As I barely get much sleep anymore, I decided to kill some time on N4G and see what's the latest news. Lo and behold, another negative Nintendo circle jerk over the claims that the CPU and GPU for the Wii U are inferior to the PS3 and the 360. The negativity surrounding the Wii U is galling to say the least, especially since it's only been recently released. It's interesting to see the various responses and leaps of logic that tend to take place when people completely dismiss the Wii U out of hand for being an inferior console. So let me get one thing off my chest and be done with it.
As a gamer, the first console I bought during this gen was the Xbox 360, due to my brief infatuation with first-person shooters at the time. At the time, I was a huge fan of the Rainbow Six series and I believed that the first person genre would expand the horizons of gaming and usher in a golden age of gaming. I was convinced of this, due to having a genuinely great time with various games like Metroid Prime on the Gamecube and the tactical gameplay of Rainbow Six:Black Arrow on the Xbox. I remember getting the 20 GB version and looking forward to the great games that would eventually come from the FPS genre and the various other great titles like Oblivion for instance. It was good for a time, until my 360 broke down. Five times.
Eventually, I got utterly sick of shooters and wanted to explore new places. Thankfully, Microsoft allowed for an indie marketplace were you could find a rare gem in amongst the chaff in the shape of Apple Jack, which took some inspiration from earlier Mario games or Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes, a hard as nails 8bit platformer and one of the best experiences that I've ever had on a console. Nowadays, the XBLA indie marketplace is hidden into the background, but there is always something interesting or new to look at. So, while I believe that Microsoft should be commended for even having one. I just wished that they promoted it a little more because there are some outstanding games on there that may have flown underneath the radar of a lot of gamers.
Eventually, I would get a PS3. When they released their console for the first time, there was no way that I could possibly afford such a machine that cost far too much, for what I perceived was a terrible line-up of launch titles. Play Genji: Days of the Blade for an example of a poor launch title, but of course, it's true that at most consoles' inception, the games aren't going to be up to scratch. Eventually I would get one when the price dropped to a much more acceptable level and I would enjoy the various games that came out from it. Little Big Planet, the Uncharted series, the Yakuza games, White Knights Chronicles 1 and 2, 3D Dot Game Heroes and a multitude of other good games. The Blu-Ray player in mine isn't exactly working as well as it should, but if the games work, that's all that matters to me.
I missed out on the Wii because of the scarcity of it during the time it outsold it's competitors with ease. For a console that was completely dismissed by gaming press and gamers alike, it did quite well in introducing a completely new market to video games and getting them actively involved in playing them. Having played some games on it and being pleasantly surprised by how much I liked playing it, I came to a sad realization. It wasn't Nintendo that abandoned the hardcore audience to pander to the prospective new casual audience. It was the hardcore audience that abandoned Nintendo to satisfy their lust for cutting-edge graphics, which the PC master race have all been accustomed to for some time.
Nintendo make games for people of all ages and that's something that should be encouraged, not looked down upon with contempt. So what if Nintendo makes games that a kid can play? COD has a lot of children playing it, yet it's a "mature" game. Kids will play anything that is in front of them and it's a trashy argument. It should be also noted that the kids are the future of the gaming industry, the future consumers, developers, programmers, artists and they will soon inherit it while the rest of us become worm food and disappear from this plane of existence. If Nintendo are doing anything right, they are at least attempting to secure their future and there is nothing wrong with that.
You can hate on the Nintendo Wii all you want but you cannot deny that they changed the face of gaming by introducing a previously unknown market to video games. Microsoft and Sony were only all too willing to attempt to capitalize on this new emerging market with their peripherals, Kinect and Playstation Move.
Yet again, here we are. People lambasting Nintendo for not directly competing with Microsoft and Sony. Why should they? Due to the continual rising cost of making games and companies such as THQ, Sega, EA all suffering from their reckless business practices, Nintendo's practices make far more sense than throwing money to make a bleeding-edge console.
That's all this generation is really. Specs. Never mind that there are a lot of people who don't know what they are talking about. I saw one person on NeoGaf claim that the Xenon CPU was considered sh*t by developers in 2005. I'm not going to lie and say that I know a lot about computers. I don't but when I see someone misrepresenting the actual truth, I cannot stand idly by and keep quiet. Slower clock speeds mean little if the architecture is solid but people are very quick to forget that and demand that new consoles to be as powerful as gaming PCs which is completely idiotic and foolish. Ask Sony how they are doing and tell me that it was worth it.
If the Wii U can do comparable versions of the latest games like AC3 and Blops 2, I have no fear for the future of the Wii U. Imagine if a team actually were able to get to grips with it and fully push the Wii U to it's potential. You lot can continually belittle and chastise Nintendo for being a business or you can actually admire the fact that they are still able to turn a profit in an increasingly hostile marketplace.
Better yet, if you actually care so much about graphics, how about you go out and buy/build your own gaming rig? If there is any truth in all this, being a PC gamer is where it's at right now, with the myriad of customizable options you can go with, the Steam library and the graphic intensive gaming that goes along with it.
Consoles aren't meant to be able to compete with gaming rigs but to provide an experience that is affordable to the greater public. Deal with it.