I'm wondering. What do you think of the skepticism
involving Wii? It is interesting to see some people NOT jumping on Wii's bandwagon. I think that's good. For a while, it seemed that Wii became overhyped, which really is bad for a console seeing as it guarantees that it fails people's expectations.[Unknown LJ tag]
I think that while some parallels between Wii's and Gcube's launch are valid there are several factors that are Different. First, nintendo is under new leadership. IF you look at some of the quoutes that former president Hiroshi Yamauchi made
, he was crazy! I really think his age was getting to him, and he was not making sound statements. Iwata definately has a different vesion for nintendo an especially the way it deals with it's allies.
Second it seems that the market is different, and so are the goals of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. Gamecube's most major flaw was that it couldn't differentiate itself from the competition, while Wii has to go in a different direction because it is underpowered
. Let's not avoid it, the real reason we keep hearing "innovation" with regards to Wii is because it doesn't posses the power to go toe to toe with 360/PS3. Not that it's bad. It could acheive it's goal, expand the already large market even further, and place and increased focus on game design and play control. There was some (was it here) that pointed out that almost all wii games have distributed off screen videos actually showing the controller in action
. It could be this Idea of placing extra focus on the gamer
and not the game which would really make games more intuitive, not the controller (of course it is obviously the catalyst for this train of thought).
Then again things aren't rosy. Wii is going to be cheapest, but by a smaller margin than hoped. At 249$ american, it will launch at 50$ less than an XBOBX 360 core (which doesn't sell too well), and its pushed toward multiplayer gaming makes purchasing at least 1 extra 60$ controller bundle necessary. In addition many promises that have been were broken: No simultaneous world wide launch, no Metroid, no Gamecube version of Zelda at launch, no SSBB at launch... just to name a few. In addition, nintendo is forgoing the razer and blades of model of selling their system at a loss and profiting from each sale of Wii. Such things could be seen as an abuse of the loyalty that it has enjoyed from it's fans (which is considered the strongest in the industry).
Then again there are some things that aren't so clear. Third party support is phenominal, but how many third parties are developing Wii centered titles? Many are just making controller motions represent button presses and then tacking these on to existing games or game engines. The DS has shown that an offbeat system can be a breakaway success, however for what reason. Many best selling games (mario kart, NSMB, tetris DS) do not use the touch screen, and many touch centered games get mixed reactions from critics and fans (MP:H, Star Fox Command, Mario Basket 3 on 3 hoops)**. Indeed many users complain that touch based games cause hand pain, and blast game makers for making it a requirement. Wii goes farther to make it's revolutionary control scheme a requirement
, and already there have been concerns about fatigue and awkwardness.
To sum it up, I think that Wii has a lot going for it, But it has some iffy-ness. I'm writing this not to pan Wii in any way. Indeed I'm excited by many of it's games, and equally so by the devoper enthusiasm. I fully plan to purchase a Wii on launch day (if preordering is possible), and convince my dad to go for some Wii sports golf. I think Wii's biggest strength is how it is being presented. It's goal is to not be seen as a gamer's machine, but as something that begs anyone to touch it. Games can be enjoyed by anyone, I beleive, but many have no incentive or will to even try. The fact that this is something that I actually want to share
with loved ones without fear of them becoming gamers means soemthing.
Anyway, I'm curious about what you think. Especially what your real
reasons are for wanting a Wii (or not wanting one). Remember this console is a promising, but untested Idea. And I find it very interesting that so many people can be excited about something they've never experienced first-hand. Then again, it is also interesting that experiencing Wii in person is the (supposed) best way to get you to enjoy it.