I know that many people love Nintendo the way that they are, but I am here to show undeniable proof why living in the past is a problem. Sure, people love Mario, Donkey Kong, Samus, Kirby, and the rest, but Nintendo really should move on to biggger and better things without revisiting the same ideas over and over. Tired and true is becoming just plain tired and maybe not that true at all.
I'll show you the dangerous ground that Nintendo is treading on by taking a closer look at the years in which Nintendo is reliving with this year's E3 announcements:
1928. Nintendo is taking us back to this year by showing off Epic Mickey. How? This is when Steamboat Willie was released and it is celebrated as the birth of Mickey Mouse. Unfortunately, also that same year on July 6th, the largest hailstone ever found fell out of the sky onto Potter, Nebraska. It was seven inches around and weighed 1.5 pounds. I don't know what that converts to in metric for people that aren't familiar with measurements in standard, but that's enough to crack you head open violently if it descended from the heavens. Is this the sort of thing that Nintendo should be reliving?
1981 is the year that Mario and Donkey Kong first appeared in Donkey Kong and both have new games coming. Also, on August 1st of that year, MTV debuted. It singlehandedly destroyed music and started reality television later on in it's existence with The Real World. To hell with you MTV. Not even Men Without Hat's The Safety Dance can justify your existence.
1986 is the year that the Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Kid Icarus all came into the gaming world and have new games releasing. I know what you're thinking. How could someone possibly not want to relive that? Unfortunately, on April 21st, Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone's secret vault live on The Mysteries of Al Capone's Vault. The show was hyped up for what seemed to be fifteen years straight. All that was found was a bottle of moonshine. Rumor has it that it was actually set down by one of Geraldo's camera operators.
1992 is the year that we all first met Kirby, the star of the upcoming Kirby's Big Yarn. On November 27th, Brett Favre made his first start for the Green Bay Packers. I have never been right in the head since that day. I am a Chicago Bears fan, after all.
1997 is the year that the game GoldenEye 007 hit store shelves and now we are being treated to a new one. On December 19th of this year, Titanic was released. Need I say more?
Another huge concern I have with Nintendo living in the past is the announcement of the 3DS.
"But Mr. 316, the 3DS is the future," I hear some of you saying.
Not so fast. It's the past...
The popularity of 3D stems from 3D movies. The first film of it's kind hit theaters in 1922 and was named The Power of Love. That's pretty far in the past, isn't it? It didn't really catch on and was extremely rare up until the Golden Age of 3D which was 1952-1955. Some of the features made from that time included Creature From the Black Lagoon, House Of Wax, It Came From Outer Space, House On Haunted Hill, and the legendary Robot Monster. The 60's through 80's had a bit of a revival with classics such as Amityville 3-D, Friday the 13th Part 3, Jaws 3-D, and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone. In 1985 IMAX came into existence, and there have been several forms of 3D since then. The rest, as we say, is history. Now it's extremely difficult to see a blockbuster movie that doesn't have showings in 3D. Roger Ebert has stated on numerous occasions that 3D is a gimmick when he hasn't gone on at length about gaming not being a form of art.
It could be worse for Nintendo though. They can't copy their own system like others are which brings us to the year 2006. Nothing too eventful happened except for the release of the Wii.
In conclusion, I just want to state that you shouldn't live in the past like Nintendo. You might find yourself enjoying their sequels and rehashes and you might wind up having an avatar of Sean Connery as James Bond. How lame is that? Don't live in the past.
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