Post by The Almighty Narf on Jan 11, 2005 23:15:55 GMT -5
Who is going to buy this game? Well, let's look at what we already know. The dance-mat market was, some time ago, quite lucrative. It is now 2005 and the rhythm-action genre is in decline. Nevertheless, the prime market for dance mat games is young girls between the ages of 6 and 12. This is not a rhythm-action thing... while karaoke games are very much the realm of young girls, Donkey Konga seemed to hit a different market - rock music and banging drums are more popular with males than females.
But games that trade on pop culture - dance and karaoke games - are geared towards girls. In its heyday, Dance Dance Revolution was popular with everyone, but nowadays it's popular with girls more than boys. So Nintendo chose to make a dancemat game with the Dance Dance Revolution name, presumably to bring in some female players, and I have no problem with that.
But here's the pinch. Mario. He is the world's most recognisable game face, but he's still Mario. He's never been universally popular between girls and boys, drawing in a more male market. These days, thanks to his bright and colourful worlds, he's more popular with young boys. What do young boys not do? Play dancemat games. What do young girls not do? Buy Gamecubes and play Mario games on them. Sweeping generalisations? Perhaps. Wholly inaccurate ones? Well, that's a different matter altogether.
I agree. A Kirby or Hamtoro bassed DDR game would probably do alot better.
Seems like Nintendo are trying to boost this game's sales by combining the appeal to boys and girls. I know a few young boys who will want this simply because it has Mario in it, and a few young girls who will want it because of the dancemat. I know I'll probably get it just because I collect Mario games.
EDIT: I have to agree that a Kirby-based DDR game would be a lot better.
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2005 6:13:38 GMT -5 by kirbychu
Now, I'm not trying to be nasty or anything, but I don't think comic-cons are really the market Nintendo needs to sell itself to right now. If they want to expand into the dancemat market, Kirby would be a much better choice of character. Even Pokemon, which IS universally popular, would be a good choice (and we all want to see a dancing Hitmonlee... right?)
Nintendo is in deep water. The Gamecube is now firmly in third place behind the X-Box. No amount of sales-figure twisting can save them now. Nintendo keep releasing excellent, class A games... but they don't sell. Nintendo needs a killer-app, and I really hope this year will bring at least one of them. The new Zelda is a good contender, but so is ResiEvil 4. Let's hope the Gamecube makes up for lost ground this year.
Post by Adlubescence on Jan 13, 2005 20:17:01 GMT -5
Oh. Ooooooooh. Yes. Ooh... yes...
*holds in every bit of energy pertaining to this subject*
Well, This might not be enough to get Nintendo out of third place, (unless they team up with Bungie and make Halo with Mario) but this will definitely expand the market. Why? Point One: DDR is the best known Dance simulator ever. Stepmania (http://www.stepmania.com/ I think...) was created for people who wanted more songs, or didn't want to buy the platform that DDR was only available on.
Point Two: I know a handful of DDR maniacs who only play the arcade versions because they don't own a PS2 or an X-Box. (Okay, so this only has about 13 more customers. I needed a second reason.)
Anyway, this is bound to make a decent profit, so I say go along with it.