I'm not talking about the Wii. I mean they had to know eventually that the next system would have to be 100% HD. With that in mind and knowing there would be a learning curve they should have devoted teams to HD gaming a few years ago. That in turn would/should have led to a stronger launch lineup.
But I think Frisky covered that pretty well. It's not like they sat on their asses and did nothing for 5 years. The only thing worse than sitting on your ass is talking out of it, which is what some CAGs (not pointing at anyone in particular here
) do about the Wii U. Sure, it has problems. However, there isn't much being said about it now that wasn't said about the 3DS a year and a half ago. But like Frisky said, if they had moved all those teams to the Wii U, the 3DS would be faltering now in a more critical phase in its lifecycle.
And of course the parallel with the 3DS is not exact. The Wii U has more hurdles to overcome (namely MS and Sony's next-gen systems). But the game library will develop iin a similar timeframe as it did with the 3DS. I'm not the slightest bit worried that we won't be getting a stellar lineup of first-party games at some point and the system will do well enough because of that. It may not be a home run, but it will do well enough to keep Nintendo going with what we all want: the games.
There is a certain segment of the market Nintendo will never, ever get. And it seems like some of you want them to compete there which is just not going to happen. I'll call that the "CheapyD" market. If you listen to the CAGcast you can tell that Cheapy puts a premium on the big-name cross-platform games and a gamer like that is going to want those on the 360/PS3 (or next gen versions) and will never have an interest in a Nintendo system (even
if it had the same specs as the MS/Sony equiivalent, even
if it had a wonderful, integrated, online system, and even
if they just used a standard controller and nothing else). Cheapy was underwhelmed and dismissive of the announcements Nintendo made - which were all the games most of us thought should have been announced earlier (plus a few awesome surprises like Xenoblade sequel and Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei). He just isn't interested in a 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, Fire Emblem, etc. And there are a lot of other gamers (including my 13 year-old son) who are like that and that Nintendo will never get back. Despite all that, I think they can do reasonably well with the Wii U. But of course it remains to be seen.
Edited by io, 31 January 2013 - 01:06 AM.