1)What was your First Nintendo Console you ever remember playing? And what were some of your favorite games
it Started with the Original NES, my parents had bought the NES for my older brother in 86 the same year I was born. I can remember at an early age watching my Brother play “RAD Racer” and “Skate Or Die”. Oddly enough I can remember waking up to my parents rushing downstairs to play Mario and Jaws after putting us to bed. I think what drew me in was being able to interact with something that told me a story, I was used to playing with my toys and dreaming up who my characters were and what they were doing. This was something that told me the story, one in which I did not know the outcome. The games that I loved the most were often games that I could enjoy with my Brothers, like Ninja Turtle: Manhattan Project(my Fav Turtle game), Mario 3, and Tecmo Bowl. Me and my younger brother would play Final Fantasy and I would tell him he was controlling 2 of the 4 characters and all he had to do was hit “A”, worked everytime! MegaMan 2 and Mike Tyson’s Punch out were the first games that I beat and truly felt rewarded and accomplished.
2) What Set Nintendo Apart from the Competition?
It comes down to the Classics, Nintendo truly built their consoles around the games. They had so many AAA First-Party Games, I bought their consoles not because of its Features or its Bits(power) but solely on its high quality titles. And that trend went on all the way to the Wii. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Genesis but looking back on the games I truly loved for it pales in comparison to Nintendo’s library.
I bought their consoles not because of its Features or its Bits(power) but solely on its high quality titles
3)What are some of your fondest memories with a Nintendo game or Console?
Well in the days before the internet the only real way to learn all the game secrets was to wait for a Nintendo power magazine that published an article on that title,Or wait till you got on the School bus or Recess. I learned the proper order to beating all of the MegaMan 2 Robots thanks to the School Bus ride in the morning. I also remember learning about the location of the 2nd Flute in Mario 3 from Recess. Other fond memories come later during the N64 days. It was the first console that my Brothers and I could actually play together at the same time. We would take our favorite controllers and go to friend’s houses and wear them out in Golden Eye and Mario Kart, don’t even get me started on Smash Bros.
Games that really changed my perspective on what gaming is and how it could be a passion for some people and not just a hobby would be Legend of Zelda: A link to the past. This game was full of some many new ideas for me, it had a strong Narrative that told a story that was both Exciting and Sombering. It featured a light and a Dark world that you could later move freely between. It had an amazing array of items and weapons to have at your disposal and it featured some of the first Puzzles I ever played. Also one thing I really appreciated was that once you beat the game the developers cared enough to let you know the outcome of the characters you met along the way.
4)What was the last Nintendo Console you owned and what caused you to stop supporting Nintendo ?
The Last Console I bought was the Wii, I have to admit I was working for Game Stop at the time, we received extra consoles that were not reserved and I really wanted to play Zelda Twilight princess so I decided to pop on it and play Zelda. I was originally very excited for the console during the days it was refereed to as the “Nintendo Revolution” It seemed to offer so many new ideas, something Nintendo wrote the book on. However after getting it home and playing Zelda for hours, it felt somewhat disconnected.
Sure the Motion controls were neat and the concept quite unique but it was the first Nintendo console that I really felt let down on. It came out in a time in my life were Graphics became a huge deciding factor in the console and games I played. The Nintendo magazine that broke the Story on Redsteel really gave me hope, it looked like such a good idea to put the player in control of a Japanese Katana and hack and slash fools. But it to was a let down. I will say the Wii did have some pretty clever and unique games I did enjoy(Wii Sports,Mario Galaxy) but overall it left much to be desired.
5) Where do you feel Nintendo has had its biggest failures? And what would you do if you were in charge ?
The major issue here is Nintendo lost focus on what’s important to fans and the consumer. And instead of focusing on building stellar first party and third party games they found themselves chasing after Innovation.
Innovation in of itself is a good thing you don’t want the same console regurgitated over and over with a slight performance increase. But it can never be at the expense of the one items that makes a video game developer real profit…the Games.
For me if I was President of Nintendo tomorrow my first thing I would correct would be to listen to the fans, we do a great job of telling you what we like and dislike especially in the Era of Social Media. I would say lets get back to Basics back to what Made Nintendo the King, Great, fun and memorable games that appeal to both the “Core” gamer and new comers alike. Don’t be afraid to give the fans what they want, a new Metroid, Star Fox, Mario, Donkey Kong, or even Bomberman. Give parents the opportunity to share the same characters that we loved as kids with our very own children.
The major issue here is Nintendo lost focus on what’s important to fans and the consumer
6) What do you want to see from Nintendo in the future and how can they turn this around with the Switch?
The Switch looks promising but I hope it’s not another Gimmick with a lack of games or third party developers that cant design current generation games on it due to its limited hardware.
Id love to see them bring in a new Virtual store and resale original or remastered versions of many of their classic games throughout the large library they have. I would be happy to re buy games in a digital format that I have not played in years. I’d also love to play games that I missed out on from the Gamecube and Wii U libraries like the Metroid and Zelda Skyward Sword.
Here’s to hoping Nintendo figures this out so that they can continue to make consoles far into the future.