Rant #006: Is Nintendo for kids?

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So, Mario is for kids? I can’t believe that. I don’t understand why so many write Nintendo off as a company that makes games for kids. Since when are family friendly games, games for kids? Well, I pretty much said my opinion right there and I haven’t started this rant yet. So, let’s dive some deeper into this matter. What exactly do people say about Nintendo? Is it a company that makes games for kids? So, let’s begin. Also, let me know in the comments what you think. 

Family games vs kids games

What exactly makes a game a kids game? That’s a pretty good question. Is a game for kids a game that has a 3+ rating? Well, no. Games like RollerCoaster Tycoon are 3+ and are anything but kids games. Since ask a kid that is 3 years old to manage a theme park easily. It’s true that most games have a rating, but the rating doesn’t mean that this game gets an age group stamp.

Don’t misunderstand me, I mean that most tycoon games get a stamp for 3+. This means that the content is suited for people from the age of three and up. But I haven’t seen an age that says: “if you are over this age, you can’t play this game.”. Since that’s just plain silly. Oh, you may only be between the age of 7 and 16 to play this game.

Some games are intended for kids, like educational games. But there are some games you can play with the whole family like Mario. Is Mario, Pokémon, Zelda made for kids? That not. Kids games are known for being extremely simple. But some Zelda games aren’t that simple or easy to finish.

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Nintendo is for kids!

Whenever I’m at some friends place and when I tell to them I’m playing a game on my DS, they laugh at me and say it’s a kids console. But the DS has a lot of adult games. Some of my favorites are 999 and Ace Attorney. Yet, these games aren’t made by Nintendo.

It’s only fair to say that the Nintendo consoles aren’t consoles for kids. The main target may be kids but there are several game series that aren’t for kids. And never intended to be played by kids in the first place.

But does Nintendo make games that are not for kids? Yes, of course they do. But they are family friendly so even the kids can play too. This will be probably a shorter rant since most of my points have already been said.

Actually, I am not going to go in bigger detail. My point is that Nintendo makes family friendly games to get the kids interested. And that there isn’t a maximum age on games. Anyways, I’m sorry for the shorter rant today but I am out of points to make it a long article like usual on my blog. So, keep gaming guys and I look forward to the comments.

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About NekoJonez

I'm a Dutch video game blogger. I play old and new games. On my blog I give my opinion and views on them. These are my personal views. I say what I think. I also talk about more then just games. I talk and discuss the gaming industry or elements of games. To get to know me better, you should come on my blog. :) Keep the most up to date with me on my twitter: http://twitter.com/nekojonez Reviews, first impressions and more. Visit my blog: https://arpegi.wordpress.com/ http://www.arpegi.be/ Besides blogging, I also act on stage, have a job in education, play games and study to become a better IT guy.
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