Nintendo Goes Bananas Part II

A while ago I made the following video…

Today I would like to follow it up with another video/article discussing a couple of very important issues relating to Nintendo. So let’s begin with the video. Here it is in all its glory.

What the video mentions is exactly what this article will look at in further detail. Last week it was revealed that Nintendo would not allow the fine folks who setup the EVO Fighting Game Championships to stream matches of Super Smash Bros. Melee. It goes deeper than that though. EVO organizer and co-founder Joey Cuellar said the following in a recent interview:

“They were not only trying to shut down the stream, they were trying to shut down the event, the smash portion of the event. It’s their IP, they can do what they want and they didn’t present us with any options to keep it open.”

We all know that Nintendo switched their stance on this almost immediately after the story went public, but I’ve got to ask a very simple question. What the hell was Nintendo thinking? Are they that blind to what EVO is and represents? The most ironic part of all is that the Smash portion of the EVO live-streams was the most successful the event has ever had with over 130,000 people live-streaming at one point. I believe it’s time we all stop protecting Nintendo and take a cold hard look at what the company is doing and why it’s time we give them a serious wake-up call.

Nintendo, we are not going to put up with your crap anymore! It’s time you learned we’re your biggest supporters and you NEED US! Take one look at the trailer Capcom put together for their just-announced Ultra Street Fighter IV.

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s called fan service. Nintendo should have embraced eSports years ago. Imagine where Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and Pokémon would be if Nintendo had officially sanctioned world championship events every year. I’m talking the full monty here, where they would stream the events on all their platforms, they would fly the top players to an arena where people could watch in person, etc. It boggles my mind that they don’t see the potential, even after events like EVO and the Pokémon championships. So I’ve got to ask, have they gone bananas?

The aforementioned Ultra Street Fighter IV isn’t coming out on the Wii U, and to be perfectly honest I understand why. The Wii U is about to crash and burn, and if things don’t drastically change in the coming months I don’t even want to know what will happen. Basically everything has come down to one game, if Super Mario 3D World can’t turn the sinking ship around, nothing will. Did I mention the game isn’t even online? Yeah, I know it’s pretty incredible since it’s getting released at the tail end of 2013, but hey, it’s Nintendo!

By embracing these community events Nintendo could change their fortunes almost overnight. It would show a renewed focus on community, something that Nintendo so desperately needs right now. While Miiverse is excellent, it’s just not enough. The problem is that it’s clear Nintendo has no idea what it’s doing right now. The corporate management is completely out of touch with the modern gamer. The very fact that Nintendo went after the EVO guys proves this. That’s nothing but free publicity. Then there’s the whole YouTube debacle where they were preventing people from making money off their “Let’s Play” videos, even on games decades old. Are you kidding me?!?! That’s completely and utterly unacceptable. At this point all the competition needs to do in order to completely crush Nintendo is sit by and let them keep doing their thing.

It’s time Nintendo wake up and realize games have changes, and so have the gamers that play them. We want to be connected to one another, we want to watch eSports, and we want to make videos about games we love. You should be embracing us, not throwing us to the curb! Ultimately Nintendo has to answer to their shareholders and if their financial situation continues to worsen you can bet changes will be made. The question is, will they be for the better?

So what say you about this subject?

4 thoughts on “Nintendo Goes Bananas Part II”

    1. It’s offline only because you wouldn’t know how to handle the awesomeness of an online mode. It would be like Chuck Norris, cheeseburgers and sex all rolled into one. You would slip into a deep depression as your life spiraled out of control because of your non-stop Mario playing. That’s the unreleased version I’m hearing from the PR people at least.

  1. I’ve always loved Nintendo and I absolutely love my 3DS and Wii U, but sometimes Nintendo feels like a stubborn old friend who you can’t win an argument against. I don’t see why they would be against having stuff have EVO, or allowing Let’s Play videos on YouTube. Gamer culture is becoming more of a remix culture, people love to celebrate all of these things they enjoy with videos, competition, guides, analysis, etc. Nintendo has been making some good strides by finally getting more games on the eShop for 3DS, like HarmoKnight, Sakura Samurai, Pushmo and Crashmo, etc. I do applaud Capcom for getting so involved in this scene though, they really reach out to these fans–they’ve had a presence at EVO each here and seem to have a great relationship with them. And I know most other Mega Man diehards would skewer me for this, but Capcom USA staff have been trying their damnedest in trying to please them. Without new games from CoJ, it’s hard to please them, but this is the best time ever for Mega Man merchandise by a mile–figures, collectibles, books, manga, comics, etc. Plus they’ve reached out for fan games like Street Fighter X Mega Man. I can’t name other big companies who decided to throw money and resources at a fan project like that.

    1. Yeah Tim I agree with what you say about Capcom. There’s only so much the North American branch can do, but what they’re doing is pretty damn sweet. As for this whole situation with Nintendo, seriously don’t know what they’re thinking.

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