microsoft are upgrading their consoles by streamlining and polishing what they had before, whereas Nintendo is completely renovating. The difference this time is that they got a huge result from their efforts, and as such everyone is concerned with how Nintendo is going to use their power over the market." Notice there are more hardcore Wii first-party games then casual games. Hardcore: Super Mario Galaxy Mario Kart Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Excite Truck (what casual gamers would play that??) Metroid Prime 3 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Casual: Wii Sports Wii Fit Wii Play Wii Music If you think Zelda and Metroid aren't hardcore, you must be sniffing Clorox. Nintendo isn't abandoning the hardcore gamer. They are focusing on both audiences.
The last two "Core" games on that list were games developed for the GC that they waited to release so that they could release them on the Wii. Also, and more importantly, even if it were a solid 6 "Core" games it's been over 2.5 years and "Core" gamers desire more content than ever. And they desire high quality. Not stop gap games, gimmicks and ripoffs. The reason for alot of the industry growth outside of the massive "Casual" growth is that many people would rather game than watch T.V. or buy movies. The fact that Nintendo hasn't recognized this is part of the problem. They haven't abandoned the "Hardcore" but they sure as hell aren't rising to the occasion to meet the need. What makes it more frustrating is that they are literally making multi-billions in profit, and they still refuse to invest more. Be it good dedicated online servers, more games, or whatever. Abandoning? No. Stringing along? Yes. Starving? Yes. Taking for granted? Yes.
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