- Nintendo releases the Wii U with hardly any first party games
- They take their time to develop them
- Microsoft and Playstation showing off consoles with no games
- Nintendo waiting for both companies to flop at E3
- Nintendo suddenly drops a megaton amount of first party games for the Wii U
- Everybody flocks to it because the other consoles have a higher price point and less games to offer
- Iwata’s face when everything worked out according to plan
Well I have faith in Sony but Microsoft already lost. Unless this historic IP Rare is supposedly going to announce is something that captures my interest I’m skipping the Xbox One.
Gonna vent about this bullshit.
I don’t have the money for any new consoles atm, but the announcments from Sony and Microsoft made the WiiU look really fucking appetizing. So I’m inclined to believe that Nintendo knew exactly what it was up against.
I owned every console this gen, and the 360 was far and away the most disappointing when everything was said and done. Not only did it fail numerous times, requiring purchasing and repurchasing, but the exclusives sort of evaporated towards the end of its life cycle. And anything that was exclusive was anemic and soulless. And there they were a few days ago continuing that trend. Trying to sell me on a purchase with no reasons.
I don’t need a console to connect to the internet or skype, or watch any TV. I have a computer and TV for that. I think that Jimquisition put it best when he said that the XBox in an attempt to unify your experience, actually fractures it.
The game they tried to sell us on was a fucking multiplatform release. Look, we need to realize that the piece of shit that is Call of Duty will look the same on PS4, and if there is any difference, the average person won’t be able to notice. I had a friend touting the PS3 version of Ghostbusters as being the best looking when it objectively wasn’t. People don’t know a fucking thing about graphics, or art direction.
Then there is their DRM. The fact that Microsoft has allowed the speculation to go on about used games means that it something that they’re trying to implement something. Otherwise, they’d come out and clear the record, but they haven’t. Instead it’s been a lot of hearsay, “oh this person I know at microsoft said this.” kind of a thing. That press conference was the perfect opportunity to say “we are aware of the rumors surrounding used games, and we want to clarify that that’s not going to happen.” They didn’t, and in that case silence speaks volumes.
It’s interesting how Sony and Microsoft have swapped strategies. The PS2 was so successful that Sony lost touch with what made the PS2 so amazing. They made a multimedia center that literally no one used as a multimedia center, and for the longest time had a really rough time competing with Xbox and Wii. The Xbox launched a year earlier and established a foothold in the market place, and the Wii was a goddamn phenomenon Then you had piss poor game releases at launch (do you remember Lair) for the PS3, and no one could justify a 600 dollar purchase except the wealthiest of the sony fan boy.
On a weaker footing now, Sony has to appeal to the gamer in order to remain relevant, whereas the 360 had enough market penetration for them to make the exact same fucking mistake Sony made. It’s goddamn astounding.
And the fact that Sony is desperate to cater to gamers, is the only thing that makes the PS4 somewhat promising.
Meanwhile, you have Nintendo doing the exact same fucking thing they did last gen, and it’s going to work because their competition is incompetent. The Wii also had a similar launch in that there was an enormous drought of games during its release. They’re approaching it like this “yeah, our console is underpowered, and there is a gimmick to it, but at least we focus on games because that is our industry.”
That’s why Nintendo getting shit for the WiiU bugs me a bit. Nintendo has a long haul perspective. They need to innovate and possibly fail in order to remain relevant. Instead of pouring R&D in to RAM and processing power, they pour money in to trying shit like the WiiU. And as much as you may hate that second screen, it represents a healthy attitude about this industry.
Moreover, in this generation, I was really surprised that Nintendo, for all the shit that gets slung at it, actually produced the titles I return to the most. I mean, shit look at this . That’s me and my friend playing Donkey Kong Country Returns, and I got stuck on that Bossfight for over 35 minutes. I’m losing over and over, and having the time of my fucking life. One of my favorite games of the 7th generation, and it’s an SD release on an outdated console.
Then there’s Mario Galaxy, No More heroes, the legend of zelda, Sonic Colors, and so on. There were many great titles exclusive to the Wii that blew HD stuff out of the water.
The 360 seemed great, but the hardware was shoddy, and eventually microsoft seemed to focus on things unrelated to what put them there in the first place. They sold the Kinect as a new way to play, but it was just a glorified menu browser and web cam.
The PS3 had a lot of tech, but a bottleneck in terms of how fast it could read data off of a blu-ray and no games to justify a purchase. That changed as programmers became more familiar with the alien architecture of the cell processor. Something I’m not so sure would have happened if Insomniac hadn’t released a whole lot of info for free about programming for the PS3.
Then you had the Wii, sold on a gimmick that was almost never utilized properly, that programmers essentially had to work around, and it actually had good games from start to finish.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is, my experience with the last generation coupled with these announcements have virtually guaranteed a WiiU purchase if and when I can afford it.
So bravo Nintendo. Bravo.
I didn’t get this joke until I was 16.