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Old 07-10-2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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IWATA: 90% of new gamers can't finish 1-1 of Super Mario Bros

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During a Q&A at Nintendo’s recent shareholder’s meeting, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata said several things that are alternately painful, amazing, and sad in response to a question from a stockholder about how games seem to be getting easier, and how that may be contributing to the Wii U’s lackluster sales.

First of all, Iwata agreed that games have gotten easier, and he affirmed that the trend could be a reason that interest in the Wii U hasn’t been as strong as it could be. Still, he defended the company’s strategy for making games easier by revealing the results of gamer testing that Nintendo has conducted that demonstrates gamers’ decreasing ability to do well in games.



“It may come as a shock to some of you that most gamers today cannot finish the original Super Mario Brothers game on the Famicom,” he said. “We have conducted this test over the past few years to see how difficult we should make our games and have found that the number of people unable to finish the first level is steadily increasing.”

At this point, a whopping 90% of participants couldn’t finish the level. (We presume that means they used up their few available lives before having to restart the game.)

He also noted that most didn’t understand basic game mechanics such as the run button, or that coins are to be collected and aren’t enemies, or the concept of a bottomless pit. About 70% died at the first enemy, and half of those died at that same spot twice. (Twice! At the hands [or lack thereof] of the first Goomba!)


Watch out for those tricky, impossible-to-kill Goombas (Credit: TalesofGaming)

Participants said that they wanted the game to be easier, and that Mario should perhaps start the game with a sword or a gun. Some didn’t even realize that Super Mario Bros was an actual vintage game.

If we can put on our old fart hats for a moment: What on earth is wrong with kids today? Mario was a famously tough game to beat, for sure--saying that you beat Mario was a legitimate boast among the neighborhood youths--but not being able to finish off the first level is ridiculous, and suggesting that the game should be made easier instead of begging to try the level again is offensive to our sensibilities. (Now if someone would hand us a handkerchief to wipe the soup off our chins, we’d appreciate it.)

All joking aside, that’s a sad state of affairs for the gaming community in general and Nintendo specifically. Iwata, to his credit, sounds just as downcast about it as everyone else.

“As a stockholder, you should be relieved to know that our games are easier in order to attract a wider audience,” he told the crowd. “As a gamer, you might feel a little sad, and you should be. It is quite sad.”
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:27 AM   #2
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Ok, this saddens me very much, but it;s important to look at the context. If someone is truly brand new to gaming, is it really that surprising that they can't finish the level? Think back to the very first time you ever played any game ever. For me, I was only 3 years old. I highly doubt I could complete the level first try at that age.

However, as I read on it became painfully obvious that they were testing actual gamers, or at least people who call themselves such. That's were it goes to hell for me, and just really makes me shake my head. Rest assured, not all of the upcoming generation is horrible at gaming, and I do my part to help recommend kids, particularly in my family,great games and help them learn to be better at them as well. It's really all we can do at this point. There will always be easy games and hard games, however. It's important to keep that in mind.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:01 AM   #3
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Press jump, move right, avoid enemies, profit.

GEE THAT'S REALLY ****ING HARD.

Dumbasses.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:20 AM   #4
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maybe they need a map of the layout ....???
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I really hope none of the gamers they're testing are over 18. Asking to add guns or swords though. Like Rin said, it's not even hard. It may get a bit more difficult later on, but level 1-1 should be easy even if you hadn't played it before.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:26 AM   #6
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I actually haven't beaten SMB ._.

But 1-1 is easysauce.
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all it is on the first level is growing up and hopping ( around like a bunny ), avoiding being pinched or falling into the hole(s)
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That article is a satire, it's not real.
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That article is a satire, it's not real.
Yeah, I was hearing it was fake a few hours after I posted this, but honestly, I do think there's some truth in this.

Remember "y cant metroid crawl?" a few months back?
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Welp I just had a long ramble before I realized it was fake. I feel better now knowing that it is. It reminds me of Egoraptor:

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Gaming sensibility isn't even something that is attained by playing games. everyone ****ing knows basic video game logic. And even then, if you're given two abilities, chances are, one of them will help you advance / kill enemies. Basic deduction. If 90% of the new gamer masses can't do that, I weep for humanity. I hate it when people can't use their heads to get around simple, menial tasks in life, without having to be guided there, every step of the way.

But that's just one cynical asshole's opinion.
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