Basically I’m a Nintendo fan… I mean I love all computer games, but Nintendo has a special place in my heart just because they have been the creators of some of my favourite games, characters and stories that I’ve played. They’ve also come out with icons like Mario and Samus, dominated the handheld market and even helped keep Sega’s most popular character alive; Sonic. But even after all this, these past couple of years I’ve started to feel let down by them, and at the same time conflicted.
Nintendo changed. The Wii arose, claiming to be not only a games console, but a fitness device as well. pfft! They said it was branching out, engaging families, into the gaming ‘fun’, something for everyone to enjoy, again pfft! to me this was just tricking people who didn’t play computer games to buy a console, whilst at the same time letting down their original, true gamer fans. This all became obvious when the gimmick wore off and the parents stopped playing. All the games became really childish and people stopped jumping around their living rooms and started playing the Wii with one hand, sat on their sofa whilst having a sandwich in the other hand. Nintendo tried to redeem this by stating that the Wii U was reaching back out to the gamers and getting some better, more action packed titles, but even that is yet to be seen.
Right, now this is the part where I’m feeling conflicted. There is a game series that has been released on the last three consoles before the Wii U, it’s a game that I love dearly. This is, in my opinion, the greatest fighting game series of all time, Super Smash Bros! No other Nintendo game have I ever enjoyed more than this. For me and my friends this is not a game, it’s a sport.
For all those who don’t know, Smash Bros is a bright and colourful, hyperactive, four player beat ‘em up. where the roster consists of loads of different Nintendo characters, past and present, beating the hell out of each other, plus and the levels are based on places from the Nintendo world; Pokemon Stadium, Mushroom Kingdom etc.
Now as I said, I love this game, I play it religiously. I could talk for hours about this game. (If this were a review of that game it would be endless, but it’s not). It’s a look at Nintendo and the predicament they have put me in. I played Smash Bros on the N64 and loved it, I owned Smash Bros Melee on the GameCube and that truly got me hooked, THEN the Wii came out, saw this and was ashamed. I didn’t want anything to do with it. but then they announced a new Smash Bros and I couldn’t resist. I bought a Wii for the sole purpose of playing Smash Bros. and now the same thing has happened all over again. I saw the Wii U and I was, once more, ashamed, Nintendo had just created another gimmick machine, another novelty ready to get put on the shelf next to the Wii to gather dust. I swore off buying one again, until a couple of months ago…. when Nintendo revealed that they were making Smash Bros for the Wii U and 3DS. GODDAMMIT!!!!!
Written By Daniel Estephane