By zudthespud 14 Comments
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.