A reader argues that Nintendo should make a new portable-only console to take advantage of purposefully simple games like Tetris 99.
I have to join the love for Tetris 99.
It’s such a simple concept and sticking nearly a hundred people together to see who comes out on top is genius. It’s incredibly addictive, hell I even got my wife hogging the Switch and she has no interest in games.
I’m a bit of a dinosaur as far as games are concerned, I still have the original Game Boy cartridge and play it regularly on my Game Boy Advance SP. Not that I’m blowing my own trumpet or anything (well, yes I am) but I got placed fifth on my third go.
Anyway, enough of that self-indulgent nonsense, my point to this is maybe simple accessible games are the way forward as far as multiplayer online is concerned.
I’ve played Fortnite, Call Of Duty, FIFA and the likes online, while fun for a bit they’ve never really grabbed me quite like Tetris 99 has.
The fact that you can jump into a game and play for a few minutes and jump straight back out is a godsend. There’s no foul abuse, no safe place to hide or respawn points to get your gamer score up. This is just you against everyone else who is doing exactly the same as you, scrambling for their lives to get to the top. If someone throws a hissy fit and quits? Whatever, there are plenty of other players still slogging it out.
Maybe simplicity is key to online competitive gaming?
Which brings me to my next point. Nintendo has ruled the handheld market for probably 30 years. Their biggest rival today is smartphones and there is a question mark now (especially with the release of the Switch) whether they will release another handheld device at all. Back in the days of the PlayStation 2 and GameCube Nintendo where still doing OK in the handheld market.
The DS came out first and the PSP came out about nine months later. I remember reading the experts forecasts on how they expected the DS to have a good year before the PSP stole the
handheld market. Technically the PSP handed the DS its own backside but if you know your gaming then you will know that it’s the games that make the console, not the other way around.
I regularly read letters from GCers reminiscing about a console but it wasn’t the console that gave them memories, it was the games – be it the SNES, Dreamcast, or PlayStation 2.
The DS stayed on top because of the simple, accessible games you could jump in and out of at any given moment. It wasn’t because of its raw power. This is a trick many handheld rivals to Nintendo missed. If Nintendo are to release another handheld then it really has to be Internet-ready and online at any given moment, it might require the big N getting into bed with a big phone company. Yet if that is done the possibilities are endless.
Tetris 99 handheld on your commute into work?
Those great mini games on Super Mario 64 DS that not everyone got a chance to play, imagine playing those online?
WarioWare would be absolutely awesome and manic against 99 people.
The trick is all these games are very easy to jump in and out of at any given moment and if you were to cut off because you had to get off the train or whatever, nobody you are playing against actually
cares that you’ve cut off.
I understand that my list might not be enough to carry another handheld through the years but if Nintendo can get companies on board with their simple short bursts of gaming. Then there maybe life in the old dog yet.
Failing that, Nintendo aren’t shy on releasing apps for phones these days and if they put these online games out there on people’s smartphones, then heads will no doubt be turned towards their next
This is definitely an avenue I feel Nintendo need to explore.
Simplicity is key after all.
By reader freeway77
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