Nintendo, I love you and I want you to come back. (Venting)

So ever since the Wii's announcement I've never take it seriously. You offer me a gimmicky control system with aging graphics and no games that I want to play then I'm going to walk away. Sure, my sister ended up buying a Wii and for a couple of hours Wii sports was really fun. But I didn't give you any of my money. Aside from the aforementioned Wii Sports experience, the only thing I have used the wii in my house for is playing old Gamecube games. (Burnout 2 folks, greatest game ever made.)

So this brings me to the purpose of this blog. If you, nintendo, can offer me relatively competitive graphics and good third party support, like what made me love my Gamecube, then we're talking. I loved the Gamecube. Sure, I was 11 when I got it so nostalgia undoutedly had an effect. But it was the plucky underdog. For most of it's life it got it's fair share of the best third party games (again, Burnout 2, greatest game ever) and it had kick ass first party titles to boot (Rogue Squadron 2  <3). Sure, it wasn't on the same level as the PS2 but it didn't have to be, just like your car doesn't need to be able to do 0-60 in 5 seconds or less for you to still be able to love it. The gamecube had heart, and it was cute. It had a handle!

The wii on the other hand feels like a marketing ploy, designed to be advertised, bought and not supported. It's bland and boring, it doesn't even come in purple. While some, if not most of the first party games seem to be up to scratch, it just seems like they are there because Nintendo have these big studios and they can't sit around twiddling their thumbs for 5 years. The third party games need no introduction, 99% of it is a shit show. Anyone up for a game of The Conduit? Didn't think so. Nintendo's machine doesn't have soul, they've given up the fight and turned in a different direction whilst still pretending to be in the other race, and the poor bastards (Read: Super Mario Galaxy) are punching above their weight but can't deliver a knockout because of not enough pixels...

So here's the deal Nintendo, you set up the Wii 2 with the classic controller packaged in with the wii mote, visuals on par with what the 360 and PS3 are packing and start shipping decent 3rd party software, like the 360 and the PS3 and we'll be talking. I don't like Microsoft and Sony, they are faceless corporations that I have no care for, but you are my old childhood friend that has been lost. 

I feel like an idiot saying this considering the wii has been by far their most successful console, but please Nintendo, I love you and I want you back. You can convince people like me to buy your console while keeping the Oprah audience, you just need to show you can put up a good fight every now and then. I can dream about the headline now:  "Burnout 6, coming to Wii 2". Make it happen. 

/vent
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Posted by zudthespud
So ever since the Wii's announcement I've never take it seriously. You offer me a gimmicky control system with aging graphics and no games that I want to play then I'm going to walk away. Sure, my sister ended up buying a Wii and for a couple of hours Wii sports was really fun. But I didn't give you any of my money. Aside from the aforementioned Wii Sports experience, the only thing I have used the wii in my house for is playing old Gamecube games. (Burnout 2 folks, greatest game ever made.)

So this brings me to the purpose of this blog. If you, nintendo, can offer me relatively competitive graphics and good third party support, like what made me love my Gamecube, then we're talking. I loved the Gamecube. Sure, I was 11 when I got it so nostalgia undoutedly had an effect. But it was the plucky underdog. For most of it's life it got it's fair share of the best third party games (again, Burnout 2, greatest game ever) and it had kick ass first party titles to boot (Rogue Squadron 2  <3). Sure, it wasn't on the same level as the PS2 but it didn't have to be, just like your car doesn't need to be able to do 0-60 in 5 seconds or less for you to still be able to love it. The gamecube had heart, and it was cute. It had a handle!

The wii on the other hand feels like a marketing ploy, designed to be advertised, bought and not supported. It's bland and boring, it doesn't even come in purple. While some, if not most of the first party games seem to be up to scratch, it just seems like they are there because Nintendo have these big studios and they can't sit around twiddling their thumbs for 5 years. The third party games need no introduction, 99% of it is a shit show. Anyone up for a game of The Conduit? Didn't think so. Nintendo's machine doesn't have soul, they've given up the fight and turned in a different direction whilst still pretending to be in the other race, and the poor bastards (Read: Super Mario Galaxy) are punching above their weight but can't deliver a knockout because of not enough pixels...

So here's the deal Nintendo, you set up the Wii 2 with the classic controller packaged in with the wii mote, visuals on par with what the 360 and PS3 are packing and start shipping decent 3rd party software, like the 360 and the PS3 and we'll be talking. I don't like Microsoft and Sony, they are faceless corporations that I have no care for, but you are my old childhood friend that has been lost. 

I feel like an idiot saying this considering the wii has been by far their most successful console, but please Nintendo, I love you and I want you back. You can convince people like me to buy your console while keeping the Oprah audience, you just need to show you can put up a good fight every now and then. I can dream about the headline now:  "Burnout 6, coming to Wii 2". Make it happen. 

/vent
Posted by Wolverine

I agree. I loved my Gamecube so much. I never bought a Wii and I miss playing Nintendo games. Hopefully, with the Wii 2, Nintendo is aiming for the hardcore.

Posted by Commisar123

My problem was that I just don't really like many nintendo games so for me buying a Wii where the best, and really the only good games, are from nintendo dosn't make a whole lot of sense

Posted by Claude

I'll never understand why people don't play the good and great Wii games. There's a bunch out there. I've played my Wii ten times more than my Xbox 360. Maybe I'm just more versatile when it comes to playing video games.

Edited by ryanwho

Harken back to the Gamecube days, he says. Gimme a break guy. You can buy a Gamecube used for like 20 dollars, and every good game for it spending maybe 120 dollars. The fuck does that tell you about how successful it was.

Posted by stew_jaynes

I have this vision that nintendo will target the core gaming audience aswell as casual gamers with this next console being announced at e3. Nintendo gaining more popular third party titles would make the complicated choice of what system to buy on harder, but the nintendo name is very important to me.

Posted by Khann
@Claude said:
" I'll never understand why people don't play the good and great Wii games. There's a bunch out there. I've played my Wii ten times more than my Xbox 360. Maybe I'm just more versatile when it comes to playing video games. "
Or just a delusional old man ;)

In all seriousness, it obviously depends on your tastes. Personally I find most games on every platform shit.
Posted by Tireyo

BRING THE MAGIC BACK!!!


Maybe it'll happen. 
Posted by Claude
@Khann said:
" @Claude said:
" I'll never understand why people don't play the good and great Wii games. There's a bunch out there. I've played my Wii ten times more than my Xbox 360. Maybe I'm just more versatile when it comes to playing video games. "
Or just a delusional old man ;)

In all seriousness, it obviously depends on your tastes. Personally I find most games on every platform shit.
"
Oh yeah, I forgot. What was I thinking? I'm one the grandpas they were targeting.
Posted by stew_jaynes

Most wii games target children. we are not children (for the most part)

Posted by Grayfox34

You're talking about a company that hasn't been in touch with technological trends since the early 90s. They arguably haven't "got it" since the SNES. The new Nintendo console may be great, who knows, but I doubt it will be the gaming system you want it to be. If it is good, it will be good in its own, weird, separate Nintendo way.

Posted by stew_jaynes
@Grayfox34: I see where your getting at
Posted by ptys
The sad thing is that if Nintendo didn't "sellout" then they wouldn't be around anymore. Microsoft and Sony are competing for scraps as it is in the HD market if you compare to how the PS2 sold. Now out of either genius or luck Nin... ers?.. has got themselves way ahead in terms of hardware sales/profit with the competition not even thinking of releasing new consoles till like 2014 if you go off the Kinetic press releases or Sony's hardware loss figures. They have the branding with the mainstream, they have the loyalty with their 1st party and they can make a console which will make money straight out of the box if done right? It's a sure victory, unless they do something silly.
Posted by sopachuco13

@zudthespud:
I agree with a fair amount of your points. I agree that Wii, to be cometitive, needs to bump its graphics up to the current standard. The publishers and developers need to be able to port a game across platform without worrying about the graphics, controls is enough to be worried about.

 

I don't agree with your opinion about the third party support though. I think third parties put out a lot of really good gems on the Wii, but nobody bought them. I was listening to a podcast and they said that the first months sales of Madworld was around 17,000 units. I bought Madworld and I thought it was a flawed but good game. It had amazing humor, which I think was much better than Bulletstorm's humor. Muramasa, House of the Dead: Overkill (funny as hell), and Arc Rise Fantasia were all games that I bought and loved. You mentioned Burnout, but did you play ExciteBots? I know that they aren't exactly the same, but Excitebots was so much fun to play. It was especially fun to play with a few friends.

 

In the end, it was sales. Good, hardcore games came out for the Wii. But, alas, nobody bought them. At least not with the same numbers as those who were buying Wii Sports Active.