Monday, 26 May 2014

NintenDOs and NintenDON'Ts

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OK, lets all admit it: even though great games like Tomodachi Life and Mario Kart 8 are coming out soon, and Super Mario 3D World was one of the best games of the year, Nintendo as a whole aren't as good as they used to be. With the Wii U failing and big money losses, Nintendo need a plan. Luckily, I have one. It's just they won't listen, because I'm a 13 year old kid who thinks he knows what he's talking about and is virtually unknown on the internet.

NintenDO : Port (Some of) Your Games To Other Consoles
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Yes, I know. Nintendo games have a sort of whimsical magic to them that would look out of place on another console, but a huge amount of money could be made from porting some games to other consoles! It's no secret that games like Super Mario 3D World, the new Super Smash Bros and other first party Nintendo games don't really utilize the Wii U's motion control, and a PS4 or Xbox One controller would be perfect for a fighting game like Smash Bros. Also, with the success of games like Skyrim and Dragon Age, a full blown Zelda RPG wouldn't look out of place on a console! Another viable option would be to port classic collections as downloadable games for other consoles, much like Nintendo did with the NES Remix games, as many gamers with a console would have never played the original Super Mario Bros and would jump at the chance to play it for the first time.

NintenDON'T: Abandon The Miis
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The Miis are pretty much the symbol for Nintendo, so getting rid of the Miis and Miiverse would be a terrible idea. Instead, Nintendo should take a leaf out of Ubisoft's (Uplay) book and integrate Miiverse into every one of their games. I'm not saying they should do DRM or anything like that, I'm just saying that they should give out rewards in games depending on hwo many Nintendo games someone has played, and other things like that.

NintenDO: Get Into The Mobile Gaming Market (In Both Ways)
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Sure, the Nintendo 3DS is a great console, but sadly because of the monolithic mobile games market it's laughed upon in public. Once again, games like Pokemon X and Y are selling well, but it's just a matter of time until phones have the same amount of power as handheld consoles. The PS Vita now has a use as a second screen for the PS4, but the 3DS doesn't really tie in with the Wii U, so it may (But hopefully not) become obsolete. I'm not saying that this will happen, but Nintendo still need to be prepared. My idea is a Nintendo Phone, and it may sound stupid, but hear me out. Android is free for developers, so it would save Nintendo money, and with the 3DS already having a touchscreen, Nintendo's engineers are skilled enough for the job. Now, as well as the Google Play Store, the Nintendo Phone would also have the 3DS' Nintendo eShop. Since most of the games are relatively small and not that graphically advanced, they could be ported to mobiles - not necessarily easily, but it shouldn't be too hard. 

NintenDON'T: Make Another Home Console
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OK, this one is controversial. I wouldn't want it to happen, but it's pretty much the only viable option. The Nintendo Console division is the most expensive, but it also happens to be the one that's losing Nintendo money the most. Switching over to phone and handheld making would mean people would still keep their jobs and Nintendo would be thrown into the mainstream, where they could make more money. Plus, this means that Nintendo can concentrate a little more money onto their games division, and will therefore have better marketed and better overall games that many will be able to buy.

NintenDO: Make New IPs
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Sure, franchises like Mario, Zelda and Pokemon are doing well and seem like games that only Nintendo make, but as Tomodachi Life has proven, new IPs are just as welcome. I'm not saying that Nintendo should abandon their old franchises, I'm saying that they need to add new ones. Nintendo as a developer have a certain magic to their games that not many other developers can convey, and I'm sure that Satoru and co could make a cool new franchise with some great mechanics. As Nintendo are breaking into the life-simulation genre, what other genres could they make games in? I can imagine more Nintendo puzzle games, and definitely an obscure sports game with a sport that doesn't exist!

NintenDON'T: Buy Other Franchises
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This may seem obvious, but I feel the need to point this out. Nintendo shouldn't go the SEGA route and start buying up other IPs (Football Manager, Total War etc.). Sure, it's profitable, but Nintendo won't seem as standout and unique if they just take any old franchise and publish it. In most games, people don't remember the publisher, and if Nintendo try to play that game, they may make money, but they'll just become another game publisher.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with my ideas? Have you got some suggestions yourselves? Tell us in the comments below!

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