Nintendo fans aged 30-plus are a strange breed. Perhaps spurned on by the death of SEGA hardware in 2001, fears of Nintendo quitting the gaming industry are present in many a forum post and comment thread related to Nintendo news, even as they gear up to release the latest iteration of the always million-selling Pokemon, or finally venture into mobile gaming with Pokemon Go.
Naysayers are always predicting the fall of Nintendo and fans are always out to defend the company they've (probably) loved since childhood. With the Wii U flagging in what might be its final year on shop shelves and the 3DS reinventing itself into the new Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo are again approaching a fork in the corporate road. With the tragic passing of Saturo Iwata, relatively recently appointed new president Tatsumi Kimishima must make bold moves to ensure the continued success of the company.
That said, Nintendo, despite lacking Wii U sales, garners affection from legions of fans worldwide. This article seeks to revel in the strangely enjoyable pastime of being a long-term Nintendo fan; from hardware to software and from fad to ferocious devotion, ask yourself: just how much of a hardcore Nintendo fan are you?
10. You Have A Nintendo-Related Tattoo
The Mario invincibility star, an 8-bit portrait of Mario himself, the Nintendo "pill" logo...the list goes on and on when it comes to choosing Nintendo-themed tattoos.
Be it controllers or characters, Nintendo is ripe for the picking when it comes to self-consciously announcing your videogame brand of choice. Just don't be in a hurry to get the Wii U tablet or logo put anywhere on you. You certainly don't want to be that person.
Bryan Langley’s first self-bought console was the sublime Super Nintendo and he hasn’t ever stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and is still searchin' for them glory days he never had.