Okay. New day, new happenings! My blog is going to go in a new direction with less of a focus on gaming. I’m going to get started on an album review! Yes, that’s what I’ll do!
Oh. Oh wait.
Nintendo released their sales numbers?
And announced Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remakes?
And responded to the petition for gay couples in Tomodachi Life?
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me BACK IN! Okay, so Nintendo announced their numbers for the past fiscal year and as we all expected, they aren’t very good. Nintendo had originally estimated that they would sell 9 million Wii U’s this year but downgraded that to 2.8 million when it became obvious that they would never hit that goal. They still managed to miss their lowered go, if only barely, with 2.7 million units sold. They are hoping to sell 3.7 million Wii U’s this coming fiscal year with the strength of titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros on the way. Side note: the 3DS sold much better than the Wii U but still managed to sell below their projections, though I don’t know by how much.
So Nintendo’s Wii U is still not doing well and as if we didn’t know this already, the Wii U is not a viable contender in the console market or really any market right now. Even those who say Nintendo aren’t competing with Sony and Microsoft have to admit the Wii U isn’t selling well to anyone. Now, I’m excited for Mario Kart 8 as I’ve written previously but that is literally the only game I care about as Smash Bros isn’t so exciting I’m going to run and grab a copy. Hell, I never even bought Brawl! I just played my friend’s copy when he came over. Mario Kart 8 will be great, I’m sure, but Nintendo has a Sega Saturn on their hands right now, except without a lot of good games that just aren’t appealing to a vast market. Nintendo needs to move on and start work on a console that can actually compete in the current market or perhaps introduce its hat into the microconsole market. I might boot up my Wii U and play something since I doubt I’ll be using it a lot after Mario Kart 8.
Next is the announcement of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, remakes of the two Pokémon games on the Game Boy Advance. Two things: one, I guess we won’t see the originals re-released on the Wii U, and two, I never played the originals so I don’t have any fond memories of it but I do know that I really enjoyed the newest Pokémon game despite having not completed it. So while I’m not super excited for it, I do think its kind of cool and I may check it out if I’ve already completed Pokémon X. I just love raising my Pokémon in the Amie section!
Finally, Nintendo has responded to the petition to allow same sex couples in the game Tomodachi Life for the 3DS. In a statement to the Associated Press (via ABC News), Nintendo explained that there was never any intention for social commentary in Tomodachi Life and further stressed that the game was simply supposed to be a “playful alternate world” that didn’t simulate real life. This statement I agree with as I think it’s entirely obvious that Tomodachi Life was never supposed to have any kind of commentary whatsoever. Of course it wouldn’t, why would it ever?
HOWEVER, the social commentary lies in the fact that when a glitch in the game allowed for two men to get married and have a child together, Nintendo went out of their way to “fix the glitch” and take this out of the game. Why? It’s pretty obvious that it’s because Tomodachi Life is a “children’s game.” Games made for children aren’t supposed to feature sexual explicit content and that’s what homosexuality is perceived to be. Homosexuality is typically seen as a perversion, not a way of life or a culture. It’s on par with pornography, explicit scenes, and nudity. Of course, nothing like this happens in the game and in fact, being able to marry and have kids as a gay couple happens in the same safe and child-friendly way it does with straight couples. The only difference is the two in-game avatars happen to be of the same gender.
I’m of the mind that this does not show that Nintendo’s stance as a company is anti-homosexuality. However, it does tell me that Nintendo is so tied to its family friendly image and is so afraid of those who are anti-homosexuality (as those same people typically associate with family-friendly products) that they are willing to do what they must to please them rather than just let it be. Because that’s all Nintendo needed to do: let it be. They could have left it alone and kids would’ve just been like “Oops! I accidentally married a man!” and then laughed about it innocently. The social commentary isn’t in the game itself as its clear it had no intention of being that. The commentary lies in Nintendo’s poor handling in the matter and being completely blind to the matter entirely.
So now I want to hear from you! What do you think about the state of the Wii U? Are you excited for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? What is your stance on gay couples in Tomodachi Life? Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below. Until next time, Peace and Love, gamers and players! Colorwind out!