Remember when an arcade game by the name of Mortal Kombat was ported to the consoles? The blood & gore that made the game inFamous was removed from the SNES version. What was Nintendo thinking? Guess it's no surprise the Gamecube had a stigma of being a system for kids. Remember the "Clean is better than dirty" ad for Super Mario Sunshine? Maybe it was Gamecube's indigo color, or it could have something to do the fact that not one game was rated M on launch day. Was anybody else thrown off when Capcom announced the Resident Evil series was going to be exclusive for the Gamecube? This strategy to gain mature gamers failed since other M rated exclusives such as Eternal Darkness flopped, while Resident Evil 4 has been ported to everything including your cell phone.
Nintendo had their moment with M rated games. The Nintendo64 introduced Turok & Conker's Bad Fur Day. Sure the game was edgy, but Conker's image as a cute squirrel could easily fool a parent who was looking to buy a game for their child. Sure they were probably advised not to by the person selling it, but I bet a few copies made it home. Nintendo has always seemed to cater to parents, soccer moms particularly. They are the ones that are able to buy the games for children that are too young to work after all. The Wii feels like Nintendo's way of saying thanks to the parents that supported them for all of these years.
Not paying enough attention to the mature audience is definitely the charm of Nintendo. They find ways to be innovative . Who has more recognizable mascots than Nintendo past or present? Mario's adventures still find a way to bring the kid out of me. These third party developers should just stick to the other consoles for M rated exclusives. Either that or join the club with the other flops.
Maybe this is all apart of Nintendo's plan. The Wii has hit a wall as far as sales go because of surpise surpise a low demand for software for the Wii. Maybe Nintendo needed to prove to themselves that they could win a console war again. It's been a while since Nintendo was on top. This generation is the strangest. Sony's in last, Nintendo's in first, and the top selling game of the decade is free when you buy a controller. That is bullshit by the way.