Chances are, you'll never see me get too harsh on Nintendo on this blog. I don't think Nintendo is perfect, I have several issues with them, but harsh criticism just isn't what I envision to be a part of my blog. That said, Nintendo does really need to get their act together in some regards. Certain people take this very seriously, and create excellent content expressing what Nintendo is doing wrong and why it is wrong.
Today, I'll be focusing on two examples: Haedox and Jim Sterling. Both of these content creators are excellent content creators whose videos I've watched for a long time. I became a fan of theirs because they both don't buckle in the face of hype, and aren't afraid to say things that fandoms disagree with. It's not something I will use this platform for, but I admire their ability to do so.
Recently, as you all know, the Switch was finally revealed. There's been a lot of things said about the Switch, the presentation itself, and the business practices of Nintendo. A lot of them have been empty statements expressing no reasoning behind the emotionally charged words, positive or negative.
Haedox and Jim Sterling are different. When they have something negative to say, they'll back it up in a way that will almost certainly make you agree with them at least a little. Through their clever gags, forceful language, and confident tone, you'll be hooked.
The Switch is certainly a controversial topic, and they've given me a new perspective.
recent Jimquisition video, Sterling goes over the fatal flaws of the Switch's online services. (Do be warned, the video does have rather strong language). He tells us how unlike Xbox Live Gold and Playstation Plus' online subscriptions, you only get one free game a month, and it's a very old one. Even after that, you can only keep the games for one month each. That's honestly really insane.
Haedox's new video, he talks about the marketing so far, as well as the game lineup. He says that the game releases seem pretty sparse throughout 2017, which he's truthfully right on. He says that Nintendo isn't focusing on the "on-the-go" nature enough in their marketing. He also points out that a sparse game lineup and poor marketing is what killed the Wii U. That really worries me.
My point is this: negative judgments about your favorite company are NOT a bad thing. Constructive criticism is a good thing, it helps people (and in this case companies) grow. Obviously just stating that something "sucks" doesn't help anyone, but that's not what all criticism is. Both Jim and Haedox really like Nintendo games, but they speak their mind. It's not because they hate Nintendo and want them to fail, it's the exact opposite. If you see someone you hate doing stupid things, would you stop them? You'd certainly help someone you care about, because you want them to do well.