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Posted: Feb 17th 2010 11:54AM Averice said

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Do young casual gamers actually play Mario? That always hits me as more of a 25+ year old person game, because they actually grew up with it. Young kids have many more options than Mario. I'll admit that Zelda still seems to have a hold on the young kids, but I think Mario might be stretching it.

Young casual gamers have Bejewled and brain teaser games and cooking mama and blah blah. Hasn't Mario style platform gaming been eclipsed by all the other options out there? Oh, according to the Escapist article, it is still popular among kids. I never got Mario, I guess I still don't get it.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 12:00PM Dblade said

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I don't see why they would. The Wii and DS make a ton of money without the need to maintain dedicated server infrastructure and babysit online communities. They offer limited online play through the friend code system, and it seems to not be all that important for their users.

Nintendo has really been down on online connectivity anyways-this is the company that released both a dial-up and broadband modem for its gamecube while all of two games actually went online.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 12:36PM Tizmah said

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Also the same company that thought cartridges were better than CD's and Midi sounds were better the other sound systems!

Oh Nintendo, how stubborn we are to admit something is good unless you were the first to make it popular or invent it! Oh you'll admit to being the first to make rumble for the control huh? Yeah, bet you will...
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Posted: Feb 17th 2010 1:42PM Wisdomandlore said

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Nintendo would never do it. They have a completely different perspective on online...which is that it's unimportant and a completely dangerous place for anyone.

Anyway, if Nintendo were to do a MMO, Pokemon would make the most sense.

Posted: Feb 18th 2010 11:17AM (Unverified) said

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Tweens are a big business today? They've always been a HUGE business because they're so easily to manipulate into wanting to buy products. You could say that about a lot of demographics, but with tweens, you have the chance for rapid growth with their following of fads because their friends like X or Y product and now they must have it regardless of what they thought about it beforehand.

It's only a matter of time until some tween targeted MMO becomes the "it" game. It'll probably mostly be focused on social activities. A Myspace on wheels, you could say with some addictive features like most other MMOs to keep them playing.

That said, I've seen enough weirdos in games like Free Realms already. It literally took me 10 minutes playing with my niece to walk into some town center and see someone talking about sex. But hey, at least How to Catch a Predator has a chance to turn into a more entertaining show.

Posted: Feb 19th 2010 1:15PM (Unverified) said

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Welcome to inevitable learning curve of teens. It's completely natural for them to experiment with sexual references. In most cases, they are teens. However, the very few cases that are alarming are usually nipped in the bud by that company's moderation and safety team.

I hope that experience you encountered in Free Realms didn't leave a bad taste in your mouth about all virtual worlds, as this sort of behavior naturally occurs. It's how the company responds to such behavior that should leave you in question.
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