People Are Lining Up For Hours To See The 3DS (And Play A 13 Year-Old Game)

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Here is the line earlier today to get into the Nintendo World 3DS event in Tokyo. After that, then more lines inside, what are people getting their hands on? How about a game that was released in the 20th century.

Yes, while there are loads of new games on the showroom floor for members of the public to get their hands on, by far the biggest line is that to play Nintendo's 1998 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time.

You can see in the chart below - handily provided and updated regularly by Nintendo for attendees - that it's averaging around 100-120 minutes at time of publishing, almost twice that of the line for AR Games, the free bundle of augmented reality titles that comes bundled with the handheld.

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It says a lot about Nintendo's pull that having alienated so many old-time fans over the past 2-3 years, all it takes is a new console and a re-release of a treasured old title to get them lining up for hours all over again!

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This is a pretty cynical article.

First of all, you say that Nintendo "alienated" its fans as if that were a fact and not just opinion. I have been a Nintendo fan for 24 years and the last couple of years have been fantastic in my opinion.

It's easy to focus on Wii Fit, Wii Sports and the like because those are the games that get the most column inches and the most criticism from the so-called "hardcore" (hey, everyone likes to bitch) but there have been so many games aimed either solely or partially at long-time Nintendo gamers.

Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Metroid: Other M, Sin & Punishment 2, Punch-Out!!, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Mario Kart Wii, Wario Land: The Shake Dimension, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Super Paper Mario, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn and Metroid Prime 3 were all released on the Wii during the past two-three years where you claim Nintendo "alienated" gamers.

Then we get to the criticism of the 3DS version of Ocarina. The game has received a complete graphical overhaul and is playable not only in stereoscopic 3D but on a handheld for the first time. As someone who has replayed the game every time it had a re-released (original, bonus disc with Wind Waker, Virtual Console release) I'm looking forward to this because it'll be the first time it feels truly different.

The article makes it seem like everyone's queuing up to play the untouched N64 original and that somehow (judging by the last paragraph) Nintendo is just doing it to try to make hardcore gamers forget about Wii Fit.

Meanwhile, PS3 owners are excited about the re-release of a ten-year-old game (Ico), Xbox 360 and PS3 owners are looking forward to the release of an eight-year-old game (Beyond Good And Evil) and Apple recently gave away a fifteen-year-old game (Broken Sword) to the sound of much appreciation from gamers.

I suppose that's alright though.