Former Nintendo employee Howard Phillips says that although Nintendo is a great company, the publisher has changed massively since the 1980s. Phillips claims that Nintendo titles made during 1985 to 1991 were more fun than modern Nintendo games because they provided simple, albeit fun mechanics with profound and challenging levels that entertained players. Now, according to Phillips, the video game industry focuses too much on detailing characters and stories.
“Nintendo is still a great company but obviously it has changed immensely since its heyday in the ‘80s. Back then there was literally just a handful of us who formed the core of the company – we worked closely together on almost every facet of the business and the camaraderie and friendships enjoyed then remains very special to me. Also, in the early years (1985-1991) the games were more fun as emphasis was on the simple but fun mechanics with deep and challenging levels to entertain and reward players.”
“Since then the industry became overly-enamored with character and story and to some degree content. The fun in games is determined primarily by what you do, but that fact has been lost or never realized by many current-gen game creators. Generally speaking Nintendo still honors an emphasis on gameplay, but the big budget productions and marketing efforts of today’s games can pull them off point.”
The World Ends With You’s teaser site is still counting down prior to a reveal, but Square Enix may have accidentally spoiled its own surprise. A new The World Ends With You soundtrack is listed on the publisher’s online store, which mentions that a version of the game will launch for iOS devices later this year. It looks like The World Ends With You will no longer be exclusive to Nintendo’s dual-screen handheld, the Nintendo DS.
Square Enix’s The World Ends With You may be getting a sequel. The publisher is teasing a new game by featuring character designs from The World Ends With You on its website. The Japanese phrase “Subaseka” is in the URL, which hints that the teased game will be related to The World Ends With You. Because the original game is exclusive to Nintendo DS, perhaps a sequel will be coming to Nintendo 3DS.
Digital Spy, British entertainment and media news website, readers were asked to vote for their favorite local multiplayer game or franchise of all time. Nintendo’s Mario Kart series came out on top with over 40% of the votes. Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS was voted the best game of 2011 by the website’s followers.
Goldeneye 64 and the Super Smash Bros. franchise follow with about %10 of the votes for each. To those who don’t know – the first Mario Kart, Super Mario Kart, was launched in 1992 for the SNES and the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 was released in 1999. Which local multiplayer game or franchise do you enjoy most?
The NPD Group has revealed the 10 best-selling video games of July in the U.S. Although there are no Nintendo titles on the list, six out of the top 10 are multiplatform games that are also on Nintendo consoles. According to Nintendo, compared to July 2011, the Nintendo 3DS saw a sales increase of 44%. In July, more than 120,000 Nintendo DS and 124,000 Nintendo 3DS hardware were sold.
- NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3)
- Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSV, PC)
- The Amazing Spider-Man (360, PS3, 3DS, NDS, Wii)
- Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
- Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, PC)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, DS, Wii, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC)
- NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
- Dead Island (360, PS3, PC)
Famitsu has published a list of the best-selling video games of July in Japan. Nintendo DS titles Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are atop the list with 855,502 units sold. New Super Mario Bros. 2, which was released in Japan on July 28th, is number two with 430,185 units sold. Wii’s Kirby’s Dream Collection is third with 131,720 units sold. Out of the 10 best-selling games of the month, eight titles are exclusive to Nintendo platforms.
- [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
- [Wii] Kirby’s Dream Collection
- [3DS] Etrian Odyssey IV
- [PS3] Persona 4 Arena
- [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigina Orb
- [3DS] Rune Factory 4
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D
- [PSP] Digimon World Re:Digitize
- [3DS] Danball Senki Baku Boost
Nintendo released a Japanese animated trailer for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 in May, but has now uploaded a full English version to The Official Pokemon Channel on YouTube. The two Nintendo DS games will be released in North America on October 7th, Australia on October 11th, and Europe on October 12th.
Another Nintendo video game is the number one best-selling title in Japan. The newly-released New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the chart-topping software of the week, with 430,185 units sold. The Nintendo 3DS remains atop the hardware charts and went through a sales boost because of the Nintendo 3DS XL, which launched in Japan on July 28th. Here are the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
- [PS3] Persona 4 Arena
- [PSP] Nayuta no Kiseki
- [WII] Just Dance Wii 2
- [NDS] Pokemon Black & White 2
- [PSP] Super Danganronpa 2
- [3DS] Demon Training
- [WII] Kirby 20th Anniversary Special Collection
- [PSP] Digimon World Redigitize
- [3DS] Kobito Zukan Kobito Kansatsu Set
- Nintendo 3DS: 235,974
- PlayStation 3: 18,160
- PlayStation Portable: 14,029
- PlayStation Vita: 9,081
- Wii: 10,549
- Xbox 360: 632
- Nintendo DSi: 496
- PlayStation 2: 439
According to the ESA (Entertainment Software Association), the average American gamer is 30 years old – 32% are under 18, 31% are between 18 and 35, and 37% are over 30. Fifty-three percent of American gamers are male, while 47% are female, and the average U.S. household owns at least one video game console. In 2011, American consumers spent $24.75 billion on video games, hardware and accessories. Do any of these statistics surprise you?
Satoru Iwata previously stated that Nintendo is not planning to change its strategy. Nintendo doesn’t care about what its direct competition, Microsoft and Sony, are doing in terms of graphical performance. Wii U hardware producer Katsuya Eguchi’s words echo Iwata’s. According to Eguchi, Nintendo’s goals remain the same – it wants to continue creating entertainment and surprising customers with unique products.
“From long ago, Nintendo has always been about creating entertainment and surprising customers. One thing that has changed is the scale of the company and the scope of everything we do.”
“What we want to achieve as a company has not changed.”