Thursday, April 13, 2006
Nintendo and Casual Gamers
James Robertson talks about the market that Nintendo is after and it's the causal gamer. I must admit they get all of my gaming money (which isn't much). I'm probably what they consider a casual gamer. I don't play that much and when I do it's just to have some mad fun to clear the mind. Nintendo has the best "fun" games. Bar none, my favorite games ever are the Mario and Donkey Kong off-shoots (Donkey Kong Country, Mario Kart, Mario Bros, Wario, Yoshi, etc). Plus, I like carrying my games with me. The PSP peeked my interest when it came out, but I really don't enjoy racing real cars, shooting people, or robbing people. I want escape. Nintendo gives me that and fun in spades. Besides, the DS touch screen and on-line play is awesome. I dare anyone not to get addicted to Mario Kart.
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Mario Kart -- I love it. It's the only game I can beat my kids at, well, once in a while.
I still go back and play the N64 version because it was the pinnacle. The later versions (Game Cube and DS) are fine. No problems. But the N64 version is just the height of "simplicity meets capability".
I am very much looking forward to the Revolution and its new controllers.
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