While Atari may have defined a generation of gamers, Nintendo has both ushered in and held the hearts of several generations with their unique combination of affordable consoles and memorable characters. Mario may have been born a supporting character in Donkey Kong, but he has climbed the ladder, or perhaps slid up the pipe, to become not only Nintendo’s mascot, but one of the most recognizable characters across the globe.
Nintendo products have been met with varying success, from the much loved and nostalgically covered original Nintendo gaming machine and the GameBoy to the often forgotten flop of the Virtual Boy; the forerunner of the Oculus Rift perhaps? Nintendo hit its stride in the market by offering affordable consoles combined with large galleries of games with a wide audience. Not considered the brand for “hardcore” gamers, Nintendo has traditionally shied away from the more violent and graphically-intensive genres. Instead, Nintendo offers games with enough simplicity that any child or novice gamer can enjoy, yet enough complexity, story or challenge to keep even the most advanced gamer coming back for more. With both the Wii U and the New Nintendo 3DS offering a wide catalog of new and classic games available for download, gamers have more options than ever and no longer need to worry about constantly switching disks or cartridges. Losing yourself in the charming world of a Nintendo game has never been easier.
Hello! You found my shop of strange and wonderful things!”
These guys are weaker than overcooked noodles!”
A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage. You may be destined to become the hero of legend … but your current power would disgrace the proud green of the hero's tunic you wear. You must use your courage to seek power...and find it you must. Only then will you become the hero for whom this world despairs.”
Thank you Mario! But our Princess is in another castle!”