Tuesday, May 17, 2005

More Thoughts on Nintendo

I realized just now what I really wanted to say about Nintendo in regards to their uniqueness, which we generally agree has been their defining characteristic.

For many years, Nintendo was believed to possess an active reservoir of anti-suck. It was a common theme that Nintendo had unique anti-suck properties not possessed by Sony or Microsoft. So even if they designed a wristwatch that projected games in CGA, people would say "Sure, that looks like shit, but it's Nintendo, and they have the anti-suck."

I like Nintendo, but those days are gone. Nintendo has no anti-suck left to protect them from themselves. Now their executives sit around conference tables and discuss strategy for a world that no longer exists. The world has moved far faster than their ability or their desire to keep up.

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