This first bit is an anecdote. Skip it if you just want to get to the point.
I remember getting an NES when I was a kid. I had to have been about 5 or so. I distinctly remember, though, my whole family crowding around a tiny television set and playing Duck Hunt and Super Mario Brothers. My parents were no good at it, but they played. And every year after that, when we would get a new game that I thought my parents, mainly my dad, would like, I remember my brother and I running to grab him and show him what "video games" could do. When we got the Super Nes, I remember running and dragging him down to our basement to play Sim City with us. I remember dragging him to come play Super Nes NES Play Action Football. I remember dragging him to come play Wailai Golf. And then I distinctly remember the day I dragged him to come see a game on the Playstation and he responded with
"That looks too complicated. I don't know how to use all those buttons."
From that point on, he would come watch, but he would never play. Not Mario 64. Not Resident Evil. Not Gran Turismo. Not Fortza. Not Red Dead Redemption.
Right up until Wii Sports. Wii Sports he played again. He played a game for the first time in like 20 years. It wasn't too complicated. It wasn't too many buttons. It was just fun. And I had fun playing games with him again.
So here's my problem:
Why do gamers keep blaming Nintendo for trying to lead the industry in a direction that at least SOME gamers clearly want to go? And with the number of people who bought Wii's I would say it's more than just SOME gamers.
"Well", you reply, "the system just didn't have any games beyond wii sports".
You're right. But Nintendo DID put out games. And what games they put out were good. THey should have put out MORE games, I agree, but the real problem, we both know, is 3rd parties. 3rd party manufacturers weren't making any good games for the console.
And they would have you believe that they tried, but those games just didn't sell. But did they really? I owned a Wii and I wanted to play games on it, but there were few, if any, 3rd party games that I wanted to buy. 3rd party games sucked. And it's not a mystery as to why, it's very clear why. And this is the crux of my rant:
PUBLISHERS AND DEVELOPERS HATE CHANGE.
Making videogames is about making money. Making money is about analyzing risk, and taking whatever course of action has the least risk involved to your making money. So how do you do that in the games industry? Sequels and copy-cat games. But how do you copy games onto a system that has NEW mechanics and a NEW controller? You don't. Or, you take what you've already done and make minuscule changes to get it to run on that new system.
3rd party games failed because developers were trying to figure out how to take what they were already making money on (Call of Duty and such) and port it onto the Wii, which wasn't suited for the games in any way. How many games implemented "Wii functionality" by having you shake the controller instead of press a button? Same game as on the other consoles, except now you are waggling instead of pressing a button. That is worse gameplay in every way, and the people HATED it.
THe Wii SHOULD have had MUCH better games. Heck, just combining the games from Wii Sports Resort (swordplay, canoeing, archery and disc) could make an AMAZING 3rd person adventure game.
My point is, I don't understand why Nintendo gets pooped on for the Wii (which is still an amazing console with amazing potential in my point of view) when it's the 3rd party developers who made crappy games for it. When they said "nobody makes money on Nintendo Systems but Nintendo", why didn't gamers shout back "STOP MAKING CRAPPY GAMES!" Many of their Wii titles never should have gotten past the first meeting, and making inferior ports of games that depend on their graphics to sell titles is not going to sell ANYTHING to ANYBODY.
I have owned all 3 consoles over the course of this generation and currently has a PS3 and Wii. I have preorders on X1 and PS4. Both those consoles are only going to play the exact same games I've been playing for years, and for the first year, they probably won't even look much better. The industry needs to start calling 3rd parties out for their "lowest risk, lowest effort, lowest common denominator" approach. Be it Kinect, Wii U or whatever Playstation has up it's sleeve, developers need to be forced to stop playing it safe and cranking out safe, boring, low risk titles.