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Over the years, Nintendo has battled many competitors across the gaming universe and each foe has fallen to the wayside. Sure, you can argue that Sony and Microsoft are hanging on, and I wouldn’t disagree, but in gaming years they are still infants. Nintendo has been around much longer and has learned from trial and error many times over. I would say that Nintendo has been around the block so many times that they can now navigate it blindfolded (I think we have all seen some of the errors caused by the lack of site), but they always seem to find their way home safely.
Many of their competitors seem to appear out of nowhere, and slowly sneak up on Nintendo, but this year is a bit different. WeMade Entertainment, best known for the Legend of Mir series, has officially announced that they plan to dominate the gaming market, and compete directly with the consoles.
It seems that every generation has a series of consoles that battle over gaming dominance. Probably the greatest was Nintendo VS Sega. I actually loved both systems equally, but always leaned a little towards Nintendo.
At times the NES/Sega battle got pretty intense with advertisements such as the one pictured above. At the time it was great seeing them battle it out because new and exciting games were always arriving. When one system released a game, Final Fantasy for example, the other counter attacked with a similar game, such as Phantasy Star. To this day, I have to admit that Phantasy star was a great series (even though I am a Final Fantasy fan), and I love Phantasy Star 3’s unique play over multiple generations.
Sadly, there had to be a winner in the NES/Sega battle. I am glad that NES won, but the constant back and forth between the two kept things exciting. I don’t think anyone actually had a strict devotion to one console back then, we just played for the love of the game.
Today’s console wars seem to be fairly quiet. The big dogs seem to be Sony and Microsoft, but their focus seems to be on the system itself rather than the games. Each has their die hard fans for one reason or another but neither is winning or losing the battle. I think a reason that the battle has not intensified is that too many games are available on multiple systems. back in the day that was almost unheard of! Sure it happened, but rarely. Releasing a game on only one system would force the other systems to answer back with, hopefully, a bigger and better game.
Don’t get me wrong, Nintendo is still a big player in today’s console battlefield, but I think the big boys look at the NOA as the Canada of gaming. Sure they have a defense and are ready to react at a moments notice, but they pose no threat to the more aggressive nations. I would love to see Nintendo get back in the battle, and Microsoft and Sony admit that NOA can be an admirable foe once again.
I had a thought last night while playing Sonic the Hedgehog on my Retron. How great would it be if Sega got back into eh console game and reignited the fire between them and Nintendo? What if they rebuilt their mascot base (minus Sonic, of course) and put the focus back on the games? I am not saying they need to dummy down the system, but make it great as a stand alone system and make the games the reason to buy the system once again? I realize this will probably never happen, but What if…?
Fans of the Kingdom Hearts series have many questions. Some have been answered, many are still lingering. The series seems to have more twists and turns than a corn maze that was created by a drunk farmer. As the series progresses we dive deeper into the intertwining lives of the characters.
Nomura was featured in an interview about the series in the Kingdom Hearts 3D Ultimania guide book recently. Although no official news on Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced, he did have this to say about his team:
“[they have] started making a variety of movements for the new title(s) in the series.”
Below are some excerpts from the interview:
Nintendo has confirmed that they although they will be showing off the final hardware configuration of the Wii U at E3, they will not be revealing the price. Some analysts believe that the Wii U cannot sell for more than $250.00 to be successful, while others have stated that launch price will be no less that $300.00. regardless of the price, I feel that this is a smart move on Nintendo’s part.
With no focus on price, all attention can be filtered towards the unit itself. They can do what they failed to do for the 3DS, such as focus on the features that make it unique (like the NFC Tech, that was leaked for Rayman Legends). It will also allow them to focus on the games, and what they bring to the system. I am sure that Nintendo will give it some time for the demos to soak in, the excitement to build, and the fanboys to scream “WANT”, before the final price is revealed. It is much easier to justify a higher price tag if the fans are excited about the system.
It has also been said that they will not confirm a launch date at E3. Again, I believe that this will help build excitement for the system. The price and release date are minor details on the system launch. In the end, the playability is what matters.
What are your thoughts on a price free demo? Do you think that knowing the features and capabilities will subliminally lure you in to a higher price?