When Did Nintendo Stop Being Cool?
Let’s be honest, you have to be above a certain age (and most of us are old enough in the MttG community) to remember when Nintendo was king. It’s been a while, but there was a time when all bowed down to the might and majesty that was the Nintendo empire. Nobody else was even CLOSE to owning the console market. Sure there were Atari and Coleco Vision back in the day… but they weren’t NINTENDO. If you had that 8bit, you were the coolest kid on the block. Period.
That was true even for computer kids like me. While my graphics and gameplay were generally way better (so many hours playing Doom… so many hours…) on my computer at home, I still wanted to go over to the neighbor’s house to play because THEY had Nintendo.
So what happened? I know it may seem like a controversial statement to some folks but Nintendo hasn’t had a hit console since the N64. The Wii gained some ground but not much. At best, Nintendo tends to be an “also have” gaming system. I know very few households that are rocking ONLY a Wii. Most folks have an Xbox or a Playstation… and the also have a Nintendo.
Don’t get me wrong, I have not one, not two, but THREE Nintendo consoles in my house. There’s a Wii sitting next to my Xbox 360 in the entertainment system and I have a (flawless) 8bit and Supernintendo in the attic that I pull out on occasion for nostalgia’s sake (Tetris just isn’t the same on anything but that original, grey box).
Do you know how often my wife or I have played the Wii in the last year? Once.
I mean, it’s a neat console but, for some reason, it’s not compelling. I never look at the TV and think, “man, I wish I had time to play Wii.” The Xbox 360 though? It calls to me on a regular basis, begging to be played.
So where did Nintendo loose the cool? Why isn’t Nintendo the go-to console anymore?
Let us know what you think in this week’s poll and remember, there’s an “other” option where you can tell me that I’ve lost my mind and that Nintendo is still super-cool. Just please tell us WHY you still think they’re cool – the child in me still wants to love ’em. You can also start a conversation in the comments if you’ve got more to talk about.