Nintendo: We are not milking Mario franchise

Nintendo is not milking the Mario franchise by releasing so many games, according to company president Satoru Iwata.

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Shok2782d ago (Edited 2782d ago )

Title should be "We are not milking the NEW SUPER Mario series, cause that's what he's talking about.

Anyway, I agree, there's only ONE New Super Mario Bros game per system, that's not milking at all.

BUT, these games essentially the same thing over again and hardly innovate over their previous installments. They seem like copy-and-paste jobs, which essentially creates the illusion of the series being milked. I think that's what makes most people claim it's milked.

blumatt2782d ago

I think Nintendo might need to look up the word milking then. lol

All jokes aside, even though they're milking Mario, I'm STILL thinking about buying me a Wii U and a copy of Mario Wii U when it launches. I haven't had a Nintendo console since the NES and I think I'm ready to play me some Mario again.

Super Mario on the SNES was my favorite right behind Mario 3 on the NES.

I'm going to get all three consoles this go around most likely.

-Omega2782d ago (Edited 2782d ago )

Sorry this is off topic to your comment Shok but this is a Duplicate article

Says the same things in here

Pushagree2782d ago

Only nintendo could tell thier fans such a blatent lie and get away with it. Mario is the original milked franchise. Companies like activision learned how to milk because of it.

live2play2782d ago (Edited 2782d ago )

super mario 3dland
new super mario bros 2
paper mario 3d

all include mario, so yea mario is milked
they all play differently

a 2d platformer
an rpg
2d/3d hybrid platformer

yes he is milked
but milking doesnt mean that those games are bad

they are actually all very very fun to play

do all of them innovate? do they all have groundbreaking new ideas? no

but it doesnt mean they are bad
lack of innovation does not equal boring gameplay
(it can, but it doesnt always)

take nsmb2 for example

the look and feel is basically a copy and paste
but its still a ton of fun

it was made by a new team that brought neat ideas to the levels

each level feels different from the others and each have a unique mechanic that makes it stand out

now the music in nsmb series is god awful, the game looks bland especially the wii verison

but they actually did change the backgrounds for the 3ds one,
the 3ds version looks far better than the wii one

nsmb2 has night time, dusk time, mountains, auroras, eery dried trees for the ghost levels, even the castles have different insides

this game feels alot like past mario games
it makes sense since it was made by new blood
. new people want to do old things
veteran developers want to try new things

stuntman_mike2781d ago

I can see Reggie pulling on that big old teat right now.

only joking i think the 3D console mario's is where Nintendo tend to innovate though.

V0LT2782d ago

Over 200+ Games and games with Mario appearances and that isn't milking?

PopRocks3592782d ago

Because gaming's most recognizable icon doesn't deserve any sort of exposure, right? /sarcasm

Would anyone claim the same thing of the Sonic franchise? At one point they were releasing around three Sonic games a year spanning out on every major platform.

Soldierone2782d ago

Yes, yes I would call Sonic milking. In fact I'm pretty sure every Sonic fan like myself felt alienated by it. You buy a Sonic game and it sucked for the 10th time in a row, you kinda start to second guess buying them.

The difference is SEGA kinda screwed themselves and needed a cash crab, Nintendo isn't in that hole and could be innovating or creating another icon.

mobiusoneac42782d ago

"Nintendo isn't in that hole and could be innovating or creating another icon"

This. It feels like such a waste to keep releasing nearly the same game when they could focus those resources on something else.

Freakazoid20122782d ago

I'm not saying Nintendo doesnt milk Mario but they do have Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, etc. TO pretend all the release is Mario and that they never release any other games is not only false but childish to pretend.

Ult iMate2782d ago


New Super Mario Bros 2
Paper Mario 3DS
Mario Kart 3DS
Mario Land 3DS
Luigi's Mansion 3DS
Mario Tennis 3DS
Mario Party 9
Mario & Sonic 2012

And that's for the last year announced and released games of Mario franchise. If that's not milking, then what is it?

1upgamer992782d ago (Edited 2782d ago )

And let me ask you many of them scored at least an 8/10 Oh and Lugi games are not MARIO..

Rrobba2781d ago (Edited 2781d ago )

But those are all either completely different games or at least on different consoles.

NSMB2 and NSMBU are similar but on different consoles. THey are 2D platformers. Paper Mario is more like an RPG. Mario Kart is an arcade racer. Mario Land is a 3D platformer. Luidi'g Mansion is like an adventure game, which features Luigi not Mario anyway. Mario tennis is a tennis game, Mario Party is a mini-game collection and Mario & Sonic is a sports game which IS NOT made by Nintendo, it's made by SEGA.

So, does Nintendo use the Mario CHARACTER a lot? Yes. But they do not milk any individual franchise. Have you ever seen more than 1 Mario Kart game on a single console? No. Same goes for New Super Mario Bros, and many others. Not to mention these games are mostly well rated anyway.

I do agree that they could add some new ideas to their classic games, but ONE game in each franchise per console is NOT milking.

Ult iMate2781d ago (Edited 2781d ago )


Nevertheless that doesn't change the fact, that Nintendo is milking Mario franchise. The franchise doesn't have to consist of games of one genre. The Mario franchise is overmilked.

>>Lugi games are not MARIO..
Luigi is one of Mario brothers. His name is Luigi Mario. So his a Mario alright.

ChickenOfTheCaveMan2782d ago

Was there even a game where this guy was doing actual plumbing in those 200+ games?

Burning_Finger2782d ago

LMAO. It's Beyond milking. It's called "SUCKERS". lol

I stopped playing Mario right after SUPER MARIO WORLD.

linkratos2782d ago

Congrats on skipping Mario 64, Galaxy, and Galaxy 2. Only a real sucker would play some of the greatest games ever.

1upgamer992782d ago

Yeah Mario 64 only the FIRST true 3D platform game EVER...Gosh I guess Nintendo F ed up... and Mario Galaxy only scored a 10 out of 10....

TheRealHeisenberg2782d ago

A lot of major franchises are being "milked" so to speak. Is it really milking if it something that the fans want and end up enjoying?

LOL_WUT2781d ago

Yeah the problem with those games is that they get bashed for being the same thing, while Mario on the other hand gets a free pass. Whoever says that Mario is not being milked needs to pull their head out their a**.

linkratos2781d ago

I still don't understand how you think Mario gets a free pass?

slutface2782d ago

they milk it but they almost never change their formula. nintendo has to step it up with the originality cuz the competition is passing them by while they are still doing the same stale franchises.

from the beach2781d ago (Edited 2781d ago )

FIVE Little Big Planet games since the first one came out in 2008, all of them the same. And a kart racer..

DigitalRaptor2781d ago (Edited 2781d ago )

Yeah. All the same...

LBP - innovation defined.
LBP PSP - a port to strengthen PSP lineup. Decent.
LBP 2 - even more innovation.
LBP Vita - even more innovation, for a handheld.

Where's your fifth?

I wonder if you played them? Likely not.

from the beach2781d ago

The series isn't innovative, it's a flipping 2D platform game! The character doesn't even have so much as a signature move.

The PSP one was more of the same crap - although I'd hasten to add it's not a port of the PS3 game, as you'd know if you played it.

The rest is more of the same crap again and presumably will be again on Vita. I included the Move spin-off as another game, there's also all the DLC they've vomited out over the past four years.

'Crap defined'.

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