The rumor mills have been grinding recently as GameInformer claimed that Nintendo will be ready to announce the successor to the Wii at this year’s E3. Apparently the new console will be full HD which is something that Wii fans have been wanting for a long time. Whether the “Wii HD” will be graphically comparable to the 360 and PS3 remains to be seen but I personally can’t see why it wouldn’t be. The Wii has been a phenomenal success that has dominated the market selling more units than Microsoft and Sony’s consoles and broke console sales records in 2009. These sales obviously generate considerable revenue that can be invested into research and development which may make the “Wii HD” a true next gen console.
When I first read the news I saw that twitter was on fire. Only it wasn’t in a good way. People weren’t excited about the news, they were downright negative and I still can’t figure out why. That’s not going to stop me from trying though – here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
I think it’s fair to say that on the whole, gamers are the most ungrateful, easily underwhelmed group of consumers known to mankind. Nothing is ever good enough and my twitter stream full of “Nintendo will fail” and “Too late, Nintendo – you suck!” proves it (this also proves that I need some new twitter feeds). I actually think that this is a great move by Nintendo, it says to me that they have listened to their fans and are doing something about it. I should mention that I am not a Nintendo fan boy, in fact our Wii is trapped in a dust-belt underneath the bedroom TV only to be given the gift of life once every never. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the games on it, I just prefer playing the games on the other consoles.
A Wii with HD graphics will definitely change that though, and if it’s true that Nintendo are actually showing the system to third party publishers to encourage them to create games for it then that’s even better because it means that we won’t just be fed Zelda and Mario HD, we’ll actually be getting the same triple A multi platform games that Sony and Microsoft get. I just don’t see a downside with that. Well, okay, I guess the motion controls could be a downside but who knows? Maybe they really have listened to customer feedback and plan to create a normal controller for those of us who don’t want to wave our arms around so that we will at least have a choice on how we want to play. Choice is good.
I really hope they get it right with this console, just as they did with the Snes and the Nintendo 64. This may be the comeback that they need after the decline in sales of recent years, although it could be argued that sales are dropping because everyone and their dog owns a Wii.
Nothing is known about exactly what hardware will be in the new console or whether it will be backwards compatible with Wii games or even whether it will have the Wii brand name so we will just have to wait and dream until E3 rolls around for any news that’s more factual than the conjecture and rumor that’s swamping the internet now.
I’m sure that the “hardcore gamers” will continue their condemnation of it but hey, does playing console CoD games with aim assist really make you hardcore?