Sitting upon the grand castle of gaming history is a genre that has encapsulated our emotions with in a golden and eternal vessel called nostalgia. I think it’s entirely fair to say that RPG’s capture our understanding of the medium’s history more than any other genre. There’s a reason why Pokemon fanatics are so fanatical despite the series’ lack of significant change or evolution since its conception. There’s just something so timeless about a whole spectrum of experiences that can penetrate our emotional cores without fancy graphics or complex controls, no matter what the modern day Sqaure Enix walking corpse would have you believe.
And yet, with the exception of the aforementioned Pokemon, Nintendo is not a company that capitalizes on this genre too often. Sure, they have their Paper Mario series tucked away somewhere, and Fire Emblem, although a different kind of RPG, is absolutely still a force to be reckoned with, but Nintendo doesn’t rely on RPGs quite like other Japanese developers. No, when Nintendo makes a rare RPG, it’s something to be cherished.
It’s no wonder, then, that a highly vocal group of fans cursed Nintendo’s name for decades, simply because they refused, until very recently, to release the cult classic EarthBound again in the west.
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