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Should Nintendo plan for a WII-U Two?

While Microsoft and Sony debate whose teraflops are bigger, we wonder where Nintendo falls in the race for gamers’ hearts and minds. With all the shiny graphics: complex AI, mo-cap, and physics we have this generation; Nintendo’s next generation console is still fighting for market shares with previous generation’s consoles almost one year in. How can Nintendo compete with a PS4 and Xbox 1 whose graphical and computational abilities outpace their system by a significant margin?

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Neonridr1106d ago

How can they? Easy, by not solely focusing on graphics and horsepower. An ugly game can still be fun and a pretty game can still be garbage. Graphics, while important in telling a story, are not at a point on the Wii U where the message will be lost or anything. The Wii U is still more than capable of putting out some impressive visuals - MORE than enough to convey the message of the game being played.

Gameplay is the ultimate focal point, something which Nintendo still seems to understand.

iamnsuperman1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

"Gameplay is the ultimate focal point, something which Nintendo still seems to understand."

That is rubbish for one reason. It is actually about what the market wants and how the companies appeal to it

They have completely misjudged the market (which is really the focal point). They have developed a system that isn't such a huge leap over current gen systems but added a very limited tablet controller (which, aside from a few titles/first parties, games do not use to any real degree). Nintendo hasn't thought out the long game. You need your system to be powerful to survive 5-7 years without limitation (i.e its competitors can do more in physics, performance and other things that affect gameplay. Not all about graphics when it comes to power).

The tablet part of the controller isn't the seller they thought it would be. It doesn't matter if they think gameplay is better over raw power, it is up to what the market thinks (that is the focal point the other two companies have understood to some degree. Microsoft took some time getting there but in the end they have adapted)

At the moment the market really doesn't think much of the Wii U (judging by the sales)

Neonridr1106d ago

Since you seem to not understand my comment I will explain further. I am speaking specifically about Nintendo 1st party games, not their consoles. I was merely stating that Nintendo doesn't rely on graphics to sell their games. We all know that Nintendo has a more child friendly color palette when it comes to their in house games, so clearly the focus for them isn't how many polygons they can squeeze on the screen at once but how they can envelop the player and immerse them into the game world.

Yes there are other things that help sell the story, but graphics is a much smaller piece of the pie compared to a compelling story and fun game mechanics. While more powerful machines will allow developers to utilize more physics and create larger game worlds, the Wii U will still be able to put together a very polished package - if the PS3 and 360 games that are releasing now are any indication.

If it was all about horsepower and graphics then explain to me why the 3DS outsells the Vita continually on a 4:1 basis? Clearly the games are speaking for themselves, not to mention a couple of powerhouse exclusives thrown into the mix.

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dp2774071106d ago

What if they release something that's like super powered, they could call it the Super WIIU or the Super Nintendo but nevermind thats not what they do right?

LOL_WUT1106d ago

Super Wii U? I wouldn't mind and who cares if that's not what they do the way they are thinking now is the same reason why their console isn't selling. Roll with the changes! ;)

Yep1106d ago

You honestly think they aren't already planning for the 9th generation?

It's just not going to come as soon.

PopRocks3591106d ago

No. This is their console and as long as they are making games for it they need to commit. Besides, regardless of however lowly it sells it will probably ultimately be profitable, same as the Gamecube. Unless it was much of a failure as the Virtual Boy, Nintendo has no reason abandoning this model in favor a stronger one.

Also splitting an already small install base is NOT a good idea.

Concertoine1106d ago

@disagrees
To suggest nintendo to make a new console after a mere year of sub-par sales is simply ridiculous. That is a stupid idea that destroys reputation, turns off gamers, and kills off any hope for the next system. Anyone who recommends such a detrimental act, knows next to nothing about how buisiness works, or the history of gaming as a whole.

PopRocks3591106d ago

Or they are consciously aware of the negative ramifications and they are trolling. But with this community you can never tell. Also it's me. Sometimes I get disagrees for no reason at all lol.

Let people think what they want. If they want a stronger Nintendo console, they will have to wait at least another four years as far as I can figure.

gpturbo811105d ago

not to mention the ridiculous amount of money that would be wasted ..

Xof1106d ago

Anyone who thinks Nintendo is going to release a new home console any time soon is seriously delusional. They're still struggling to meet the demands of current-generation game development, no way in hell do they have to resources or will to attempt another jump any time soon.

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