Why does Nintendo think people won’t buy RPGs?

Paper Mario: Color Splash releases today, though some of you may have been playing it for some time, and once again the issue arises: why isn’t Color Splash a proper RPG like its non-Sticker Star predecessors? It’s not an invalid question — it can be a perfectly good game for what it is, but it’s hard to play those first two games and not want more of that — but the root problem is larger than that:

Nintendo thinks people won’t buy RPGs or strategy games unless they’re tricked.

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Pokemon Snap is an educational experience

In most Pokémon games, we’re meant to see the creatures we can collect as tools. While some element of research is tacked on to our expeditions, due to a lofty goal of completing a Pokedex, that’s something that happens in the background as we play. It’s coincidental; our real focus lies elsewhere. Pokémon Snap is the only entry in the series focused on entirely on researching the critters, allowing us to actually learn about these beasts by viewing them in their natural habitat.

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Devil World is so much more diabolical than Pac-Man

Shigeru Miyamoto is an amazing, wonderful, talented genius who appears to want to make people happy with all of his creations. Except Devil World, because Devil World is the most terrifying thing ever. If you haven’t heard of that, then hello fellow US citizens! This Pac-Man-like was only released in Japan and Europe, which means only people in those regions were able to play one of the most terrifying dot-collecting games in existence.

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Pokkén Tournament and the question of mind over matter

With fighting games, brawn wins battles. They aren’t usually like RPGs, where someone could harness the power of their mind, the elements or faith to allow for a supernatural show of power. Pokkén Tournament defies people’s expectations. There are about 47 fighting-type Pokémon in the game’s Pokédex as of Pokémon X and Y, but Bandai Namco only chose to put five fighting-types in the game.

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Leveling helps keep every Pokkén Tournament player in the game

Like all fighting games, Pokkén Tournament gets pretty competitive. Even people going through the solo campaign might find some later matches that leave them a little stumped. Meanwhile, the ranked competition is only going to get tougher, now that everyone has a chance to start mastering their preferred characters. There’s a reason Pokkén Tournament was at EVO 2016, after all.

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Pokkén Tournament’s trainer customization is compelling

Having an avatar you created is essential when it comes to helping you connect with games. The character doesn’t even have to look like you. Knowing that you had some choice in the matter does. Pokken Tournament is the kind of game where Bandai Namco and Nintendo didn’t have to offer that extra touch. It’s about the Pokemon fighting, not their trainers. But you can change your avatar to suit your own ends, and it’s that extra feature that helps make the game even more appealing.

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