Mario Takes The Fall For Nintendo's Shortcomings
Come gather around the campfire and listen to a tale called...the curse of Mario.
Nintendo, despite dominating console and handheld sales, had a rough 2011, no thanks to a tumbling stock price.
The culprit? Why Mario, of course.
Japanese publication Sankei News pulled a "oh no they didn't" in pointing the finger at the company's mustachioed plumber, blaming the little guy for stunting the publisher's growth.
As the game market evolves, Nintendo seems unable to move beyond creating games that rely on the image of Mario.
Well, you would too, if games starring Mario sold like this:
New Super Mario Bros.: 26 million copies worldwide.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii: 22 million copies worldwide.
Super Mario 3D Land: Over 5 million copies worldwide.
And so on and so forth.
Look, we'd love to see more original IP from Nintendo, but placing the company's woes on Mario is like saying Michael Jordan crippled the 90s Chicago Bulls.
In other words, wait, what!?
Nintendo makes Mario games because people love games starring Mario. Period. Know what I want at the Wii U launch? Mario. Know what I can't wait for? The new Mario for 3DS.
In other words, he's not the pasta eating scapegoat you're looking for.