I’ve loved Nintendo ever since I was a little girl. I never came across a Gameboy or Gameboy Advanced game that I didn’t like. My love for Nintendo grew more and more throughout the years as the Gamecube, DS, and Wii came out with new amazing games and gameplay mechanics that blew my mind, but nowadays it seems like Nintendo is slowly turning into everything I never wanted it to be.
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with free-to-play games on my phone. Some were fine, but some seemed like you needed to pour in money in order to continue. I remember hoping and praying that Nintendo would never produce free-to-play games. A few months later Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball came out. To this day I still don’t know what compelled me to even download that game let alone try it, but the game left me disappointed when I saw that the only way to ‘progress’ was to use real money. I hoped that Nintendo wouldn’t attempt this again but then Pokemon Shuffle and Pokemon Rumble World came out and they were both repetitive and relied on microtransactions to profit. When I heard that Stretchmo was a free-to-start game, my concerns grew even more. I just hope that Nintendo doesn’t continue to make these free-to-play games, but I have a feeling that they will, especially with the rise of the Nintendo mobile era.
I never understood why some people disliked the Gamecube and the Wii so much. Both were consoles; especially the Gamecube, were key factors in making me the gamer I am today. But now I know how they feel when I think about the Wii U. When the Wii U came out I was disappointed because I knew that Nintendo would stop producing Wii games. But for Christmas I received a Wii U, Super Smash Bros Brawl, and Wind Waker HD. Both games blew me away, but the Wii U gamepad and some of the games (both indie and AAA) just didn’t fit with the gamepad mechanic. While I have no issues with the 3DS, the Wii U has to be the worst console I’ve ever owned. I just hope that the NX will be better.
Once the new Nintendo YouTube policy hit I was really disappointed. So many YouTubers that I personally love stopped producing Nintendo content. The people who make Nintendo videos spent hundreds of dollars on games and systems and now Nintendo takes money from that video as well. It makes me sad and I know that Nintendo won’t get rid of this policy and so much potential free advertisement is going down the drain.
Splatoon came out recently. I don’t have the game but I did play the demo and it was very entertaining, but two days after the game was released Nintendo began to add DLC. Yes, it was free DLC, but I believe that DLC shouldn’t come out so soon after a game is released. What is the point? Why not just add the content onto the game before you release it? Nintendo should have waited a little while before they began cranking out the extra content.
When the Amiibo first came out I thought it was a very stupid idea, now I’m addicted to them and yet I only have two. This is because Nintendo just keeps on bringing out waves of Amiibo that last about a month and when they restock it’s barely enough. I know Nintendo won’t stop with their Amiibo producing ways. They’ll continue pumping out wave after wave, leaving fans out of luck and pissed off.
I’ve always loved Nintendo and hopefully I always will, but the way they have been functioning lately makes me question the company a lot. All we can do is hope that they change their ways for the better.