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#1 thrustbucket

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:17 PM

A month ago I was in this forum trying to understand why everyone thought the Wii would be so exciting beyond the Wiimote. I clearly stated multiple times that the Wii was just the same hardware as a GC only slightly tweaked, so it didn't make sense to me why you were paying $250 for a controller. Most of you didn't believe me that you'd be re buying game cubes.

For saying these things I was crucified on mount Mario by a mob of angry fanboy's saying I was blaspheming, lying, and trolling.

So when I came upon this today I just wanted to make sure you all knew that your lord and savior Miyamoto has confirmed my claims.

Before y'all haul out the stake and sticks to roast me, I just want to state that I'm not trolling. I just feel that I deserve to point out to you that my opinion on what the Wii is, was fact, not theory. I'm not system bashing here, because anyone that can admit they know they are spending $250 for a new controller, and is fine with it, is cool in my book.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:19 PM

What thread are you talking about? Almost everything I've been reading about the Wii both here and elsewhere has stated that it won't be much more than a GCN. This is no big shock.

Its too bad you're still a prick with a stupid gimmick.


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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:20 PM

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:21 PM

I think this is basically a cry out for him to get lambasted by the Wii fans again so he can stand by his "I'm not trolling" stance and say that Wii fans are unreasonable and attack him for no reason. :roll:
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:24 PM

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:26 PM

We've known it is the same basic architecture with a power boost. That doesnt mean it is exactly a Gamecube. That would be like saying that the Pentium 4 is just an overclocked Pentium 2.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:26 PM

this just in....water is wet



We'll I'll be a son of a.....it IS WET!


To OP I think most folks are pretty much ok with it being a suped up gamecube its the way you control the games that has most people interested in it. Most Wii lovers have faith in Nintendo based off the most recent success of the DS which took a slightly more powerful gameboy advance and gave it touch screen technology that changed the gameplay fairly radically(when implemented properly and not as some gimmick). Their hoping and betting on a similar high this time around with the Wii and it does certainly look promising in that aspect.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:26 PM

Before anyone gets carried away with this on either side of the argument, please keep the context of the interview in mind:

- Looking at the titles that have been announced so far, the pace at which games are being released is comparable to the N64 and GC.

Miyamoto:
The hardware is basically a GC. We’ve upgraded our development tools to new versions but, you can still use GC programs as they are. With that in mind, I thought we could remake GC titles for the Wii and modify them to work with the Wii remote so that they’re more fun to play.

- By making GC titles work with the Wii remote, they’re going to be reborn.

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Yes. However, you can still find some GC titles at second hand shops being sold so I don’t think we’ll be able to sell them at full price but because the development funds itself have been taken care of, we should be able to sell them at a moderate price. If we can release these GC remakes for the Wii quickly then we’ll be able to release more games from the third parties.

- So does that mean it’s possible that that’s what Nintendo will do?

Miyamoto:
Yes, relatively thinking. It should be an interesting test to release the new Zelda game on both the Wii and GC.

- I see. So that’s what it’s about.

Miyamoto:
For a brief period of time, some of the staff said, "The Wii has better capabilities than the GC so lets improve the graphics." But Zelda fans aren’t really looking forward to a improved version of the game and are only looking for it to be fun so, I said all we have to do is make something fun for both the Wii and GC. Recently, we finally reached the conclusion that, "the Wii isn’t a console seeking for the next generation graphics." Of course, there are games that seek to have good graphics so you’ll see the titles split up that way.

- So you mean the Wii isn’t seeking to become the most powerful console but instead, its value is in a different area.

Miyamoto:
Yes. I’ve been saying "you can play together with your family" as if it’s a dream all this time but, it’s been more or less impossible to achieve until now. However, I think it will be fairly possible with the Wii. There aren’t any consoles that can achieve such a thing.

Yes, the GC is "basically a GameCube," but Miyamoto is hardly discussing the technical capabilities of the system, he's commenting from the development standpoint.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:31 PM

Ok dudes, I've been out of this forum for a while, I didn't know everyone had finally come to terms on what the hardware was. Last I was here, many of you thought you were really going to see an obvious improvement in horsepower.....

Also, since I wrote this Joystiq has updated that this was an old interview, taken out of context slightly as pointed out by botticus.

Well obviously this is no news now, the peeps here seem to understand and accept what I was, back then, trying to say......please disregard then, sorry for troubling you.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:32 PM

I actually agree with you, OP. The Wii doesn't look much better than the GC, which is a huge dissapointment. They can be a step behind the X360/PS3 without being a generation behind. I was hyped for a Wii at launch, but more and more I am losing that hype as it seems likely to fall in price soon. I will wait for at least a $50 price drop before I invest in one. And no, I'm not a Nintendo basher. I own a DS and love it.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:36 PM

- By making GC titles work with the Wii remote, they’re going to be reborn.

Miyamoto:

Yes. However, you can still find some GC titles at second hand shops being sold so I don’t think we’ll be able to sell them at full price but because the development funds itself have been taken care of, we should be able to sell them at a moderate price. If we can release these GC remakes for the Wii quickly then we’ll be able to release more games from the third parties.


They are going to be re-releasing GC games with Wii controls and charging moderate prices for them? I think that will be a tough sell, but I guess if they can get people to buy them, go for it.
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:39 PM

Nothing for nothing but Nintendo actually mentioned something about a bazillion years ago that their next console would not be about better graphics. It amazes me how many people still don't understand that. I will be getting one at launch and I do understand that in raw processing and power it won't equate to a 360 or a PS3 nor do I give a shit. I'm paying $250 (well less than that through k-mart clearances and gamestop trade-ins) for a slightly souped up gamecube. I personally just want to give something different a chance but it is already quite obvious that a lot of people are pretty close minded to new things. Will it be the most amazing thing ever? I have no fucking clue. I'll at least give it a chance though. The best part is that you mock people for spending $250 on a newer gamecube and then you'll turn around and spend $400-$600 based on better graphics. What else are you getting (gaming related) for your money?

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:44 PM

Nothing for nothing but Nintendo actually mentioned something about a bazillion years ago that their next console would not be about better graphics.


Understood, understood, understood, understood. For the 14th time - That wasn't my point. Never was. My point was they literally are repackaging gamecubes. They didn't do R&D on anything but a new controller.

A month ago, a number of people in this forum tried to tell me that the processing power (not just graphics) would be 'substantially better' than game cube. I'm glad to see that misconception is cleared up.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:47 PM

Understood, understood, understood, understood. For the 14th time - That wasn't my point. Never was. My point was they literally are repackaging gamecubes. They didn't do R&D on anything but a new controller.

A month ago, a number of people in this forum tried to tell me that the processing power (not just graphics) would be 'substantially better' than game cube. I'm glad to see that misconception is cleared up.


Please support EITHER of those two statements with any sort of actual source.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:50 PM

Before anyone gets carried away with this on either side of the argument, please keep the context of the interview in mind:

Yes, the GC is "basically a GameCube," but Miyamoto is hardly discussing the technical capabilities of the system, he's commenting from the development standpoint.


Thank you for actually putting some sense into this, as opposed to those who act like 1up.com and cherry-pick select information from an article.

#16 botticus

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:54 PM

Please support EITHER of those two statements with any sort of actual source.

When he uses subjective terms like "substantial," he doesn't need to source. Because for him substantial could mean three times more powerful instead of 1.5 or 2 times more powerful or whatever the unnofficial specs are. Nevermind that they managed to squeeze something more powerful than a GameCube into something the size of a DVD box set that uses far less energy. The interview regarding their design considerations there is really quite interesting, though I have a feeling the developers being interviewed by their boss are sweating bullets throughout.

(If interested, the interviews regarding hardware design can be found here: http://ms.nintendo-e..._01.html&l=enGB - first two in particular)

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:55 PM

I think this is basically a cry out for him to get lambasted by the Wii fans again so he can stand by his "I'm not trolling" stance and say that Wii fans are unreasonable and attack him for no reason. :roll:


Wouldnt that by definition be "trolling"? I mean it would be a higher grade of trolling, kind of like Dvorak in the computer world, but ultimately still trolling.


To earnestly address TB, again, it is not news that the Wii is "just an upgraded" or "basically" a Gamecube. Add in the extra RAM, whatever new chip instructions were included (if any), the faster clock speed, buit in WiFi internet, built in wireless reciever for Wiimotes, the Wiimote itself smaller chip size, and lower power consumption and poof thats your Wii from a hardware perspective. From a software perspective the Virtual Console and the Wii Channels arent built into the Gamecube and would probably require a hardware addon to function.

Actually, after listing that, thats a lot of things that are not included in the Gamecube, which if added on after the fact wouldnt be used by a large part of the current installed userbase.

It is simply not news. You got "toasted" because you fully discount the Wiimote contorl setup, the Virtual Console, and the RAM/Clock performance increase as having any value at all and rather focused on the Wii being an extension of the Gamecube hardware as if the items included in the Wii would sell if they were added onto the Gamecube. SEGA tells the story with regards to console expansions.

If you do not like the system offered under the name Wii, dont buy the damn thing. However, do not begrudge those of us who are willing to do our choice and after playing the Wii at a Fusion tour stop I'm still sold on the concept.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:58 PM

Understood, understood, understood, understood. For the 14th time - That wasn't my point. Never was. My point was they literally are repackaging gamecubes. They didn't do R&D on anything but a new controller.

A month ago, a number of people in this forum tried to tell me that the processing power (not just graphics) would be 'substantially better' than game cube. I'm glad to see that misconception is cleared up.


They did in fact do R&D on the console. How do you think they got it to be so small? How will it be low on power consumption? How quick will the load times be? The virtual console? The sensor bar? The Miyamoto statment is twisted in the title of the article's title. He is speaking in terms of development of games. I'm not saying the Wii is a powerhouse but it will be a bit more powerful than the cube. Now again I ask you the question what are you getting (gaming related) for your $400-$600 dollars if you buy another console? If you are going to complain about paying $250 for a new controller at least explain why my other choices are so much more revolutionary for the money I am spending. I would pay $250 for a new controller made by Nintendo. At least it won't break down in a year and even if it did it would be replaced under warranty.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:59 PM

The best part is that you mock people for spending $250 on a newer gamecube and then you'll turn around and spend $400-$600 based on better graphics. What else are you getting (gaming related) for your money?


Besides graphics (which better immerse you in the experience like new controls also will) I already know that with at least the 360 I get an unbelievable online component that I don't think will be matched by either the Wii or PS3. Xbox Live is so slick and functional and integrated into everything. Anything less will feel like a step back.

That said, I'm a huge Nintendo fan and if I need to buy a souped up GC with wacky controls to play the next Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Pikmin, etc. then so be it (although the "extra" $50 is making me hesitant for exactly the reason that its basically a GC and those can be found new for $70 with a game and extra controller right now - it's a total pantsing by Nintendo and I just don't understand it). Otherwise, they have yet to disappoint. I'm not so sure I see the value in a PS3 yet but I'll definitely be picking one up down the road when the price gets a little cheaper.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:02 PM

Besides graphics (which better immerse you in the experience like new controls also will) I already know that with at least the 360 I get an unbelievable online component that I don't think will be matched by either the Wii or PS3. Xbox Live is so slick and functional and integrated into everything. Anything less will feel like a step back. I'm not so sure I see the value in a PS3 yet but I'll definitely be picking one up down the road when the price gets a little cheaper.


Good call...you forgot one thing...you have to pay for it.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:11 PM

I personally think that this generations graphics are good enough. I don't need hyper-realism to have fun. My PC can do that anyway. :)


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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:20 PM

with the other systems (ps3/wii) claiming free online play, we will have to wait and see if xbox still charges. IMO, we will see from all 3 companies micro transactions that will cost us more in the long run then the $50 or so for xbox live.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:22 PM

God damn.

The argument doesn't get stupid unless you start to bitch about how the graphics won't match the 360/PS3.

Nintendo has said that forever. For-f*cking-ever.

No one, not even Nintendo themselves, are arguing this.

The problem is that apparently people can only measure a new generation of system by their graphics, when clearly that is not the case here.

You go into the Wii understanding well beforehand that the graphics aren't going to be mindblowing. If you somehow ignored the controller and the other aspects of the system in leui of only the graphics, you f*cked up. Pure and simple.

That is the price of admission. That's always been the price of admission, and the fact that people continually are bringing it up like it's not a decayed horse carcass is amazing.

I'm curious. Do some of you people buy a Snickers, and then bitch when it's not sour?


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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:25 PM

That is the price of admission. That's always been the price of admission, and the fact that people continually are bringing it up like it's not a decayed horse carcass is amazing.


Just curious, can I get a decayed horse carcass for $199?


(I don't even understand where this argument is going. Somehow we're arguing about the price of Xbox Live now. It's so confusing here.)
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:29 PM

Let's just say a certain SOMEBODY was at a certaing LOCATION playing with a certain piece of HARDWARE.

This SOMEBODY can confirm that the graphics aren't next-gen.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:30 PM

Just curious, can I get a decayed horse carcass for $199?


If you ask the state DNR or DoT they will probably let you have one for free if it turns up as roadkill.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:34 PM

some of you guys are more fanboy than miyamoto is. That scares the shit out of me

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:40 PM

I'd still buy it for $250 if it had exactly the power of the Gamecube. I understand that they have to have a new console in order to get support for the Remote, otherwise they'd just release it as a Gamecube Accessory.

The only legs that the system has is the Remote concept. If you wouldnt buy it as an accessory for the Gamecube in that fictional scenario, then you really shouldnt get a Wii.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:45 PM

The only legs that the system has is the Remote concept. If you wouldnt buy it as an accessory for the Gamecube in that fictional scenario, then you really shouldnt get a Wii.


That's bluntly honest. I don't think we'll see that adorning Nintendo billboards anytime soon though.
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:55 PM

The only legs that the system has is the Remote concept. If you wouldnt buy it as an accessory for the Gamecube in that fictional scenario, then you really shouldnt get a Wii.


That's interesting, I would probably buy a Wiimote if it were a Gamecube accessory, since Nintendo would release a couple games that make it useful. Now things like Madden 07 for the Wii wouldnt see the light of day though.