The 2D platformer market is booming, not just on handheld but also for PC and console gamers looking for some old school fun. It’s been a solid year for genre with titles such as Guacamelee, Rayman Legends and Rogue Legacy, but none of these great games feature steampunk robots in a Spaghetti Western setting.
There are no guns in Super Mario 3D World – no brutal melee kills or unnecessary expletives. You won’t encounter any micro-transactions forcing you to pay over the odds, a DLC season pass, or any contrived quick-time events covering up a developers’ lack of ideas.
Nintendo are renowned for sailing against the wind. I for one hope they never change.
Honestly, trust Nintendo to offer a remastered, ten-year-old GameCube game as their rebuttal to the threat of Sony and Microsoft’s upcoming consoles. If it was anyone else, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d lost their marbles.
There’s something incredibly infectious and wholly refreshing about Platinum Games’ approach to video game design. The Japanese studio has become renowned and rightly celebrated for producing high-quality, action-packed titles brimming with eccentric creativity, topped off with an unabashed disregard for the safe and traditional gameplay conventions which so many video games rely on. Simply put, Platinum Games are not afraid to take risks – the bigger, the better, in fact.
It’s easy to kick someone when they’re down. It’s even easier to lay the boot into the forlorn figure of Nintendo. Just look at them, lying there like such fools…