|Mr Khan said:
It's still a bit much even if they are different genres.
Brain Training and Wii Sports do not sell as much if they were Mario's Math Class and Mario Sports. Nintendo needs to understand that while slapping Mario on the box of 15 different types of games may be an easy way for a game to turn a profit, it hurts their overall brand by having so many games with the same character in them even if they are different games.
From November 2011 to November 2013 we've had ...
Mario Party 9, Paper Mario 3DS, Mario & Luigi 3DS, Luigi's Mansion, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario & Sonic London Olympics, Mario & Sonic Sochi Olympics, Mario Vs. DK 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Tennis 3D, Mario Kart 7, Mario Party 3DS, New Super Luigi U ... that's 15 games in a 24 month period, that means more than 1 new Mario or Luigi branded game every second month for 2 straight years basically.
I can totally understand an exasperated parent being pissed off if they went to store to get the "new" Mario game, and ended up buying say "New Super Mario Bros. U" instead of Mario 3D World, not understanding the difference, because there's like 10 other Mario games staring back at them from the store shelf.
And this, boys a girls, is oversaturation.
2 party games, two RPGs, a semi-horror gametype, 2 2D Platformers, 3 sports games, 2 3D Platformers, a racing game, and a DLC pack onto a 2D platformer.
I fail to see the merits of your argument beyond a purely superficial level. Customers aren't dumb.
and across 3 platforms.
I've followed Nintendo since the late 80s, I don't think they've ever released as many Mario games in 2-3 years as they have in the past few years. Even Iwata at one point said it was time to transition the 3DS away from the perception of being a "Mario machine". I even left off some games like Fortune Street which have Mario featured prominently.
I mean if Sony pumped out Uncharted II, New Uncharted Vita, Uncharted III, Uncharted Ferrari Racing, Uncharted Basketball, Uncharted Party Games, Uncharted Of War Olympics: Drake & Kratos, Uncharted Of War Winter Olympics, Uncharted Tennis, Blake's (Drake's Brother) Haunted Mansion, Drake & Blake: RPG Brothers, Paper Drake: Uncharted, in two-three years, even if they were spread out on PS3/PS4/Vita it would probably raise some eye brows, lol.