A Letter to Nintendo

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Dear Nintendo:

As an advent fan of Nintendo, I write.

You were the first name in my head when it came to gaming. Mario was the new kid on the block with an addiction to mushrooms.

You are the originator. You set the trend and foot print for all these other companies to follow.

Nintendo, your video game characters are legendary and have become icons.

For a long time I used to think Link’s name was Zelda but, thanks to the help of others I now know who he is.

Somewhere down the line you lost focus, I think it was after the Wii systems success.  It was a big hit and offered a new way to play.

The thought of naming your next generation console after its predecessor and only adding a U to the name was not a good idea. Assuming that people would jump on board when they are not sure as to what the system is or what it could do was not either.

This has been addressed through advertising which will help in the long run.

Perhaps, if the system had a different name the outcome would have been different.

What strikes a chord with me personally is that your company continues to lack in features that should be standard. Features such as voice chat, video chat with more than one person, voice messaging, and a faster UI.

The Wii u has made strides with things such as MI verse. The Wii u has potential to grow over time but that is only if you will allow it.

A structured online system should have been in place from the start.

Onto the games, the Wii U is overdue its promised games, and you continue to spit them out at snail pace expecting people to hang on. Sure the Nintendo enthusiasts will cling for dear life but what about the rest of us?

I love Nintendo for what it was not what it is currently. I know that the games coming this year will knock our socks off but, the truth is they are long overdue.

I can literally count on my fingers the amount of apologies I have heard. Don’t be sorry, make progress, do better and for once listen to your fan base and maybe the nay Sayers as good criticism will only make you better.

Become the Nintendo we all know your capable of!

Sincerely,

A Nintendo Fan.  

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One Life to Live

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We have one life to live but the characters we play with in video games have many. How seriously do you take the life of these characters?

I have been playing Tomb Raider in which there have been many ways established for her to meet her demise.

Falling off cliffs, being impaled by metal objects and of course being shot by the ever present enemies are a few but do we cherish the lives of our digital brothers and sisters?  Do we take risky jumps and jarring leaps of faith? Yes, the character die I suppose you can always try again as it is only a game.

Do the characters have a say in the way we play with them? For example. If you’ve ever played one of the old Tomb Raider games, you can try to run into a door and if the door was locked Lara would say “No” and shake her head.

One of my most recent experiences was playing Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS.  I had such a difficult time trying to maneuver around the levels. I would fall into the background and fall off the platforms. Mario died so much on this game that I could hardly count. Not even the special suit that you get once you die a few times could stop him.

It was at that point that I realized that I would have to pass on playing Mario for  a little while, for he surely had changed much over the years. Well not him, but I.

I think the more challenging the game, the more life is lost.  What are your thoughts? Have you ever paid attention to how many life’s you have used during the course of a game? Be sure to like and follow.