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#*It's possible these decisions could continue from 2022 onward.
 
#*It's possible these decisions could continue from 2022 onward.
 
# Because of the above listed reasons, Nintendo has turned a large number of fans against them. In addition, it severely damaged their reputation as a company.
 
# Because of the above listed reasons, Nintendo has turned a large number of fans against them. In addition, it severely damaged their reputation as a company.
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#They pander to nostalgia.
   
 
== Redeeming Qualities ==
 
== Redeeming Qualities ==

Revision as of 03:00, 14 October 2021

Note: This article only focuses on Nintendo's business decisions, focusing mostly on Nintendo of America, as they're not a bad company aside from that aforementioned American division.

Critics, fans and other game devs do what Nintendon't.

Nintendo (JP: 任天堂) is a Japanese company founded in 1889 as a playing card company. It is now among the most well-known video game companies of all time, making not only consoles but among some the most beloved I.P.s of all time. Unfortunately, their modern business practices, most of them attributed to their American division, Nintendo of America, have been rather cruel.

Why Their Business Practices Make Nintendo "Nintendon't"

  1. They are notorious for being extremely overprotective of their IPs and have written lots of C&D orders to fan made games as well, while justified since Nintendo owns the rights and they could lose their trademarks when the creators illegally profit off their IPs (for example, Pokémon Brick Bronze), they take them down in a harsh way.
    • They even used to copyright claim videos just for showing gameplay of their games, when some of these videos can possibly benefit Nintendo such as reviews recommending the game. For example, in July 2020, Shesez, creator of Boundary Break, criticized Nintendo's decision to use the Content ID system to claim the copyright for one of his videos about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Rather than claiming the ad revenue for this video, the video was globally blocked.
    • They also removed the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Reanimated Collab on YouTube, but the creators of the project claim that it was an imposter. However, it is still on Newgrounds.
    • On February 5th, 2021, they ordered a cease-and-desist on SuperMarioLogan/SuperBowserLogan due to using Mario plushes for raunchy humor, misdirecting audiences, and profiting by doing this (they even accused Logan of using their characters to promote hate speech, due to the amount of racist, ableist, and homophobic jokes the series is known for; for example, a black-colored Yoshi is depicted as an exaggerated black gangster stereotype who eats KFC, drinks Kool-Aid, lives on welfare, mooches off Mario, shoots people with little-to-no provokation, and eventually developed a distinct dialect where he pronounces words a certain way and can only read when words are written in his unique dialect, and also developed a pencheant for developing insane beliefs, such as everything being free for black people on Black Friday, and police officers not being allowed to search socks), which forced Logan to rebrand his whole channel and use human puppets of his characters instead of licensed plushes; said human puppets are often criticized for how ugly they are compared to the plushes, with the Rosalina puppet receiving the most criticism; in addition, certain characters had to be renamed (for example, Mario became "Marvin" and Rosalina became "Rose") because the human puppets still resembled their Nintendo counterparts enough that Nintendo could claim Logan is infringing on the designs. While this might be justified due to misuse of the Mario franchise, the timing for this seems rather odd considering SML has had numerous entanglements with YouTube's increasingly strict and borderline-draconian censorship policies.
    • They also took down not one, but two videos by a YouTuber because he was talking about Nintendo.[1]
  2. They've treated their fans with strong disrespect and contempt.
    • It also seems that their American branch, under Doug Bowser, possibly cared more about money than the fans and sometimes even the games.
  3. Their mobile game Mario Kart Tour has microtransactions and loot boxes, and even has a Gold Pass that's even more expensive than the Nintendo Switch Online. Not long after, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp added not one, but two subscription-based services within the game that is just as, if not, more expensive than Mario Kart Tour's gold pass.
  4. They will shutdown their mobile games after 1-2 years after it was made. If you spent money on one of the apps that shutdown, you would lose that money spent on the game and that money would never come back. For Dr. Mario World, at the very least the game gives you unlimited lives for the rest of the games' lifespan if you bought anything with real money, but still.
  5. They've taken lots of measures against third parties that have tried to work with them to create eSport events for Super Smash Bros., all because they simply don't see the game that way.
  6. Plenty of their games from the Switch era have followed the "Release Now, Fix Later" mindset that sustains most games as service cases. For example, Animal Crossing: New Horizons (although its predecessor somehow followed such a concept), Pokémon Sword and Shield, Mario Golf: Super Rush, Kirby: Star Allies, and Mario Tennis: Aces. Not to say that they rushed a good chunk of their games in the past, but this system proves that point even more.
  7. They wrote a cease and desist order to The Big House, a Smash competition event for using a mod called Slippi, which would allow Melee to use rollback netcode. To make matters worse, when a lot of top competitors in a Splatoon 2 tournament showed their support for the Big House and the rest of the Smash community under the #FreeMelee movement, Nintendo cancelled their live stream of the event. This possibly shows that Doug Bowser cannot handle negative criticism.
    • They even sent a cease and desist to Riptide for producing a tournament that used Project X an updated Project M mod that aimed to fix certain issues players have with Super Smash Bros Brawl.
  8. In 2015, they launched the infamous creator's program, which would allow Nintendo to take a quarter of ad-revenue from videos that use their content This copyright system has received extreme controversy and backlash since it basically took down a plenty of gameplay videos even if they fell under fair use, causing the Nintendo Creator's Program to be shut down for good 3 years later.
    • And even though they shut it down, they keep continuing on filling false copyright claims on YouTube, starting from 2020.
  9. They wrote a C&D order to a group selling Etika-themed Joy-Cons that were being sold for mental health charities and were made to honor the memory of the late Etika, even though those Joy-Cons were infringing nothing. This was before it was revealed that Captain Alex, the person behind the Etikon sales, was exposed for being a total scammer since only 10$ of each sale is sent to charity while the remaining 55$ goes straight to the seller's pockets [2].
  10. They use the awful artificial scarcity tactic for some products, making them a huge target for scalpers.
  11. Like Sony, they copied Microsoft's idea of making online play a paid service, and thus making online multiplayer on the main consoles not free anymore (apart from that on older consoles which are still free). This is mitigated, though, by the fact that Nintendo Online is cheaper than PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
  12. They don't allow refunds on the eShop unlike other companies' online storefronts.
  13. They release ports of already existing games at full price and most of their games that have been out since. Even the Switch's launch hasn't gotten official price drops. The worst offender is Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a full priced and rushed game compilation that just emulates of three Mario games that were barely upgraded and had emulation issues at launch. Also, the original Mario 64 is also going to release on Switch Online through a premium plan, making this release pointless.
  14. It was leaked by someone in December of 2020 that Nintendo of America stalked people who mod their products. We are NOT joking.
    • Speaking of that leak, it was mentioned that 3DS hacker Neimod was fawned and indoctrinated into joining Nintendo by being provided prototypes and hardware samples for recreational use, interrogated for information and altering their response to the issue based on what he says. Provided prototype hardware for recreational purposes to discourage him from hacking Nintendo products. At the same time, coder Hector Martin also mentioned former Nintendo of America lawyer Jodi Daugherty "tracked down" the work phone of Wii homebrew hacker Bushing and called him "as an intimidatory tactic". Streamer Kaitlyn Molinas also pointed out a PR plan containing potential outcomes, including Nintendo receiving negative reputation and backlash from hackers and cyber attacks (which were all unaverted at the time of the leaks), for if "the public finds out that they hired a hacker from the homebrew scene".
    • In some states, this could actually be illegal, and would result in huge fines or other penalties. If Nintendo Of Europe attempted the same, the European Union would take serious legal action against them.
  15. Whenever they announce a Switch port of a Wii U game, they often delist it from the Wii U eShop, preventing people from buying it for cheaper. However, when Pikmin 3 got this treatment, there were enough complaints that shortly got the game back on the eShop. In fact, they even decided to get rid of Super Mario Maker on Wii U and removed the ability to share any more levels on March 31, 2021 due to the success of the sequel.
  16. They are against online distribution of ROMs of old games, even if they aren't on the market anymore. They say this is because of "piracy" reasons, but again, these are out of print games we are talking about, so whether we get that old game through a legit copy or a free ROM, Nintendo isn't making any money off of it anymore.
    • Finding a copy of an out of print game is also pretty difficult. Some copies out there on the internet are in poor condition and some of them are too expensive (especially if it's a rare game, such as Metroid Prime Hunters, where it's kinda hard to find the full game because of the former only being available as a demo).
      • Some games like Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, had very limited releases and are very expensive to find nowadays, making the option of emulating them much more appealing to many people.
    • Despite this, it has been found that the ROM contained in the Virtual Console version of Super Mario Bros. is identical to one you can download on the internet, which may mean they used a ROM from a website they consider illegal, making Nintendo of America complete hypocrites.
    • In addition, they took down the Super Mario Bros. Commodore 64 port in April 2019, also claiming it is "piracy" despite the game being 35 years old that not many people play anymore, on a platform that has been long discontinued, ported to another system that has been out of market for years.
      • Similarly, they also took down the native port of Super Mario 64 for the PC in 2020, also claiming that was piracy, despite the fact that that port requires a ROM of the original Super Mario 64 anyways.
    • They are also against unofficial emulators as they took some of them down[3].
  17. They've been doing a strategy where they make some of their anniversary games limited release both physically and digitally in order to scare their fans into buying them before they're gone. (Similar to the extremely infamous Disney Vault)
    • What's even worse about this, is that they've been doing it during a pandemic where lots of people are having issues with their financial stability.
  18. Although they have been doing this for years, they are recently taking down music videos on YouTube containing songs for Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda and many more, yet they won’t officially release their soundtrack to an online service officially. Almost every Mario Kart Wii music track on GilvaSunner's channel has been taken down. This is likely because YouTube videos can be converted to MP3 files, resulting in music theft.
  19. Although it depends on your opinion, they've recently made some of their characters including Mario (who is the company's mascot) punching bags starting from the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in 2018.
    • Although again depending on your view, this can be funny.
    • Thankfully, like Ash Ketchum in Pokemon the Series: Black & White and other characters who redeemed, Mario redeemed himself in Sora's trailer as he shake hands with him in the end of the final DLC trailer.
  20. Another infamous practice is that they often ignore criticism whether it's important or not.
    • Nintendo hasn't tried to improve their peer-to-peer paid online service which was already panned for being laggy especially on games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, since launch.
    • They've been ignoring the issue of Joy-Con drift and are doing very little to fix it aside from offering repairs, saying that Joy-Con drift "is not a real issue" (though it is possible that they thought it was something different)[4] which only last a few weeks before drifting again rather than re-designing the controller to remove the issue entirely (and yes, the Switch Lite still has the issue). Many suspect that Nintendo is pretending Joy-Con drift is not an issue in order to artificially increase the sales of Joy-Cons, with a few such as Max Gilardi insinuating that it was intentional. Until in 2021 only after a lawsuit, they fixed the drift by adding 2 pieces of foam at the back of the Joy-Con's back plastic case.
  21. The rerelease of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, which was essentially a repeat of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars controversy, proved that they learned nothing.
    • Not to mention, many people noted that Nintendo's translation lost all the charm that the original fan translations had. Not helping matters is that Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, which was released long prior to that translation, was marred by poor dialogue choices.
  22. Recently, they have removed some DSiWare games on the American 3DS eShop for no reason and without prior warning, which doesn't make any sense at all[5], where even the co-creator of Shantae was also upset at Nintendo for their action[6]. Thankfully, most of them were brought back a week later.
  23. They stopped the credit card support on the 3DS eShop in the PAL regions back in 2019, and it will happen in 2022 in Japan.
  24. While this isn't entirely their fault, they and Illumination replaced almost their entire voice acting cast from the games for their upcoming Super Mario movie with celebrities, even Charles Martinet, who voiced Mario and Luigi continuously for over 25 years. However, they still have Charles on board to reprise his role for another character that is not Mario or Luigi.
  25. They stopped supporting Netflix on the Wii U and 3DS in June 2021 with still no Switch app planned. It is likely Netflix will never be on the Switch.
  26. Their business decisions have brought them awful years like in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and most infamously, 2020 and 2021.
    • Regarding 2020, this was the year where Nintendo's practices were at their worst and even considered the most infamous out of all years, due to a combination of the aforementioned practices and wave after wave of data leaks. It's so bad, that it's considered even worse than the previous five years altogether.
    • It's possible these decisions could continue from 2022 onward.
  27. Because of the above listed reasons, Nintendo has turned a large number of fans against them. In addition, it severely damaged their reputation as a company.
  28. They pander to nostalgia.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Nintendo's other divisions seem to have a good overall knowledge of what game developers are like these days and tries to avoid shoddy practices such as hating criticism, being arrogant and greedy, etc.
  2. This can mostly be blamed on Doug Bowser and Nintendo of America, as they've both made these terrible decisions the most.
    • He seems to have no respect for their fans at all. And to rub salt to the wound, he used to work for the infamous Electronic Arts.
  3. They discontinued the creator's program in 2018, showing that they can learn from their mistakes.
  4. As mentioned before, Pikmin 3's delisting treatment was shortly undone after many complaints. In addition, the original Miitopia was never delisted from the 3DS eShop after the deluxe port released.
    • However, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze remains delisted despite major backlash.
  5. As mentioned in WTBPS #24, they did bring back most of the DSiWare games on the US 3DS eShop. Also, this never affected the other continents thankfully.
  6. They got convinced by many fans to allow one of their popular fans, Chris Taylor, to play the E3 demo of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with his friends, as he never got a chance to go to E3 and had passed away from bone cancer before the final game's release.
  7. The qualities mentioned above show that they at least somewhat care and listen to their fans.
  8. They actually took legal action over RomUniverse, a rom site which was notorious for locking downloads behind premium accounts, meaning that was actually piracy.
  9. They don't seem to have a problem with their content being modded into non-Nintendo games, such as the Steam Workshop (i.e. Rivals of Aether and Fraymakers) and Super Mario Generations, a mod of Sonic Generations. Not to mention, they actually have a page on Steam, further proving this.
    • This is likely because that content can't be used against them in any way.
  10. Unlike many companies that changed their logos rainbow for Pride Month, Nintendo of Japan instead decided to actually show support towards those from the LGBTQ+ community by giving employees who work for Nintendo the same workplace benefits as straight people.
  11. Despite the bad business decisions coming mostly from Nintendo of America (specifically Doug Bowser), they still are a good company, as their games are still great, and thus, they are still good enough to continue to be on the Awesome Games Wiki.

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