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I got my first Nintendo system on my 10th birthday. I can remember spending days in awe of my brother who seemed to be a master at Super Mario Bros when I couldnít even finish the first level. Iíve grown up with Nintendo and now have 3 children who are all growing up playing the games I did when I was a kid thanks to the Virtual Console. Iím a big fan of platformers as well as sports games. Iím becoming a fan of shooters thanks to the Wii.
Final Fantasy IV (I'm playing it for the first time)
Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, Mega Man 9, Punch-Out! (Any variety), Mario Kart (franchise)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii, A Boy and His Blob, Muramasa: the Demon Blade
Nintendo EAD Tokyo, EA, Activision, Marvelous
I donít currently have any subscriptions, though I recently had Nintendo Power and EGM.
Innovation. Thereís no doubt about it. Theyíre always inventing new ways to play games, whether theyíre old favorites or new classics. If youíre looking for something new itís probably a good bet Nintendo is going to be one of the first to bring it out. Even if you didnít know you wanted it.
I think this could be innovation as well. Currently it seems like there are more peripherals for the Wii than any system before it. The peripherals are essential to the games theyíre made for, but many times Nintendo will leave it up to other companies to support those devices. This could be a problem if people start filling up space with things that only work for one or two games. You need to have the option to use them, but make them fit into the game donít just throw it out there to say you have it.
Remember what brought you to the dance. Nintendo fans are undoubtedly loyal, many times to the point of obsession, but theyíre going to be there for you. Make sure you donít forget the people who have been with you for over 20 years. Expansion of your audience is a wonderful thing, and necessary to survive, but do not do it at the expense of your current fanbase.