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Top 5 Reasons People Love Nintendo

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Garrett Alden The crazy adoration this company gets didn’t just come from nowhere! Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 5 Reasons People LOVE Nintendo! Special thanks to our user “Dan Paradis” for suggesting this topic using our interactive suggestion tool at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 5 Reasons People Love Nintendo

“Now you’re playing with power!” Welcome to WatchMojo’s Top 5 Facts. In this instalment, we’ll be counting down 5 of the reasons people love the video game company Nintendo.
For this list, we’ll be ranking our entries based on the degree to which we believe they elicit love from Nintendo fans and the general public.

#5: Gave us the modern console

For those born too late, or just not in the know, the home video game console market took a huge dive in the early ‘80s in North America, due to a number of factors, including oversaturation and poor quality control. Enter Nintendo, whose Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, marked many innovative leaps forward, in both design, implementation, and quality assurance. Nintendo basically gave the world the modern console, including features that still see use today, such as anti-piracy protection, improved graphics and scrolling, and d-pad controllers. The fact that their innovations saved the video game industry doesn’t hurt either.

#4: Nostalgia

With how long the company’s been around, it’s not surprising that generations of gamers have fond memories of Nintendo games from their childhoods. Sure, the other big gaming consoles elicit nostalgia too, but Nintendo has a leg up on them; both in terms of seniority and in terms of market. As we said, Nintendo has just been in the game longer than its competition, even outlasting other companies, like Sega. While Playstation and XBOX do have games for kids, Nintendo’s image as a gaming company for the whole family is well-known, leading more parents to buy a Nintendo system for their kids, meaning that more people form attachments to their brand at an early age.

#3: Focus on fun

Nintendo has a strong emphasis on games for kids, as we’ve already discussed. And what do kids want? To have fun! Kids don’t care about complex storylines in games or super tight controls (though both can affect how fun a game is). Their focus on fun also makes Nintendo highly appealing to casual gamers, since their games are typically much easier to just pick up and play, rather than investing heavily in the experience. While their competitors are often focused on making the latest shooter, or graphical superiority, or whatever, Nintendo eschews the latest trends and gets to the heart of what makes games, you know, games – the fun.

#2: High quality standards

In 1996 before the launch of the Nintendo 64 Shigeru Miyamoto infamously said “"A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad," and the company has stuck to that motto ever since. Nintendo’s high standards for weeding out bugs and preventing piracy is one that continues to this day. While rival developers will often release games half-finished, requiring numerous patches, Nintendo’s standards almost always demand that games be complete before they’re sold, though often at the expense of numerous delays. The number of recalls and patches needed for Nintendo products in general is pretty negligible in the grand scheme of things, the recent issues with the Switch notwithstanding.

#1: Great IPs

Nintendo is a giant of the video game industry and a big part of that are its game franchises. “Mario” and “Pokemon” are practically synonymous with video games in general. While titles in “The Legend of Zelda” series are widely considered to be some of the greatest games every made. In fact many of their franchises have defined their respective genres and been heavily influential on games that followed. While their competitors have excellent game series of their own, the secret to Nintendo’s success may be due to the fact that they have far more franchises that are exclusive to their consoles and therefore integral to their brand – to love the games is to love Nintendo.

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