How Nintendo has Improved its Diversity in Video Games

Diversity in video games is an increasingly valuable commodity in the industry, and companies like Nintendo are starting to do better at it.

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EntropyMuffin2457d ago ShowReplies(1)
Cy2457d ago

More diversity, but their online is still garbage and they can't make enough consoles to supply a demand. Glad they worked on the important stuff first though.

New_Age_Retro_Hippie2457d ago


I don't know that you know how game development works. Like, you do realize that the lack of quality online and the supply constraints aren't the result of diverse video games, right? Like, do you think that the writers are pulling double duty designing the netcode, or the artists are working on getting certain components to improve the supply issues?

I mean I know you're attempting some hot take about priorities, but this is not a zero-sum game lol

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Imalwaysright2457d ago

What does any of that have to do with their library of games?

Kabukiface2457d ago

"Here boss! I just designed a new character. They're a hispanic nonbinary person and--"

"Where did you get all the paper to draw that model??"

"Oh, I went down to Office Depot and bought 30 trillion dollars worth of printer paper! That way I won't run out when I make a design for every possible combination of non white cisgendered heterosexual male characters!"

"But that was the money I was going to build to make seven billion nintendo switches and fix the worldwide internet! Gahhh! But at least we're being inclusive so it's okay I guess"

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Sciurus_vulgaris2457d ago (Edited 2457d ago )

Many Nintendo characters aren't human, so why would they need to improve thier diversity?

New_Age_Retro_Hippie2457d ago

But many are. Mario, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby, Metroid, Fire Emblem, Xenoblade, EarthBound, F-Zero, Animal Crossing, ARMS, Splatoon, Punch-Out!!, Advance Wars, Code Name S.T.E.A.M., HarmoKnight, Hotel Dusk, Custom Robo, Chibi-Robo, Kid Icarus, Starfy, Pikmin, Rhythm Heaven, WarioWare, Sin and Punishment, StarTropics, Wave Race, 1080, all of these series for at least a few characters use characters who are either human or who are reasonably facsimiles thereof (ie, Starfy has a mermaid, the Inklings are modeled after human traits in many areas, etc.). In the article, I address exclusively games where diversity is possible. And of course, being that diversity is not just racial, even diversity among non-humans is still possible.

Gh05t2457d ago

Or you could let the devs make whatever game they want with whatever diversity they choose and if you feel there is a lack of diversity then by all means start making your own game. But you actually saying that they should make different games to your ideas and standards of diversity is artistically counter productive. You say you don't want forced diversity but from the rest of the suggestions it doesn't sound like you truly believe it when you say there is room for more diversity in older games or already made games... Sure but that is not what the developers wanted and to say they should have or could have is to say it is WRONG that they didn't.

Stop trying to make people feel bad for not making characters you want to see in a game. They made what they wanted and you are free to make what you want.

The problem most people have with ideas like yours is that you start from the premise that 1: There needs to be more diversity in game characters and 2: It's up to others to make it happen.

Most people honestly don't care about this topic. The person's sexual identity, gender, or sex isn't why they play the games. And to those that it does matter... Well we call those people narrow minded and move on.

Also I know it's hard for people like you to grasp but not all white characters are the same.

If you see discrimination, let me know and I'll help raise the BS flag, but lack of what you call diversity is not discrimination. When you find a team that wanted to make a character and were told no, I'm in on bringing that problem to light.

New_Age_Retro_Hippie2457d ago

With respect, I have no idea what you are talking about. I never spoke of discrimination, nor did I claim that Nintendo was bad for having a low level of diversity. It feels like you're employing the "expectant projection" thing onto me. Projecting something you think is bad onto me and deciding I've said something bad. I more than agree that a developer should be able to do what they want, but at the same time, that comes with the caveat that people can talk about whether what they are doing is good in one respect or another. I mean, I even included that I have no problem that they don't want to (or didn't want to) make Link a girl, just that they shouldn't make such stupid excuses for it.

You speak of how little people care, but you're writing paragraphs in response to an article with pretty mild critique of Nintendo and reacting in such a way where you insert claims or sentiments into my text that I never expressed. I guess what is more accurate is that you care that others care.

ChickeyCantor2457d ago

videos games were always diverse. Fuck off with this shit.

New_Age_Retro_Hippie2457d ago

The article never claims that diversity didn't exist until recently, it spoke of how it improved over time. In fact, if you read the article, the first section points out how groundbreaking Punch-Out!! was despite its stereotypes, specifically about how Punch-Out!! actually has more dark-skinned boxers than light-skinned boxers and how Great Tiger for instance was the first Sikh character in video games.

Reading is a lot more productive than being triggered.

ChickeyCantor2457d ago

nah I ain't triggered. Just completely done with the social political nonsense within gaming. If that's your kink by all means, imo it's absolute fucking shit.

New_Age_Retro_Hippie2457d ago

I think more accurate is to say that people reading a title and then criticizing an article for not saying something that it actually said is nonsense. Just cop to the fact that you didn't bother to read the article and assumed its contents. Maybe you can take something from this experience and grow as a reader.

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