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GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Week of Nintendo Love with Zelda Williams!



You guys seemed to really like first week of these features, so I wanted to go for round 2. I decided to reach out to any/all that would listen, and we came back with another amazing round of people. Let's kick off week two in a BIG way! See you in a few, short hours.


We did one week's worth of our 'Nintendo Love' feature, which brought us great features from GameXplain, WayForward and Renegade Kid. Since you guys enjoyed the feature, I wanted to keep it going for another week! Thank you so much for your support, because this week's worth of guest posts couldn't have happened without your support.

I decided to reach out to all sorts of people this time around. Once again, we'll have game industry members, developers and publishers chiming in with kind words for the Big N. With that said, we're starting off the feature this week with a guest that I never, EVER thought would pop in to say hi.

Believe it or not, I managed to get in touch with Zelda Williams for her thoughts on Nintendo! Zelda came to the forefront of Nintendo fans' minds when she worked on a handful of commercials for Nintendo, which also co-starred her father. Soon thereafter, we learned that her very name came from her family's appreciation of the Legend of Zelda series. From there on out, we saw just how much Zelda supported the Big N.

I'm absolutely honored/humbled to have Zelda Williams as the kickoff to week two of our feature. A HUUUUUUUUGE thanks to Zelda for responding to my request! I still can't believe it happened. An equally big thank-you to everyone reading GoNintendo, as these opportunities are only possible with your support.


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The following comes from Zelda Williams.


I’d like to start by saying that I don’t work for Nintendo. I did those commercials with my dad years ago now and enjoyed them thoroughly, but the belief that my love of gaming is false and created for those spots has plagued me ever since. I’d like to state, for hopefully the last time, that it is not. I was named after a video game by two parents (and a brother) that love them. I didn’t have to love them too… but, like many of you, I do, and hopefully always will.

Anywho, onwards!

This was a difficult year for Nintendo. Between the new platform upgrades beating out the WiiU and the loss of visionary ex-president Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who brought Nintendo into the video game world in the first place, times have been better. But when things look down, it’s important to remember why we all grew to love Nintendo so much in the first place.

Now, I won’t pretend to only have one system in my house. Like most video game players, I’ve tried my hand at every company’s platform. But unlike Nintendo, the Xbox or the Playstation will never be the system I grew up with. It will never be the creator of the first games I ever played, the one’s that made me love gaming. Those are games I still play with my parents, my brothers, my family, and hopefully always will. So while some people are quick to critique Nintendo for not changing with the hyper-realistic, violent times, I commend them for sticking to their family friendly guns (irony intended). And here’s why.

I will never be nostalgic for the first Halo. I don’t go back to replay old Call of Duty games when the newer, shinier ones come out. And while those games and their legacies are impressive, I doubt we’ll be buying antiquated systems or rereleased discs to play them again in all their obsolete glory decades from now. I will happily continue to do so for Nintendo. And while I wouldn’t want to imagine a gaming world without those other companies and games (I do so love me some Master Chief), I can’t imagine a gaming world without Nintendo. And hopefully I’ll never have to.

Happy Holidays all.

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17 Dec 2013 04:02

Well, technically, we DID get Halo re-released, and people DID buy it because the newer generation IS nostalgic for it.

But that said, yeah. Well said, Zelda.

The basic idea is indeed that Nintendo's the reason those competitors are even here. Without Nintendo, we wouldn't have Sony/Microsoft's gaming consoles, or at least, not the same way, or same time.

Even a lot of the people putting down Nintendo now are people who grew up on Nintendo consoles. The people not putting their games on Wii U played nothing but hours of Nintendo games.

So I don't know what's going on.

I may be a huge fan of many of the more mature games we don't get on Nintendo consoles, but I'll always be a Nintendo boy at heart. Even with straying, getting Genesis instead of Super Nintendo, I was still very much invested in NES & Gameboy.

Also, I'd like to say, I like Zelda's post for being "short & sweet" versus, say, the Gamexplain one. Not that there's anything wrong with that one, but I like smaller things, which is ironic, since I'm known for writing too much.
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17 Dec 2013 04:03

Wow! I was wracking my brains thinking of who you could have gotten that would blow my mind, and she didn't even cross my mind! By the way, when she said:
but the belief that my love of gaming is false and created for those spots has plagued me ever since.
it reminded me of certain opinions that Lube and Deux Michaels had during GN Podcast Webisode 315 http://ec.libsyn.com/p/8/9/b/89be2f6d2b8df802/gonin315.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d01c08035d6cd541405&c_id=3660739.
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17 Dec 2013 04:04

This was TOO awesome!

Zelda's remark comes off as totally genuine and down-to-earth, as I suspect she is in actuality. She doesn't hide the fact that she has interests in other platforms and non-Nintendo games, but she clearly expresses why her love in Nintendo and its games are so meaningful to her.

This is really the first time I've took any significant notice in anything that has featured Ms. Zelda Williams, but there's no mistaking that she's a true-blue gamer and fan. Reading this has actually put quite the smile on my face.

A post that was certainly well worth the effort. Great work between the two of you (RMC and Zelda) for making this happen!
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17 Dec 2013 04:50

This was great. I loved it.
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Anonymous
17 Dec 2013 04:58

That was awesome, maybe my favorite of these posts so far. The last paragraph was a perfect summation of the timelessness of Nintendo's games. Great reading!
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17 Dec 2013 05:28

Awesome. Ms. Williams seems like a genuinely nice person and RMC is genuinely a nice guy so it was a great match for the site.

Wish her the best (and I have no doubt she loves games, folks shouldn't feel like they have to prove it to anyone, it's just... games). Also, for RMC and the crew.

Nintendo must be special because this site is dedicated to it.
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17 Dec 2013 07:47

MoldyClay wrote:Well, technically, we DID get Halo re-released, and people DID buy it because the newer generation IS nostalgic for it.


Well sure, there's plenty of gamers who's first console FPS WAS the first Halo game (and still the best one, IMHO), and is considered a nostalgic game for them. We're just the luckier ones ;)

Call of Duty, however, solely exists to make itself obsolete, so I think that one's a better example.

But damn was that a good writeup, sounds legit to me *gamer bro fist*
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17 Dec 2013 08:26

Maybe Nintendo should use her and her dad again to see some Wii Us, and pretty much use parts of what she said in the commercial. Would be 10x more effective than the crap they have on those commercials they currently have and barely use.

Good stuff RMC,
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17 Dec 2013 09:00

She knows and it shows.

Really i didn't excpect this so great work Raw!

And i an hanful of months Nintendo will release even DKCTF after just launching SM3DW.

For once Nintendo is fast paced and for that we have to thanks all the delays.

She's right about PS4 and XBO, they have so much mature and violent stuff, but where's the creativity, heart and cheesiness we expect from a videogame?

Even with PS3 and Xbox 360 that was rare, it's so sad to see someone excited just from HD gore...meh.

You tell 'em Zelda!
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17 Dec 2013 09:44

MoldyClay wrote:Well, technically, we DID get Halo re-released, and people DID buy it because the newer generation IS nostalgic for it.



That's not what she was saying though, she wasn't talking about remakes. She was saying that 10-20 years from now, people aren't going to be scrambling to get their hands on old Xboxes to play Halo and Blinx the Cat.

But in that same timeframe, there WILL still be collectors out there trying to get their hands on old NES and SNES consoles that work, and trying to own genuine copies of the old classic games on those systems.

I think that was her point.
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17 Dec 2013 12:05

That was very well said. Congrats on the get, RMC!
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17 Dec 2013 12:10

I don't understand the mentality of people who grew up playing Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon can now sit there and take swipes at Nintendo for not "evolving" into ultra gory realistic graphics.

They say stupid things like "I didn't abandon Nintendo, they abandoned me by not changing to ultra photo realistic gore murder simulators"

If you can play SM3DW without a big silly grin on your face, you sir have no soul.
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17 Dec 2013 12:28

Amazing job at reaching out to people RMC, and a great text by Zelda. She seems very down to earth and cool, with serious passion for games. I'm genuinely impressed!

Good point about the future too, I also doubt very many people will be playing the old COD's or sports games from way back when 10 years from now.. and that's the thing, Nintendo games often have that timeless magic that others seem incapable, or not even trying of capturing. And that's why we need to continue to support Nintendo.
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17 Dec 2013 12:51

element187 wrote:I don't understand the mentality of people who grew up playing Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon can now sit there and take swipes at Nintendo for not "evolving" into ultra gory realistic graphics.

They say stupid things like "I didn't abandon Nintendo, they abandoned me by not changing to ultra photo realistic gore murder simulators"

If you can play SM3DW without a big silly grin on your face, you sir have no soul.


Exactly; as far I'm concerned, to hate Nintendo is to hate pure joy in physical form. They're the pantheon of FUN
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17 Dec 2013 13:07

I had no idea anybody was doubting her love for video games, but I think what she said here should silence anybody who did. Sounds like she knows her stuff.

And what an awesome lady! She loves Nintendo for the same reasons I do.
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17 Dec 2013 14:18

Hawk wrote:I had no idea anybody was doubting her love for video games


Unfortunately there's a lot of misogyny in the video game world. Men who are in to the hobby are never expected to prove their gaming cred but if a woman says she's into games a lot of people automatically assume she's a fake girl gamer.

Anyway, pretty cool that RMC managed to get Zelda for the Week of Nintendo Love. I've been very impressed with Ms. Williams. She seems like a great person. And she's adorable.
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17 Dec 2013 15:05

well said Zelda! b the way, you have the coolest name for a girl
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17 Dec 2013 16:26

What a nice message. Thank you, Zelda! :)
And please tell your father his new show is amazing, in case you read this. Finally a new comedy format that is actually funny! Cheers me up every week :D
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17 Dec 2013 16:29

Well That was a fun read. I have always been a Nintendo Fanboy at heart, I don't have to love every choice they make even if I do buy their products.

But as long as they stay successful, I will continue to buy their stuff.
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18 Dec 2013 08:49

Very well said, I completely agree.
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21 Dec 2013 02:00

Great read. She seems like a genuine gamer to me! keep them coming RMC

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