So a while back I heard all sorts of talk about Nintendo bringing back its Nintendo World Championships event; apparently this was a thing twenty years ago that I did not pay attention to then and, due to college, did not pay attention to for the past month. I was randomly on YouTube yesterday and saw their “live from E3” link and randomly clicked it, and it just so happened to be about five minutes after the Championships final had started, and I figured, hey, I’m not doing much right now. I’ll put that up in one window while doing other stuff in another window and see how this goes. The following are the thoughts I jotted down as it was going on, edited up a bit to be, you know, legible and not-so-unprofessional.
Nintendo sent out a press release a few days ago celebrating Women’s History Month with homages to the “Rosie the Riveter” posters, except with their own female characters and boasting about those characters’ strengths and history. After doing some digging, I finally came across a website that seems to have posted the press release in its entirety. I would expect Nintendo to have posted this thing on their own website, but they haven’t, and most of the sites that have bothered to cover it are just summary, small notes, ridicule, or criticism.
Honestly, I agree with the criticism. I’ll give them points for trying, but I can’t believe whoever put this together honestly thought, “yes, this totally proves Nintendo is conscious of and respects the accomplishments of women.” Continue reading “Nintendo’s Selective Memory”