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.
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.
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.