Yeah, I said it. See, in Japan, Nintendo has this awesome program called Club Nintendo. Members of Club Nintendo get all kinds of cool gifts we never see in the U.S. This year, Club Nintendo is offering three really nice gifts: a Club Nintendo desk calendar (just skip the calendar, it’s not the awesome part), a two-disc Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack (awesome), and a Classic controller, for Wii VC console games, shaped like a SNES controller (radical).
We don’t get any of that in the U.S. Why? Because NoA doesn’t want to spend a little money to be totally awesome. Sure, the official response is that the…uh…U.S. is too big (yeah…that’s it), but that’s just B.S. obviously. The real reason is NoA just doesn’t want to cut the bottom line. All they care about is profit, not catering to fans.
I’m sure there have been meetings about it and they decided that they won’t lose any hardcore fans if they don’t have it, so why spend the money? Those hardcore fans aren’t going anywhere, it just didn’t make sense to them financially. That’s the problem, though. NoA, to me, comes off like they really don’t care about the fans, they really don’t want to spend one dime giving back to the people that have given them so much throughout their lives. The latest example of them only caring only about money is there focus on casual gamers, simply because there are more casual gamers then hardcore gamers, therefore more money is to be had catering to casual gamers. This has left some to feel that Nintendo, in a sense, has sold out to the masses.
There are plenty of other examples of NoA just not caring about the hardcore fans. They get 600-page petitions from Starmen.net asking to revive Earthbound 3 or asking them to localize other Japanese only Earthbound games and they get nothing. Why? Because NoA doesn’t care about just doing something to be nice, they care about the money and have decided that bringing a Earthbound game to the U.S. just won’t be profitable.
So, in short, we won’t see anything this cool from NoA, ever, because they suck. And to be clear, I like Nintendo games, I just hate how it’s become (or was it always and I was just too young) just a company based around maximizing profits. If your interested you can check out this petition, but remember your opinion doesn’t matter to NoA.