A while ago I made the following video…
“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.
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?