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A genuine child of cinema, music, and the video game; Nintendojo is a day-to-day refuge. Nintendo's rich history and limitless potential is the driving force behind this site, and the labor I put into it.
Likewise, I can only hope Nintendo allows their artistic vision to blossom amidst technological evolution, rather than fight the passage of time.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Timeless characters, innovative hardware, absolute ownership of the handheld market, and an emotional stranglehold over their fans that cannot be duplicated by the larger corporate war machines.
It seems Nintendo hasn't quite adjusted to the lucrative market of today, still meandering in the remnants of their "toy-biz" wonder years. Their shallow third party line up, reluctance to introduce thematically mature applications from in-house development teams, and piss-poor marketing line their greatest weaknesses. It is this very marketing (or lack there of) that allowed for a beautiful game like Eternal Darkness to sell so underwhelmingly, in the same manner as their latest home console itself has.
I think the biggest thing holding Nintendo back is fear... with the mindset that if they veer too far from their traditional practices they might be swallowed up by those other two opposing giants (and their seemingly bottomless well of resources). If they can get around that first, cyclical hurdle, the following suggestions come to mind:
Plug in. Consumers and publishers alike have been lost in the absence of online play.
- Secure more exclusive titles that actually take advantage of the hardware's power.
- Create new and less obscenely juvenile franchises that rival the quality of Mario, Metroid, and Zelda.
- Produce more sequels in a fashion that emulates the Super Nintendo output.
- Do what you can to make sure the GameCube (and other systems) receive multiplatform games in a more timely, quality fashion.
- MARKET your product aggresively and more often!
An undertaking of such magnitude requires additional manpower. Indeed, it's time to swallow a piece of the third-party pie.