Saturday, June 19, 2010

Time to thank the plumber



I wrote yesterday of New Super Mario Bros enormous success. Mostly undeserved if you ask me; for a Mario game
it was kinda shitty. But it did prove that there still exists a large market for side scrolling platformers. I do believe that it is thanks to this success that Nintendo feels comfortable announcing two big name sidescrollers at E3 this year. If it wasn’t for New Super Mario Bros taking off like it did I don’t think we would have gotten Kirby’s Epic Yarn or Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Retro Studios would probably have been stuck making some bland online shooter like every other developer these days. After their success with Metroid wasn’t that what everyone expected them to be doing? Instead they are making a new Donkey Kong Country which is infinitely more exciting.

With Kirby’s Epic Yarn Nintendo is taking a big risk, not only by putting out a 2D game these days but one with such an unorthodox artstyle. If it wasn’t for the success of New Super Mario Bros would such a creative return to Kirby’s roots have gotten the go ahead?

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