huckleberrypie wrote:They are basically drinking way too much sake. Especially Miyamoto who allegedly made enemies out of third party developers. One ex-Nintendo employee feared that this could lead Nintendo to the same misfortune as Sega or Atari, restructuring to a mere shadow of itself.
Valve made a name for itself by encouraging fan works, even those that go up and beyond what they themselves have even envisioned like the Black Mesa fan remake. With Nintendo's logic, it would fall victim to their draconian witchhunts, but Valve knows how to relate to their fans and as such, the project was given a green light. A similarly backwards way of thinking was done by Mattel with American Girl as of late - boneheaded decisions like permanently-stitched undies and cheaper build quality basically earned them the ire of the community, and they had the nerve to talk down to them as if they were right.
As much as I care about American Girl dolls (I don't, sorry), you're right. They don't really get along well with third parties, do they? I mean, sure, Nintendo has third party developers up the wazoo for the 3DS, but the Wii U is a ghost town, pretty much relying on Nintendo's (admittedly amazing) first-party games to keep the system afloat until there was so little support that they had to just let it sink. Granted, the Wii U having less horsepower than the PS4 or Xbox One dug the Wii U's grave before it even launched, but I'm sure that if Nintendo was nicer to developers, they could have seen less graphically demanding titles being ported to the Wii U. Instead, they fuck themselves over and end up with a console that tried, and failed, to be successful. And even the Switch looks like it could fall into the same pit. I mean sure, the concept is great- Triple-A console games, with you wherever you go- but I haven't exactly seen developers announcing games for this. I mean sure, there was that big developers conference back in January, where they announced games like FIFA and Skyrim, and gave us a big list of developers, but the Wii U got stuff like that at launch before people realized it was doomed- Call of Duty, Madden and FIFA, and even a Deus Ex game. And then what? Nothing. The fact that there's developers at the beginning of a console's lifespan doesn't mean they're sticking around until the end. Who knows, maybe they will, but history has proven time and again that whoever has the most powerful console is king. And Nintendo's the kid in the corner who's innovating, but not getting more powerful. The fact that the Switch isn't much more powerful than the Wii U doesn't help in the slightest. And I'm worried that Nintendo's outlook on developers is keeping developers from announcing games that WOULD run on Switch. About an hour ago I saw a trailer for a game called "The Disney Afternoon Collection", which is a collection of classic Disney NES games like DuckTales and Rescue Rangers. They announced versions for everything except Switch- which baffles me since not only would it be PERFECT for Switch, Disney has made several 3DS and Wii U games in the past. Are they abandoning Nintendo? Don't ask me, but I'm worried here. Despite its flaws, I'll never stop loving Nintendo, and I don't want them to go away anytime soon.