Let me start saying I was one of those poor souls who waited hours for his brand-new N64 / GCN / NDS / Wii on launch day, and believed blindly in everything Yamauchi-san, Miyamoto-san, Iwata-san and Reggie had to say. I screamed like a Perfect Dark voice actor the day they showed the first Twilight Princess trailer and bitched for some time things like “haha!! Sony and Microsoft don’t have our innovation, we have a kick-ass revolutionary controller!!!”
As things turn out, I’m currently a proud owner of both a X360 and a PS3, while my Wii is collecting dust every day, and I have a difficult time getting excited for anything Nintendo-related. But as they say, “even after the darkest nights, there’s a dawn”, and considering the next E3 is coming up, Nintendo can do a lot of things to win its former fanboys back to its ranks.
The Wii is an interesting piece of hardware from the market perspective. It really changed the landscape of the industry forever, but let’s face it, it sucks. Nintendo is making ridiculous amounts of money with 10-years-old hardware and people are starting to notice it. It’s Wii 2 HD time! A new Wii would bring fresh air to an old and cursed console, and it could correct all the mistakes Nintendo did with the first Wii. So, what should the Wii 2 HD have?
A new hardware, a new hope.
You see, I love Metroid and Zelda, but I hate being forced to watch them in SD with blurry textures and low-poly models. We, the Nintendo fanboys of old, want to see HD versions of all our favorite franchises, with the highest production values, the highest level of detail and presentation, and a polygon count never-heard-of. It doesn’t hurt if they implement Dolby Digital Surround, too. It’s not like it’s “new” technology, you know? Last but not least, we want to play demos so we can now how the game actually plays, and want to watch HD trailers saved on the built-in 250GB HDD.
Wii Live Network
The Wii 2 HD needs to have a much better online functionality. Just go and copy Xbox Live (but make it free!), it doesn’t matter. It’s funny Nintendo have a lot of amazing franchises, but it seems it doesn’t know what to do with them, and keep sticking with old and aging formulas. I think it’s about time they start experimenting with something like a Pokémon or Animal Crossing MMORPG. What about a competitive online-compatible Pikmin?
Social Integration and “Medals of Happiness”
But online implementation is not only about competitive and cooperative efforts, we want social integration too. We don’t want to feel alone inside our Wii interface, we want IDs, we want to see what our friends are playing, we certainly don’t want friend codes, and we definitely want to brag our accomplishments to the people of the world. Yes, I’m talking about an achievement/trophy system. Even though I believe Nintendo would call them “Medals of Happiness” or something like that, it is still integral to modern gaming.
Waggle no more
Wii hardcore gamers don’t want to waggle again. If Nintendo is to make motion controlled games, it better makes them right. Yes Wii Music, I’m staring at you, I don’t like your attitude! I really think the Wii remote is a lackluster piece of hardware, so this time all the cutting-edge technology should be put together in order to make the greatest motion-sensing controller ever. Don’t get cheap on us again, Nintendo.
In the end, all Nintendo needs to win me back, is to keep a little bit on par with the competition. I’m not saying it needs to follow Sony’s path of “they did it, let’s do it too!!1!1” behavior, but some of the things mentioned here are integral to nowadays gaming, and Nintendo needs to remember it climbed to the top of awesomeness because of the rabid fan-base that now begs for an HD, polygon-heavy, “Medals of Happiness”-enabled, waggle-free version of Zelda.