Matt_B wrote:I think people have completely unrealistic expectations from Nintendo here. They might have made a lot of good games over the years, but it's not like they're capable of churning out AAA titles at the drop of a hat. Realistically, they can put out about a dozen major games a year from their in-house studios and subsidiaries, and that's barely enough to keep games in their successful franchises coming out at a regular basis. They simply don't have the development resources to be resurrecting ones that died a commercial death a decade ago; at least not on a regular basis.
What you saw at E3 is pretty much all we'll get for the rest of the year from them. And probably most of what we'll get next year too.
I agree. There's only so much they can do and while they do make a lot of games, the really good ones take time, and of course their efforts are split across two platforms.
Plus they made loses recently so will want to steady the ship with proven successes before they take a few leaps of faith on less commercially bankable franchises. People have to realise that a jet ski game like Waverace isn't exactly going to set the market alight no matter how good it is.
I think we will likely see a new Metroid at some point, but both the 3Ds and Wii-U have potentially 5-6 more years of lifespan left so what's the rush? But everybody expects all these epic AAA titles right now.
I think if Miamoto had just finished a new F-Zero game instead of Pikmin 3, people would probably be saying "That's all well and good, but where's Pikmin?" Same goes for Mario Kart and Smash Bros if Metroid and Starfox were made at their expense. I bet even if Nintendo brought out all those above franchises, plus a new 1080, Wave Race, Punch Out, Kid icarus, Mario Party, Zelda, Wario etc all by the end of the year, people would still be moaning about no new IPs.
The (albeit reserved) backlash against Mario 3D World is a bit disappointing. I think it will be excellent. People have critiscised 3D World for being too similar to 3D Land, but wouldn't Mario Galaxy 3 (which a lot of people wanted) be too similar to the previous Galaxy games? I'd be happy with either personally.
Besides 3D World is the first of it's kind on the Wii-U, not eveyone will have played 3D Land on the 3DS. It will be a shame if Mario 3D World is marked down by reviewers for being what it isn't rather than what it is.