Nintendo, Gaming, and Me

You may have heard by now that Nintendo has finally turned a profit for the first time in over three years.  And on the heels of this piece of news and picking up Super Smash Bros. getting for the 3DS, I'm finding myself getting into gaming for the first time in awhile.  And let me tell you, it's about damn time.

Video games and I have a bit of a storied past.  Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am an avid follower of the video game industry.  I have been for as long as I could remember.  That being said, in recent years, while I have continued to follow the industry, I haven't been much of an actual "gamer."  In fact, I don't think I have been since around my junior year in high school (around a decade or so ago).  

I blame my short-lived employment at a Gamestop, where I burnt out fast.  Nowadays I'll usually play one or two games a year to completion, but that's about my limit.  And that's a huge shame, as video games are near the top of what I consider "art" in my book.  

Despite my relative inexperience with the medium (in quantity, not in years), I'm a huge fan.  And anyone who's known me for awhile knows that above all, I am a huge Nintendo fan.

While I definitely had a huge stint on the PS1 and PS2 where I devoured every JRPG in sight (back in the day, we just called them RPGs), but my consistent love has been for those familiar characters we've all known since we were kids.  From Mario to Metroid, regardless of how little I play in a year, 90% of the time I will make time to play a flagship game from any of Nintendo's franchises.  Especially Metroid.  Damn, I love that series.

So why this random post out of the blue?  Well, I think I'm falling in love with games again, and after missing out on owning a console in the previous generation of systems (Handhelds aside), I think I'm ready to make the jump back into the fray with a purchase of a Wii U, of all systems.  And as far as who to blame for this sudden urge to buy a new system, you can look no further than The Legend of Zelda.

Come 2015, Nintendo will be releasing a new Zelda game for the Wii U... and man do I want to play it.

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Why is it that my love for Nintendo is so ingrained into my psyche?  I, by no means, think any less of Sony or Microsoft, and I have a LOT of fun whenever I play their respective systems and games.  But I only truly make time for Nintendo's tentpole franchises. 

I guess when it comes down to it people are creatures of habit.  I don't game a whole lot, and when I do sit down and play I want a certain type of experience I am not guaranteed on other platforms.

Perhaps this generation of games will change that for me... Perhaps.