Nintendo is falling behind in the video game industry

Edwin J. Viera, Columnist

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In 2007, Nintendo launched the entire video game industry into a whole new era. They launched the Nintendo Wii, which had a motion sensor controller. Unfortunately, it was the system that would lead to the downfall of Nintendo as a super power in the video game world.

Nintendo’s Wii was one of the first systems that used motion sensor controllers to play the games. It was amazing to play a variety of sports, Wii Sports, and play them the way you do. Then time went on, and Nintendo made other creations, but got lost in the advancements of the world.

Flash-forward to the year 2015, and some of the few advancements in technology that Nintendo made since then is the Nintendo 3DS. While this is a major achievement, this move is a form of corporate murder. Now, people can no longer play the games created for the Game Boy Systems, creating a loss in revenue.

Nintendo has a great variety of systems that people can use, but they aren’t easy to use for other games. Games such as Call of Duty and Halo were put on the Nintendo Wii. Sure, many people bought the games, but they were difficult to use on the Wii because the sensor would lose connectivity. In other words, they were a series of collective disasters.

Has Nintendo lost its place as superpower in the video game world? What will Nintendo’s future become if they can’t pull off the much-anticipated launch of Pokémon GO, Pokémon Z, and the Nintendo NX. I can’t help but question.

Could Nintendo suffer the same fate as the once powerful Atari… bankruptcy?

Nintendo has some brilliant ideas, but now what remains of their reputation could be on the line with the debut of a new game on a new platform, a new D.S. game in the Pokémon X & Y series, and a new system. Pokémon GO is set to be released sometime between February and May. This game is different from many of Nintendo’s games in that it’s set on the cell phone rather than an actual Nintendo created system.

In the game, you are the trainer, and it’s up to you to catch the Pokémon that you find. You have to use real money to buy Poke balls, of course, but it will bring a new meaning to “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”. The next thing that they have coming out will be Pokémon Z.

Pokémon Z is a continuation of the Pokémon X & Y series. It is unknown what the main premise of the game is. Finally, the next system in Nintendo’s system arsenal… the Nintendo NX. Not too much is known about the system, but it will be part of the newer Nintendo; hence the code name NX.

Many people said that it was a good idea for Nintendo to adopt these games for their system; it just doesn’t work because of the way the Wii works. Since the sensor is the only way people can use the controller, then it stands to reason that they have limited movement. Then came the Wii U.

From the start, the Nintendo Wii U was marketed to be a completely unique system, and was a better version of its predecessor. Unfortunately, when it was released, it was a financial success, but a critical bomb. Since the Wii U was the same system as the Wii except for the fact that it included the Gamepad; people saw through it all too well.

Now let’s take a look at the actual games for Nintendo themselves. In reality, they are just good for the cartoon/animation based games, and not much else. They have tried, but they haven’t developed as system that’s great for all games.

For now, one of Nintendo’s largest sellers are Amibos, intended for their hit game series, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, a game in which it’s a battle between all Nintendo video game characters. They cost about twelve dollars at Best Buy, Target, and GameStop, as well as many other places. Since people try to collect them all, Nintendo has been raking in money, but how long can that last them?

For the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Super Mario brothers, Nintendo re-released Super Mario All Stars. Nowadays, to find a copy you have to have either a SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System), or pay a ridiculous $60 plus for a copy of the Wii game. Then came the creation of the Supa-Boy.

The company, Hyperkin, created a portable SNES player called *** that sells for $80 to $100 on Amazon. I own the Supa-Boy, and it works like a charm… for a prototype. It’s a flawed system that has room for improvement, but could have been capitalized on by Nintendo.

Nintendo is doing the same thing Disney did with most of its previous cartoon films… remake them in 3D. With Nintendo, they put many of their old games on the Nintendo E-Shop so you can buy them for the Nintendo Wii, 3DS, and Wii U. If Nintendo created the Supa-Boy, they could have found a use for some of the old SNES games, and would have turned a decent profit.

Atari was pioneer on the video game front, and they had many great games such as PONG, Asteroids, Centipede, and many other games that people adored. Now they are simple memories that have faded into time. Nintendo could end up the same if they can’t bring their company back to its former glory.

In the advancing video game world, Nintendo just has to adapt. Sure, they made the technology for a controller with a sensor, but that’s all they did with it. They never really ran with it the way that Microsoft, who made KINECT for the Xbox, did, where you are the controller.

Nintendo is a sinking ship that will never go down because of its memorable characters. Think about it; if the people who created the Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Pokémon, and so much more ended, then there could possibly be riots in the streets. People grew

up playing these games, and while it would be a shame to lose them, it wouldn’t be the same if some other game company decided to create them should Nintendo go out of business.

email: viera.record@outlook.com

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