Does “Nintendo” No Longer Assure Quality?

"Nintendo fans have never really been assured consistent releases, nor have they been guaranteed commercial success. Sure, some Nintendo franchises find success far more than others, but there is no guarantee that Metroid or Star Fox will go on to sell millions and millions of units, and there is far less of a guarantee that we can predict when these games will launch. Nevertheless, there has always been one shining pillar when it comes to Nintendo: The quality. Sure, Pikmin 3 may come out years and years after it is originally announced, as will Zelda, Smash Bros, and almost every other game Nintendo releases. I have always known, however, that as soon as I open a Nintendo game up and begin playing it I will be assured a quality experience, one that will justify all the waiting and delays I have to endure" -- Nintendo Enthusiast.

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Hoffmann3168d ago (Edited 3168d ago )

Lol, the times when every Nintendo game was a sure 8 9 10 /10 are long over, but especially in the last years we saw many mediocre games by them that were a big contrast to their best games of the years. Even the quality of the Legend of Zelda franchise was sinking a bit.

RalphBlutawn3168d ago (Edited 3168d ago )

2014 was a fantastic year for Nintendo. What are you going on about? Smash and MK8 had 9 and 10s across the board. A Link Between Worlds was great and Yoshi's Wolly world despite its lackluster sales was received very well.Oh and did you forget about Mario Maker? What is it with N4G and its lack of research concerning Nintendo titles?

Hoffmann3168d ago (Edited 3168d ago )

I was not talking about their best games which you listed now but their not so good ones, since this article was asking the question if Nintendo does not automatically assure quality anymore.

Games like Yoshi's New Island, Mario Party 10, the mentioned Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival were all pretty mediocre. The latest Mario Tennis seems also to be a very lackluster game in comparison with the older games of that series.

A Link Between Worlds was good, yes, but as someone who plays Zelda games since ALTTP I found it not as fun as the last Zelda Handheld games.

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3-4-53167d ago

Why Does a site called Nintendoenthusiast ALWAYS have negative articles about Nintendo ?

I'm starting to believe their name is a crock of shay and they don't like Nintendo at all.

LOL_WUT3167d ago

Oh boy here we go with the conspiracies against Nintendo ;)

RPGrinder3168d ago

This is sensationalized trash. This year we saw a ton of amazing Nintendo games. They never hit all the time.

Summons753168d ago

Right? It's also funny how people call this "boring" when it's the exact same way the old Mario Party games use to be set up instead of the streamlined all in the same car crap. Guarantee that if this was a Mario Party title that it would get a higher score. But because it's Animal Crossing and it can only be played the original way then it gets a low score. Haven't played it but just from the look of the game watching streams and trailers it looks like a different spin on Mario Party but for Animal Crossing fans.

gangsta_red3168d ago (Edited 3168d ago )

Not every Nintendo game is going to be a legendary masterpiece but the fact still remains that Nintendo has released way more titles that have consistently been rated very high from reviewers.


Bullshit, in the age of broken games and day 1 patches Nintendo is one of the only game developers you know is going to have solid games that WORK on release. Amiibo festival isnt inherently broken or bug ridden its just not a good game.

OldGuyStillGaming3168d ago

100% true
Every now and then I have a game update but nowhere near as many as ps4

ShinMaster3168d ago (Edited 3168d ago )

You do realize that you're comparing Nintendo games with larger, more complex games that have more content and depth, right?

A lot of games aren't actually broken. Including the hated COD series.
For every couple of games needing day 1 patches there are dozens of games that don't.

plmkoh3168d ago

Your truth comment is falling on deaf ears, don't bother as they've already made their minds up about the brand.

The 10th Rider3167d ago

Larger and more complex than smash bros? Xenoblade? Mario kart? Of course some are, but even smaller games than those often launch with issues. Nintendo may not always make 9/10 games, but their games rarely ever launch with serious issues. A fest few modern developers can claim

ShinMaster3165d ago

@The 10th Rider

Many of those games haven't made it to Wii U.
It'd be a different story if all three platforms had nearly equal third-party support.