What makes a game "Cartoony"?

#1TheMisterManGuyPosted 2/22/2013 5:50:11 PM
When people call Nintendo games cartoony, I always questioned what counted as "cartoony". Take for example Viewtiful Joe. It's a weird cross between a comic book & a Japanese super hero show. It's also flashy, explosively colorful, & rarely takes itself seriously. But strangely enough, I don't see many people knocking the game for it's visual style. Whereas Nintendo is often criticised for most of their games supposedly looking like kids cartoons. Another example is Valkyria Chronicles, It's an amazing game, but I always get Advance Wars vibes playing it. At first glance, it's bright, it's candy-colored, it's in a cell shaded anime look, & is even presented in a story book fashion. But it's a game that involves war, death, & racism. But, like VJ, not many people seem too bash the games asthetic even though it looks like something you'd see on Cartoon Network after school back in the days of old Toonami along side Gundam & Sailor Moon. So Sega & Capcom get a free pass for having a lot of Cartoony looking games but Nintendo doesn't?
#2HungoverHero777Posted 2/22/2013 5:50:50 PM
Having color.
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#3Bahamut_10thPosted 2/22/2013 5:51:42 PM
Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper are definately cartoony.
And they're not Nintendo games.
#4SegavsCapcomPosted 2/22/2013 5:54:30 PM
It's Nintendo. For the Big N trolls will make exceptions.
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#5TheMisterManGuy(Topic Creator)Posted 2/22/2013 5:55:14 PM
Bahamut_10th posted...
Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper are definately cartoony.
And they're not Nintendo games.


Yeah, but I don't see a lot of people bashing their visual styles. It all goes back to my point, other developers can get away with making a lot of cartoony games, but Nintendo can't?
#6xChaosLordxPosted 2/22/2013 5:56:15 PM
Cell shaded style graphics look "cartoony", etc Dragon Quest 8. WoW looks cartoony.
#7Bahamut_10thPosted 2/22/2013 5:57:11 PM
TheMisterManGuy posted...
Bahamut_10th posted...
Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper are definately cartoony.
And they're not Nintendo games.


Yeah, but I don't see a lot of people bashing their visual styles. It all goes back to my point, other developers can get away with making a lot of cartoony games, but Nintendo can't?


Why do people pick up on Nintendo's 'cartoony' games?

I dunno. For the same reason they've been criticizing the company for any slippery but let Sony get away with it..
#8LUlGIPosted 2/22/2013 5:57:15 PM
idk colorful and looks like it could be an actual cartoon.

Which most of Nintendo's main franchises have had before. >_>
#9Bahamut_10thPosted 2/22/2013 5:58:15 PM
So anything that isn't brown and grey = cartoony?

Cool.
#10vash520Posted 2/22/2013 6:00:42 PM
If it doesn't puke blood or strangle itself with its own intestines it's cartoony.
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