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As I've said before, one of the things I was looking forward to seeing this E3 was how so-called "hardcore" fanboys will find even more ridiculous ways to dismiss anything Nintendo showcases because they're "too mature" to enjoy something all-age friendly.

Finally Nintendo comes right out and gives pretty much every hardcore gamer exactly what they want, and in return all they get is snarky blog posts, dismissive attitudes, and cries of "foul" if anything casual shows up on the screen. Am I the only one noticing this?

First, hardcore gamers seem to be completely blind when it comes to titles that interest them, instead choosing to bitch and moan about casual games that aren't for their demographic. Listen up, geniuses, if the Kinect and Move haven't opened your eyes up yet, casual gaming is now a viable market whether you like it or not. It's OK to have more than one demographic represented, especially when it's advertising for a brand new console.

Second, the one thing hardcore gamers DO seem to like is the new Pro-Controller which looks like a retooled black X-Box controller. What annoys me about that is it just goes to further highlight how stubborn and hostile to change "hardcore" gamers actually are. Here you have this fancy new tablet controller which can be used to display in-game maps and statistics, has 2 analogue buttons that can click, uses the camera to track your facial movements, can send messages, be drawn on, and streams in HD... and "hardcore" gamers are excited about the X-Box knockoff controller that can't do ANY of that and is an add-on peripheral. Does that add up?

Third, the attitude towards the games. "Oh, ANOTHER Mario game? Oh, Pikmin 3? Oh what's that? Batman Arkham Asylum on a Nintendo platform? Pffhh, that's like a year old now... Oh look, another minigame collection? Go figure, Nintendo." Ugh... Meanwhile everyone goes nuts for Microsoft unveiling Halo 4. Does anyone else see this weird attitude shift?

To me, this is an amazing feat by Nintendo. Not only do they have hardcore titles you don't expect to see on Nintendo systems (like Mass Effect 3, Batman, Darksiders 2, Assassins Creed 3, Aliens Colonial Marines, Ninja Gaiden 3, Tekken), but we're also getting key Nintendo Franchises (New Super Mario Bros U, Pikmin 3) good 3rd party support (Ubisoft, Rocksteady Studios, Square Enix, Bioware, Gearbox) and casual games (Lego City Undercover, Scribblenauts Unlimited, siNG, Wii Fit U) which amounts to quite a wide variety of titles that anyone can enjoy. And most of those will be available for launch too.

Yes I understand that many of those "hardcore" titles are ports of already established games, but that shouldn't matter right now. What should matter is that they're ON a friggin' Nintendo console to begin with. If you can get Mass Effect on a Nintendo machine, certainly you can expect other Bioware games to debut there as well, no? Same goes for Rocksteady and Gearbox. Even though these are ports, it shows that the support IS there and that these developers will be making games for the Wii-U. That's a GOOD thing, isn't it?

Finally, the tech specs. There have been rumors and complaints that if Nintendo doesn't comply by certain arbitrary tech specs, the system will fail (which is obviously bunk logic to begin with since the Wii succeeded with weaker tech specs than the Xbox and Ps3 but whatever), and now Nintendo has finally confirmed a lot of them. Yes the console will be in HD supporting 1080p, 1080i, 720p and so on. It will have internal flash memory which can be expanded via SD memory cards and USB hard disk drives (4 USB slots exist on the console). It will have Near Field Communication (NFC), a video camera, Bluetooth, rumble, speakers and microphones in the gamepad along with accelerometer and gyroscope features, and be compatible with all previous Wii controllers and games. It will be launching with an eShop built in already (something the 3DS lacked), and can stream Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video.

Even with all of that... "meh, it's just a Wii knockoff" according to many bloggers and video game journalists.

I dunno guys. I just don't get it. For me it seems like Nintendo has made the ultimate system to appease everyone. It's got the hardcore games and the power to play them. It's got the Pro Gamer controller for those immature "hardcore" gamers who can't be seen playing with the tablet. It's got the family friendly titles mom and dad will enjoy. It's got the core Nintendo franchises (and one in particular that hasn't been seen in 10 years). It's got online interactivity and social connectivity like no other console has outside the 360. It's got the also-rant apps and features you'd come to expect (and then some). And it looks very well designed and put together. Knowing Nintendo, too, it won't be plagued by red rings or startup errors the way the Ps3 and 360 did upon launch.

So...why do so many people seem to feel the need to go to such lengths to mock and dismiss it? The system is even going to be available in black. No more casual friendly white! What else does Nintendo have to do to please the "hardcore" gamers?
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waterdancer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
i think it has soemthing to do with the fact for so long nintendo has been kind of a "meh" franchise. not in a bad way, theyve always been reliable, but not exciting. 360 and ps3 have been exciting. now that nintendo is trying to step into that field, and have more cross platform diversity, people are still in that old mindset of "just nintendo" and arent quite seeing how awesome they are.

also, is it just me, or did journey seem like the kind of game nintendo would make?
Nahlee Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I agree! When I watched the Nintendo showing at E3 I was rather excited with everything which they were showing. Nintendo is a company that does not like to dissmiss any type of gamer, hence why so many people play the Wii. They focus more for the gamers and what they are looking for not just one type of player.
320master Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Photographer
nintendo got gaming the u.s
I support nintendo and as support to it I put olimar as my avatar for.the return of pikmin which has not.been seen for 8 years
ANG-Phoenix Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
The problem is that Nintendo has made allot of "enemies" among gamers, reviewers, and gaming journalists during the past generation due to their non-conformism
As time went on, people stopped caring about WHY they hate Nintendo, and just hate it for the sake of it
By this point, all these people want is to see Nintendo crash and burn no matter what

Thrust me, I've been around multiple fandoms long enough to notice this kind of attitude

As for my own opinions on the Wii-U, I like it, and I'd love to see it used to it's fullest potential (it IS supposed to be more powerful than the PS3 and 360, so let's put them all to shame!)
I however do hope that they'd be more indie friendly, seeing as that's Microsoft's biggest strength at the moment

On another note, something from the competition that made me grin
I'm not complaining, we all wanted to see this
Morggehan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the reason I hate nintendo is because where i live their first party games costs 70-80 USD even years after release. i am not even exaggarating.
ANG-Phoenix Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
alto shouldn't that be the fault of the store?
Morggehan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i guess it depends on the store, but i guess i should also blame Bergsala, the company that distributes nintendo's games in this country.
ANG-Phoenix Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
TrueOnion Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are, actually... Wii games cost 50 dollars. ALL OF THEM. The only exception is ones that come with a remote or something similar to that. As far as I know, no Nintendo game that was solely the game has gone for 70-80 USD. So if your going to hate on something, get your facts straight.
Morggehan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome to my country. here in sweden a game costs 70-80 USD when it's new. and Nintendo NEVER lowers their price on their games.
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