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A large portion of Nintendo’s problems are actually caused by Nintendo “fans”.

If there is one thing this whole Xbox One saga has proved to us, it’s that gamers undeniably have a voice and a certain extent of power over the companies and publishers. But let’s sit here and imagine what would have happened if gamers all-around were apologetic toward Microsoft and threw excuse after excuse to try to justify their used games and DRM policies – that disaster of a console called Xbox One would have launched and dealt a huge blow to gaming as we know it. And even worse, what if the system was widely successful? Next generation would have been an absolute nightmare with Sony joining in on the DRM and anti-used-game craze and even tighter restrictions would have been placed on gamers. Why? Because Sony and Microsoft would know that they could get away with it all.

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We REALLY dodged a bullet here, people.

Which brings me to the topic matter at-hand; Nintendo “fans” refuse to let Nintendo know when they are doing something wrong.

Tell me, what happens if a child who is misbehaving is never punished nor addressed when he or she misbehaves? The child will continue to act like a little devil, of course. The same applies to these console manufacturers and publsihers. How could Nintendo possibly fix any problems if all the mishaps they commit are swept under the rug by their supporters? They can’t, because they wouldn’t know any better.

If you are one these said-people, news flash: You are not a Nintendo “fan”, you are an elitists or more accurately, an apologists.

For those who may not understand exactly what I am talking about, this article was sparked by me eye-witnessing Nintendo elitists stating that the fact that Super Mario World 3D has no online multiplayer is OK. But it is not. Think about it people, a co-op game who’s main focus point is multiplayer,  in the year 2013, has no online. Why has Nintendo once again excluded an online multiplayer option from one of their game releases that just seems so perfect for online co-op? Because in the past, not enough people spoke out on it.

  • New Super Mario Bros Wii – not enough people complained.
  • Wii Sports Resort – not enough people complained.
  • Nintendo Land – not enough people complained.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U – not enough people complained.
#Super Mario World 2

Think about it, can I play this game with any of you? No.

And not enough people are complaining now. Nintendo got away with four games (two of them being quite recent) that should have included online but didn’t. And now Super Mario 3D World doesn’t include it either. And why should it, right? Nobody complained about the past titles excluding an online-co-op feature, so obviously everybody’s happy and Nintendo can continue going on their marry way not including each and every feature they’re too lazy to implement, right? No, not right. If us Nintendo gamers (yes us, I am a Nintendo fan myself) spoke out on all of these occasions in the past, Nintendo would have heard us, and I guarantee you this game would have had online.

Now Nintendo has a “reason” behind doing this, and they actually came out and explained why 3D World does not have online co-op, and it’s the exact some excuse they used for the New Super Mario Bros. games and even Starfox 3D: “We prefer local multiplayer over online multiplayer.”

But wait, what kind of reasoning is that? I understand preferring local over online, what’s better than sitting down on the same couch with your friends beating the living hell out of eachother in whatever game? In-matter-of-fact, I’m sure 99% of all gamers out there would actually agree with Nintendo that local multiplayer is much better than online. Nothing can ever emulate the experience of being in-person with the fellow gamers you are enjoying a game with. But how, oh how  does the inclusion of online somehow prevent or hamper local multiplayer? It doesn’t. You’re reasoning is not making much sense, Nintendo. Why can these games not have both? Nintendo acts as if they have to choose between online or local, as if there can only be one. Mario Kart Wii had online, did it not? Now did that somehow hamper or hold back the local experience? No.  Again, I understand that Nintendo likes to build their multiplayer experiences around local multiplayer and prefer gamers to play in the same room together, but an online option does not prevent that from happening. Not in any way or sense possible.

This is 2013 Nintendo. A lot of your fans have grown-up and are older. We’re in college, most of us have jobs, and some of us are married with a wife and kid(s). We don’t have the luxury or traveling to a friend’s house to play a game with him/her. A lot of us don’t have the time. A lot of us live some states away from the people we would like to play these games with. So how in the world are we supposed to do this? We’re not going to buy plane tickets to play Super Mario 3D World with our friends, we shouldn’t have to do that, not in 2013, and especially not when you finally have a competent online network service, Nintendo.

At the end of the day Nintendo supporters, I get it; Nintendo is the brunt of most of the bashing that happens today. A lot of the time the Nintendo hate is excessive, or completely unwarranted. It’s cool to hate on Nintendo even. But don’t let that prevent you from speaking out against them when they need to be told something. Realize, that a lot of the things people bash Nintendo for could be fixed if only their supporters speak up when they feel the company is doing something wrong.

A real fan will criticize their favorite company, give constructive criticism. If you continue to make excuse after excuse, you are not a real Nintendo fan, because Nintendo fans are always for a better Nintendo. What you people really are, are sheep, apologists. Gamers who think that everything their favorite company does it OK, and just because they’re doing it.

It’s time to wake up, and it’s time to speak-out.

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33 Responses so far.

  1. NavonWise says:

    That’s right, people need to stop worshiping these companies. I am a Nintendo fan as well, and though I have not been in the gaming scene for quite a while, I do see that Nintendo does have some problems. If there are no demands, how are they suppose to know what to give us? But maybe most Nintendo fans are like this, maybe they really don’t give a damn about online, etc. I myself am one of them; I can’t say I’m against online because I enjoy it, but I can only speak for my self. At the end of the day, everything that was said in this article is the truth, not everyone has the luxury of the time and money to travel all the time just to play with your friends at home. I personally prefer local multiplayer, but still understand that it needs online multiplayer.

  2. Kikura says:

    Im sorry but why are we entitled to online fucking co op? Like really, complaining over that shit? Look its our job to let Nintendo know what we want but if they start appealing to peoples whims they’ll turn into shit. They do some off base shit but for the most part they kerp moving forward. How about we tell them to end region locking let them get this year over with, get their third party games in and out the door then address any RELEVANT issues that remain. Because in the end all of you are fucking impatient, making premature decisions or a apologist drone.

  3. NitroUltra says:

    great article. keep it nxt gen

  4. TCompton301 says:

    I must agree that the majority of Nintendo’s fan-base just sits idly by as Nintendo does the same things. I too have been guilty of such things as a primarily Nintendo gamer. While I love the fact that they aren’t just following suit, there has to be some sort of compromise in order for them to stay relevant. While I don’t particularly care for online play, there are a dozen more that do. Nintendo also needs new IPs. I’m sorry, but Mario needs to take a well deserved vacation. I personally would never buy a Sony or MS console simply because their 1st party titles don’t interest me, yet I respect the advances they make to an extent. Of course Nintendo is widely known as a toy company, which is fine, but they must acknowledge that their core audience has grown up. The older Nintendo gamer wants something new that speaks to their maturity and Nintendo has more than enough talented designers and developers to make those games. Problem is, even while complaining we allow Nintendo to still do what they do without demanding change. If change doesn’t happen then Nintendo may become as irrelevant as the mainstream game media pot rays them.

  5. miserablesecret says:

    Online multiplayer is not comparable to couch multiplayer. You can’t watch someone’s reactions to what you do in-game, you can’t carry a conversation with them, you have to deal with network issues (latency, ping, etc), and so on. The network issues alone are reason to stay away from online multiplayer. Even good connections are prone to it because networks *always* have latency. Compared to couch multiplayer, it’s slow and complicated.

    But go on thinking people are apologists. Do some research on what it takes to make a game work online and come back. Then ask yourself what’s so fun about online MP. Personally I stay away from it because it’s not as enjoyable.

  6. PMPrime says:

    Did I just wander into IGN? No? Could have fooled me Shokio…this article is HEAVILY lopsided.
    You don’t go into the reasons why Nintendo would do this or see it from their perspective and if you do, you quickly glance over it.
    You also compare Nintendo to a child that has to be scolded when they’re not the one’s who need a pacifier or a nipple to suckle from.
    Games are supposed to be fun…does a lack of online completely take it away? No it doesn’t…would it have added fun? Most likely…but that’s a double edged sword as well that I won’t get into.
    It seems to me that people like to complain more than they like to have fun these days. The sense of entitlement in this community is mind boggling.
    Vote with your wallets if you don’t like it.
    Who’s worse…the “fake” fans who try to see the positive in everything or the ones who complain and STILL go out and buy the games?

    • There’s a difference in trying to see the positive in things and then making excuses for strange decisions or saying every choice they make is ok. I mean really, is there not a SINGLE thing you don’t like about Nintendo?

      Not having online takes away from the full potential of the game, what it COULD’VE been. Yes the exclusion doesn’t necessarily make is less fun, but wouldn’t it make it MORE fun?

      Why not be for something that would IMPROVE a game? Why be resistant to what would be a GOOD thing?

      Tell me Tony, will you be able to play 3D World with KFD, Shooter, and ECC? No. Now doesn’t that absolutely SUCK?

  7. HypocritesRROD says:

    Wow! This post/article confirms it. This website is not a place to go for Nintendo fans. They are hostile and attacking Nintendo fans. No matter what all wesites do, no one can convince us to buy that crappy Xbox Done… RROD.

    • NavonWise says:

      …this is a joke right? You do realize the one who wrote this article is a Nintendo fan right? Criticizing a company does not mean you’re attacking them, well, maybe but the point is, you’re doing it with good intentions. Because you are a fan, you want them to improve. How is this article trying to convince you to buy an XBox One anyway? Lol this is hilarious!

    • TCompton301 says:

      There isn’t really an attack here. I see it as concern for a beloved company. I can guarantee that this site isn’t biased against Nintendo, because if it was I would want no part of it.

  8. MartinB105 says:

    Nintendo probably don’t want to incur the additional expense of running and maintaining servers. Nintendo make great games, but in the end, Nintendo are all about maximizing profit, and servers are a recurring expense. This is also why a game like New Super Mario Bros. U is still priced at £40, making it one of the most expensive console games to buy today (not counting special editions) despite being over six months old, whilst most games from other publishers get price dropped within a couple months.

    Hell, even The Last Of Us is priced lower than NSMBU and that only released last week. Just look at the difference in production values between these two games and then tell me with a straight face that £40 is a justifiable price for a 2D platformer with mostly recycled engine and assets. You’d think Nintendo try to turn things around with the dire sales of the Wii U, but apparently they’re too stubborn.

    Unfortunately, as long as people keep buying Nintendo’s games, nothing is going to change.

  9. Aiddon says:

    So you end the article by basically insulting people, calling them sheep, thus negating any chance you have of being taken seriously. Classy.

  10. Matthew Wesley says:

    Mario games multiplayer is meant to be played locally. Online damages the familiarity of sitting on a couch with a friend/friends and playing multiplayer. If you can’t get a friend on your couch to play… maybe you should go out and make some friends.

  11. I’m one of the people who always try to voice out against the things Nintendo has done wrong and when I do, the Nintendo apologists attack me and label me a “troll” for speaking my harsh truthful opinion. Its total b.s.

    • SortingHat says:

      You must be a………….*gasp* Sega fan! Remember Sega does what nintendon’t! 🙂

      God I hate apologists much like the Oh Bummer Apologists.

  12. Chris says:

    It sucks that Mario does not have Online Multiplayer, or that it’s at minimum not announced.. or even that NIntendo has some idea that families don’t want to play online games (although yet they keep online in MK)…

    But for me, not having online is not even close to a deal breaker. I’d really, really love online in 3D World, it seems like it should have been a no brainer, but the game just looks too good to me, TOO GOOD to pass up in some kind of protest, or buy used. Make a petition and I’ll sign it, but that’s as far as I’ll go. It’s not apologist, it’s just different priorities from you.

    To me it feels like passing up on buying a Porsche I’d want and can afford because it’s not an electric vehicle. I wish the Porsche was an electric vehicle, but it’s not going to stop me from buying that car.

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  15. SortingHat says:

    Coming soon to Nintendo Wii U. Super Mario Plumber! Mario has to go around and fix broken pipes all over the Mushroom Kingdom and if you do it all right and get a 75 percent score or higher you get NYC Mario’s home town!

    But first you need a plumbing amiibo kit! And a toilet amiibo so mario can fix toilets! It’s ultra realistic! Who cares about the graphics?

    Why it even has an amiibo amiibo! Were not sure what it does but hey use it as a door stopper! We will not be undersold!

    Coming for Wii U 2017 for a low price of 49,99$ not including amiibos except the plumbing starter kit.

  16. SortingHat says:

    Nintendo Apologists reminds me of the 1970s depression where people sided with Carter and wondered why the depression kept dragging on and on until Reagan was sort of able to stop it and businesses boomed up thru the 90s.

    Oregon our state had it’s best boom in the 80s/90s with a second peak in the early 00s.

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