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#465 A Response to “Should Nintendo Launch New Franchises Soon?”

The good people over at Gamemoir has asked a question about Nintendo and their Intellectual Property, wondering if the gaming company should make a new franchise to make them better appeal to a new generation of gamers who are hungry for a new batch of iconic characters. You can read to post in question HERE.

A day may come when I will stop blogging about Nintendo, but it is not this day.

A day may come when I will stop writing about Nintendo, but it is not this day.

To cut right to the point I highly doubt that Zelda, Mario or any other Nintendo properties will go stale anytime soon, whether it be this, the next generation or beyond that.

Nintendo has been very good at keeping these characters timeless with every installment of the game series, Most main series Mario platform games takes place in a modern age kingdom with no hint of modern technology from the real world. We see with the Zelda series the game’s most common setting is a fantasy medieval kingdom setting, with the common way of fighting was with swords, bows, and magic instead of guns and grenades.

Even with the two Gamecube oddities of  Super Mario Sunshine and Zelda Wind Waker, that  moved away from the traditional game setting, Nintendo made sure that both games to never introduce social or technological influences from the real world into their games that would allow them to be dated in anyway.

And I serectly allowed Nintendo to keep their characters purposely blank in character personality to allow everyone to imagine themselves as either the Hero of time or a Space Bounty Hunter

And Nintendo keeps their characters purposely blank in the personality department to allow everyone to imagine themselves as either the Hero of time or a Space Bounty Hunter

The funny thing is Nintendo is has been busy making new game franchises beyond the staple Mario/Zelda/Pokemon marketing triforce. In the N64 days we were given the first Super Smash bros game, with the Gamecube we witnessed the birth of the Animal Crossing series. The Wii console saw Nintendo’s big push of their Mii franchise with all of the games that incorporated your cartoonist avatar (List), and most recently we have seen the possible creation of the new Wii U franchise, Splatoon.

It is far too early to predict what is the future of this game.

It is far too early to predict what is the future of this game.

Even if Nintendo stopped creating new Intellectual Properties I would still believe that Nintendo’s classic characters would last for years to come, because Nintendo has almost cornered the market with local co-op games. With the recent Mario platformer games that allowed multiple players to play the game at the same time and it is obvious that all of the Mario Kart, Mario Party, and Super Smash games that were specifically designed to be played with multiple players in one room.

We saw this game play design work into the the 3DS, with the ability to connect to the internet the handheld constantly rewards you for running into 3DS gamers with the use of the Streetpass worked into most of their game.

We saw this game play design work into the the 3DS, with the ability to connect to the internet the handheld constantly rewards you for running into 3DS gamers with the use of the Streetpass worked into most of their game.

If Nintendo stay to course and continue to create quality games that allows a living room full of people to have fun at the same time, those experiences will be memorable to the young and old gamers alike and in turn those characters they played as will be an iconic part of their childhood, which creates a wonderful cycle of nostalgia for every new generation. We most of us picked up Super Mario 64 I doubt any of us were worried about how this was the same character that our parents played back in his debuted in 1985 on the NES.

It is the same reason why Superman, Batman and Spider-man are still considered iconic characters in the comic book world dispute the fact that the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader all of them are pushing 75 and the Manhattan Webhead just celebrated his 50th anniversary.  None of those characters would be remembered or iconic if they did not have their company constantly push out quality stories in comic books, live action movies, or Saturday morning cartoons for a our parent’s and our entertainment.

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These fictional characters are older than most parents and some grandparents. 


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#333 A Response to SUPERHEROES DESERVE MORE THAN ARCADE FIGHTING GAMES

Yesterday I was reading an interesting article on Gamemoir about the go to genre of action fighters when it comes to licensing  caped superhero games. It was a good read, and I suggest that you read it over before continuing with my blog post. My only comment is that I think the author missed the point on what Injustice was meant to be. NetherRealm Studios didn’t want to make a Superhero game but instead a fighting game with Superheroes.

My only comment is that I think the author missed the point on what Injustice was meant to be, I think NetherRealm Studios didn't want to make a Superhero game, but instead of a fighting game with Superheroes.

To answer the author’s desire to play a video game that recreates a world where it is perfectly normal for people to fly in tights. I would suggest Activision’s Amazing Spider-man game (for the sandbox) or one of Marvel’s or DC’s F2P MMOs

But it did bring up an interesting topic about the caped superheroes games focusing a bit too much on the action in videogames. I touched on this a bit when I asked where is a good Doctor Who game (Be MOP #302) but how could anyone pull it off?

Ignoring the fact that most superheroes comic books are based in and spawned from action, how can you create any other non-action based gameplay with them? Recent Spider-man games has a good way simulating the feel of web-slinging and the Arkham series perfectly captures Batman’s gliding and gadgets but what about the heroes with more interesting and extensive move sets?

The timelord only known as The Doctor is all about being the smartest person in the room and then uses his brilliance to get himself, his friends, or even an entire planet out of peril at the last possible minute. How can you properly show that in a game, playing as the Doctor, without dumbing down the conflict or the brilliant solution at the end of the episode.

Who would have thought to use a gold foil (a weakness that was revealed in 1975 broadcast) to foil the Cyberman's plans this the most recent season

Who  else would have thought to use a gold foil (a weakness that was revealed in 1975 broadcast) to foil the Cybermen’s plans besides the Doctor himself?

 

Could a game developer make an interesting DareDevil game where it’s one part action beat them up -making sure that the thugs and crimelords ends up in police custody- and one part playing as the prosecutor making an iron clad case making sure these bad guys get sent to prison.

Maybe there could be the courtroom challenge of making an argument for their crime while not using evidence that would place this New York Lawyer at scene of the crime.

That is game pitch completely ignoring that fact that DD is blind.

That is game pitch completely ignoring that fact that DareDevil’s defining characteristic is that he is blind.

 

I mentioned on my blog before but the closest thing we have to a proper green lantern game, with the ability to create any energy constructs you desire was the Scribblenauts series.  Even Scribblenauts Unmasked lets you unlock a Green lantern outfit that automatically gives you fight and the ability to shoot green lasers from the ring

 I'm pretty sure they added this cut-scene on OA because those two are almost identical.

I’m pretty sure they added this cut-scene on OA because Maxwell and Hal Jordan are almost identical power.

 

The bigger question is how could anyone even being to start making a balanced game that lets the players have all of Superman’s powers off the bat.

Batman had the plot convenience of having the newest gadgets flown in when needed.....maybe we scrap the could make a Kal -El flying simulation game.

Batman had the plot convenience of having the newest gadgets flown in when needed…..maybe we scrap idea of Superman fighting Lex Luthor and Doomsday and just make a Kal -El flying simulation game.

 

I am not saying that a good game starring The Doctor, Daredevil, or a properly balanced Superman is impossible but I think in order to make it work we need a ground breaking team, like what Rocksteady Studios did for Batman.

 

PS: To anyone that makes a good Superman videogame there is a Nobel Praise waiting for you.

 


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#302 Where is our Doctor Who game?

In the next few days a Doctor Who special called, The Day of the Doctor, will be aired on BBC. This episode is especially important because this episode will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the pilot episode that was first released in 1963.

Still a big fan of the series, enough to dedicate a week worth of blog posts to it way back in the day.

Still a big fan of the series, enough to dedicate a week worth of blog posts to it way back in the day.

 

With this event it seems the important question now ask is Where is our Doctor Who game? This question popped into my mind when I read the announcement that the BBC has cancelled their established Doctor Who game trilogy for the consoles.

But the Doctor Who show is no the only long running title to  had the problems launching good games. Both Superman and the Power Ranger series have not been known for releasing quality game titles over the years.

...lest we forget

…lest we forget

 

After looking at the success of Batman, Star Wars, and The Walking Dead games I do wonder why these three well established series, with plenty of original source material, have not created games that hits it out of the park.

We have seen the Doctor, Kal El, and the team of teenagers with attitude  bring in successful in the other forms of entertainment. Each have appeared in plenty of books, movies, comicbooks, radio dramas, and even musicals with more success than their licensed videogames.

It is not the videogame industry does not of the inability to mimic superpowers and amazing stunts depicted in the stories like they did back in the 8 bit era.  I felt closer to playing as the Green Lantern, conjuring an infinite amount creations of  in Scribblenauts than I did playing the Green Lantern movie tie in from a few years ago.

 

It looks like Nintendo created a better Power Rangers game than either Disney or Saban ever did

It looks like Nintendo created a better Power Rangers game than either Disney or Saban ever did

I have to wonder what is stopping the video-game genres from making these games, we no longer have the technological barrier that the gaming industry faced in its infancy and with the proper script the games can convincingly address the issue on why the protagonist just does not overpower the enemies within in first act.

What do you think, what do you think is stopping a proper Superman/Doctor Who/Power Ranger games from making a hit game? and what TV or comicbooks series are you hoping to see on the PC or console?


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