When first-person shooters made the transition to consoles from PCs over a decade ago, they weren’t very good. Or even just good. Despite being today’s go-to genre for blockbuster console game franchises (Call of Duty or Halo ring any bells?), the first-person shooter got a rough start on consoles. Game developers — used to the precision allowed by a mouse/keyboard setup — had no idea how to design shooters with console gamers in mind. Early approximations like Nintendo 64’s GoldenEye and Perfect Dark from Rare were held up as the gold standard for years, while PC gamers snickered and stuck with their superior control mechanics.
Bungie’s sci-fi shooter Halo: Combat Evolved heralded the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox in 2001, and it marked the end of Nintendo’s short-lived console FPS dominance. The first Halo game and its developer Bungie Studios are to thank for the modern console FPS — a streamlined, slower version of its PC progenitor that stands on its own. In the decade since Halo: Combat Evolved launched, Bungie and many, many other game development studios have honed and perfected FPS gameplay on consoles, to the point where it’s the leading sales genre in the US (for the past five years, with the exception of 2008, according to NPD). Nintendo, however, has taken a back seat in this genre — starting with the GameCube and even more so with the Wii, Nintendo eschewed first-person shooters for the better part of the last decade. Beyond the company itself not publishing or developing within the genre (the lone exception being its Metroid series), third-parties mostly offered watered down ports for the last two Nintendo consoles.
Gallery: Nintendo Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller vs. Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 controllers
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