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Submitted by Erimgard 671d ago | opinion piece

The Wii is Both the Best and Worst Nintendo Console of All Time

GenGAME writes: Depending on who you ask, the Wii was either the saving grace of Nintendo that revolutionized the gaming industry as we know it or the sorriest excuse for a console ever and the beginning of the end for Nintendo. Gaming journalists have positioned the Wii in the number one spot on lists of both the best and worst consoles of all time. Analysts have pointed to it as both the greatest success of Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata and the reason he should be removed from power.

So is the Wii the greatest console in a rich Nintendo history, or is it the company’s most glaring shortcoming? By taking a close look at the impact the Wii has had on Nintendo’s success in both the short term and the long term, we can see that the answer is…well, both. (Nintendo, Wii)

dedicatedtogamers  +   671d ago
I love the Wii. I even love the "casual" aspect of the Wii. Sports and Sports resort were fun. Mario Kart was fun. NSMB Wii was fun. Even the stupid balance board was fun in its own way.

The problem is that Nintendo didn't put in the effort during the middle and end of the Wii's lifespan. People say "the casuals abandoned them". Well, I don't think that's true. I think Nintendo abandoned the casuals in favor of making games THEY wanted to make. Why is there a sequel to Mario Galaxy (sold 10 million) but not a sequel to New Super Mario Bros (sold nearly 30 million)? Why was there a second Zelda game (combined, Zelda sold 9.5 million on Wii) but not a second Mario Kart (34 million)? Why did they stop investigating the potential of Wii Motion Plus right when it came out with Sports Resort? No game matched Sports Resort in terms of motion controls.

I know people will say "Nintendo usually makes only one Mario Kart" and "Twilight Princess was Gamecube so...". I get it. All I'm saying is that it is obvious why the so-called "casuals" got tired of Nintendo. Nintendo stopped making games for them. It's what happened with the N64 and Gamecube. The so-called casuals LOVED the NES. But Nintendo stopped making games for them, so they left.
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Erimgard  +   671d ago
I guess the concern there is that it will get monotonous if they release multiple of the same kind of game on the same console...Call of Duty syndrome if you will.

But that doesn't mean they can't shake things up a bit. If you can make two games in the same series/subseries but yet still have a lot of differences between them, it won't feel repetitive.
dedicatedtogamers  +   671d ago
But that's the problem. Nintendo is picking the wrong horse. Honestly, there's not a huge difference between Galaxy 1 and 2. And in the grand scheme of the Zelda franchise, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are both puzZelda games.

So, since Nintendo already insists on releasing multiple of the same kind of game on the same console, why not do it with franchises that sell a lot more? I'm just pointing out that's why they lost the casuals. Nintendo didn't feed them enough games. If you were a "casual" who bought the Wii for Sports and Mario Kart, there ain't much else to play.
Erimgard  +   671d ago
Totally agreed there. I'm not saying that's the mindset Nintendo should have, just that it's the mindset they apparently do have.
legendoflex  +   671d ago
I think Nintendo also shot themselves in the foot by pricing Wii U WAY out of the range it should have been. Even considering they're taking a loss on the current price, given their main market, there's no way anything but a price penetration approach was going to work. Wii had massive hype behind it among the general population, and I think that's the only reason $250 was acceptable; bumping it up to $350 with little to no solid public support is just insane.
bullymangLer  +   671d ago
everyone LOVES the wii, some just havent seen what Metroid Other "M" can do < fact #687
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legendoflex  +   671d ago
NES was awesome because it was the place where a genre was born. Nintendo took the original Mario Bros. and turned it into Super Mario Bros., and then a whole slew of similar games were released. The SNES era continued this with stuff like Donkey Kong Country.

We saw a similar trend with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and then games like Donkey Kong Country Returns, the Wii Kirby games, Rayman Origins, etc...

Nintendo doesn't seem interested in doing this with the "Wii" series, outside of a few obligatory sequels. It's like the "revolution" is over, even though it never really came to fruition.
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josephayal  +   671d ago
Not the best
GamersRulz  +   671d ago
The Wii was so bad nobody got hyped for its successor the WiiU.
MasterCornholio  +   671d ago
-shivers-

I owned one and my god the gaming droughts for it were horrible.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   671d ago
The Wii is the best casual gaming console. And The worst Hardcore console.
BuffMordecai  +   671d ago
The Wii was crap, the GameCube kicked the shit of out it in terms of quality games.

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