Posted By Taylor Hoyt about 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct was littered with exciting announcements that had a lot of Nintendo fans talking, and rightfully so. With a host of games from popular franchises, not to mention a long-requested JRPG in Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, the 3DS looks primed to have an incredibly strong year. Admittedly, I haven’t been this excited about a Nintendo system and its lineup since I was learning my multiplication tables. I recently broke down and picked up a 3DS with Fire Emblem: Awakening. To say the least, I’m absolutely loving this system. Allow me to share with you how the 3DS has made a Nintendo kid again.
For some context, let me share with you my history with Nintendo. Like most kids growing up in the 80′s and early 90′s, I grew up playing the NES and SNES. The NES provided me with a lot of fantastic gaming memories with series like Mega Man, Mario, and a litany of other silly NES sidescrollers. However, the system that really got me into gaming was the Super Nintendo. The gameplay of Mega Man X was near perfect. The graphics of Donkey Kong Country were unlike anything I’d ever seen. Kirby Super Star also provided endless sleepover memories. The system had everything going for it. Then Sony stepped into the console market and I discovered the PlayStation.
A friend of mine was a staunch PlayStation fan. He had every worthwhile game and even had a subscription to PlayStation Magazine. I was quite jealous, to say the least. One fateful day I came over to his house and he showed me a little game called Final Fantasy VII. In short, it blew my mind. After this I would never look at games the same way again and Sony would be my console manufacturer of choice for the next decade plus. Sure, I had a Nintendo 64 and GameCube for a few select games, but PlayStation was definitely my brand of choice above all others. My loyalty was quite strong and I saw no sign of changing.
Fast forward to present day and my PlayStation loyalty is as strong as ever, bordering on fanboyism. I purchase a game on PC here and there, but the majority of my HD gaming collection is on PS3. I never purchased a DS, Wii, or Wii U and I didn’t really even think of a 3DS. I played a game here and there at friends’ houses but never seriously considered purchasing the system. Then a funny thing happened: Nintendo got their act together and a bunch of games started releasing that really caught my attention. Theatrhythm was a game I couldn’t put down whenever I went to my friend’s house, Fire Emblem: Awakening reminded me a lot of Final Fantasy Tactics (one of my favorite games of all time), and then Namco announces they will be localizing Project X Zone, a game that frankly has no business getting a Western release. Okay Nintendo, you sold me. Where do I sign up?
Fire Emblem: Awakening was the Trojan horse that got me to buy the system, but I also purchased Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. I’ve been completely glued to both of these game this last week. I’m in this honeymoon period with my 3DS where everything is perfect and lovely. Making my wishlist for games has been really fun as I think of the next adventure I’ll embark on. Could it get any better? It could. At the early peak of my enjoyment with my system Nintendo holds this mega ton Nintendo Direct and announces every game ever. What’s coming in the next year for the 3DS? Oh, just a (sort of) new Donkey Kong Country game, a new Pokemon game, a new Zelda in the vein of A Link to the Past, and a slew of other JRPGs that will keep me occupied for hundreds of hours. I also want to say that I haven’t played a Pokemon game since the original Blue and Red, so I am beyond excited for X and Y.
This week of 3DS madness has not only got me pumped for future releases, but has also changed my mindset in regards to future purchases. I spent $60 on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and got about 12 hours of game time after beating it twice and playing a number of the VR misisons. I spent $15 on Professor Layton, played it for well over 25 hours and would have gladly paid full price. I simply see little reason to pay the full $60 amount for games anymore (except for The Last of Us. I’m not going to work that day!) Not even a month ago I was spouting garbage like this, yet today I was fully engrossed in Fire Emblem: Awakening, a game where characters don’t even have feet! That’s the power of Nintendo.
Whether this was a perfect storm of random events or Nintendo has masterminded the greatest marketing campaign of all time I’m not sure. What I do know though is that I feel like I’m 9 years old again and Super Nintendo is the best thing in the world. Charm and gameplay outweigh pretty graphics once again. I’m actually excited for a Zelda game for the first time since Ocarina of Time, I can’t wait to catch ‘em all in Pokemon X and Y, and that whole DS backlog is smiling at me with open arms. Outside of Ni no Kuni, games haven’t truly captured my childlike wonder in a long long time. That time for me is now once again and I couldn’t be happier. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go play my Nintendo.