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GoNintendo Video - Is the "Nintendo bump" a real thing?

The Nintendo Bump. No, it's not Nintendo's next system. It's the thinking that Nintendo games get higher review scores simply because they're made by Nintendo. Is there any truth to it? Let's take a look.

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I think the reason why BotW is getting the score it's getting is because it's just that good. I can't play for just 15 minutes. There's always something to do. I am disappointed with the framerate issues, but I forget about it in the grand scheme of things. It never gets in the way.

I do think that the Nintendo bump goes the other way around. There are benefits to giving BotW a low score. I'm sure it's given "The Jimquisition" a bump in views by giving the game a lower score than "Twilight Princess HD" and "Tri Force Heroes". You read that right. Jimquisition thinks that "Tri Force Heroes" is a better game than "Breath of the Wild". In fact, he rates things lower than most critics 58% of the time. Let's call it for what it is. Clickbait.

rpgargoyle
Mon Mar 20 17 06:54am
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(Before watching the video)

I'm gonna say yes and no.
In some cases people do have their pre-conceived bias for and against Nintendo, theres no denying this, but on the other hand, even Nintendo pump out stinkers, and if a game sucks, a reviewers will 90℅ of the time tell it how it is, unless they've been paid off of course.

Example, Mario Sports Superstars, getting mixed to mediocre scores from areas for being uninteresting and shallow, but with some merits in other places, it's kind of silly this whole Bump thing started just because so many people enjoyed Breath of the Wild, why not just admit a lot of people loved the game?

Not saying Sports Superstars is bad in my opinion by the way, I'm having a blast with Horse Racing and Golf.

ddark
Mon Mar 20 17 07:52am
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I think some bias (both ways, of course) can make its way into reviews (it can be anything from already held opinions on franchises, companies, genres, etc...)

In the case of this "issue" popping up now? I think some people just can't handle when Nintendo is getting positive attention. A lot of people love Breath of the Wild. So what? Deal with it.

When the newest GTA comes out and is exalted, are people going to be suggesting there's a "Rockstar Bump?" And why didn't 1-2 Switch get heralded from the mountaintop?

jakysnakydx
Mon Mar 20 17 12:45pm
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I agree. That's all it is IMO. People are so INFURIATED that Nintendo made a game thats absolutely gangebusters.

Also FANTASTIC examples with GTA and 1-2 Switch.

Recently, that 'nintendo bump' really hasn't applied to their latest games. The last game before botw to receive huge praise for just being a nintendo game (which is an awesome game btw) was mario galaxy 2 back in 2010. After that, every nintendo game was either good or average. But I believe the real bias is that is a zelda game; and the fact that we haven't got a mainline zelda game for so long made the reviewers go bonkers for the game because of that mix of nostalgia and good gameplay.

I think the reason why BotW is getting the score it's getting is because it's just that good. I can't play for just 15 minutes. There's always something to do. I am disappointed with the framerate issues, but I forget about it in the grand scheme of things. It never gets in the way.

I do think that the Nintendo bump goes the other way around. There are benefits to giving BotW a low score. I'm sure it's given "The Jimquisition" a bump in views by giving the game a lower score than "Twilight Princess HD" and "Tri Force Heroes". You read that right. Jimquisition thinks that "Tri Force Heroes" is a better game than "Breath of the Wild". In fact, he rates things lower than most critics 58% of the time. Let's call it for what it is. Clickbait.

I've played enough of Breath of the Wild to say that all of the points that Jim Sterling brought up in his review were legitimate, but that he overstated how significant the game's weaknesses are and understated the strengths of its qualities, which in many ways makes him worse than people with a more obvious bias. Nothing he said was technically false--I can see having an issue with weapon durability or climbing in the rain--which makes it difficult to object to his review without denying that legitimate issues are indeed issues, which then allows him dismiss those who disagree with him, and allows those who agree with him to believe he's proven what he's said. It's utterly disingenuous.

nurio
Mon Mar 20 17 08:51pm
Rating: 1

That's exactly how I feel about Jim Sterling at the moment too. It's not that he's outright false or anything... There's some basis for the things he says, but how big of an issue he makes out of things is all up to his personal feelings. And he is actually heavily biased

Nintendo bump ? What is this ? I sure hope it's not something that was refered to by professional journalists. Anyone that actually knows what they're talking about would conclude that this thing does not exist and that if anything, critics can actually be harsher towards Nintendo than they are towards most other devs.

It is insane how far fanboyism can go sometimes. So some people are not okay with Zelda getting such high praise and because of that they feel like they have to start this whole thing. That's all I read into it and I'm pretty sure that's all there is to read.

We all know blockbuster games get higher scores than they deserve. There were some actual cases where even journalists themselves admitted it. MGSIV and GTAIV are good examples of that. With Nintendo however, journalists sometimes mention the reverse effect were they admit being harsh to a game and years later realize it was actually pretty good for a number of reasons.

I'm tired of people having no knowledge of the industry feeling legitimate to talk about it. This is acting like Nintendo has no precedent in doing exceptional stuff. This is not even aknowledging the unique position they hold in this industry. In short, not knowing what they're talking about.

frog
Tue Mar 21 17 01:03am
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It is insane how far fanboyism can go sometimes. So some people are not okay with Zelda getting such high praise and because of that they feel like they have to start this whole thing. That's all I read into it and I'm pretty sure that's all there is to read.

I imagine these people are desperate to downplay Zelda because of how things have been for entire generation so far. The other consoles (At least in my opinion.) didn't have much going for either of them for the first few years. People still bought them, of course. But from my perspective, the PS4 (for example) didn't really become worthwhile until a few months ago. (I now have one and I'm enjoying it.) But it still hasn't had that absolute killer title that naturally draws people in yet. I don't think the Wii u had one either. To me, it seems like these people don't want the switch to start off with a title, that could be argued to be that kind of game. Especially with what we know is coming later this year.

Basically this whole "Nintendo bump" thing sounds like people setting up a very desperate attempt to attack the only thing they haven't touched yet. I don't know if anyone outside of Nintendo fanboys really care about these arguments. And while it'll be easy for them to just continue arguing about this imaginary "bump" for any other title they release in the future. It all falls apart when you realize that they're trying to suggest that the people who were totally fine on riding the Nintendoom thing for years, are now suddenly and completely bias in their favor. Even when the last game that came close to just getting nothing but praise was probably the last of us.

In this day and age, complaining about is an excercise in futility, to me, as the whole mainstream "reviewing approach" is already handled in some of the worst ways.

From the "professionals" perspective, the GamesJournosPro website affiliates and a lot of the smaller reviewer Internet places in the process (at least the once I've seen so far) have their vision/rating of a lot of games inheritedly skewed due to each people's individual biases... and that's fine, as in everyone's possibility to be entitled to their opinions, of course. What's not fine, however, is when the people in charge of the making of selected games come all their way to pay some of these websites as a means of sponsorship; at that point, I'm already doubtful on whether said websites's reviews can be considered 100% legit with the website owners themselves taking cash from the departments of the very same games they're reviewing... A quick example of this trend would be with IGN's campaigns of Mass Effect 2 and Lego Dimensions, from the top of my head. There are other things to me to be considered when pondering about the "pros", but this is one of the easiest shady things for the average Joe like me to spotlight (always considering that each case might be more than one cases or even different reasons altogether).

Even the "everymen" guy on the Internet's opinion is often times questionable when considering the group of reviews because one can never tell if the intent of a specific self-made reviewer is to give a honest impression about the game, exaggeratedly offering high or low scores for games as in to try to give his/hers favorite titles a better spotlight or just to make a troll review. That's also why I don't like the structure of the website Metacritic at all on this aspect- you can't never tell if the people posting in there are doing it for a thought-out personal insight or just to justify/diss his/hers personal history purchase or the direction of anyone else. After all, you don't want to run into someone whose only reason to critique stuff is to inheritedly play favoritisms towards selected products and/or against others just because, ... don't you?

tl;dr: *Company X Bump* as a concept is an already flawed one in my eyes to begin with, considering the modern bias-based background of reviewing... Good thing I tend to forget any other people's opinions once I have gathered enough experience for myself to judge anything on my own lel

Norwegian site gamer.no gave it a 6/10 and all Hell was loose. The comments were above 200, and that's pretty big for a Norway-only site. They even lost a couoke if readers. It did seem like a clickbait arricle though.

And of course Nintendo sites are going to give the game good scores. Some because of bias, but others because they can focus on the game more. My point is that there are "bumps" both ways and aleays was, always will be. I never grt a game for it's score anyway. I can make up my own mind. Actually I read comments more than reviews since the gamers are the once gaming for fun, not to write about it for money's sake.

What an idiotic concept... I'd say mostly born from inconsistency in the stigma about Nintendo. When the company gets criticized excessively but then their software gets near universal praise... I guess it's mixed signals from a community who just looks for the next cue vs formulates their own thoughts and opinions.

...aaanndd I just checked Starfox Zero's metacritic score and it's 69 so I have no suspicion of the "Nintendo Bump". Their bad games don't get free passes.

Nintendo just simply makes good software more consistently than most other developers.

If we're gonna start screaming Nintendo Bumb, then we should also take into consideration all of the reviewers that give games a high score because they're on a popular system, or from a big name third party, or because the public opinion of its previews was positive/overhyped, and then start applying it to stuff like Overwatch, Uncharted, Halo, Horizon, Witcher, and many many other games.

It's a ridiculous accusation; there's obviously going to be some bias from Nintendo related sites, but most of the reviews are high because the new Zelda deserves it.

If there is a bump, it's because they tend to do better games. It's simple.

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