When will Nintendo Grow Up?

#1LagPianistPosted 11/16/2013 1:22:45 PM
This Miiverse scandal has really pushed me off the edge. Nintendo has just further solidified its already bad reputation for being kid-panderers.

What gets me pissed off the most is that these developers over at Nintendo are so talented. Too talented, in fact, to have their efforts served with a side of stone-age level functionality. I'm not talking about graphics, that's far from the problem.

The problem is that Nintendo has not yet conceived that gaming has become a social thing. Gamers are no longer the high school nerds or the 21 year old dropouts living in their basements like it was in the 80s. Gamers are a growing demographic. In my high school I have 7 friends who are gamers and not only gamers but, like myself, primarily Nintendo gamers. In a perfect world, I could ask them their NNID, friend them on my 3DS and battle them in Pokemon, race them in Mario Kart, or ask them for a hint in a dungeon of a Link Between Worlds via messaging.

Single player experiences are still the best way to enjoy games and always will be. But that doesn't mean thay can't still be enjoyed socially. A Link Between Worlds does not have a multiplayer mode, but I could totally ask a friend for help or share my stories with others. Communication will always be a big part of gaming and I am extremely upset that Nintendo has chosen to ignore it. Pictochat was a great idea that was held back by the limitations of the DS. With spotpass and streetpass available on 3DS it could have been much more.

I will still stay with Nintendo this gen. Vita, PS4, iOS, Android, Xbox, none of these have games I want. But all of the systems mentioned have something that the 3DS (and Wii U to an extent) lack; which is a robust social online community. As a gamer I am tired of being treated like an 8 year old, and I am tired of Nintendo acting like a gaming company would have eight years ago.

Nintendo has entertained me with all of its incredible games this year, but as we draw closer to the next gen, there are childish habits Nintendo seems to be clinging to, and now is the time to put away childish things.
#2Baha05Posted 11/16/2013 1:26:38 PM
When will people like you grow up and realize that maybe things take TIME to fix?
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#3MCcakePosted 11/16/2013 1:26:53 PM
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#4DDCecilPosted 11/16/2013 1:29:23 PM
LagPianist posted...
Gamers are no longer the high school nerds or the 21 year old dropouts living in their basements like it was in the 80s.


Yeah, because everyone playing the Atari 2600 or NES back then fits into these 2 types.
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#5terrancejonesPosted 11/16/2013 1:30:04 PM
Seriously, if this is such an issue, write to them, and actually let THEM know that this is something you want resolved. Take their surveys and show them interest in this subject, like the fans who wanted EarthBound!

When it comes to consumer feedback, people are far more likely to complain about issues, than actually taking the time to send the actual feedback to get things changed...
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#6LagPianist(Topic Creator)Posted 11/16/2013 1:30:17 PM
Baha05 posted...
When will people like you grow up and realize that maybe things take TIME to fix?


Nintendo's not fixing anything here, they're intentionally downgrading a service. Baby steps won't cut it anymore, they've had 8 years to take baby steps and late 2013 is the time when we should have a fully fledged online community. Miiverse could have been that and could still be that, but Nintendo has to wake up.
#7danielfromhoodPosted 11/16/2013 1:32:59 PM
LagPianist posted...
This Miiverse scandal has really pushed me off the edge. Nintendo has just further solidified its already bad reputation for being kid-panderers.

What gets me pissed off the most is that these developers over at Nintendo are so talented. Too talented, in fact, to have their efforts served with a side of stone-age level functionality. I'm not talking about graphics, that's far from the problem.

The problem is that Nintendo has not yet conceived that gaming has become a social thing. Gamers are no longer the high school nerds or the 21 year old dropouts living in their basements like it was in the 80s. Gamers are a growing demographic. In my high school I have 7 friends who are gamers and not only gamers but, like myself, primarily Nintendo gamers. In a perfect world, I could ask them their NNID, friend them on my 3DS and battle them in Pokemon, race them in Mario Kart, or ask them for a hint in a dungeon of a Link Between Worlds via messaging.

Single player experiences are still the best way to enjoy games and always will be. But that doesn't mean thay can't still be enjoyed socially. A Link Between Worlds does not have a multiplayer mode, but I could totally ask a friend for help or share my stories with others. Communication will always be a big part of gaming and I am extremely upset that Nintendo has chosen to ignore it. Pictochat was a great idea that was held back by the limitations of the DS. With spotpass and streetpass available on 3DS it could have been much more.

I will still stay with Nintendo this gen. Vita, PS4, iOS, Android, Xbox, none of these have games I want. But all of the systems mentioned have something that the 3DS (and Wii U to an extent) lack; which is a robust social online community. As a gamer I am tired of being treated like an 8 year old, and I am tired of Nintendo acting like a gaming company would have eight years ago.

Nintendo has entertained me with all of its incredible games this year, but as we draw closer to the next gen, there are childish habits Nintendo seems to be clinging to, and now is the time to put away childish things.


lol iOS and Android
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#8emeraldfox_09Posted 11/16/2013 1:34:10 PM
Imma talk about your third slab of text.


If you have seven friends in your high school, can't you just talk to them in person or text them and ask if they wanna throw down in Mario Kart 7? Just wondering.
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#9LagPianist(Topic Creator)Posted 11/16/2013 1:35:14 PM
terrancejones posted...
Seriously, if this is such an issue, write to them, and actually let THEM know that this is something you want resolved. Take their surveys and show them interest in this subject, like the fans who wanted EarthBound!

When it comes to consumer feedback, people are far more likely to complain about issues, than actually taking the time to send the actual feedback to get things changed...


I have, and I'm not the only one either. Nintendo just seems to be ignoring us. Youtube and Miiverse were steps in the right directing, removing friend requests and messaging was seventeen quadrillion steps back. That is an absolute holocaust for a system claiming to be current gen.
#10Baha05Posted 11/16/2013 1:36:00 PM
LagPianist posted...
Nintendo's not fixing anything here, they're intentionally downgrading a service. Baby steps won't cut it anymore, they've had 8 years to take baby steps and late 2013 is the time when we should have a fully fledged online community. Miiverse could have been that and could still be that, but Nintendo has to wake up.


Except they have been fixing things, sure baby steps don't cut it but all the online services from Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo are all different and unique. It takes time to make a unique product, more to fine tune it.
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