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Nintendo and Its Fans' Abandonment Issues

It's a popular meme right now that Nintendo has abandoned its hardcore audience with all the casual gamers it's catering to. I'll be the first to admit that I was under that impression as well. The interesting thing is that I think confirmation bias is playing a large role here. Someone recently said that the number of first-party Nintendo games from their flagship franchises has already surpassed the Nintendo 64's total number, and rivals the Super Nintendo's number. I didn't initially think that was possible, but I decided to make chart and look at the side by side. Lo and behold, just over two years into the life cycle of the Wii and we've already met (and are about to exceed) the numbers of first-party games from the last 3 systems (I didn't include the NES in this list). Take a look for yourself:

Nintendo Wii			Nintendo Gamecube		Nintendo 64			Super Nintendo
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Super Mario Galaxy		Luigi's Mansion			Super Mario 64			Super Mario World
Super Mario Galaxy 2		Super Mario Sunshine		Yoshi's Story			Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
[New Super Mario Bros. Wii]
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Super Paper Mario		Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door	Paper Mario			Super Mario RPG
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Mario Kart Wii			Mario Kart: Double Dash		Super Mario Kart 64		Super Mario Kart
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl		Super Smash Bros. Melee		Super Smash Bros.
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Punch-Out!											Super Punch-Out!
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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption	Metroid Prime							Super Metroid
[Metroid: Other M]		Metroid Prime 2: Echoes			
[Metroid Prime Trilogy]*
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Zelda: Twilight Princess	Zelda: Windwaker		Zelda: Ocarina of Time		Zelda: A Link to the Past
[New 3D Zelda]							Zelda: Majora's Mask

*Port with added features/content


It's interesting, isn't it? All this "Nintendo is catering to the casual gamers" talk. The reality is that the reason they're able to produce this many quality first-party titles is the fact that they made so much money from Wii Sports and Wii Fit. The casual gamers made this all possible. I, for one, am ripe to quit my bitching.

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happinessiseasy
Jun. 9th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
I'm actually surprised you don't have one yet. This holiday season it's due for a price drop. The shortage is no more (finally), so there's no reason not to at least drop it to $199.

Edited at 2009-06-09 02:39 am (UTC)
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