Nintendo seems to be in a rough spot these days. Sales of the Wii U are underwhelming, first-party games are slow to arrive, and the usual third-party exodus that has afflicted Nintendo consoles for the better part of two decades is in full swing. Nintendo hardware is not nearly as powerful as their direct console competitors, and their online infrastructure and eShop approach is not nearly as agile and responsive as Steam or the mobile device app stores.
Judging by the company’s recent public comments, Nintendo seems to know something needs to change, but it’s still uncertain what that change will look like. I’m still waiting on the company to solicit my opinion (I’m sure they’re just shy), so I’ll throw out an idea inspired by my recent trip through the Wii U’s backlog. Game & Wario suggests that it would be helpful to embrace the anti-Mario.