Well, by now I’m sure most of you have already heard about Nintendo’s big announcement. At Nintendo’s investors meeting the other day they officially announced their new gaming console. This console is to go on sale in 2012 but a playable prototype will be unveiled at E3 this June. This is extremely exciting news for the gaming community since this will be the first system belonging to the next generation of consoles to be released and we even get a peek of it at this years E3.
Ever since I found out about this I’ve been scouring gaming websites for any new information about possible hardware specifications, pictures, and names for this new system. Of course, every time I found an article on the Wii’s replacement I scrolled down to the bottom to take a quick look at the comments to see what other gamers are saying about this new Nintendo console. Based on what I’ve read so far, I’m extremely disappointed. I’ve been reading alot of “I’m not ready for a new system yet.” and alot of “I’m gonna wait this one out, I don’t want to get burned again like I did with the Wii.” and finally “Geez Nintendo, just take all my money why don’t ya?!”
Ok, seriously, what the fuck are you people talking about? Lets respond to these one at a time. We will begin with the “I’m not ready” crowd first. First, the stupidity of this statement is so far beyond stupid that it could be a tv show aired between Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns. In case you haven’t been gaming with the rest of us for the past 20 plus years let me be the first to tell you that new systems come out alllllll the time, it’s a part of gaming. Granted, the lifecycles of todays consoles are much longer than their predecessors, they will ultimately be replaced by something new.
As technology advances, game manufacturers take advantage of it and make newer and better game systems to make better games, Sega 32X is the exception to this, for some reason a lot of those games looked worse than regular Genesis games. Also, game manufacturers are always trying to stay one step ahead of their competition by releasing systems with the latest and greatest hardware under the hood. If your not ready to move along with this progression of game consoles then just stick with whatever game console you bought first and be happy with it. The rest of us will be playing the next-gen consoles and enjoying being a part of the evolution of video games.
As for the “I got burned by the Wii so I’m gonna wait to buy this new system” I think you missed the point of what the Wii is. The Wii was meant to get people that don’t normally play video games to fucking play video games. It took fun and gimmicky motion controls and used them to entice non-gamers into the video game world and it worked. If you bought the Wii thinking it was going to be the next hardcore gaming console you could play Call of Duty on then your head is so far up your ass you’re choking on it. “But Pat, What about all the horrible 3rd party games for the Wii and the renewed commitment Nintendo made to 3rd party developers announced at last years E3?” You got me there. With this new system being announced I have no idea what Nintendo’s plans are for the Wii or any of it’s future releases.
Sure, there are a lot of crap games out there for the Wii and that’s disappointing since obviously the Wii has great potential with such a large install base. But I knew what the Wii was going to be when I saw the first leaked pictures of the controller wand. I knew that it wasn’t going to be for the hardcore gamer just by seeing the TV controller design of the wand and I will admit, that disappointed me. But it got my mind ready to accept the fact that Nintendo was going to depart from the traditional console and try something different and I got one anyways. I never expected a whole lot out of it in the first place and having that mentality going in really helped me be truly surprised by just how fun the Wii is to play in a casual way. Since the Wii was such a big departure from traditional console gaming I knew some games were going to suck as developers tried to figure the damn thing out.
Whenever people ripped the system for not having titles for the hardcore gamer it frustrated me because it’s not a system for the hardcore gamer. Titles like Conduit, No More Heroes, and even Metroid were never intriguing to me because I always felt that they were simply trying to pander to the hardcore crowd and making the Wii do something it’s not really meant to do. Sure, those aren’t bad games but this would be like me bitching about how there are no Call of Duty games for my 3 year old nephews leapster system. It was the introduction of motion controls to gaming community and clearly the gaming community as a whole liked what they saw (Kinect, Playstation Move). “I got burned by the Wii!” STFU!
Finally, lets respond to the “God Nintendo! Just take all my money!” No one is forcing you to buy the system so relax. Save up a little, buy one used, trade in an older system for a discount on the new system, you don’t need to take out a loan to get the latest and greatest from Nintendo. Clearly, if you’re following the news about video games then you more than likely have purchased a video game system before so you know that it can be costly to get the latest and greatest system. I understand times are tough and not all of us have the extra $300 bucks to plop down on a game console but Nintendo is a business. Their in the business of making and selling video games. Don’t bitch about a business doing what a business is supposed to do, provide a service or sell products for a profit.
Sure, I would love it if game manufacturers made their systems more affordable but they’re pricey little pieces of electronics, it’s always been that way so I don’t suffer from sticker shock anymore. Anyone that has been actively keeping up with game consoles and buying the newest system when it comes out already knows that when a new console is released it’s probably going to be expensive, it’s a given. Now I know some of you might be saying “This guy sounds like a Nintendo fanboy!” I assure you that’s not the case. While Nintendo will always have a special place in my heart it shares that space with the 20 other systems I have in my collection.
I love game systems and I’m always excited to see what the next one will be regardless of what the current state of video games or the economy is. Did Nintendo pull the plug on the Wii too soon? Is Nintendo looking more like Sega with this announcement? Are gamers going to get behind a new console even if it is next gen and superior to PS3 and 360? Only time will tell but in the mean time lets just have some fun playing some new video games.