Their systems are never top of the line in the graphics war but their games are fun and can be silly. Their consoles have also been affordable and as a female gamer, I appreciate their efforts to market towards us too. Sony and Microsoft cater towards the guys and while their games are fun too, it's not on the same level as Nintendo is for me.
I dislike how they handle their accounts + digital downloads but hopefully they'll implement in the near future.
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I believe this is just about the right time to share this article about Nintendo's philosophy. Whilst the other companies focus on competitiveness and hardware superiority, Nintendo makes games that are fun.
Another point to make is that Nintendo is quite clearly interested in engaging with their fans; Iwata-sama is frequently found talking about games on Twitter*, whereas Mr. Gates doesn't seem particularly interested in gaming, and I'm not even sure who runs Sony.
(You'd be surprised just how much Nintendo listens to its fans, too. For example, in the original draft of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, Remi wasn't secretly a Targent operative; they got that entirely from a fanfiction that one of the animation artists happened to read.)
Regarding the accounts and digital downloads, I'd say that Nintendo Network was a step in the right direction. Once the changeover is finished and purchases are all connected to NNIDs instead of individual systems, they'll have the capacity to fully switch over to an account-based system.
So, yeah. Nintendo all the way.
* Although at the moment he's mostly occupied with telling people not to worry and that his operation was a success.
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While I am currently using my Sony PS3 more than my Nintendo consoles at the moment (I know, haven't graduated to any of the current gen home consoles yet), Nintendo will always be my favorite gaming company.
Nintendo makes fun, interesting games. While I'm old enough to have broken my teeth on the Atari systems in the early 80s, I truly became a gamer with the Nintendo Entertainment System. I was a loyal Nintendo "fanboy", and bypassed the Sony PlayStation and went with Nintendo 64 system. I eventually ventured with Sony and got a PS2 to use along side my Gamecube and became a fan of Sony. But in terms of overall enjoyment and fun for a gaming experience, Nintendo usually delivers the goods. Nintendo characters and series I loved on the old NES system, I've followed and still enjoyed on the later consoles. Two of my all-time favorite games are Nintendo published games: Super Metroid for the SNES and LoZ: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. There for sure is a lot of sentimental value I place on Nintendo as a game company. The company of my childhood. I love the whimsical way about how they design their games. It is that whimsy is what speaks to the kid in me that will never go away. A game published by Nintendo, 9 times out of 10, is a solid, fun game to play. So while I may not be playing games on my Nintendo consoles consistently, I still hold Nintendo as my favorite gaming company.
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I think it changes for me. At present I am enjoying my PS3 more than my Nintendo systems. I feel quite bored with Nintendo at the minute they don't have anything I want to play, it always seems like it's the same thing with them Mario and more Mario
At present I'm going to go with Sony.
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I played the old Sega and Atari systems to a certain degree but I became a "video game addict" on the old NES system. I was introduced to Zelda on that system and it is still my favorite franchise! I have had every Nintendo system they have ever made except WiiU and I plan to get that by the end of the year. My favorite systems have always been the hand-helds.
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What a wonderfully unbiased place to ask this question.
Easily Nintendo for me. I don't care much about the hardware power and graphics and whatnot, and Nintendo simply has the best games, both in terms of appeal to me personally and variety. There's a Nintendo game for everybody, and I don't think that that can be said about the other two companies.
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Did you read the actual question or just the thread title?