Loyalty is a funny word that means quite a lot in many instances. Loyalty to friends, loyalty to family, loyalty to ones beliefs, etc. But there’s another kind of loyalty, brand loyalty. Or, loyalty to ones favorite items or creator. In the video game world, that usually applies to a favorite developer or publisher, and some would argue that Nintendo has one of the most loyal fan bases around. Many of them even incur the nicknamed the “Nintendo fanboys and fangirls” whenever they stick up for the Big N.
This loyalty has lasted through ups and downs a plenty. From the lack of success of the Virtual Boy, Gamecube and Wii U, to the highs of the SNES, Wii, and now the Nintendo Switch. Still, it raises the question, why do they remain so loyal? Reddit user Spritez366 asked this very question, and some very interesting answers were given as a result.
For some, it’s about quality of games. No matter what the console or handheld is, or how well it sells, Nintendo will dedicate themselves to putting the best games possible on it. Even console failures like the Gamecube and Wii U are revered for some of the games that they had.
Another reason given was style of titles. Nintendo has long been known as the “family-friendly publisher,” and to some users, their games make them feel like a kid again, instead of other publishers who focus on lots of action, intense violence, and more.
A few truly appreciate how Nintendo has been trying to push the gaming world forward in the last couple of generations. They strive for innovation of “graphic superiority” and that has allowed for some truly great things to be made.
Whatever their reason, Nintendo fans are loyal to a fault, and that’s clear from the passion you hear about the consoles, games, and of course, about the company itself.