Shigeru Miyamoto can be credited for the revival of the game industry after the crash. His games on the Nintendo Entertainment System brought much needed life and variety to the industry. It’s because of many of those games that I am a gamer today. So obviously, Mr. Miyamoto is an innovator, right?
Well, he may be going a touch insane. After tapping the casual market in a big way with the Wii, Nintendo is taking their next step into making games more accessible for a casual audience. In a recent interview, Miyamoto confirmed what a patent earlier this year had us all suspecting. He calls it “Demo Play”
“Demo Play” will be launched with New Super Mario Bros. Wii this holiday season. This system helps the player complete tough parts of the game, without having to play at all. In an interview with USA Today, Miyamoto says: “if a player is experiencing an area of difficulty, this will allow them to clear troubled areas and take over when they’re ready.” So, imagine if you will, back in the NES days. You were playing a challenging game of Mega Man 2, and you just couldn’t beat Air Man. Well, all you would have to do is press a button, and the game would beat him for you. If you never pressed the button again, it sounds like the game would just complete itself. <sarcasm>Yay!</sarcasm>
I’m hesitant to this new development. It will be interesting to see how it is implemented. However, I can honestly say I will never use this feature beyond testing to see how it works. Sure, it will bring a ton of new gamers who otherwise wouldn’t have the ability to beat the games, but what are games without the challenge? The whole point of gaming is to have a feeling of accomplishment when you beat a game/match, be it AI or human. But that’s ok with me. If Nintendo wants to cater to that audience, they can go right ahead. But if you ignore the fans that got you to the point of your success, you’re in for more hurt than you know. The casual market is a finicky one.
So what do you all think? Is this the next big step in our industry, or is Nintendo going off the deep end?