Does Nintendo Really Not Make New IPs?

Gamemoir's Nick D. explains why accusing Nintendo of not making any new IPs may be missing the larger picture.

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gangsta_red1254d ago (Edited 1254d ago )

When you have as many original and successful IP's as Nintendo does you can start to see why they might not turn out as many new IP's as other developers do.

They may not have a lot of new IP's but they have a ton of IP's that they constantly take in new gameplay directions. Most of their sequels are not stale rehashes or upgrades from the original.

Sometimes it works other times it doesn't but at least they are not afraid to change the formula on an existing, established IP.

JamesBroski1254d ago

"...they are not afraid to change the formula on an existing, established IP."

Without sounding douchey, what IP did they recently changed?

gangsta_red1254d ago (Edited 1254d ago )

There's always a new iteration of how Zelda is played.

Mario gets changed frequently from World, Galaxy, Sunshine.

There's different games featuring Pokemon.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

Just to name a few of Nintendo's IP's that are different from their original game or taken in a new direction.

JamesBroski1254d ago


Honestly, apart from Mario, I think their IP are pretty much all the same, especially Pokemon. Ironically, the only one I'd like to see is Metroid, whether if it's only a remastered or a new game, I really miss that series.

And with their huge lack of third-party games, I think they really need new IPs. I think Splatoon looks freaking awesome and it's a good step in the right direction.

freshslicepizza1254d ago

nintendo's playbook goes something like this, use familiar characters in a different way. nothing wrong with that but they play it safe way too much but gamble on unique ideas with the hardware.

this is very problematic for nintendo because they design their hardware around their software which often alienates third party support who are not keen on taking chances making games for specific hardware features.

splatoon is the only new ip which is not using familiar characters that i can think of developed by nintendo that is a big game for the console. can anyone name any other?

deafdani1254d ago

Mario Sunshine, Galaxy and 3D World are all very different.

Zelda Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are all very different.

Metroid Other M is very different to the Prime games (although a lot of people didn't like Other M at all, my point still stands).

Kirby games change their formula all of the time. Kirby's Epic Yarn and Return to Dreamland have almost nothing in common, despite being both Kirby games for the Wii.

The upcoming Yoshi's Woolly World seems to be very different to the Yoshi's Island games.

Of course there are game series that don't change that much, or at all (Mario Kart, Smash, Pokémon, etc). But even those series are very heavily refined, gameplay-wise, from one iteration from the next. Mario Kart 8's controls are so damn smooth, that every Mario Kart that came before it feels now very rigid and weird in comparison.

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Concertoine1254d ago (Edited 1254d ago )

They usually fund new IP's through outside studios. For example: TW101, Pandora's Tower, The Last Story, Geist, Eternal Darkness...

Some argue this doesnt make them new IP's under Nintendo, but if we want to get that specific then a lot of new IP's like Ryse, The Order, or Bloodborne wouldn't count either, as they aren't made by internal Sony or MS studios.

Still, it is true that their first party studios produce the lowest amount of new IP's. Outside of experimental eshop games, there was a 14 year gap between their last two big, new IP's: Pikmin (2001) and Splatoon (2015)

eyeofcore1254d ago

Don't forget about Wii franchise, Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Wii Party, etc...

BlackTar1871254d ago

eternal Darkness was such a great game.

Loadedklip1254d ago

Also Splatoon, Boxboy, Xenoblade Chronicles, The Wonderful 101, Pandora's Tower in the last 5 years.

They do new IPs as well ... it's just jealous of the success of Mario, Zelda, Pokemon that they pretend that's all Nintendo does.

Moonman1254d ago (Edited 1254d ago )

Splatoon to me is the new Animal Crossing for Nintendo as far as it has the ability to stay popular like Animal Crossing has since launching on the Gamecube. Splatoon is arguably growing more popular than the awesome Pikmin already in terms of excitement.

But if they were to announce Super Mario Bros. 4 or the next 3D Mario...well you see just how popular that would explode the internet and why fanboys ignore Nintendo's new IP's.

Wii Sports, Pushmo, Hyrule Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles etc will simply be ignored in discussions. But are awesome and successful regardless! And most gamers would be lying f they pretend like they don't know Nintendo's newer IP's at least by name.

ZeekQuattro1254d ago

They release new IP's every year. Its just popular to say they only make Mario and Zelda games.

FallenAngel19841254d ago

Did everybody forget that Xenoblade is a thing? Seriously Nintendo makes new IPs all the time, they just don't get as much attention as their other franchises.

davemyrose921254d ago

Well tbh Nintendo could go for a few new IPS, heck all 3 consoles could go for new IPS, like last gen we had gears, uncharted, demon souls, infamous, lbp, mass effect, all in the second year, where are the new IPS,,

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