FirstAid Brings More Nintendo Thoughts
Hey there Jake,
For some reason I missed your last column and thought you didn't receive my last letter, but I saw some people respond to my rant, so I looked it up. What did I see there? A man named Curtis who shared my dream of an MMO where it's not just fighting!!
I knew about how Star Wars Galaxies worked when I wrote you that letter on my awesome city-building, land-exploring MMO idea a while ago... I am glad someone shares my thoughts on how MMOs really need to develop into something other than simple grindfests. Really, Ultima Online already touched upon the idea that adventurers need homes too, so it really isn't all that hard to accomplish such a thing. Star Wars Galaxies did it, Project Entropia did it... If the programmers already managed to pull it off in those older games, it wil sure be possible in new games. As a matter of fact my ADD-ish self couldn't resist starting to write out my ideas on that whole MMO idea of mine. If you're interested I could always send it to you when I have more stuff finished. I really don't know why I am doing it, I know noone will pick it up, but it's a fun way to waste time, I guess. :D
But don't you agree that a lot of MMOs follow the same tiring concept of fighting to become stronger to fight stronger enemies to become stronger etc. etc.? That's all good and well for regular RPGs, where there's also a story to keep you interested, but don't you agree it just doesn't work that great for MMOs?
Anyways, to respond to FirstAid and the other guy; Sure, Nintendo can develop a game based on the worlds of Zelda, Mario and Metroid... But would that really work? I mean, the Zelda games are basically just constant remakes... None of them really follow a development in Link's character, because they constantly start from scratch with him. The kingdom of Hyrule constantly changes with him, so Hyrule isn't one place that has been going through changes, they're new Hyrules every time. The Mario universe is just totally jacked up, it really doesn't follow anything and is constantly being changed and redefined, instead of expanded, pretty much the same as the Zelda series. I guess it would however be a healthier alternative to mind altering drugs, playing a Mushroom Kingdom MMO.
The Metroid universe is slightly more constant in that respect, but isn't that big... If Nintendo wanted a bounty hunter space game they might just as well create a new universe for that.
Now Pokemon, I will have to agree, would be absolutely PERFECT for an MMO. Like the other guy said, people could join the different teams already present in the games, and of course it would be a blast running around the game world looking for rare and strong Pokemon. I for one wouldn't go and play it, I've had my fair share of Pokemon and have grown a little bit tired of it.
Thankfully Nintendo has been doing quite well in creating games for regular online play, such as Mario Soccer, Smash Bros and the likes. While not MMOs, at least Nintendo has finally given in to online play.
And you know what, trust Nintendo to wait with releasing an MMO until they are absolutely sure they have solid gold in their hands. They never have been ones to rush anything, and so far every Nintendo console has had at least one game early in the life of the console that was hailed by many to be among the finest in gaming of it's time. So fear not, and be happy they are not releasing rubbish just to be on the bandwagon.
Champions Online looks cool, but I am not the super hero type... So probably not my cup of tea... Mayhaps I should broaden my horizon beyond the standard high fantasy stuff, but not towards that direction. Wasn't there a Warhammer 40.000 MMO in the pipeline too?
Well, I guess this rant is lengthy enough now, and I should go to sleep! I hope I have given you some food for thought or at least some amusement.
It looks as if we'll all just have to wait until Nintendo descends off its high horse to bless us all with MMO goodness. I'm excited for whatever iteration it ends up being, even if it's Mario Soccer World 2009.
My guess on the Warhammer 40.000 MMO is a mix-up in Warhammer Online information early in its development. I tried to find info on it, but nothing floated to the surface. If you are looking to broaden your horizons, feel free to peruse the Media Grotto for what's definitely going to be the best MMO of the century.