Nintendo and its lack of creativity

So, this morning, I was wondering what Nintendo is up to during the final months of this year. Which big releases will drop for their consoles before and eventually during the holiday season? Well, here’s a collection of their highlights for the 3DS:

  • Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS
  • Yoshi’s NewIsland
  • Pokémon X & Y

Next to the fact that all these games will be released for the 3DS in the coming months, all these games have piqued my interest in both a positive and a negative way. I’m positively interested because, frankly, these are all new titles in promising intellectual properties. However, what rubs me the wrong way is that these once again shows how unoriginal Nintendo is.

Seriously, every time I take a look at the release schedule of Nintendo, I think to myself: “Really? More sequels / spin-offs of franchise X?” Granted, other brands do it to: Microsoft milks the hell out of Halo, while Sony isn’t afraid to create another part of the Tekken franchise. However, as I see it, there’s no one cashing in on big names like Nintendo does.

To be fair, Nintendo does own a lot of famous franchises in gaming. If you owned a classic like Super Mario, wouldn’t you keep on making games about it simply because the brand is well-known and loved? If I owned the Zelda franchise, I would have already created Zeldaland, a theme park with rides where you use your own plastic Master Sword to cut bushes and collect rupees. I don’t want to name and shame Nintendo for doing what every business with a succesful product does, but I do want to point out how they are losing when it comes to creativity.

You shouldn’t re-invent the wheel, but in Nintendo’s case, they should at least try another tire from time to time. With their approach of just re-painting and known name, adding a few new mechanics and selling it through their monstrosity of a marketing machine, I fear for a chance of ever seeing a new Nintendo brand that can find its place among the other legends. I know that I still enjoy riding on the Zelda or Pokémon bandwagon, but I sure would love to see my kids riding new cars, with brand-new tires.

How about you? Do you think Nintendo should bring in some new names, or do you prefer them sticking to their guns? Let me hear it!


3 thoughts on “Nintendo and its lack of creativity”

  1. I do agree it would be amazing if Nintendo did more in the way of creating a completely new game. While doing sequels or revamps of popular and established franchises is well and good, it seems like Nintendo has a case of Hollywood movie syndrome where everything that comes out of the big studios these days are more sequels and remakes of older films. I do hope someone at Nintendo will decide to take a risk and make something new we haven’t seen before.

  2. It seems to be a case of just finding a balance. As you say, Nintendo’s main franchises have been around so long, and in many incarnations, because they are so well loved and are of such a high quality. They also have the advantage of making enough cash to re-invest in possibly more risky titles. And they are out there, arguably some of the more successful titles recently include Monster Hunters, Pikmin and Animal Crossing. Even the late stages of the Wii’s life had a few hidden gems such as Xenoblade and Pandora’s Tower.

  3. It’d be a fantastic thing to see Nintendo reach outside of their comfort zone, but it seems they just don’t want to, or even *think* about wanting to. Yet, honestly, if Nintendo sticks around for another 20 years and makes another 20 Mario titles, that’d be enough to keep me interested in the brand. There is something to be said for a company sticking to the tried and true, even if it goes against what everyone *thinks* they should do. Sadly though, this mode is probably going to cost them this holiday season.

    Also, why is there not a Zeldaland?! Seriously, there’s got to be a couple hundred acres in the Midwest somewhere that are up for grabs. Part of it could be above ground and the dungeons could be underground! And the dreaded Water Temple could become a terrifyingly fun roller-coaster. Weee!!

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