Loyalty is something I regard with the utmost respect. I think it’s a commendable asset often misconstrued as defiant bias. Many would regard my preference for Sony products as a naive partiality. A preservation of some arbitrary devotion to a company that’s only concern is generating revenue to line executives already well threaded pockets. Perhaps I am a corporate stooge of the Sony? Suckling the irritated bosom of a cooperation long bereft of decency. I own all 4 flagship consoles as well a a PSP and Vita. My phone and Tablet are both Sony. If they manufactured furniture or brewed a beer I’d probably be sipping a cold Sony Artois on my new PlayStation recliner. But I’m loyal and until they do something that truly hinders my enjoyment of their products then I see no reason to defer my limited finances to a competitor. Yet despite my unrelenting fealty to Sony, Nintendo, that adorable little scamp has always endured as prominent fixture in my life.
Like many of you I grew up playing Nintendo systems, specifically the “NES” and the “SNES”. There are so many profound moments of joy associated with these two endearing consoles that’s its difficult to express just how important they were to my subversive nature. They fuelled my imagination, inspiring my friends and I to explore the neighbouring parks, woodlands and residential areas as though we were adventures in “Zelda” or “The Secret Of Mana”. In my eyes this was Nintendo’s grace period. A couple of weeks ago, prompted by the announcement of the SNES classic I made the rather impulsive decision to purchase the now discontinued NES classic. It wasn’t cheap, my bank account is claiming compensation for whiplash, but playing it I’m reminded why I loved it so much. The games, the controller, which features a short cord that gives it an authentic encumbrance reminiscent of the original design is pure nostalgic satisfaction. This impulsive jaunt wasn’t restricted to this one dubious purchase either, as I also somehow pre-ordered the SNES Classic too. Delivery confirmation is still pending, subject to availability and other Nintendo related caveats, because let’s face many of their products come with advisory term. But it’s fair to say my wallet is somewhat winded by this sudden ambitious expenditure.
I usually operate in a very conscientious way, making a concerted effort to conserve my limited resources for the appropriate necessities or amenities. I’m very conservative with my money as well as protective in the way it’s distributed. Maintaining a firm and decisive frugality that has benefited a savings account reserved for the appropriation of additional equity into my part buy, part rent property. Not every month is the same, there are of course unforeseen variables that disrupt this rigorous fluidity. But for the most part I’m consistently boring, yet moderately wealthy. Somehow though Nintendo have staged a staggering comeback over the past year, emerging as a more prominent game manufacturer than even my beloved Sony! Despite years of neglect as a Nintendo consumer, I can’t help but marvel at just how well they have adapted to a market that for long periods seemed to confuse them.
Nintendo’s consistency has always been limited to their software, with their hardware always being ambitious, if not entirely successful. Whether it was the woefully arcane “Gamecube” or the poorly marketed “Wii U”, Nintendo could always rely on its flagship titles to redeem them. Besides the obvious nostalgia bait of the diminutive “classic” iterate consoles. the advent of the Switch really alerted me to their supreme ingenuity. When I discovered that the Switch was a portable games console that could still be used as a traditional games console I wasn’t just intrigued, I was curious how such a composite piece of hardware hadn’t been made before? The Switch is a concept entirely on its own and could only have been developed by the singular ingenuity that flourishes from Nintendo. You just can’t imagine either Sony or Microsoft developing anything that isn’t concerned with “power!”.
Both are motivated by a redacted sparring, concerned with what the other one is doing and fully consumed with competing against one another in a figurative war, forgetting that they’ve missed the crucial principle of making it fun or even unique. Nintendo is more inclusive, saturating their console with new exclusive material that admittedly relies on the familiarity of their nostalgia and propensity for family orientated content, but justifying its ubiquity with engaging entertainment. With their competitors engaged in a frivolous fracas that benefits no one, Nintendo are free to conduct themselves with the same self assured, seemingly audacious whimsy that has seen them endure and thrive even when they marginally miss the mark. They have revitalised console gaming in a way both Sony and Microsoft seem fit to trivialise. Nintendo don’t have to compete with either company, but instead consolidate their own ambitions. They may not be perfect, they can often make a wrong turn here and there with a tendency to veer sharply down an obscure tangent, yet always seem to forge a way back and almost always emerge back on that road a couple of miles ahead of their rivals. My natural affinity for Nintendo hasn’t faded and it turns out it never did, it’s simply been waiting for them to “Switch” things up a notch. And personally I haven’t been this excited about a Nintendo console since the SNES.