So, many of us have been sitting around twiddling our wiimotes and nunchucks for the better part of the last year wondering when the hell Nintendo was going to come out with all of these neat games that they had in the demo videos that they were putting up for the Wii when it launched.
Well, now we know that the lion’s share of these well-anticipated games were nothing more than vaporware, prototypes, and unstable-nowhere-near-ready versions at the time of Wii’s release. This leads me to the moral question: did Nintendo lie, blunt-faced, through their teeth, to their fans, and the people who’ve made the Wii the great success that it has become?
Well, to that I would say both yes and no.
Yes, Nintendo lied
Now, Nintendo will probably argue that they didn’t give an official release date for these games so there was no misinformation being spread by them. To that I say “come oooooon!” That’s a load of hooey and you know it Iwata! Those videos that were well-circulated online and offline showing games like Mario Universe, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and the most-anticipated Smash Bros: Brawl were most certainly put out there to make people think about playing those games in particular, and since there was no official release date, many assumed–and Nintendo did nothing to dissuade this–that these would be released after Wii’s launch or shortly thereafter. Many Nintendo fans–myself included–were very disappointed to have to wait almost a year for many of these titles, and longer for some.
No, Nintendo didn’t lie
Well, I did say that Smash Bros: Brawl was the most-anticipated, but I meant it was the most-anticipated of the post-launch titles. Ledgend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was most definitely a release title, and it was by far the best Zelda title I’ve ever played. Also, Nintendo has more than delivered on the Virtual Console. I’ve been playing a lot of classic games from my boyhood such as Kirby’s Adventure and Super Mario Bros.. The online connectivity and Nintendo DS connectivity has not been anywhere near satisfactory thus far, and I think the recent Pokemon game and Strikers game are the only two that have online capabilities thus far.
All-in-all, I really think that this has prooven the power of vaporware in the market today. I think that early adopters feel a little burned by Nintendo this time around though. In my opinion, all early adopters should get even longer extended warranties or some other gimme (maybe a t-shirt or something) from Nintendo to say “thanks for dealing with our crap this past year.” Because let’s face it, many of the Wii games that have come out so far in 2007 are crap… pure crap. I did not buy my Wii so that I could play Pirates of the Caribean or Shrek 3 on it. I bought my Wii to play Smash Bros: Brawl and Mario Universe and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
Please consider that idea Iwata. How about thanking the people that make you richer than stink, even after you were not completely forthcoming with us.