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Is the wii going to get any better?

Destructoid.com questions the number of quality titles that is being developed for the Nintendo Wii.

"Obviously, we gamers need more quality games for the Wii and more fixes for some universal problems (the Wiimote and WiiConnect24, for instance), but is Nintendo currently in a position where they have to address any of these problems? If the rest of the Wii's lifespan continued to be mediocre and bug-ridden, would it make any difference for Nintendo?

Consider what happened with the Gamecube: a few gems, a sea of crap. Same thing with the Nintendo 64. Nintendo's last two systems drew the metaphorical short straw and lost their respective console races. And yet, despite these failures, Nintendo was still able to go on and make a new system each following generation.

And now we've got the Wii. A potentially amazing, but practically flawed gaming system with a pretty disappointing roster of upcoming games (if you need more than one hand to count the number of 2007's upcoming Wii games you are excited about, then you probably lost some fingers in a spaghetti cutter or something).

The question is, would it make a difference to Nintendo if the rest of the Wii's lifespan consisted of nothing but mediocre games punctuated by one or two decent ones?

It may seem like a weird or irrelevant question, but bear with me -- this'll be a detailed (and wordy) analysis of how Nintendo is profiting off the Wii, and what it may mean for us gamers."

Head over to Destructoid.com for the full article

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Maddens Raiders3824d ago

but I know there is no denying that roughly 80 percent of the "wii-mania" is stemming from A. impact buying. B.Parents buying it for kids and C. the wii-mote novelty.

Now of course there are hard core Ninty aficianados and loyalists that would buy Donkey Kong Country 17 as soon as hits the shelves, but the reality is that the console has heavy, heavy, I repeat HEAVY competition from the MS and SNE departments as far as game size, graphics, sounds, replayability, and overall fun - to which all of these things contribute. The overall experience of a game made by a developer is manifested onto the screen by the consoles graphical and audio capabilities; coupled with good controller feedback -- you've got yourself a winner on your hands. Developers are having to figure out ways to "dumb-down" their games for the wii and are conentrating a great deal on how to make the game work around it's unique controller. These are all of the problems that the wii faces in the short run and on a very important subject I might add -- games.

Sure Ninty games will always do well but what about everyone else. If you pull the curtain back from grand wizard Reggies little farce i think you will find the Ninty riding a very fine line of overzealous customer enthusiasm (mainly casual gamers), to big question marks about the future of the li'l console in terms of third party support, and HDD, graphical upgrades, etc. Really...how many people are just dying to play Elebits, Zelda, Wario, Metroid, Super Smash Bros.(all great titles) compared to the amount of people that cannot wait to play Halo3, MGS4, Assassins Creed, KillZoneII, FFXIII, and Alan Wake?

Bottom line: besides the wii-mote, it seems that Ninty ironically, is relying too much on it's old gloried, storied past and not embracing the real Hi-Def future of gaming. Just my take. Cheers.

ChickeyCantor3824d ago (Edited 3824d ago )

stop talking in simple-tone....you repeated this over and over!

"how many people are just dying to play Elebits, Zelda, Wario, Metroid, Super Smash Bros.(all great titles) compared to the amount of people that cannot wait to play Halo3, MGS4, Assassins Creed, KillZoneII, FFXIII, and Alan Wake?"

well...look @ braintraining....i never played it but it seems casual gamers are getting a boner for it.
nintendo is taking its own way, and i bet they are like: First we see how the controller sells and if its a success we will make a better machine.
if you put so much money in something you don't take a nother gamble on top of that.
So what if they made a superconsole.....its been 2 generations where developers didn't supported nintendo....what if it happens again?
there you are with your superconsole en new controller but no one is buying it( you think a casual gamer will buy a machine for 600 dollars?)

nintendo is the only company that might be the KEY to a bigger gaming market, casual gamers are already hooked to the DS, if it happens with the Wii, who knows they might get more interested in the other consoles too.

first you need to open the market and then expand your products, and thats really what nintendo is doing.

And you cant really say they screwed you with a new GCN, i don't see all the new nintendo's exclusive coming to the gcn, EXCLUSIVE thats kinda the reason you get a console anyway.

BoneMagnus3824d ago

I bought Zelda:TP for my 'Cube, and unless Metroid is amazing and they come out with another Zelda, I won't be buying the system.

Critically, the games..well...suck for the most part. Commercially, the system is doing well because of the novelty, but unless some quality titles come out, the system will not do well in the long run.

Yes, all systems have their AAA franchises, but Sony and MS have tons of other games that are good - like Crackdown and MotorStorm for instance - not system sellers, but good, solid titiles. Right now the Wii has Zelda and....not much else worth playing.

I've owned every Nintendo console up until now, so I'm hoping things turn around.

Sphinx3824d ago

But my wife loves it. My mother-in-law comes over just to play the Wii and now wants one of her own. See a trend here? I'm a hardcore gamer, they are not. We are hardcore gamers. People who like fun, but don't like our type of videogames are drawn towards the simplicity of the Wii. That is why it is doing well.

BoneMagnus3824d ago

then they need to stop making ports of hardcore games that stink - like Far Cry and COD3 and focus on games that will appeal to this new audience.

I'd be willing to be that your wife and mother-in-law and not playing Red Steel.

cuco333824d ago

i'm a hardcore gamer but still like to play the wii. my girlfriend, who absolutely hates everything gaming (except mario) LOVES the wii. it is a great console to have at parties as it'll be the center of the attention. it's already made many great wiiparties just with wiisports. with time more titles will come out that will draw the party atmosphere as well as bring those hardcore gamers into the franchise. 3rd party support will be had unlike it was with the gc. for my higher def gaming i have the 360 but for the party style or to play with my friends and gf the wii gets used.

BoneMagnus3824d ago

so I don't have friends, and I don't have parties...just kidding.

My wife and I are hostages to our lovely 2 year old and 5 month old. I had to cancel Netflix because she was too tired to watch movies at night when I'm home from work. I'm a night owl, so I game after she goes to bed. Things will change, though, and she was intrigued by the Wii when I showed it to her at Best Buy.

So, I'm sure we'll have a Wii eventually - especially when I'm able to get my hands on a playable kiosk. That's how I was sold on the DS Lite.

bombzombie3824d ago

There are new games which are AAA for the Wii, and they're coming at the same rate as those for PS3. The Wii will continue to outsell PS 3 for its entire lifecycle....why? It is fun to play, relatively cheap, and built for the masses. 360 and PS3 are built for the gamer!! I have all three, and folks always ask about the Wii....why? Because they don't have hours and hours to learn sophisticated controls, they are into getting a quick fix and then moving on. With new titles, Wii will continue to outsell PS360.

See:
http://www.n4g.com/wii/News...

ALItheWISE3824d ago (Edited 3824d ago )

I was just arguing with my friend which was better the 64 or the Ps1. For me its hands down the 64 with titles like mario 64 Zelda ocarina of time and golden eye which ive heard people refer to each of those games as best game EVER.... Introduction of analog stick and rumble (which apparently is last gen...... sony will say anything besides they are wrong...fooooooooools) perfect dark, and yes the PS1 sold more but that doesnt mean its better. I mean crack sells more then urb but i will stick to me trees thank you very much. I love my Wii and plan on buying a Blue Ray player that plays games when the price goes down. And me and my other friend trade xbox and wii so its like i have them both... In no way am i a hater but all you fanboys need to admit when your company of choice does something wrong. O Yeah the Wii is gonna get a hell of alot better and motion sencing is the future. Mario galaxy, mario strikers, metroid, smash bros, project hammer, day of crisis. Cant wait..........

And as for ArtShells06Raiders saying:
Really...how many people are just dying to play Elebits, Zelda, Wario, Metroid, Super Smash Bros.(all great titles) compared to the amount of people that cannot wait to play Halo3, MGS4, Assassins Creed, KillZoneII, FFXIII, and Alan Wake? I would have to same about the same surely not a big differnce like you are trying to make it seem.... The differnce is nintendo fans will game on all consoles where as sony and MS fanboys wont touch another systems controllers like its a plague. STOP THE CONSOLE HATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

ChickeyCantor3824d ago

"The differnce is nintendo fans will game on all consoles where as sony and MS fanboys wont touch another systems controllers like its a plague. STOP THE CONSOLE HATE!!!!!!!!!!!!"

thnk god there is one that understands it!

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