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‘Gamers Want To Play Depressing Games While Alone,’ Said Nintendo President

He wasn’t one to mince his words.

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The late and great Nintendo President, Hiroshi Yamauchi, had some interesting opinions on the Nintendo 64 vs. PlayStation 1 sales figures, according to new reports.

Yamauchi was a huge part of the Nintendo family before his passing in 2013. He took the role back in 1949, and helped see the company through some of its most important historical feats.

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However, Yamauchi wasn’t exactly known for being the Reggie “My Body is Ready” of early Nintendo. In fact, he was quite the opposite, and was known for speaking his mind, even if his opinions weren’t quite on the money.

A classic issue of Gamers’ Republic magazine has recently been making the rounds online, and in it Yamauchi makes a very interesting (and funny) statement about why the Nintendo 64 didn’t perform as well as the PlayStation 1.

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According to Yamauchi [via GoNintendo], the PS1 beat out N64 because Japanese gamers “[like] to be alone in their rooms and play depressing games.” Lol.


I mean, I get where he was coming from. The PlayStation 1 is often looked back on for its narrative-driven games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid and solo games like Grand Theft Auto. The Nintendo 64, however, usually brings to mind games like Mario Kart and Mario Party – colourful and “happy” games that you played with a friend.

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Thankfully, you won’t hear a statement like Yamauchi’s from Nintendo of today though. Hopefully.

Speaking of colourful and “happy” games, Nintendo’s next big Switch title is on the horizon: of course, I’m talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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The game is set to be one of the best-selling games of the beginning of 2020, as a new AC title has been begged for since the very first reveal of the Nintendo Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches on March 20, 2020.

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