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Fireside Blog: Give Nintendo a Chance.

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Hey guys, Blessing here. With the news of the NX release month announced and Zelda for the Wii U being Twilight Princessed, I figured it would be a good time to have a nice chat with you.

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I’m a lapsed Nintendo fan. My first game console was a Nintendo 64. My second was a Nintendo Entertainment System. I lived in a weird household. But, I can honestly say that Nintendo played (no pun intended) an integral part of my experience as a child and even beyond that. Many others could say the same. There is no doubt in my mind that people love Nintendo’s Software. We may complain that they only have a few game (which they don’t) but the games that Nintendo produces are usually top-tier. Even with that being the case, Nintendo’s place in the industry has changed within the last decade.

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The Wii U was a failure. We can attribute that to the lack of third party games, the comparatively weak specs of the system, the tablet, and more. Honestly, the Wii U might have just been a perfect storm of bad decisions mixed with bad luck. But even though we are faced with a Nintendo that appears to be a shell of its former self, we are possibly in the midst of a Nintendo that can learn from their mistakes and make comeback harder than when Justin Timberlake came out with Suit and Tie featuring Jay-Z.

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I’m not bothered by The Legend of Zelda for Wii U being delayed to 2017 to be an NX title. But then again, I don’t own a Wii U. I understand the frustration from Wii U owners. Wii U owners very well should be frustrated. I, as a selfish consumer, wanted this to happen. If Nintendo is going to make a step forward as a company then they have to look forward. They can’t do that by focusing on a console that has already been marked as a commercial failure. The more that Nintendo can do to make the future look bright, the better. And I’m not talking about the Wii U’s future, I’m talking about Nintendo’s future. Right now, Nintendo’s future is NX. Of course, some of the things that Nintendo needs to do are going to be gross. Making Zelda an NX title and delaying it is a grimy move but it is one step of many to selling system units and building a strong ecosystem.

I’m really excited about NX. I’m excited to see what it is and I’m excited about its March release. The reason I am so excited is because all signs point to this console being either a remarkable step-forward, or a colossal failure. If Nintendo wants to make their next console a success, then their only chance of doing that is to do everything right and then more. Knowing that this console is either going to be a Nintendo console with power on par with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, or another gimmicky product of today’s Nintendo (the Nintendo thWii?) are both exciting propositions.

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We’re in the age of an underdog Nintendo. We’re at a time where Nintendo understands that they messed up. That knowledge can only come with an appropriate (or possibly very inappropriate) response. We’re dealing with the same Nintendo that revolutionized games. That Nintendo is not going to make another bad decision after being perfectly aware of the monumental failure that is the Wii U (which in all fairness is a pretty good console, just not business-wise). That is why I have faith that Nintendo knows what they are doing with their next console. Because if they don’t, they are screwed.

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