I'd like to discuss a few Nintendo related news articles that have come out recently.
Let's Play - This is a touchy subject for a lot of people, but I believe it has been blown out of proportion. Nintendo first made the YouTube partnership back in February, but now is the time people start complaining. Nintendo has always been very protective of their property (probably since the crappy Zelda show and terrible Mario movie). Nintendo legally has the right to profit off of their IP; however, they come off as out of touch and isolate their biggest (or most public) fans. Personally, it doesn't affect me at all (nor will it affect the vast majority of people), but it does create bad press for them. Time to find out if any press is good press theory.
EA - Over the last two years, EA has done a U-turn on Nintendo support. Recently, they've said the frostbite engine doesn't work on Wii U, then they said they weren't making any games for Wii U, and then they called it crap. Something must have happened between them (yes, I know about the origin thing). Personally, I believe it's mainly a business maneuver, but EA seems to find pleasure watching Nintendo struggle.
Nintendo Direct - two items from the May 17 direct:
- Three exclusive Sonic games (Olympics, Lost World, and one more): I really like what they are doing here and I think this is the way they will handle third party support. Nintendo knows people buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo games, so third party developers are hesitant to give their support. I think they tried getting more third party support last year at E3, but that plan obviously failed. So, if you can't convince them, buy them. Nintendo has been partnering and publishing more games. I think 2nd party games will be what saves the Wii U.
- Best Buy E3: Always trust Nintendo to cut new paths. I think it will create a lot of buzz and get people to visit Best Buy. People will see the long lines and wonder what is going on. Remember, the casual audience doesn't really know too much about the Wii U (a fault of Nintendo), but they know about the Wii; it might help separating the Wii U from the Wii (crowds = popularity to the public).
Let me know your thoughts, ideas, and predictions. I'll probably make a Nintendo news thing every once in a while.