Is anyone else psyched for the Olympics? I honestly am...I'm excited for them whenever they come around! I'm not interested in traditional sports seasons, but for some reason the Olympics gets me hyped. Can't wait for things to kick off tomorrow! See you in a few, short hours.
If you're a Nintendo fan, you've no doubt dealt with a ration of crap from friends/internet denizens. Saying you like Nintendo is like a giant red flag for some people out there. They'll lash into you with no actual reasons, other than they're very angry and misguided people. That's the way the internet works in general, but doubly so for Nintendo fans.
As fans, we take all this in stride. I'm hopeful that you guys and gals hold your heads up high, fight bitter comments with calm and thoughtful responses, and fight for world where gamers fight for gaming in general, rather than a specific platform or company.
I do love Nintendo's games and hardware, but I would never put someone else down for loving Microsoft or Sony just as much. I am a gamer first and foremost. My 360 and PS3 sit happily next to my Wii. Unfortunately, too many people pick one side and want to hear nothing about the others.
While fans deal with this kind of stuff all the time, I figured that the Big N was pretty much immune to these comments. Sure they heard them, but I pictured them just pushing forward and doing what they do best. That's why I was absolutely shocked when Satoru Iwata addressed the various people out there that have been calling for Nintendo to drop out of the hardware race for years now.
Even the higher-ups are getting annoyed with the way people treat Nintendo. While we deal with internet trolls and angry fanboys, Nintendo has been getting fed up with journalists and game industry analysts. Iwata acknowledged these comments in their statement only and not the content within. The Big N is tired of talk like this, but it only fuels their fire to continue on and prove those people wrong.
Nintendo makes hardware and software to make people smile. While some may see that as a lame company statement or mission, I find it to be quite admirable. I don't know how some people view smiling as a lackluster goal, but I know I'm just fine with a smile on my face. Nintendo has turned the corners of my mouth upwards many time in the past, and hearing this as their goal with the Wii U and 3DS makes me feel like they have their head on straight.
So...Nintendo pushes on, fighting what they perceive to be the good fight. Us fans hang out in the thick of it all, fending off kiddie comments here and lost hardcore values there. We may agree with some complaints and ignore others, but overall, we're sticking up for what we love. When it comes to your Nintendo values getting bashed, what do you do to try and turn the tide? How do you shake off the Nintendo negativity? Leave a comment and let us know.