Hey, Infendo! Tell us your deepest, darkest Nintendo secrets

Specifically:

  1. What is it about Nintendo that makes you come to and/or participate in a fansite like this?
  2. What’s your favorite Nintendo system and why — handheld or console?
  3. What’s your favorite video game developer not-named Nintendo and why?
  4. Do you like Nintendo more, less, or the same as you did as a child? Explain your reasoning.

Looking forward to reading your answers. Have a great weekend, everyone!

See also: Hey, Infendo: Tell us who you are and what you do

20 Responses to Hey, Infendo! Tell us your deepest, darkest Nintendo secrets

  1. ghettoska says:

    The thing about nintendo that keeps me more interested than all other things (I don’t check any fan sites but infendo, gonintendo, etc) just comes from all the fun I have had over the years. Nintendo always gives me quality (not always quantity, but not complaining) and with them I don’t have to read a bunch of reviews or see a ton of screenshots because I know when the product is finally out, it is something that will stand up to the quality level they always deliver.

    Favorite system? NES. Will never forget the day it came home with me from the store and changed my life forever.

    and I would say definitely love it more than ever. With every game and system that comes out it just becomes further rooted into my brain how great of a company nintendo is.

  2. Mohan says:

    I have no idea, I only had SNES for like 3 years (only like 7 games on it), skipped the whole N64 era, and bought a PS2 and only looked at a GC when my friend got Metroid Prime, and after that I just like Nintendo’s touch. They aren’t too violent, they have this whimsical touch to them, and just down right fun. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t like games that are on the competitor consoles, I am more of of dual system fan. I like Sony and Nintendo, it just the Xbox 360 that I can’t really connect (or should I say Kinect) with!

  3. BKeys says:

    1. What is it about Nintendo that makes you come to and/or participate in a fansite like this? I love nintendo and im always looking for more info

    2. What’s your favorite Nintendo system and why — handheld or console?
    Right now its a tie between my 3ds and my XL simply due to portability and vast amounts of games.
    3. What’s your favorite video game developer not-named Nintendo and why?
    Dont have one to be honest… maybe Square Enex (spl?) due to the “FF Tactics” though Game freak’s “Pokemon” is still a great classic in my book
    4. Do you like Nintendo more, less, or the same as you did as a child? Explain your reasoning.
    I like it more, because I am older to appreciate it in comparison to other systems. As a child any system would do, now given the chance I would buy a N64 for the nostalgic feeling… I really might have to do it now…

  4. Brandon says:

    1. The superb quality of almost all of Nintendo’s products. I am almost never disappointed.

    2. The Wii (although the N64 is a close runner-up).

    3. Retro Studios! The Metroid Prime series (minus Hunters) and Donkey Kong Country Returns are some of my favorite games EVER.

    4. More. I would say that Nintendo’s quality has stayed consistent over the years, but the technology has improved what they are capable of. Plus, I can still revisit the older titles with virtual console (and the occasional eBay purchase).

  5. Cory says:

    1. Honestly its the website more than it is Nintendo, it might be blaspheme on this site but I’m not much of a big Nintendo fan.

    2. Favorite is my DS (lite), I love the DS library, close second in terms of games (but I never owned the console) is N64.

    3. DICE or Midway (R.I.P); DICE hasn’t failed me with the Battlefield series that is one of my favorites, and Midway made so many classic arcade games and some console games that I had much fun with growing up. I would say Namco/Bandai (not sure the name of the company or whatever) because the Tales series of games is my favorite but being an American gamer I can’t help but feel jaded by these guys.

    4. Same, I’ve never been a Nintendo “fanboy” but I also don’t judge consoles/companies against each other (although I do judge their actions ::cough:: Activison ::cough::), if I like the game you make, I’ll buy it.

  6. Skotski says:

    1. What is it about Nintendo that makes you come to and/or participate in a fansite like this?

    It’s Nintendo’s philosophy in gaming. Often times I don’t really prefer CONSOLE-based fansites. I prefer publisher/dev-based fansites more (ATLUS, Valve, etc) as they were the ones that directly brought us the games.

    Funny thing is, I’m not even a huge Nintendo-games fan. Most people get Nintendo consoles for the Nintendo games, I’m not one of them. I love Kirby, Star Fox, and Fire Emblem – but I don’t love them so much to get them as a day-1 purchase every time. Thing about Nintendo games is that they’re classics: it doesn’t matter when you purchase them, they’ll always be magical even if you’re late to playing them (which isn’t true for most other franchises). …so I often will choose 3rd party games to purchase first, and put Nintendo games on a “side consideration” for later.

    But Nintendo’s approach to video games keeps me going to sites like these. Every other market, console, and developer has a HUGE community backing it up. Nintendo’s community, while huge, is severely outnumbered by how many other communities are AGAINST Nintendo’s philosophy.
    I’ve seen one too many Nintendo-fan fall greatly against the vast number of Nintendo-haters that bash on them day in and day out. These Nintendo-fans are often swallowed and spit out in other communities. Without a large amount of facts and citations, these fans are ill-equipped. These Nintendo-fans’ best arguments are “Nintendo’s games” — but that’s a horrible argument, since that just encourages the other communities to continue their proclamations of “Nintendo should stop making consoles and just become a third-party developer!” …
    One needs to support not only Nintendo’s games, but their consoles and projects to truly understand and protect Nintendo’s outlook for the video game industry.

    The industry has become stale in its attempts to push forward, they’ve become far more specialized. It’s like they found a comfortable nest and roosted in it, refusing to ever take flight again. Nintendo constantly pushes the industry out of its nest and tell it to keep going.
    We all had a vision of the video game industry pushing technology to the point of TRUE virtual worlds that were BENEFICIAL to every day living, but other companies in the industry would rather enjoy their idea of just a virtual world controlled and mastered by the player…
    If the industry kept moving forward the way it was, we’d all find ourselves hooked up to machines to play our games… never moving an inch, never wanting to leave it.
    Nintendo doesn’t want that. I don’t want that. I want video games to become a part of reality, to be beneficial, productive, and something that’s ENCOURAGED: NOT a complete escape where one of us would one day lock ourselves away from reality completely and live and die within that false reality.

    Nintendo’s push in gaming is refusing that. And I support it.
    And only fansites like these gather information on Nintendo’s projects, while other game blogs and news sites just advertise what THEY THINK is good from Nintendo.
    In order to understand and protect a philosophy, you have to know its good AND bad. And fansites like these keep that kind of news even.

    2. What’s your favorite Nintendo system and why — handheld or console?

    I have a loving connection to my Nintendo Wii… it personally isn’t the console I spent the most time on, but it’s like a prototype to the kind of console I really want in the industry. It also had an interesting selection of games that probably can’t be mimicked by other companies. So it really was full of innovative ideas. And I love it for that.

    However, I do have to give it to the SNES. I spent several hours playing it day-in and day-out. I had other consoles during that time, but I’d always go back to the SNES. It was just the selection of games that made it so attractive to me. It was varied in genres, and wasn’t trying to be too much of something. I remember playing my Genesis and thinking “why are there so much ‘oh yeah, this game will make you feel rad” games in there? I mean, they were fun, but it felt like they were trying too hard. …sadly, this type of “rad” gaming line-up still exists in even current consoles, except in just different genres.

    So yeah, SNES. Console or handheld? See, thing is, I REALLY LOVE the idea of handhelds… but I’m just not a handheld gamer. I may spend up to 10 hours playing a handheld in a single day, but it just doesn’t give me the same satisfaction as a console game. I think it’s because of its size… it doesn’t push the idea of “immersion” like home console games do. The 3DS is removing that boundary, for me at least. The 3D makes the small screen feel like it has much more depth and space, so I become far more immersed in it. …and don’t think I’m biased, I have a PSP as well and am somewhat looking forward to its next handheld. But I would be lying if I didn’t say I’d rather be playing those PSP games on a big screen.

    3. What’s your favorite video game developer not-named Nintendo and why?

    ATLUS. I’m a Strategy-RPG junkie. And they give me daily dosage of that.
    They especially import a ton of games that normally would never see the light of day in the States. And I friggin’ love those games too.

    I <3 ATLUS. I know it's mostly a publishing company, but hey, we associate them with the developers they helped publish.

    Other than ATLUS, it would be the ill-fated Clover studios (which has now split into different companies including Platinum Games). They were so innovative with their games! Strange thing is, I didn't LOVE their games as much as my girlfriend did, but I appreciated their effort in truly making NEW games. Not pretentious artsy-fartsy games to make video games an exquisite medium for hobnobbery: But an actual video game that's art style fit with the story and gameplay to fuse it into a whole-new experience! THAT'S what game developers should aim for, not just copycatting one another.

    4. Do you like Nintendo more, less, or the same as you did as a child? Explain your reasoning.

    Much more.
    Back then, I never really knew Nintendo's philosophy in gaming.
    To me, I just liked the games. That's why I became a Sony-fanboy in my teen years.
    Because sony's Playstation was releasing an amazing amount of software that appealed to me. Heck, Armored Core, Grand Theft Auto 2, Suikoden II, Tales of Destiny, Tactics Ogre (even though it originally released for the Super Famicom), and etc! How could I NOT be a Sony-fanboy after that?!
    …but as the years went on, I was getting tired of gaming-race. I always had to play the newest of the new games. And if I didn't own the other consoles, I was missing out on classics that would never hit the console I owned. And so many developers just kept coming out… more and more and more… and I just didn't want to keep up anymore.
    So I gave it up. I gave up trying to keep up.

    Then LITERALLY the day before the Nintendo Wii's release, my girlfriend told me about the Nintendo Wii. …I had been out of the gaming loop for a while, so I had no idea what she was talking about. What she said intrigued me, but I had my doubts about it.
    I wasn't like other Wii-owners who hyped it up to no end: I looked at it realistically and doubted many of its functions.
    And so, as a "fun spending date" (where we just blow all our money and pay for the consequences later), we decided we'd wait at the midnight launch for the Wii.

    And that's how I got the Wii, played it, fell in love with it, learned more and more about Nintendo's philosophy (by looking up several articles, videos, interviews, and etc)… and eventually I became what people considered a "Nintendo Fanboy".
    But I didn't want to be a blind fanboy like most were, so I saved up and got myself a 360 and PS3…

    I realized I wanted to stay as Nintendo fanboy even after all the great releases on the other consoles… I love me some GTA4, I love me some Valkyria Chronicles, I love me some Halo Reach, I love me some Portal, and etc… but to see the blatant hating that the other fanboys had against Nintendo? It was stupid and ridiculous! Nintendo's philosophy would hurt no one as long as the gamer populace continued to buy and play as they always had… yet here they were: Refusing to buy or play games on the Nintendo Wii just because of their blind hatred. …they were missing out on so much, and the unique games that deserved more attention were dying in sales! This very same market of gamers that COULD HAVE ENCOURAGED these great games, were the very ones who were destroying their sales by being ignorant of them!

    So yeah… I attached myself more and more to Nintendo over the years.
    I still appreciate the great developers out there working for other companies like Valve and Bethesda, but I have grown a sick displeasure of the Sony company itself… studying more about its history has made me grown even more sick of it… I still love Sony-published games, but I won't back-up Sony's attitude towards the industry.
    Heck, everyone hates Microsoft, but if you look into it, it's literally just a buncha' capitalistic moves all for the sake of underhanded business – it's something we see every day and already have companies combating this type of treatment. So it's no real harm in the long-run.
    But Sony's passion of cut-throat, lying, and arrogant business bothers me to no end… it encourages gamers to go worse and worse in their tastes much more so than Microsoft's marketing… because it actually has a great line-up of games to support its philosophy.

    So over the years, and every passing month, I grow more and more of a Nintendo fan.
    Others can fall out if they want, but I'm backing up Nintendo the most and supporting them the most. I believe they have the best interest for the video game industry. It'll take time and a lot of funding for them to truly reach that goal, but we're helping them every step of the way.

  7. Artefacto says:

    1. They know how to make products that people can’t predict, and that keeps the news interesting. Also, their fanbase is very loyal and tends to have a love and appreciation for their games that is somewhat different to other gaming sources.

    2. It’s hard for me to say which system is my favorite since each has its own share of fantastic gaming memories. Though on the handheld department, the DS lite is my favorite. Just too much fun had on that little device, and it helped a lot when I was going through a hard time in the hospital. Just having it to play games like Elite Beat Agents to pass the time meant a world of difference.

    3. I think EAD is a pretty cool guy, eh makes Zelda and doesn’t afraid of anything. In all seriousness, It’d probably be Capcom. I don’t even play that many Capcom games, but I just like the company and their overall personality.

    4. I think I love Nintendo pretty much the same as I did as a child, though now I understand more about it and can see it more as a company rather than the magical place where fun comes from. Also, as a question for anyone who’d care to answer, which Nintendo do you like best, Hiroshi Yamauchi’s Nintendo or Satoru Iwata’s Nintendo? I’m liking the Iwata era a bit more since they seem to have losen up a bit on their traditional ways and are taking more risks with how they present gaming to the public.

  8. monkat says:

    1. Honestly, I can’t place it. There really is just something magical about Nintendo’s games, and their consoles are always so full of….well, personality. I had a PS2 and it was just so….bland. I don’t even know what it is.

    2. Favorite DS system? The GBA. With all the remakes, it’s basically a handheld SNES with it’s own library to boot. Fav. home console, though? The Wii. Without a doubt. A revival of 2D games and a difficulty that matches the amount of time I have left as an adult.

    3. Without a doubt, my favorite developer is CAPCOM. They are without a doubt, the most crowd-pandering company that I can name, and I adore every second of it–I mean, *bleep*ing Tatsunoko vs. Capcom was brought over here. Also: mega man.

    4. Well, I like Nintendo now more. That’s….just because I know what Nintendo is now! When I was a kid, the SNES was just “The game console”

  9. CM30 says:

    What is it about Nintendo that makes you come to and/or participate in a fansite like this?

    I am a fan of Nintendo. That should be enough to explain itself.

    What’s your favorite Nintendo system and why — handheld or console?

    None, I like them all and could give pretty detailed arguments for why each and every Nintendo console ever made is the best ever, bar the Virtual Boy. At the moment, the DS and Wii are best, but that’ll change soon.

    What’s your favorite video game developer not-named Nintendo and why?

    None whatsoever. I have never played a game by another developer on a Nintendo console, and the last PC game by a non Nintendo developer I probably played more than ten or fifteen years ago.

    Do you like Nintendo more, less, or the same as you did as a child? Explain your reasoning.

    Same amount. I do play the games less now though, simply because I complete them far quicker than I did as a child and lose motivation to replay games quicker now. Basically, I rarely return to old games any more, bar perhaps Smash Bros and Mario Kart on occasion.

  10. BTJ says:

    1.All around love of gaming in general really, i have all three current gen home consoles a n64, gc, ps2, gba, ds lite, psp, and a 3ds. Gave away my original xbox to my little cousin last year during Christmas.
    2. 3ds is the best system to me it just seems that its only going to get better and better with the software thats coming out plus the ever so close release of the browser/e-shop i think this is the greatest console home or handheld nintendo’s ever put out.
    3. I like rare and capcom when ever those companies make a game its above-par of what most devs make. I like how bungie handled the halo series although reach was bit of a let down, i love what santa monica studios has done with G.O.W their games are virtually flawless in my book. But i truly love rockstar especially their grand theft auto games those games stories rival zelda in amazingness.
    4. I love nintendo now more than ever before! scince i was 5 ive always played a nintendo console and now at 16 even more so! !hey are the best at what they do and they are going to leave the competition behind with this new system i know it! e3 needs to hurry the [email protected]#K up already so i can see just what the hell all these rumors are about i mean touchscreen in the controller!? I gotta see that!!!

  11. Gern says:

    My secrets:

    1. I like this site because the dialogue is mature, sensible and does not erode into flaming. Also, there are not a lot of “hardcore” graphics fanboys like other sites I’ve tried to post on.

    2. My favorite Nintendo system is the Wii because it is the only Nintendo console I’ve owned. I have only owned three consoles in my lifetime: Atari 2600, Wii, and xbox 360

    3. Favorite developer: I always like Gary Grigsby as a PC game developer for war games back in the 90s.

    4. Favorite Nintendo childhood memory: I was not a child when the NES was launched. However, I have fond memories of my college roomate’s SNES system and playing Mario Kart and Kablooey. I played a lot of hours of those two games.

  12. Gern says:

    My secrets:

    1. I like this site because the dialogue is mature, sensible and does not erode into flaming. Also, there are not a lot of “hardcore” graphics fanboys like other sites I’ve tried to post on.

    2. My favorite Nintendo system is the Wii because it is the only Nintendo console I’ve owned. I have only owned three consoles in my lifetime: Atari 2600, Wii, and xbox 360

    3. Favorite developer: I always like Gary Grigsby as a PC game developer for war games back in the 90s.

    4. Favorite Nintendo childhood memory: I was 15 years old when the NES was launched and never purchased one. However, I have fond memories of my college roomate’s SNES system and playing Mario Kart and Kablooey. I played a lot of hours of those two games.

  13. tony says:

    what keeps me coming back to nintendo its their franchises more than inovation i love mario and zelda and i love reading news about nintendo

    i guess for me my favorite console was the nintendo 64 i had the most fun with mario 64 my favorite game of all time and i was a child then so i enjoyed it alot

  14. L0cky says:

    What is it about Nintendo that makes you come to and/or participate in a fansite like this?

    Love there games and there hardware , you never know what they are doing next, there first party titles are top tier quality 9 times out of 10.
    Love this site for intelligent and mature discussions with the same passion for nintendo.

    What’s your favorite Nintendo system and why — handheld or console?

    Snes , Nes was awsome but the snes blew my mind, it was 10 times more awsome.

    What’s your favorite video game developer not-named Nintendo and why?

    Sora LTD , smash brothers brawl, do i need to say more.
    if that counts as nintendo then it would be capcom, they got some great franchises and nice polish to most of there games.

    Do you like Nintendo more, less, or the same as you did as a child? Explain your reasoning.

    When i became a ignorant teenager i became a playstation fanboy, when i entered the mid twenties i came back to my old love nintendo because there games are way more creative and fun then most games on the sony consoles.
    when you become older you really you are looking for fun new experiences,creative design and artstyle, not the next cod or hallo ripoff that tries to be as realistic as possible.

  15. deepthought says:

    1) I got into this site when I was waiting to play Twilight Princess and kept up with it for the news and Nintendo fan perspective it provided. Since then, my reasons for participating have several times as the Infendo community has changed.

    2) N64, without a doubt. My best classic gaming memories are from that console. Ocarina, Mario, and the list just goes on.

    3) Thought about this recently, and it’s probably DICE. But there are a lot of great choices.

    4) Less. I was still a big Nintendo fan back in 2002 but then my interest in online gaming took over with CS, DoD, and Rogue Spear. By the time I was ready for a new console, I grabbed an Xbox so I could stay in touch with friends. When Nintendo didn’t impress me with the Wii, I moved onto the 360. Nintendo can still win me back, but I doubt it will. It has been 2 generations and it still doesn’t produce the games I look for.

  16. raindog469 says:

    1. Nintendo makes (and their systems get) a lot of games in the genres I like most — platformer and relatively non-violent action-adventure. I participate in other fan sites too, but I’m a lot more interested in the next Zelda than the next Halo or God of War. In the past, they seemed to get the most quirky stuff, too, but I think XBLA has taken up that mantle at this point unless you’re a Windows PC gamer. Infendo is one of the few sites where I read the comments, because more people seem to speak English than loser-ese here.

    2. I think the Wii is my favorite. While the motion controls have often annoyed me, I can play nearly all my favorite games for Nintendo systems on it — Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, Super Mario Sunshine, Mario 64, Elebits, Okami, Chibi-Robo, etc. I also like Twilight Princess and to a lesser extent, Super Mario Galaxy 2.

    3. My favorite non-Nintendo developer is a tossup between Atari and Namco. I think Namco gets the upper hand because I really love the Katamari games and the two Pac-Man CE games, whereas Atari hasn’t done anything I’ve really liked since the early 90s.

    4. I like Nintendo far more now than I did as a kid. I loved Donkey Kong and its sequels, but the NES came out just as I was discovering, well, sex. Eventually after leaving for college I got a Genesis and then discovered PC games, and have literally never touched a SNES or N64, though I’ve played their games in emulation on the Wii and otherwise. I got tired of shooters after Quake 2 and by the turn of the century, my only frequent gaming was in MAME on the PC, and I was writing games for the Atari 2600 for fun.

    What brought me back to Nintendo was when I was in Toys-r-us buying my young niece a present in 2002, and I came around the corner to find my partner, who hadn’t played console games since Kaboom on the Atari, running and swimming around Bianco Hills in Super Mario Sunshine at a Gamecube kiosk. That he was enjoying a Nintendo game made me take a closer look, and the game impressed me in a way Super Mario 64 never had. I bought a Gamecube that day. Discovering all the Nintendo games I missed over that 15-year period of not caring about them really made me a fan.

    I’ve leaned too much on Super Mario Sunshine as a crutch during the bad times — it actually bookended the second half of my relationship in a very sad way — and even though it’s my favorite Mario, now it has as many negative associations as good ones. But I’m still hooked on Nintendo stuff.

  17. miss waiching liu says:

    What is it about Nintendo that makes you come to and/or participate in a fansite like this?

    Nintendo are not only the only surviving video game and console maker, after the demise of atari, sega, snk. it’s their philosophy of video games, of it making it accessible and fun through its legions of franchises such as super mario, zelda, metroid, kirby, etc. when i think of Nintendo, i think of innovation, fun, excitement

    What’s your favorite Nintendo system and why — handheld or console?

    my favourite has to be the N.E.S, followed by super nintendo- i remembered when my brother had a N.E.S and though we didn’t own many games for it, we still had hours of fun playing it. arguably, it was the success of the N.E.S that made nintendo successful and rich and ever since then, they have always never stopped doing what they do best.

    What’s your favorite video game developer not-named Nintendo and why?

    i like sega but also SNK, capcom and namco. sega would probably get a nod over the rest, mainly as i enjoyed sonic, streets of rage, virtua fighter series, shenmue, virtua cop, bayonetta to name. the console wars just doesn’t feel the same nowadays with sega absent as a console developer. i wish SNK, sega, namco would make more games for the upcoming wii follow-up next year and 3DS. especially more fighting games.

    Do you like Nintendo more, less, or the same as you did as a child? Explain your reasoning.

    more as an adult- i’ve become more attached to the games and characters and have read more about them and what their backstory and plot is to each of them. my favourite nintendo francise is probably metroid, but kirby, mario, zelda, f-zero to name are amazing too. i hope they don’t become another SNK, sega but after years of success, nintendo have continued making and selling games we all love. long live nintendo!

  18. Caleb says:

    1. There are no fans like Nintendo fans. I come to Infendo to read and reply to what other Nintendo fans think and feel about what Nintendo is currently up to. There’s also a shared passion for all things Nintendo here that I really enjoy. Lastly, I love the speculation and conversation about up-and-coming products like Skyward Sword or Project Cafe.

    2. My favorite Nintendo system would have to be the N64. Yes, I know it’s seen as the black ship of the Nintendo consoles by many, but it had some of the greatest games in history. Also, on a personal level, the N64 was the first console that I was able to play regularly and keep current with what was on the system. I was introduced to several Nintendo franchises and had more fun with the N64 than I’d had with any gaming system prior to it. There’s definitely a nostalgia factor for me with the N64, but I love it.

    3. I had to think for a while about this one… there are certain franchises that I love (Final Fantasy, Halo, etc.) but I can really only think of one developer aside from Nintendo whose titles I can buy trusting that they will be great, and that is Bioware. Whether it’s KOTOR, Mass Effect, or the upcoming TOR, I get excited for new Bioware games almost as much as I do for new Nintendo games.

    4. I certainly enjoyed Nintendo as a child, but did not really understand the significant role they play in the gaming industry until I got older. Not only do I love Nintendo for their great games, but for their innovation in the industry, commitment to quality, and love for their community. The older I get, the more I enjoy Nintendo.

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