Submitted by wiiuonly 575d ago | opinion piece

How the PlayStation 2 helped the Wii, and how current-gen systems could help the Wii U

When the Wii launched, its prospects for third-party games were pretty grim. As a console that was a generation behind the competition in processing power, there was no way it would be able to run games built for for the Xbox 360 and PS3. While Nintendo wasn't happy that the PlayStation 2 had outsold the GameCube by a margin of over 5 to 1, the massive install base for Sony's insanely successful console ensured that it would receive software support for years to come. As a result, the Wii got much better third-party support than it would have otherwise since PS2 games could be easily ported to the system, thereby reducing risks and making it economically viable to support Nintendo's console.

Seeing as how the PS3 and Xbox 360 have sold a combined total of over 140 million units, it is quite possible that developers will continue supporting them for years to come as participating in the next-gen console war could be a risky proposition. If that happens, the Wii U could see more po... (Nintendo, PS2, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

The_Truth_24_7  +   575d ago
Nothing can help the wii u. It's destined to fail.
Sincere0121  +   575d ago
Just like you fanboys then, born failures. lol
The_Truth_24_7  +   575d ago
Natural born winner right here. :)
mikeslemonade  +   575d ago
The Wii U is not analogous to the Wii. The Wii had "innovated controls" that you could not get anywhere at the time. It was "fun and exciting" and Wii Sports was a system seller packed with system. It was the cheapest console by far and it was suppose to get you to exercise.
Prime_28  +   575d ago
The irony of your username lol
The_Truth_24_7  +   575d ago
What's so ironic? It's just the truth.
LOL_WUT  +   575d ago
The truth be setting you free @Prime_28 ;)
dedicatedtogamers  +   575d ago
I'm convinced that 3rd parties hate Nintendo, as silly as that sounds. I truly think (most) 3rd parties hate Nintendo like a fanboy would hate the "other guy's" console.

Why? Because even though the Wii sold like gangbusters and Wii software was cheaper to develop, most devs just put shovelware on it instead of quality titles. Most didn't even try.

And now that the Wii-U has at LEAST the same power as PS3/360, you'd think that 3rd parties would at least put their current gen games on Wii-U? Yeah right. Wii-U gets enhanced ports of games that are years old while modern games never seem to hit the system.
NihonjinChick  +   575d ago
Well, 3rd parties hate the WiiU. I'm sure no 3rd party would have problems with the 3DS.
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Kevlar009  +   575d ago
3rd parties are the reason Nintendo is so toxic. All but a few jumped on the casual/partygame/shovelware train with the Wii where only Nintendo was left producing high quality games.

3rd parties complain there's no core base for the WiiU when they've done nothing to help. EA is one of the worst offenders, most of these companies only like Nintendo when they can make a quick profit, the PS4 and X1 could sell porly yet they would get tons of great content. The sad truth is the only company with an investment in Nintendo is Nintendo.

In a world with three consoles it's really only big for two of them, you'd have to see a drastic climate change where only Nintendo is thriving for 3rd parties to really give a crap.
sarcastoid  +   575d ago
Wii U is a result of arrogance from Nintendo. They rebranded a gamecube, sold it to non-gamers and made a fortune. They assumed the fad would last and it hasn't. Now they've been caught twiddling their thumbs and their sales reflect that.
KrisButtar  +   575d ago
I think more Nintendo fans need to buy more 3rd party games, even if they are not that great because with the higher sales publishers will make more games and with more games on the system which leads to a larger install base.
The_Truth_24_7  +   575d ago
They are too dumb to do that. It's so simple.
trickman888  +   575d ago
Cute article.
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Klad  +   575d ago
I have a feeling that once Mario Kart & other Nintendo 1st party games hit, Wii U sales will shoot up!! Then more third parties will do a u-turn & jump on board as the install base grows. ITS JUST BUSINESS & COMMON SENSE! I also feel that both XBox One & PS4 wont sell as much as people on here think in the first year, as 360 & PS3 will still be widely available & cheaper, plus they will still have AA multiplat games coming out for them! MONEY TALKS!! PRICE IS IMPORTANT TO THE AVERAGE CUSTOMER!! Wii U is £100 cheaper than PS4 & £190 cheaper than XBox One! Check on Amazon links below to see proof!

Wii U - £239

PS4 - £349

XBox One - £429
stragomccloud  +   575d ago
No the PS2 didn't help the Wii. The PS2 was responsible for a lot of awful ports to the Wii, and only served to continue the perception that the Wii was only as powerful as a PS2. It wasn't until the ports stopped that the Wii started getting better looking games on the third party side.
imXify  +   575d ago
WiiU not selling is the result of the highly dropped support of the Wii in 2011 and 2012. But then, I bought a WiiU day one in hope of great games and game support. I thought they where finally going PS3/360 territory and will "deliver".

- They made the promise of better online connectivity. Yet most of their games are still single player. People are getting ripped of with New Super Mario Bros Wii 1.5, paying 10$ more than the first one for the same game. That 10$ more could be justified by adding coop but they didn't. And they continu their BS with Super Mario 3D World.

- I wanted the WiiU to have Battlefield 3. EA confirmed it was coming it. Later, they confirmed they were going to release Battlefield 4 instead of the third one. Well okay, cool ! Now look at what they are doing...

- I wanted the WiiU too to continue to play Call of Duty with my fellow wiimote. Yet, they continue the same BS by not releasing DLC on that console. Because of that, the population of CoD players is dropping 70% every year. Even on the official forums, players are asking for DLC. They either get trolled, banned, or both. Is it because of Activision ? Nintendo ? We will never know.

In conclusion, I want to see the WiiU fail. Not because I want Nintendo completely gone, but just so they can learn from their huge mistakes with home consoles. And how they made a lot of players mad. I simply can't justify paying a 350$ console just to play the same Mario and Zelda games.
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MadMen  +   575d ago
Wii U is dead.
BATRA  +   575d ago
just heard that blizzard has a wii u game and its a big game in the works for the wii u and its not coming to the ps4 and xbox one its not a executive game
the wii u will sale like hot cakes that what blizzard said what game do you think it is ?
clouds5  +   575d ago
Very interesting point. Lets look at some facts about next gen:
-PS4 has the strongest hardware followed closely by xb1. (That is interesting for the hardcore gamer who actually knows and cares about those kind of things, usually people you see on sites like this one)
-PS4 and XB1 have the best graphics.
-Almost all the third party games for next gen will also be on current gen and wii u (ubisoft).
-WiiU is the cheapest. (that's what alot of the more casual gamers care about imho)
-WiiU has the most exclusives AS OF NOW.
-WiiU is backwards compatible including the wii mote controllers.
-WiiU will be the only console with free online play.
-WiiU is the only console with new and special input options, PS4/XB1 will be more of the same (which is what many hardcore gamers want).

I could go on and plz add to my list! But as I see it, there are a LOT of advantages for the WiiU, but a lot of them don't especially appeal to the hardcore gamer. But the hardcore gamers are the people you see posting here. So if you read through this comments alot of people will root for PS4/XB1 because all they want is the best hardware and the best graphics. They don't care as much that there is absolutely NOTHING new in terms of gameplay in all the games that are announced on ps4/xb1. Its just more of the same with slightly better graphics and you can chat with your friends while playing.
The WiiU on the other hand is unique, and I can absolutely understand that alot of you guys don't want anything new, I'm pretty sure there are alot of people (alot of them not being all that active on gaming sites) that want EXACTLY what the WiiU offers.
--> Many exclusives from familiar franchises
--> Cheap
--> free online
--> new and fun gameplay mechanics "couch multiplayer"

WiiU has great potential imho.
o-Sunny-o  +   574d ago
No more bashing Wii U. I have one is not that bad just need more games. Nintendo did make bad decisions releasing so soon. I think they needed more time for their games to develop them.

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