The Way Games Are Supposed To Be – Mario Kart

It has only been a day since the release of Nintendo’s Mario Kart for the Wii but it has made me think about just why Nintendo is being so successful.  I am a late fan of Nintendo, after many years of parental influence that I should have not only a games machine but something that can educate too, I never had a games machine until I bought my own PS1.  It has only been in the last few years that I have fully jumped on board the Nintendo party wagon, purchasing both a DS and a Wii.

Even if you ignore the fact that Nintendo went with the more affordable machine compared to Microsoft and Sony, it is many other things that are proving to make the system so popular.  The obvious factor is the unique control system that Nintendo developed but it is not just this.

Take Mario Kart, not only does it include an attachment included in the price of the game which makes it feel so much more fun but the whole concept of this game is built around the essence of fun

Firstly this is a game for all the family, no violence or bad language but still open to all ages.  It is a very colourful game which enhances the essence of fun.

Then you have to consider the multiplayer essence.  Not only can you play against up to four of your friends in the same room but you can also play with friends or even strangers online in an up to 12 player battles.  Another feature which I personally have not seen before, which is pretty cool, is the option to play with a friend (in the same room as you) online against other people.  So you can have a friend over and then both play against people around the world which makes this even more fun.  The graphics, whilst not up to the standard of the PS3 or Xbox360 is just so colourful and fun that you don’t care about HD graphics.

Nintendo have certainly always innovated on fun games but they are definitely continuing to do this even today, this is a refreshing change from all the violent and dark games which appear to make up the bulk of other systems library’s.  Well done Nintendo and keep up the excellent work!

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