Originally Posted by Paradox me
How so? The types of games Nintendo makes hasn't changed much at all over the last 30 years and the quality of their software remains high. The majority of their core franchises continue to be represented faithfully alongside their original IP, experimentation with control schemes/less powerful hardware and expansion into previously unattended markets.
Nintendo has actually changed very little over the years, for better or worse.
For me, Nintendo is best when making new games of their famous franchises: Mario, Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Pocket Monsters, Mother, Great Melee Smash Bros, etc... If they can add new franchises that feel like Nintendo then that's cool with me, but I grew up playing those games. Even though I found more mature games like Half-Life, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo, and Biohazard, I never really outgrew Nintendo completely. I still find them very fun and they bring me back to my childhood.
Back in the day, the Famicom was a must have, not the Mark III. When the Super Famicom came out, again it was a must have, more so than the Mega Drive, though Sega had Sonic the Hedgehog and some others so I eventually bought one too. Even the Game Boy (line) was a must own, more so over the Game Gear. When the 3D systems came out, I bought a Nintendo 64, PlayStation, and Dreamcast in '97/'98/'99 (Saturn never was a big draw to me for some reason). Each system was a must have, along with the PC (which was new to me). This was the time when magazines like GamePro, Game Informer, Tips & Tricks, and Electronic Gaming Monthly were more respected than the internet for previews, reviews, information and opinions. Nintendo was just as important and respected as the other big three; I can't remember Nintendo being bigger in my eyes.
Then, the PlayStation 2 came out and it became the king of everything for me. Grant Theft Auto III, Twisted Metal: Black, Final Fantasy X, WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec and everything else, as well as being a CD/DVD player. My old systems died while my interest in Nintendo and Microsoft faded, and even with my 2001 Dell Gaming PC which I did not upgrade. This was just me, but Nintendo lost me somewhere. I never felt the urge to put my money on the Nintendo GameCube. The games seemed interesting, but not better than my PS2 games. Not even close. Not enough to spend money. With the recent systems, for the same reasons, I didn't buy a Wii. Instead, I needed a Blu-ray player. The PlayStation 3 has real cool games, so that is now the only console I own. Sony is simply the bad boy with the big guns that you follow and admire.
For me, that is why Nintendo was at their peak with the Nintendo 64.
Originally Posted by Spritanium
Nintendo needs to acknowledge the fact that I like playing video games alone in my bedroom while naked.
I think it's time for the world to acknowledge that some of us like playing video games while naked, even in public places like Arcades and LAN Parties. BUT Nintendo is a good start.
Originally Posted by Thingamajig
I also don't quite get Final Fantasy's appeal. Seems a bit too clamorous for my liking with stereotypical pretty characters with funky hairdo's.
Not sure about now, but play Final Fantasy IV through X. No games have made me feel emotions like that. Stories are just epic. Nobuo Uematsu definitely had a big contribution to those feelings. He is the voice in a game without voice acting.