What is a "Nintendo fan"?
I'm not the one to indulge myself in the matters of fanboyism or console favoritism, but a comment on a particular news article yesterday challenged my identity and made me reconsider what I stand for. What that comment was, you may ask?
"ZombiU was never going to be successful being exclusive to Wii U because many Nintendo fans aren't into those kind of games"
This blog is not only a response to this comment, but also to the other ones that I've seen over the years. After giving it a few hours of thought I've come to realize a couple of things and I would like to offer my rebuttal.
First off, as aggressive as this may sound, who are you tell me what I like or don't like? I have been a "Nintendo fan" ever since I was five and seventeen years later you tell me that I, as a fan of the nature I just described, am not into an action-adventure/survival horror game filled with zombies. Is that really so? Explain to me then why I have a great passion for Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead, Killing Floor or other titles in the genre.
I think the problem at hand is that almost everyone seems to assume that the average "Nintendo fan" is a soccer mom. I'm not saying this has to be the case and this is by all means nothing personal, but I am getting the impression that a lot of gamers out there have no idea what a fan of Nintendo truly is.
If that is the case then it begs an obvious question: what is a Nintendo fan? Simply put, nothing more than a gamer with a passion for games from Nintendo. Shocking, I know. But wait, let me guess, you thought that after the launch of the Wii and its excellent range of shovelware Nintendo fans have redefined their tastes and are now mindless slaves who only play Just Dance and Wii Fit all day.
I, as a Nintendo fan, am a gamer just like you who enjoys to play games of any genre and any sort. You know why? Because it doesn't matter what platform you prefer - it's up to personal preference what games and genres you play. Some would argue that Nintendo fans have never been in contact with a genre like ZombiU and that they therefore don't buy it.
Really now? Those Nintendo fans you are referring to grew up playing Ghouls and Ghosts or Zombies Ate My Neighbours. Games that have a similar theme to ZombiU, because let's be honest here, at its core it's just an action-game with zombies and the sorts. The SNES titles I mentioned earlier fall into the same category.
A Nintendo fan isn't a soccer mom going wild over Wii Fit or a grandfather golfing his gums off in Wii Sports. No, a true Nintendo fan has a passion for the games and genres he grew up with and back in my day I witnessed the introduction of many new types of games and genres. I had platformers, strategy games, RPG's, survival horror titles, action-adventure games and many, many more titles of different genres.
So, I'm curious, what do you consider to be a "Nintendo fan" then? A 30 year old mother, perhaps an idiot stuck in his stubborn ways or simply another gamer exactly like you who plays anything that he/she might like. Tell me, because I want to know.