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The Whole Gaming Industry Releases Sequels, why does Nintendo get Singled out?


Some  interesting quotes came from Size Five Games founder Dan Marshal on Nintendo and the Wii U. He clams that Nintendo’s problem is their established franchises like Mario, Metroid, and Zelda. He goes on to say Mario Galaxy was great but Mario Galaxy 2 was boring and Nintendo releases the same games over and over again to self-destruction. Not only did he forget Nintendo released Three new IPs in The Last Story, Xenoblade, and Pandora’s Tower for core gamer’s, he doesn’t understand Sony and Microsoft both release vast amounts of sequels as well. Uncharted 1-3, Killzone 1-3, Resistance 1-3, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Halo Reach, Halo 4, Halo Wars, Uncharted Fight for Fortune, Uncharted Golden Abyss and then some. Many of the industries biggest games are sequels or based off established IPs. Why is Nintendo the only company getting called out for it? Even when they reinvent the franchise from Super Metroid to Metroid Prime to Metroid Other M somehow people still claim it’s a rehash. Playeressence’s Furious Francis takes a look at the blasting of Nintendo’s establish franchises and tries to sort out the vast amounts of hypocrisy being thrown around the internet.

Here is Dan Marshall’s full quotes: 

I’m not sure about the Wii U because I haven’t touched one, but I bought a Wii on launch day and got my £179 worth of joy out of it by playing tennis with my mother. That was enough for me. I think Nintendo’s problem is actually one of software rather than hardware. I played Mario Galaxy, and enjoyed it, but played Mario Galaxy 2 for about an hour before I realised I was playing exactly the same game and was bored shitless of it. After a while, the Wii’s core buckled under its own success.

It didn’t have the hardware for many games like Call of Duty to justify making a port, so it was basically lumbered with Nintendo’s software for a large part of its lifespan.

The problem is, Nintendo end up putting out Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart, Metroid, all these staples over and over again to the point of self-destruction. I think the Wii U looks good in terms of the fact that it’s got Batman and Darksiders and LEGO all coming out for it, but because it’s suddenly going to find itself a hardware generation behind again, it’s going to suffer from the same problems.

I haven’t turned my Wii on in three years probably – it’s been gathering dust because it’s all Mario games that I’m not interested in. So I worry that, because of that hardware gap, the software is going to be lacking in the same way for the Wii U. 

There are Plenty of New IPs on the Wii Pundits like to Ignore.

I find it hard to believe Mr. Marshall and gamers who share his opinion actually tried to find new IPs to play on the Wii. No More Heroes,  The Conduit, Madworld, Little King’s Story, Muramasa the Demon Blade, Red Steel 2, No More Heroes 2, were all original, new IPs that some gamer’s just choose to ignore in their arguments. If he didn’t play his Wii in three years that’s not because Nintendo didn’t release any games. He should have at least checked out Xenoblade. That was the best reviewed JRPG this generation for any system. XSEED released the Last Story this past August to great reviews as well.

Being Hypocritical about Nintendo’s software has Become the Industry norm

All Nintendo releases is Mario, Metroid, and Zelda. I hear it all the time. Yet gamer’s fail to realize Nintendo only releases a couple main titles each console generation. The Wii got 3 main Mario games and one spin-off in six years. There were just as much Halo titles released on the Xbox 360 as Mario games on the Wii. I don’t understand why he mentioned Metroid. We got Metroid other M and Metroid Prime 3 on the Wii.

I’ve heard gamer’s tear Nintendo to shreds for releasing Mario but say they love Call of Duty. Call of Duty releases every year and is largely the same game with tweaks. Even in the article he says “The problem is, Nintendo end up putting out Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart, Metroid, all these staples over and over again to the point of self-destruction” then says the Wii didn’t have “many games like Call of Duty to justify making a port.” How can I take his opinion seriously when he insinuates the Wii needed more games like Call of Duty to be good? Call of Duty is one of the most rehashed franchises to date.

It’s clear people who don’t like Nintendo’s games will be most inclined to criticize them. Can you find me a gamer who isn’t looking forward to a sequel or established IP? Sony and Microsoft both release multiple sequels while releasing new IPs here and there. Sony gets more credit than Nintendo for the high-profile nature of games like The Last of Us and The Last Guardian. Meanwhile, Nintendo has put out new IPs like FlingSmash, NintendoLand, Fluidity, Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower.

Nintendo is the Oldest Company in the Industry

Does anybody actually think Sony is going to ditch their blockbuster franchises 10 or 15 years from now? God of War and Uncharted will continue to have games for a long time. Take a look at God of War and how many times Sony released a game in that franchise over the years. We got God of War, God of War 2, God of War 3, two PSP God of Wars, God of War Ascension, and two separate God of War Collections on the PS3. What about Ratchet and Clank? I’ve lost count on how many games Sony has released in that series between the PS3,PSN, and PSP. How many Forza games has Microsoft released? How about Gears of War? To single out Nintendo for releasing sequels and not pointing out the other companies is wrong. For those who say ‘there are still more Mario Games total than Gears of Uncharted games’ I say yeah your right. However, there the oldest company. Of course there going to have older franchises. It’s Just like Metal Gear and Final Fantasy.

It Comes down to what you like 

Most people who cry rehash don’t even play the games they complain about. If you give Nintendo’s games a chance you will likely realize that they aren’t “boring” and do a good job changing enough to feel fresh. Nintendo doesn’t really rehash their games. Zelda Skyward Sword is structured and plays different from Zelda Twighlight Princess. Mario Galaxy and New Super Mario Bros play differently. Even New Super Mario Bros U and New Super Mario Bros 2 have major differences. Metroid Prime and Metroid Other M only share the same main character and minor story elements. Other than that, Other M basically a new IP. Smash Bros and Mario Kart only release one game per a handheld and console generation. I don’t see how Nintendo is milking or rehashing those games.

If you are tired of the main Nintendo games like Mario, Metroid and Zelda, Nintendo has plenty of other IPs to play. Try out Xenoblade, Fire Emblem, Punch Out, Rhythm Heaven, Pikmin, Glory of Hercules, Animal Crossing, or Advanced Wars, or Kid Icarus Uprising, or Donkey Kong Country Returns. Nintendo is not perfect by any means, but at attacking them for releasing Mario, Metroid, and Zelda, without even researching what else they published is asinine. Every company releases sequels and games for an established IP. If your going to point out Nintendo, make sure you out Microsoft, Sony, Square Enix, Konami, and many other publishers who do the same thing. I expect this talk from the random internet fanboy, but from a developer who doesn’t even take the time try or acknowledge Nintendo’s new IPs is a bit shocking. I don’t have a problem with any company releasing sequels or games based off established IPs. I just find it disturbing how many people claim rehash without even playing the games.

What do you guys think? Does Nintendo release their main franchises too much? Is Nintendo the only one guilty of this? Please put your comments below.

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  • Aiddon

    I REALLY don't know what's with this borderline bigotry against Nintendo. It's a constant goal post shift that never ends and usually it requires complete ignorance towards objective data and history. Sequels are not bad, BAD SEQUELS ARE BAD.

  • Kamille Bidan

    These are all new IPs that came out this gen:

    Heavy Rain
    The Last of Us
    Beyond 2 Souls
    Demon's Souls
    PS All-Star
    Heavenly Sword
    Little Big Planet

    But what Nintendo got? Wii-Sports, Wii Play, Wii-Music and more Wii-ShovelWare? Yeah, and Xenoblade since Nintendo owns Monolith… Lucky them.

    Last gen Sony:

    God of War
    Shadow of the Colossus
    Jak & Daxter
    Ratchet and Clank
    Sly Cooper

    But what Nintendo got? Pikmin and nothing more.

    PS1 had:

    Legend of Dragoon
    Omega Boost
    Gran Turismo
    Crash Bandicoot
    Ape Escape
    Syphon Filter

    But what Nintedo got? The same old franchises but now in 3D and Jet Force Gemini.

    • Furious Francis

      Did you even read the article?

    • Sylverstone Khandr

      You obviously didn't read the article.

      And what's with the Sony fanboyism?