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I’ve long considered Nintendo to be one of the most consistently great developers in the industry. Outside of the rare awful idea like Wii Music, the developer has a history of putting out quality software. That said, they’re also frequent repeaters of something that’s become increasingly bothersome to me in recent years. Nintendo seems to think that most of its fans are complete idiots.
I’m not referring to the super guides that allow players the option to skate through hard levels in recent games. Those don’t interfere with my enjoyment of Nintendo titles, as I can simply ignore them if I want to play games like Donkey Kong Country Returns or Super Mario 3D Land in the classic fashion. I’m mostly referring to the publisher’s insistence on overexplaining basic concepts and forcing players to slog through text that can’t be sped up.
While reviewing Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, I spent literally hours waiting for the game to just take off the training wheels and let me free. I’ve played every game in the series, but that didn’t stop Starlow from feeling the need to explain the most bare-bones concepts to me at every turn. All I wanted was for the game to let me run off and explore, but I still found myself wading through a mountain of text every time I entered a new area.
This carries over to many of the company’s games. I spent over 100 hours in the world of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but I bet a good 15 of them were dedicated to reading the basic greetings and goodbyes from Reese, Timmy, Tommy, and Blathers. What harm would it cause to let me simply tap A to fly through text that I’ve read hundreds of times? I also loved Zelda: Skyward Sword, but I hated the game pausing to explain every single bug and rupee to me, every time I played.
It seems to me that Nintendo believes that most of its fans are absolute morons, and it’s a running theme across many of their games and materials. Hell, just look at these images from the Japanese 3DS manual:
So let's see...don't spill full glasses of water directly onto your 3DS. Don't sit on the gaming console that you spent hundreds of dollars for. Don't play it until you're dizzy enough to get the eyes of a dead cartoon guy. Don't stare directly into the IR sensor for whatever damn reason. Don't wrap chains around your AC adapter before you plug it into the wall (what?!). And of course, don't run around knocking your mother's expensive flower vases off the counter with your console. Gotcha, Nintendo. Thanks for the heads up.
Nintendo has made some major efforts to make games more approachable via super guides and accessible gameplay, but it becomes frustrating when they don't extend any options to the other side of that equation. A simple "I've played [SERIES] before" option at the beginning of a Zelda or Mario & Luigi game could cut down on so much unnecessary stalling. Fans of Nintendo franchises are eager to jump back into their favorite worlds when new titles are released. If Nintendo is going to continue holding the hands of newcomers, then they should at least make some minor efforts to cater to their longtime fans that understand the basics of their games.
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While annoyed by such references, I do largely believe some people are devoid of reason. This is normally where I look at social and parental dunces that seemingly lack any concept of common sense.
As far as the instruction manual goes, that's not unique and obviously has been done for liability issues. They also market to a younger audience so it doesn't seem strange at all. I simply see Ninty as being as accomodating as possible for its audience. An option to turn tutorials off would be great though.
Haha, those are some funny infographic type pictures there. The best thing is they probably had to make these because someone has done all of those before.
I always treat these as humor moments before getting into games. To this day,I still bust out laughing every time I boot up a Move-enabled game on my PS3. Seeing that picture of that guy getting the crap knocked out of him because he got in the way for no real reason always puts me in tears. Laugh hard,then get into the game. Works great for me.
It's not that everyone is an idiot, it is mainly for those idiots who sue because they didn't have anything tell them not to do these things. Think about it...have you ever read the warnings on a toddler stroller? Warning remove child before folding for storage....You know the only reason it is there is because some idiot closed the thing up with their kid inside and caused damage to the child. That is why these things are so heavily explained.
I agree. I especially find the tutorials in the Pokemon games annoying as I've been playing Pokemon for almost 15 years now--I know how to catch a Pokemon, I know what TMs/HMs are, I know that Potions restore HP, etc. There should be a way to skip this stuff especially for longtime fans of a series who have essentially watched the same tutorials over and over again with each new game.
Lol are you not suppose to stare at the lighting the back of the 3ds in that one picture ? XD the one thing that really annoys me is having to constantly read on animal crossing whenever I enter or leave a shop. Super annoying! But still love the game
I always think these look kind of funny
It may be stupid, but if some moron ends up doing one of these things, and it doesn't say NOT to do it...
I applaud you, good sir.
That's one of the things annoying me about Skyward Sword, which is a very good game otherwise. I hate the way it pauses in the middle of a battle sometimes just to tell me about the treasure I already collected once last time I played.