I'm about to unleash my rage.
WHAT THE **** IS GOING ON NINTENDO. SERIOUSLY.
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I didn't listen. I just didn't listen. I happily went and bought a 3DS at launch, and I loved it. Until the novelty wore off and it was silent until OoT3D. Then the price drop. It's ok, I forgave them. I only spent £120 on it anyway as I had a gift voucher for £60 (yes it still cost £180 but only £120 of my hard earned was spent on it) long story, short I deal with it.
Now I LOVED Rayman Origins. I'm an animation student, and that game blew me away, I loved it so much, and got it on Xbox just to see it in HD.
So when I heard that an EXCLUSIVE sequel was coming to Nintendo's new HD console for launch, I was sold there and then. Any bitter taste from getting a launch day 3DS vanished. It was the perfect scenario. Then I saw the game in action and it was brilliant, more than I could have hoped for. The music levels alone, I'd be happy if that was the whole game. But it isn't there are three level styles and I was so excited. Was.
Then the first delay hit. But that was fine, a bit of extra polish never hurt, and it saved my wallet around Xmas time, as well as the system costing a lot as well. And with ZombiU to keep me busy I was more than happy. Then we got the demo! I've played it over and over just because it was so much fun. Let me reiterate, I LOVED Rayman Origins, and Legends looked too good to be true. And I guess it was.
So let me speak for everyone by saying WHAT THE ****. SERIOUSLY. £275 ON THAT SYSTEM. PLUS GAMES AND ACCESSORIES. And this isn't just spoilt brat nerd rage here, believe me. I hate this self-entitled generation more than anyone and I understand we are dealing with businesses here, but there is a line and it has been crossed. I blame Ubisoft, I blame Nintendo and I blame myself. Don't promise launch window games when you can't deliver. And it's different when it's like Pikmin with nothing confirmed, it had a release date. TWICE.
I've loved Nintendo for over half of my life but I feel so jewed over on the money I've spent I could quite happily pack the system up and sell it. I can even live with the exclusivity thing to a degree. But not even a timed exclusive? WHY? So the WiiU edition of the game is just gonna SIT in Ubisoft's office and gather dust? How does that make sense? THEY ARE RELEASING IT IN THE SAME MONTH AS GTAV. GRAND. THEFT. AUTO. V. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN. HOW. SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME. I DON'T GET IT!
Two hundred and seventy five pounds of my money on the promise that Rayman Legends would be released exclusively in the launch window. And before anyone comes in gallantly defending their beloved Nintendo, get your head out of the mushroom kingdom and come back to earth. Stuff like this is why nobody takes Nintendo seriously. Now I'm the last person to shout Nintendoomed because they aren't. Financially they're ok, we've seen the figures and they can keep going for a very long time. What they can't guarantee is the fans to stick around ad keep buying their stuff, until eventually they give up and do something completely different. THAT is why stuff like this matters.
So hear me now Nintendo, while I directly speak to you. You better have the best damn E3 of your miserable 124 years of existence. You've cocked up the last one when it really mattered but this time there's no return. I'm talking the REAL heavy hitters here. Smash. Pokemon. Zelda. Starfox. F Zero. Metroid V. Not just any Metroid. Metroid V. New IPs. This is last chance saloon my friends because the world has changed. All the casuals have gone. And do you know what you're left with? Yeah. Us. The fans that first bought a Wii and showed it to granny. Remember E3 08? I certainly do. They're not coming back either. They're all playing with their iPads and other tablets. Know your fanbase and market, and then appeal to them. You have just over 120 days. Good luck, because you're sure as hell going to need it.