Countdown to Wii U:
– 25 Days Remaining -
I don’t know about you, but I find myself playing so-called “modern games” less and less these days. I don’t know if it’s because I’m just a huge Nintendo fanboy at heart or if it’s because I feel like nothing new quite lives up to the classics. Instead, I find myself replaying old games from my collection and not even touching most of the modern stuff. My Xbox 360? Collecting dust. My GameCube-compatible Wii, complete with its Virtual Console, and 3DS Virtual Console? That’s where it’s at.
I understand that I am probably the minority in this wide, wide world of Call of Duty-loving peoples, but I believe there is a growing segment of gamers who’ve gotten stuck beneath collapsing towers of crushing great game goodness and are still having trouble trying to dig their way out of the pile alive… much less getting to anything from this current generation. If you could see the stack of PS2 games I own that I still haven’t played, or my DS and GBA library… not to mention GameCube.
Somehow I keep going back to games like the Resident Evil Remake and Metroid Prime… And they never get old.
It’s not just the fact that these modern classics from last generation still demand my attention – there are other industry trends that I just do NOT fit into. And I think many a Nintendo gamer who grew up on Metroid, Mario and Zelda will be nodding their heads in agreement right along with me, even if they keep their mouths zipped in public lest they welcome a sound beating.
I don’t do multiplayer. War games? I’ve never played one. Call of Duty what? World of Warwho? Grand Theft Automobile? Battlefled? I do not speak this foreign language. Sandbox games… I’ve never played one. You want to know what else I haven’t played? Do you have your protective goggles on?
Mass Effect, anything post-Halo 1, Dragon Age, anything Elder Scrolls, anything post Ninja Gaiden Black, anything post Devil May Cry 1… and on and on it goes. I haven’t even played Final Fantasy XIII and I bought it TWICE. My backlog is mostly full of GameCube and PS2 titles though, much less Xbox 360 and PS3 games.
The sad part is that I own many of the games just listed (especially on Steam, where I own over 300 games…. and have installed three) I just never get around to actually playing them. Instead I play Final Fantasy VIII. AGAIN.
And you know what? I don’t care. I will keep playing Final Fantasy VIII over again because I keep quitting at the third disc and I MUST find out how the Squall-Rinoa love plot ends!
Customization? Why? I do not want to make my character, name my character, and play as this faceless stupid creation that my brain was forced to dream up just because the game said I had to and wants me to believe that my stupid creation is as good as something made by Tetsuya Nomura himself. No! I want to play as Squall and find out how he falls in love with Rinoa! DAMMIT! Why is that so hard to understand?
One of the industry trends that I hate most is the… elitist (for lack of a better word) tone that a lot of gaming media and people in the industry seem to have towards people of my slant. They believe the more customization the better, sandbox and open-world gaming are mana from Heaven, and online multiplayer is a requirement.
Who are they? Did they not play Ocarina of Time? Have they not bitten into the juicy, tasty morsel that is Final Fantasy IX? Must I tell them how to guide Link through the Dark World? If you tell me Zelda would be better as an online multiplayer game I’m gonna smack you upside the head so hard you won’t remember how to pronounce your own customized name.
What I’m getting at is this – Nintendo needs to continue being Nintendo… up to and including the Wii U. Pikmin 3? SIGN ME UP! There is a seemingly small, but actually large (see what I did just there?) group of loyal Nintendo gamers out there who want Donkey Kong Country-style gameplay. Who love Zelda and turn-based Final Fantasy. Who PREFER classic, tank-style, static camera angled Resident Evil games.
I’m in the minority in thinking games like Metroid: Other M are perfect compromises. It had just enough of that old-school flavor to be awesome in my book yet provide an interesting modern spin on the franchise. And I think Nintendo would be wise to keep going in that kind of direction.
Nintendo needs to continue to resist the temptation and the calls to add online co-op to Zelda or make Animal Crossing an MMO. There are certain traditions and old-styles of doing things that work perfectly fine in this day and age and remain awesome to a large group of gamers out there weaned on the love that Samus brings. Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Galaxy. These are the types of games that I will be buying a Wii U for. I already own an Xbox 360. I have, literally, no use for Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition or Assassin’s Creed III Wii U. That is what my Xbox 360/PS3/Xbox 720/PS4/PS Vita are for. Right?
Assassin’s Creed III? While it sounds awesome, I’m still stuck way back at Assassin’s Creed ONE. And that, my lovely friends of the new generation, is called being old.
As I get ready to celebrate my 28th year (hey I’m not THAT OLD) I’m finding myself increasingly out-of-step with the seeming “mainstream” of gamers out there and finding it harder and harder – impossible, actually – to catch up. In fact, I’m more excited by a myriad of Indie Games than I am by anything “first-person shooter,” from Borderlands to Modern Warfare to Battlefield to Crysis (though Metro: Last Light has my attention as do games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent; I’m a big survival horror fan). Most of the big, so-called AAA games of this day and age do absolutely nothing for me.
And this is why I believe the Wii U will be a raging success. The average person out there is not familiar with Black Ops II, and those who want it will be buying it on Xbox 360, PS3, PC or maybe… OnLive (eh? EH?). Those who will be standing in line to buy a Wii U know what they are getting. And I guarantee you that NO ONE will have Assassin’s Creed 3, Darksiders II, Black Ops II or Arkham City as the reason they are standing in line to pick up that shiny new NINTENDO console. They will be walking out with a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, or Nintendo Land.
Personally, I’m waiting for that 2D, side-scrolling Metroid game that tops Super Metroid with a hand-painted art-style or innovative graphical look a la Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Grand Theft Auto V can keep their pimps and hoes. All I need is my Samus to satisfy my burning desire.
This article was a guest submission by “astrotriforce,” who runs a blog called Watch Us Play Games. Find out more about how to submit your own articles for our “Countdown to Wii U” series by clicking here.
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