10 reasons Pyre should be the next big e-sport

Last Updated February 13th, 2022

As Sony and Microsoft take steps into the next generation of video games with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, many believe that Nintendo has taken a step back. Nintendo released a Wii U that didn’t connect with the mass market Wii enthusiasts or the hardcore gamers waiting for the PS4 or Xbox One. Although early adopters and brand loyalists purchased the unique console, many wondered why Nintendo would release a console into the current generation with a new generation ready to emerge.

Nintendo filled the video game atmosphere with promises of new Mario games, the Year of Luigi, and a new Pikimin game. Video game enthusiasts insisted that Nintendo was once again resting on its familiar brand of characters and games while also resting on a gimmick of a new tablet controller.

While some may see Nintendo slipping into obscurity now that Sony and Microsoft have entered the battle, Nintendo is primed to showcase once again how resilient the house that the Italian plumbers built can be. Here are ten reasons why Nintendo is still (and will remain) relevant in the new generation of video games for years.

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Fan Base

Visit any video game website, blog, or strike up a conversation with a gamer in the Wii U section of a store and you will soon realize that Nintendo possess one of the most rabid and loyal fan bases in the video game world. Nintendo’s fans possess a passion that rivals any other brand on the market. For years, Nintendo maniacs have come to the defense of their beloved brand and their fanaticism only grows stronger every day. With fans this loyal, they will ensure Nintendo’s success for years to come.

Family Market

Family gamers are a growing and lucrative segment of the video game market. While Microsoft attempted to enter the market with the Kinect and Sony followed with the Move, Nintendo has been dominating that segment for years. Nintendo’s catalog is full of family-friendly games that appeal to the masses. This along with a family-focused marketing scheme shows that Nintendo recognizes the importance of family gamers and their future impact on the industry.

First To Second Screen

Nintendo is often overlooked when it comes to technological innovation but the company has been succeeding in this area for years. From the basic yet useful design of the original Nintendo controller, to the motion sensor technology of the Wii, Nintendo has constantly been ahead of the curve. Now, while Nintendo’s competitors are creating second screen apps and convincing you to buy a mobile device for the feature, Nintendo’s current console already features a second screen tablet controller that works better than anything on the market.

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Gaming on the Go

In a video game world dominated by on-the-go tablet gaming, Nintendo has continued to stand head and shoulders above its competitors. While Microsoft has yet to enter the mobile gaming arena, Sony has been struggling to get its handheld system off the ground. Nintendo has continued to be successful in the area. Its most recent mobile system, the 3DS, continues to be a success. If history is any indication, Nintendo will remain the leader in mobile gaming for years to come.

Opening the Doors

For years Nintendo has kept its doors closed; only allowing a few non- Nintendo properties to interact with its brand. Most recently, Nintendo’s working relationship with Sega has spawned a franchise starring the company’s respective mascots in the Mario & Sonic series. Now with the recently announced Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo has shown it is now open to working with other studios on creating unique properties with their characters. This open minded approach will provide new games and new fans for Nintendo.

Character Roster

Link, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Mario. These names are not just synonymous with the beginning of a gaming generation. These characters are the bread and butter that keep the lights on at Nintendo. While other companies have either overused or lost their mascots (looking for you Crash Bandicoot), Nintendo continues to thrive off of the inventive use of their characters. Nintendo is also focused on bringing lesser-known characters into the spotlight such as the Year of Luigi or adding Rosalina to the new Smash Bros. roster. With this continued character focus, Nintendo will continue to create new and interesting stories that are both familiar and unique.nintendomario

Alternative Choice

First person shooters, video game franchises based on war, blood, and violence have become the new normal in the world of video games. Microsoft and Sony heavily relied on the franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield to push their new console launches. While guts and glory are a popular tag team for gamers, Nintendo offers an alternative. Saving a princess in a castle or playing as a bongo-beating ape are a nice alternative to blood and gore and an option that gamers will continue to respect and support. Sure those same shooters are available on Nintendo’s platforms, but they have yet to use them as a crutch to push hardware sales.

Smash Bros.

Whenever a new Smash Bros. is announced, gamers everywhere have a sense of nostalgia and excitement when they watch the trailer. The ability to brawl as Pikachu, Link, or Princess Peach showcases Nintendo’s sense of fun and adventure when it comes to their own properties. Smash Bros. is often held as one of the best fighting games available and tournaments are held across the country. As long as Nintendo continues to deliver a Smash Bros. game, fans will continue to support the brand.

Digital Presence 

The digital marketplace is an emerging landscape that allows gamers to get the content they crave immediately. Microsoft and Sony are driving this point down the throat of gamers with mixed results. Nintendo is taking the opposite approach. Their marketplace is growing, allowing gamers to not only play indie games but to also relive Nintendo classics. Nintendo presents this as an option to its gamers. The growth of their marketplace will continue to give their gamers amazing content options.

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Affordability

Nintendo has always offered consoles that cater to those gamers who must game on a dime. Currently, Nintendo’s Wii U is $100 less than Sony’s PlayStation 4 and $200 dollars less than the Xbox One. With a crowed console market during the holiday season, the Wii U will appeal to many gamers on a budget. Also, the price point will appeal to those who currently own another console, but are looking for variety. By providing an affordable option, it is hard to ignore Nintendo’s presence in the video game market.Tired of randomness deciding your Hearthstone matches? Sick of your CS:GO matches being decided in a matter of seconds? Can’t follow what’s going in in League of Legends? Well, do I have an e-sport for you. It’s an e-sport that has a lot in common with traditional sports, reducing randomness and focusing on nothing but the skill of its competitors. I’m talking, of course, about Supergiant’s new masterpiece, Pyre.

“Pyre!?” you may ask. “That indie storytelling game about exiles in the underworld? How could that possibly be an e-sport?”

Well, first of all, if you are asking these questions you haven’t played Pyre yet, and that’s a crime worthy of banishment. Second of all, Pyre encapsulates everything a good e-sport is, and I’ll attempt to prove that in this article.

It’s Non-Random

A good e-sport needs to be, first and foremost, a test of skill, not a test of luck. Pyre is just that. Its many arenas are built to be non-random. There are no hazards that suddenly kill you, no pitfalls that will give the opponent an overwhelming advantage. Few character skills and items are based on random chance, and those that are don’t drastically change the playing field. You can be certain that the winner of a Pyre match is the player that played the hardest and smartest.

It’s Popular

While Pyre may not be as popular as, say, Hearthstone or CS:GO, it’s undeniable that Pyre and all of Supergiant’s games have a huge fan following. This RPG oriented fanbase is one that is largely untapped in the world of e-sports. Holding competitions for Pyre would bring in a ton of new spectators, and new e-sports talent as well. There are a bunch of competent Pyre players perfecting their strategies that we don’t even know about.

It’s Easy to Follow

One of the big weaknesses of e-sports is the complexity of e-sport games. It makes it hard to follow the action if you aren’t already a gamer. Pyre, however, could not be simpler. Get the ball into the goal. That’s it. It’s as simple as any other sport that involves getting a ball into a goal. Sure, there are plenty of complexities in the nitty-gritty of the mechanics, but that’s what commentators need to explain. Spectators just need to know that any given Pyre team needs to defend their goal and attack the opponent’s.

It’s Incredibly Deep

Simple to learn and hard to master is the e-sport rule, and Pyre fits that description perfectly. While all you have to do is get the ball into the goal, there are tons of intricate mechanics that allow you to build complex strategies. There are nine character classes and multiple characters to choose from in each class, each with their own unique abilities. Team composition alone is a huge part of Pyre’s strategy. Then there is stamina management, aura casting, special ability usage, ranged goals, and, of course, managing the one man disadvantage you are put at after scoring a goal.

It’s Flashy and Exciting

Pyre is just a treat to spectate. It has its own fantastic soundtrack which warps and changes depending on who is winning and who is in possession of the orb. Goals are punctuated with explosions from the opponent’s pyre. Heck, it even comes with its very own hype man who talks up the game in each match.

It Requires Little Specialized Equipment

Unlike many modern day e-sports, Pyre can run on a toaster. You don’t need a special controller to play it. You don’t need an ancient monitor. You don’t need anything but the simplest laptop, a keyboard, and a mouse (although the game does work better with two controllers, but it’s not necessary). E-sports get incredibly popular when people feel like they can play the game as well. Well, Pyre is a title that just about anyone can play with very little effort.

It’s Inexpensive

It’s also a title that you can play with very little investment. Pyre is cheap compared to many other e-sports. It’s only twenty dollars. Overwatch is 40 dollars and, while some e-sports are free, they make most of their money off of microtransactions. Pyre has none of that, just a single purchase and all the content is yours.

It’s Customizable

One of the reasons that Smash Bros. became a popular e-sport was its customizability, with players being able to turn items off and limit the stages they are playing on. Pyre allows you to do the same. While the option to use items and level up your characters to maximum is there, you can also turn all of this off and use recommended gear loadouts for a more balanced experience.

It’s Great at Building and Releasing Tension

There is a certain curve of engagement for good e-sports. Conflict builds to a thrilling climax, and then that tension releases. This is the same curve that normal sports have. For example, basketball starts very neutral, with a team at the other end of the court, and as teams become clustered together around the basket, tension builds until someone takes a shot and the whole process starts all over again. The same is true for soccer, hockey, and basically any other goal-oriented sport. Pyre has the same curve as these sports. Players begin by trying to get an advantageous position, banishing their opponents if able, then they make a dash for the orb, pass it to their attacker, and try to drive it into the opponent’s goal.

It’s Different From Every Other E-Sport In the Scene

Finally, we have the most important reason Pyre should be the next big e-sport. It’s very unique. At this point, shooters and MOBAs sit on the e-sports throne. Collectible card games, sports games, and fighting games all have their own communities, but do not hold a candle to the monoliths that are League of Legends and Counter-Strike.

But Pyre is different. Pyre doesn’t feel like any other games we have played. It’s kind of a sports game but also kind of an RPG and kind of a fighting game. It’s unique, and it’s usually this uniqueness that sells an audience on a new e-sports craze.