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Dear Nintendo: It's Not Me, It's You

Nintendo and I had a great relationship.

We had been together for over 20 years. As in any relationship, compromises were made on both sides, and we were happy; I invested my time and money, and Nintendo would pay it back with high-quality, fun, timeless games.

Somewhere down the road, Nintendo started getting a little experimental, and a lot of flak was received; I tried to keep going strong, but Nintendo had changed. No longer did it take pride in its innovative and endlessly fun games; instead, it fell into this downward spiral of ports and half-baked sequels, and seemed to rely mostly on others' flat, cookie-cutter ideas. It found one gimmick and decided to revolve everything around it, and after four years of the same I felt myself starting to become disappointed. Nonetheless, I hadn't given up.

Cue 2012. This was supposed to be the system that turned it all around. The Wii U had finally stepped up to HD graphics and a seemingly-committed online multiplayer service; I was a bit slower to come around myself. I picked up the Wii U Christmas of 2013, almost a year since the system had been launched. I still remember going to three different stores on Boxing Day looking for games. The PS4 and Xbox One had just recently launched, and I found myself massively disappointed that the Wii U games section was only about as big as the two brand-new systems' launch line-ups. After a year, I grabbed myself copies of Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, New Super Mario 3D World and Pikmin 3, and soldiered on.

Well guess what, Nintendo. I'm just done now. I had read about all these great games coming out and I'm sick of these ports and re-hashed releases (Mario Kart 8 managed to hold my attention for all of a week) and I don't understand why I would ever buy games for this system when I can pick them up for my 360, Steam or PS4 instead, where the other good games live. I feel stupid buying into a system that year after year can only tout "New Mario World", "Different Zelda Game" or "Minor upgrade to popular party games that you already bought four times." I don't need a new Nintendo system, three extra controllers and a new Mario Kart to play Mario Kart with my friends; for Christ's sake, I have four different versions already, and I don't think anybody will mind if they don't get the option to switch out their freaking glider designs.

This will be the final year I buy a new Nintendo home console. As a consumer, I know that I should have done my research more thoroughly before buying in, but I still can't help but feel cheated from buying a system where my honest-to-God favourite game for it is freaking Earthbound, and while still fun, it borders on the archaic. I buy new systems to play new games and you're not releasing any. Instead of concentrating on how to make existing properties more fun, maybe you should simply think about investing in some new ones.