Nintendo is irrefutably responsible for some of the most iconic games and game series in the world. I don't really need to list the characters, most of you know them. But characters such as Mario & Luigi, Zelda & Link, Donkey Kong and the Dog from Duck Hunt, all of these are characters from Nintendo games, all of whom are iconic, not only to Nintendo but to gaming as a whole. But in recent times they have had a run of bad luck. In this article I will list off a few of the things that have been dragging down the company as well as speculating and giving my opinion on the companies future.
1. The passing of Satoru Iwata
Mr. Satoru Iwata had been the CEO and president of since the year 2002, when he took over from Hiroshi Yamauchi. When on July 11th he sadly passed away due to a bile duct tumor. Even though Mr. Iwata was known to have had problems with his health as of late, it is non the less a big shock for Nintendo to lose it's leader.
2. Failure to impress at E3
A moment of science for a fallen legend within the industry
Nintendo failed to satisfy the high expectations of fans at the E3 convention this year. With little content to show, and little to reveal a lot of fans left E3 disappointed with Nintendo. With little else than a few minor games and most of them for the 3DS, coupled with little attention payed to the Wii U and general awkward atmosphere at their presentation, Nintendo did little else at E3 than to anger, disappoint and lose a few fans.
3. The Wii U
I must admit, this part is somewhat opinion based and not exclusive to 2015. It's no secret that first when the Wii U was released IP's for it were scarce, but so is the case for most consoles. But you would expect this to be fixed in the months/year after the release of the device. That was the belief for Wii U, many seem to think that Nintendo has failed in regards to interesting, good, fun games for the Wii U console. I won't say that the Wii U doesn't have a single fun game, it has a bunch of fun games but not a "console buying game" - A game so good you have to buy that console just to play it. For a lot of people that is Mario Kart 8, for me it just isn't there.
4. Failure to include same sex-relationships in a game
One of Nintendo's most popular and successful IP's "Tomodachi Life" - A life simulation game for the 3DS was under fire earlier this year for not including same sex relationships. Needless to say Nintendo came under fire from many people and equal rights organisations. Nintendo has since appologised for this incident and vowed to include same sex relations in future installments. As well as including such relationships in a recent RPG game going by the name of "Fire Emblem Fates" - Nintendo may have apologized but this strains the companies record quite a bit and leaves a bad taste of blood between the company and gamers.
I can't help but to feel a bit bad for Nintendo, even if it is a major corporation. Nintendo doesn't hold any special place in my heart but I can see the effect it has had on other people around me. I have to wonder if this is just a down period or the very death of Nintendo. I doubt it goes so far as the death of Nintendo. The company's stock is falling, the community is turning on it, but the loyal fans are still behind it. But those loyal fans won't be there for ever, and so far... Nintendo isn't WOW-ing the upcoming generations, my self included. I hope very dearly that Nintendo pick them selves up and deliver greatness once more.
What do you think? End of Nintendo? Or just a shock from the passing of the late, the overly great Satoru Iwata.