As I stated in my other video game thread this morning, I own all 3 game systems and like certain things about all of them and as such, I am not a fanboy of any particular system.
Anyway, I got a Wii for fathers day this year and me and my family enjoyed it for a month or so and I will break it out when friends come over that have never played it, but in my deep thoughts over video games this weekend I got concerned about the Wii and heres why.
Just like the N64/GC the Wii is almost 100% dependent on Nintendo released games. There are very few 3rd party musthave games out/coming out in the near future. It’s true that the controller setup makes the Wii so popular with the casual crowd, but the Wii has been out for a while now and the selection of games is REALLY slim. Nothing has come out on the Wii in the last 2-3 months that I have been compelled to purchase and as such, the Wii gets played far less than my 360 and even my PS3 (Ninja Gaiden).
I think Nintendo is making 5 big mistakes with the Wii:
Supply of the console should not be painfully low this long after launch. It’s basically glorified GC hardware and I don’t see why they are having these supply problems still. Anyone should be able to walk into WalMart by now and buy a Wii at any time.
Slow trickle of mediocre games coming out. Nothing earth shattering is on the horizon (except MP3, but Ill touch on that in a minute). This is their biggest failure IMHO. Nintendo should have more decent games on Wii by now but they don’t.
They need to stop advertising the Wii controllers and start advertising the GAMES for christs sake. MP3 is coming out next week and there hasn’t been a single TV ad and very few online ads for this game. MP was one of the biggest selling GC franchises and they are ignoring this important entry right now for some reason. I still see plenty of commericials showing people having fun playing Wii sports or (faking) having fun playing Mario Party 8, but no commercials for any big games.
Get rid of the stupid ass Friend Code system. Nuff said.
Wii publishers are being EXTREMEMLY lazy with the graphics on this system. This thing is supposed to be twice as powerful as the GC, which should make it more powerful than the PS2 and Xbox yet the games typically look WORSE than the best games on GC. I don’t expect them to look like my 360/PS3 games, but at least make them look as good as they can so it’s not so jarring when I move between systems.