E3: Is Nintendo Abandoning the Hardcore?

A Q&A session with Zelda: Phantom Hourglass producer Eiji Aonuma and Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto had the designers talking about keeping in touch with the hardcore in an all-access world.

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Shadow Flare3996d ago

Mostly - yes, because there's more money to be made through the casual market

Bloodmask3996d ago

but definately not supporting very strongly. Metroid, Zelda, and Mario are all "Hardcore" games.

I think what Nintendo is doing is actually a good thing bc it is bringing people into the market that never really played games before.

This is good for Sony and Microsoft bc it might give these consumers interest in their consoles as well.

ChickeyCantor3996d ago

I think judging Nintendo on doing that, is pretty narrow minded.
Their main priority is this new audience, to win them you need to convince them.
People pretend, Nintendo is already going on like this with the Wii for a couple of years now, but the thing isn't even out for a year.

More games are already starting to show that the Wii isn't just for mini-games and parties.
Devs are Supporting the Nintendo much more in this generation and its only growing.
Online games are coming too( a thing you are all bashing).

I mean because we have those mini games now doesn't mean we will only have those types of games in the next couple of years.

VaeVictus3996d ago

While they are winning a new audience, I feel they are alienating the true crowd. The people who buy multiple titles a year are the backbone of the industry b/c it is software the defines a console. While Mario, Metroid and Smash Bros are quality games for core (or real) gamers, Nintendo's past and apparent future of releasing a lot of high quality software on their consoles hasn't exactly been good. They may sell another 10 million consoles and that's great, but will the people buying these consoles be buying software? Maybe they will, but as for what I saw from their conference, I saw them abandoning their core audience. There is nothing about Wii Fit or Brain Age or anything else that interests me at all.

nomad1173996d ago

are hardcore gamers going to be occupied with metroid, zelda and mario '' just annoucing mario tax collector'' to me there not all taht great frachises

Dudeson423996d ago

Giving less attention? Yes. Abandoning? No.

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