It remains to be seen if Nintendo’s laundry list of beloved exclusives can carry them for another console generation. I recently asked Xbox loyalists if Microsoft’s continued employment of Master Chief and Halo was enough to keep them excited about the console. Most said no, and I wonder if the numbers will finally start to turn for Nintendo as well. Is a fourth Smash Bros, an eighth Mario Kart or a 73rd Mario, Zelda or Donkey Kong title enough to keep people coming back? I’m not so sure, yet Nintendo always surprises with their ability to reinvent franchises long-thought to be stale. Most of its fans are certainly willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
I’ve owned every console that Nintendo has produced since the SNES, except the Wii U. If they can deliver on the first party titles, I might just pick it up.