Last year, Nintendo was looking a lot like a sinking ship, especially after the Wii U didn’t perform in sales quite as they’d expected. But FINALLY, for the first time in a long time, they’re profitable.
Let’s face it – Nintendo knows they weren’t (and still aren’t) known for the most updated graphics or best online multiplayer experiences. So they decided to pump out their next gen system before the competition. In theory, this should have worked like a charm. And sure, there are fantastic games for the Wii U but if you compare its library to that of the Wii you’ll see the problem.
The Wii was not only revolutionary but its game library was incredibly expansive. It included your typical multiplayer games like the obligatory MarioKart and Super Smash Bros. titles but they also had blockbusters like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario Galaxy. Fans like me are still waiting for a game on the Wii U to blow us away like those did. The Wii U should have been THE system to buy, but something went wrong.
And it’s still going wrong, if we want to get technical. The Wii U may be doing better, but without MarioKart8 and Super Smash Bros., the Wii U doesn’t have very many games worth your time. And you know me. I’m a HUGE Nintendo fan (probably the biggest fanboy ever). The Wii U just didn’t perform.
But MarioKart8 and Super Smash Bros. kept Nintendo alive, and along with the income from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they actually made money. And, good ol’ Nintendo, now that they are in the green they’re much more willing to take some risks again.
And that risk is a Nintendo-based amusement park. Seriously. You read that right.
I’m beyond excited. Sure, it’s still in the works but having something like this could permanently glue Nintendo in a monetary influx. And that’s good news for Nintendo fans because, as we know, when Nintendo has money they take risks. Usually those risks pay off and we get results like The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and Paper Mario and Earthbound and the Nintendo DS and the Wii and so on and so on. And an amusement park? The potential is just astounding.
When Nintendo breaks the mold, my wallet breaks. I buy everything. I don’t want to buy Sony products because they just do what works. Nintendo ties innovation into every aspect and who knows what will happen now. We will just have to wait and see.
I’ll start saving my money.
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