“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”
—Victor Hugo, Histoire d’un Crime
Think about all of the great characters and franchises which have fallen by the wayside over the decades. How many of them survived the jump into 3D graphics? How many of them survived the gold rush of online gaming? How many of them were successfully reinvented and how many of them didn’t make it? Turns out it’s not easy to reinvent the wheel.
Now is the age of the Nintendo Switch, a revolutionary piece of hardware that will undoubtedly have an effect upon its competitors, though it remains to be seen whether it will be a lasting success. Nintendo, coincidentally, possesses more IPs than any other developer and these have survived and often thrived through the generations amid the console wars. Nearly all of them are icons, household names even if…
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