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Another E3 has come and gone, and for once, the big three companies had a really good showing. New installments to famed series, a few new games here or there, it was a satisfying E3. Notably, Nintendo is coming out with some new IPs that aren't knocked down to digital eShop release, away from the eyes of mainstream audiences: Splatoon and Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. . Of course, it's to be expected that some groups will complain about Nintendo (mainly for staying away from realistic graphics; sorry that there isn't realism in imaginative worlds); however, one whiny group, shockingly, is Nintendo's own superfans.

What's not to like about Nintendo's E3 showing? Well, unless you're into collecting stuff, Amiibo, but besides that, what do superfans have to complain about?

A lack of a Majora's Mask remake. No new Metroid game. No MOTHER 3 localization. These fans are complaining that new installments to their favored series aren't coming, and some of these complaints increased when Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. was unveiled instead of the speculated Majora's Mask 3DS remake.

Really?

Okay, I consider myself a Nintendo fan, but not a superfan. I enjoy a lot of Nintendo's games, but sometimes, I want something new. Nintendo critics often point to Nintendo not creating new IPs and relying on their big name franchises and reviving old ones as a problem, and I have to agree with them. Sure, there's Pushmo and Dillon's Rolling Western, but they aren't exactly mainstream. Nintendo needs new blood - big name blood - to be pumping through their bodies to keep from getting stale and eventually succumbing to the doom that sensationalist gaming media have been proclaiming for years.

Meanwhile, these superfans keep demanding more installments, more remakes, and are dissatisfied when they aren't getting them. It's these fans that are keeping Nintendo stuck in nostalgia land. To them, new IPs means less time away from what they want: more of the same. It's baffling that these fans want a remake instead of something new, and complain when said remake isn't coming.

What's even more baffling is that these superfans are also likely to bash the likes of Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed for constantly making new games. The thing is, Nintendo is guilty of doing the same (ESPECIALLY when it comes to 'New' Super Mario Bros.), and instead of bashing this practice, these fans are supporting it. These Nintendo superfans are entitled hypocrites, and I use 'fan' loosely, considering their attitude when they don't get what they want.

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These are the fans that are holding Nintendo back. Nintendo's listening in to their cries about a Majora's Mask remake and Metroid (not sure about MOTHER 3, at this point), and unless the people making the future Metroid games decide to pull an Aonuma and shake things up a little (hopefully not in the direction of Other M), these future releases will be more of the same for Nintendo, which would provide more fodder for critics.

This part of Nintendo's fanbase needs to change their attitude. They should be welcoming change instead of requesting for remakes and sequels. Sure, plenty of people would be looking forward to a Majora's Mask remake, or another Super Mario Galaxy game, but Nintendo has to make more new things, and the fanbase should be supportive of that.

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