I thought of this quote whilst reading the various speculations on the rumoured ‘Wii 2’ - and the glut of ‘What We Want From the New Nintendo’ posts popping up sporadically across various websites.
The suggestions, even on this site, were depressingly predictable.
HD, moar power Cap’n, go back to the old controllers, no more motion control rubbish, better graphics.
A faster horse.
It’s a sad thing, but those who find themselves ingrained in the day to day business of talking about video games tend to think cyclically. We become entangled with the products we’re given that we have no choice but to ask for more of the same. So when the time comes to reflect, to ask ourselves what we really need from gaming, what it needs to do to evolve, the answer is resoundingly similar - like the primitive bark of some weird hivemind.
Give us a faster horse.
Nintendo has gone about amassing their huge pile of Yen by refusing to give us a faster horse – why should they change now? Sure, they rely on stalwarts, brands like Mario, Zelda, Metroid... but the method of delivery is always fresh. They continue on, in their own stead, in their own unique way, finding fresh ways to cruelly separate us from our hard earned dollars – and I love them for it.
We have our Xbox 360s, our PS3s. I have absolutely no inclination to play a console from Nintendo that tries to imitate the arms race in which gaming has been embroiled in for the past three decades. Nintendo, you're better than that.
“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.” Henry Ford also said that – he was a clever bastard.
Nintendo – please. Surprise me. I want to see something new. I want to see something I haven’t even imagined yet. That’s what I want from a new Nintendo console. I don't want the same old shit.
I don’t want a faster horse.