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Graphically, Can The Wii Compete?

Do graphics really matter? Is sheer processing power the be-all and end-all of console gaming? Can the Wii compete with PS3 and Xbox 360? Is the Wii really just two GameCubes duct-taped together?

All very good questions (well, except maybe the duct-tape one.) But seriously, can such an underpowered system like the Wii compete with the big boys? Evidence obviously points to the fact that it is. It's a fact that the Wii cannot generate some of the graphical feats its competitors can, but with the right developer on board the Wii still has the capabilities to give you that "wow" factor. It's all to do with a little thing called artistic design.

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JsonHenry3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

Graphically? Obviously the numbers of the hardware perfomance state to a big "Hell NO!".

However, art direction can make a game look good without needing all that power. Look at Okami. WOW, what a breathtakingly beautiful game. Look at the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Look at the Super Mario Galaxy. The games look great! Not because it uses a supercomputer, but because of the art direction/implementation.

Edit - No I did not read the article. The opening line kinda states the main question I would assume.
Of course, the Wii fails miserably when trying to imitate real life games such as Call of Duty compared to the other two systems.

The question is - WHEN IS THE NEXT "Wii" COMING OUT WITH REAL HORSEPOWER SO WE CAN HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS?

Kholinar3624d ago

"However, art direction can make a game look good without needing all that power. Look at Okami. WOW, what a breathtakingly beautiful game. Look at the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Look at the Super Mario Galaxy. The games look great! Not because it uses a supercomputer, but because of the art direction/implementation." ;

Great points. Okami is a perfect example, as is WW. Every puff of smoke in WW was interesting and stylistically pleasing.

KINGDRAMA3624d ago

wii is asking to be killed.

Kholinar3624d ago

Nice, productive reply. :D There's always someone around here that wows me with their eloquence.

unsunghero283624d ago

But does it need to?

1.1- well said. Have a bubble.

1.3- the irony, of course, is that you're doing the very same thing!

[he said, while dragging his mouse cursor to the "minus bubble" button...]

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Rockstar3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

Not even close.

I'm not hating on the Wii but most Gamecube games look better than Wii games.

Developers need to focus on graphics as well as the "revolutionary" motion controls.

As it is now the Wii is on fire and all of the games (with the exception of 2 or 3) look like early GC games because they sell regardless of how good they look.

ELite_Ghost3624d ago

that's just a way to say the wii can do ps2 graphics

ItsDubC3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

Did anyone above me actually read the article?

The Wii will never push as many polygons as the PS3 or 360, but proper art design has the ability to make graphical horsepower a moot point.

MK_Red3624d ago

True but only if 360 and PS3 games lack art design and of all advantages of games like BioShock, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted and Mass Effect, superb art design stands out.

Sure, Wii games can have superb art design but what if PS3/360 games have superb art design AND superb technical graphics which they already have? Heavenly Sword, BioShock and Ratchet PS3 are already considered true works of art in visual design and not just polygons or textures.

Kholinar3624d ago

Depends on your goals.

If realism is the goal, then I doubt the wii can match things.

If pure art/design is the goal, then yeah, it's all in the hands of the developer to be creative and produce something fresh and stylistically interesting.

I, personally, have found realism to be a boring art concept since I graduated ninth grade art class. Especially with computers it would seem like we could move forward to something new instead of copying the lowest common denominator of the film industry.

MK_Red3624d ago

Kholinar, a game can have both. Pure art and realistic look. Just try BioShock or Heavenly Sword.
Also, not every stunning next-gen game should be realistic. Look at Ratchet & Clank PS3, Viva Pinata, Kameo. They look good technically and have outstanding visual and artsy look.

Kholinar3624d ago

"Also, not every stunning next-gen game should be realistic. Look at Ratchet & Clank PS3, Viva Pinata, Kameo. They look good technically and have outstanding visual and artsy look."

Exactly. Though R&C is going down the route of making cartoons look realistic. I think it's sad, for example, that every american animation house is going to CGI only. Look at the masterworks created by Miyazaki. Look at Watership Down or some of the older disney films. The route we're going is not the end-all, be-all. It just happens to be the easiest route, because you can rely on tech to innovate for you.

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mighty_douche3624d ago

but they dont have to, they are already the success story of this generation. theres more important things than graphics, although that all people seem to talk about anymore.... "look at those shoe lace textures".... *sigh*

Rooftrellen3624d ago

What's really sad is that many of these people are PS3 owners, who were loyal to Sony from the PS2 era. This while the PS2 was the weakest of the consoles last gen.

The Xbox and now 360 are graphical powerhouses, though. If someone stuck 2 gens with just the 360, I'll give them the shoelace textures.

Sony loyalists (not just fans, but the people who take pleasure in the fact that the consoles of others are melting) are the annoying ones with it, though, since they seem faily clueless as to how powerful their old console was.

Also, just to add, the most powerful console has NEVER won, and the least poweful normally wins (though I believe the only exception to that may have been the SNES/Genesis era).

mazirjones3624d ago

you're forgetting the dreamcast man

KeiZka3624d ago

Wasn't Dreamcast kind "TEH GAMING MACHINE" of that generation? It sure as hell was better than N64 graphically and way better than PS storage-wise..

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