Written By: AJ
Nintendo fans, Iím sure weíve all experienced it. Youíre
talking with a friend and say that you own a Gamecube, and they
respond with "I like Playstation. Gamecube is kiddy." Or,
when telling someone that your favorite series is Mario, the X-Box
fanboy replies with, "Well, I prefer mature games, not baby
ridiculous! Nintendo IS NOT kiddy! Itís not logical at all!
look, first off, Nintendo is the oldest videogame company around.
For those of you who didnít know, good olí Ninty started out as
a card company in the World War II era. Beat THAT Sony. And
Microsoft, you may be able to buy everything material, but age is
to Nintendo age, the company has classic, original characters. Who
cares if Mario doesnít have an assault rifle? Whatís the big
deal about Bowser never killing anyone? Mario and Bowser are and
will always be classic rivals. They have a long history and huge
followings. Same with other Nintendo heroes, such as Link, Samus,
and even Zelda. They have history and development! I would like to
see Crash Bandicoot or the hero from Halo try to match that! It
would be impossible to do. Why? Simple. Sony and Microsoft have not
been around long enough to develop their characters. Crash becoming
a mascot failed. I donít know what Microsoft uses, but whoever it
is, theyíre probably flat. Flat characters? Sounds like something
a child would create! KIDDY!
largest argument in the kiddy issue is the level of maturity of
Nintendoís games. As I already said, Nintendo rules when it comes
to maturity of age and character development. But people look for
one thing when it comes to maturity of games, and that is violence.
In the videogame world, "mature" and "immature"
have different definitions. "Mature" is defined as being
loaded with violence, blood, gore, near-nude women, and profanity.
"Immature" is synonymous with kiddy, and means lacking all
or most mature elements. Ironically though, Mr. Webster would define
most M rated games as immature, while most gamers would call them
the guys at Nintendo find themselves in a fix. Everyone has enjoyed
their games since the 80ís. They want to keep that tradition and
keep their games open to all; not just those who are (im)mature and
over 18. The solution is to make all games so that they fall under
the E rating. Simple, right? But, society has changed since back
then. E means without violence, blood, gore, near-nude women, and
profanity, which means that itís immature by the videogame
definition, which means that itís kiddy! Since Nintendo is known
by its trademark games, and they are usually rated E, and that means
that Nintendo, overall, is viewed as, *gasp*, kiddy.
sorry, but I fail so see why no violence, blood, gore, near-nude
women, and profanity is considered kiddy. Why do "cool"
games have to carry a T or M on their boxes? Does anyone care that E
means that the game is FOR EVERYONE? Of course not. And as long as
Nintendo keeps trying to please everyone, they will ruin their
reputation as a developer for all. What a paradox! And does anyone
have an imagination anymore? Whatever happened to games that were
simply fun, like Super Mario and Sonic? They werenít considered
kiddy. Then why are Mario 64 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle seen as
such? Why is "maturity" and violence being placed above
fun factor? AyÖ
cares about the lack of violence? Well, who cares besides
mainstream, ignorant gamers who get confused with the plot of
Tetris? Nintendo does. Recently, as you probably know, they have
been trying to pump out more T and M games, to "appeal to a
wider audience." Examples are Resident Evil, Eternal Darkness,
and even trademark Metroid Prime. Unfortunately, most ignorant
gamers fail to see these. Nintendo will always mean Mario and
"Celda" to them, so it will always retain its kiddy image.
To further complicate things, it is usually Sony, a
"mature" company, which has the most games that appeal to
younger audiences, such as Barbie, the Olsen Twins, and Disney
games. But, of course, ignorant gamers also ignore these.
does not need violence, blood, etc. etc. etc. blah blah blah to be
mature. True maturity, as defined by normal dictionaries, shows
itself in other ways. I have already mentioned character quality,
but there is game quality as well. Nintendo isnít just in it for
the best graphics. Gaming is about so much more. Itís about a game
that is fun to play and not just fun to look at. Itís about games
that involve some brain action and donít just consist of blowing
up everything that moves. Nintendo games generally contain these
elements. Also, Nintendo is the most mature when it comes to
advertising. Which makes you look better - advertising for yourself
after decades of experience, or heartlessly bashing your opponent *coughXBOXcough*?
I am so sick of Microsoft constantly cracking on Sony and Nintendo
by making fun of their game content or console design. Seriously
now, itís called good sportsmanship. Itís called being MATURE.
Maybe, Microsoft, when you have years of experience under your belt
(and when YOUR console size isnít an easy target for jokes,) you
can make fun of whomever you please however you please.
then Nintendo isnít trying to make Bowser a mass killer, or turn
every comic adventure game into a Conker. They arenít giving in to
the violence and rudeness that mainstream society wants. Isnít
that maturity? Doing whatís right for you regardless of what
everyone else wants or is doing? Yes, yes, being your own company.
to contradict everything Iíve said, perhaps Nintendo DOES need to
"mature" a little when it comes to game content. Society
is not like it was twenty years ago, and Nintendo needs to see what
appeals to a wider audience. Older fans want realism and, well, less
Mario-with-a-big-water-gun. The more cartoony stuff we see being
pumped from our favorite company, the more we get nervous. Sometimes
we donít care. Other times we do. For example, the new Zelda. The
cel-shading caused a huge uproar in the gaming community. Screw it
if the Spaceworld demo would have made the game a T! Thatís what
we want! Thatís what sells. Nintendo, thatís what you needed to
maybe change your image! Well, Zelda will sell nevertheless, but it
will only give those ignorant gamers more to complain about.
hey, who cares about how mainstream gamers see Nintendo. Nintendo
will always have a large following of loyal fans, many of who are
more mature than any Xbox or Sony fanboy. And as long as they have
age, keep pumping out quality games and quality characters, stay
true to themselves, and never sink to the level as some of their
competitors, Nintendo will always be the most mature.
screw having Squaresoft or Rareware; THATíS something truly
important to brag about!