Anyone who's ever played a game console
in the past couple years knows one undisputable fact: Sony
's biggest selling point seems to be it's more "mature"-themed games. If Nintendo
is to hope to keep up with them with good ol' Cubey
, they'll need to follow suit
Nintendo has already promised that they're going to go a bit more mature this time around. However, exactly how mature CAN they get? One of their major selling points is making games that are DAMN fun to play while remaining family-friendly (A none-too-easy accomplishment, to be sure). Where can they afford to be mature and not comprimise their game franchises?
Using the characters from Super Smash Bros. as a guideline, let's go through Nintendo's game universes and figure out what they can do.
Your mileage may vary.
Universe: Super Mario Bros. (Including Yoshi, excluding Wario (see notes))
Possibility: Slightly low to medium
All right, Miyamoto SAID that he was going to make the Mario series a bit more mature. He's the fucking genius, I'm ASSUMING he knows what he's talking about, but, let's be honest here: You've got a series featuring two Italian plumbers figting (Amongst other things) evil mushrooms, turtles, and large grinning carnivorous plants, all in an attempt to save the princess of a kingdom of mushroom-headed people. What can you do with THAT?
Possibility: Very high
If there's one Nintendo universe that would look better more mature, it's the Metroid one. You've got a bounty hunter in a kickass suit hunting a creature that swoops in out of nowhere and sucks the life force out of you. Looking at the video clips posted to the internet (See IGNcube or wherever), it looks like they're going in that direction. Schweet.
Universe: The Legend of Zelda
I'll admit, I was a bit skeptical when Ocarina of Time had a more mature look to it over the past Zelda games. It seemed to go against everything Zelda. But, upon playing the game, they did it right. And Majora's Mask can just get plain FREAKY.
Possibility: Very high
One look at F-Zero X will tell anyone that it kicks enough ass as-is. Enough said.
Universe: Donkey Kong Country
This one is Rareware's territory. And Rareware's known for two things: Keeping things DEATHLY secret, and pulling odd suprises, like Conker's Bad Fur Day. Who knows.
Universe: Kirby's Dream Land
With a universe where a pink puffball inhales enemies and swallows them, you really CAN'T get mature with THAT.
I can picture a good chance of Starfox being more mature. You've got good ol' fashioned space combat with a reasonable plotline behind it, I can picture it happening.
Pokemon is an example of CLASSIC Japanese mass-marketing to children. Best example I've seen since my own childhood. As such, it CANNOT become more mature without destroying the franchise, something I'm CERTAIN Nintendo's not in the mood for.
Universe: Earthbound (Mother)
Shigesato Itoi is one twisted guy. It's kinda hard to predict what he'll do with his games. It's even more hard to predict when Nintendo cancelled Earthbound 64 (Mother 3).
Once again, your mileage may vary.
NOTES: Although Wario wasn't in Super Smash Bros, I think he needs to be taken under consideration. When the main character of the game is EVIL, I get this feeling a mature game will come soon enough...
Sand Jack: Hm... I must try this "Alice". I've heard good things about it.