I'm sure the "Nintendo can't catch a break" crowd will chime in on this blog with their staunch defense of the company, and that's fine, but this blog will discuss what is, in my opinion, an honest look at the reality of Nintendo and its fans.
We all know Nintendo. There isn't a single person who has gamed on even one console that DOESN'T know Nintendo. They are the Old Guard of the gaming world, and a company that's been around for well over a century. Many would say they are the creators of arguably the best first party games to ever exist, and have probably the most recognized mascot in the world with Mario.
The problem is though that no one is allowed to criticize them. The way I see it, there is a conflict in how Nintendo is perceived in the gaming world. These perceptions make it impossible for anyone to even look at Nintendo in a less than perfect light without a flood of defenders, ever ready to strike. You have the Old Guard, veteran and "saviour" of the gaming industry opinion that many use to demand that Nintendo be given nothing but the utmost and absolute respect. Then it seems that Nintendo are also judged as one would a child trying out new things, and you can't get upset with them for any mistakes they have because they are just learning. These opinions present a problem.
It will never be admitted, at least not completely, by Nintendo fans that Nintendo rehash ideas. It will never be admitted that Nintendo have lost touch with the gamers who grew up on the NES and SNES systems and continue to offer experiences mostly geared towards a different audience. It will never be admitted that games like Pokemon have been the same thing for decades when there are groups of Pokemon fans screaming for a different, more expanded experience. To say these things is to be attacking Nintendo when in reality it's just critiquing ancient practices.
The recent conference Nintendo held called Nintendo Direct was incredibly underwhelming for many. A lot of talking, apologizing for lack of the first party content promised at launch, and vague trailers to show that some games actually do exist sums up Nintendo Direct. It was a conference designed specifically to keep voice of "dissension" quiet. More of a "take our word for it" conference, Nintendo is stumbling with the Wii U, and it's a surprise given their confidence and backing of the Wii in its launch window.
Regardless of how Nintendo is handling things in the public eye, the problem is that too many try to silence any negativity against Nintendo and yet have no problem with negativity against Sony or Microsoft and it's very puzzling to me. Just because someone may have a problem with Nintendo's approach with things, in no way means they are writing Nintendo off as a quality company in the industry. It's a perfectly normal and accepted convention to have constructive criticism. How else would anything improve if no one was allowed to discuss what's wrong?
I suppose that that last sentence is the real question. I wonder if any can truly answer it. What is wrong with Nintendo? Or, if you don't want to answer that one, then answer this one... Why can no one criticise Nintendo?