Originally Posted by Ireland
Besides, they are clearly trying to ape the iPad…
Hardly. They'd be making a handheld console for that, likely with physical buttons. This is their attempt to ride forth the tablet bandwagon in a way that is different from any other.
The Wii was a revolution, this product, the Wii U, is not.
Why? Why is that?
They should have made a better Wii…
They. Did. I don't get how you don't get that. The specs are in every single way improved. It's more powerful than any current-generation console, and it runs all Wii games.
People loved the Wii, but the one complaint they had about it was graphics. If Nintendo had focused solely on graphics and power, while staying through to the original, without the distraction of this poor man's, Playskool, iPad knock-off, I believe they would have created a product a lot more people would be interested in: Wii HD. Which for marketing purposes, I'd call: Wii 2.
Wow. Yes, I was right; you don't get games at all. You claim the Wii was a revolution and yet you don't have a FRICKING CLUE why that was. You don't have the merest inkling of what it represented to their industry as a whole, not just in video game UX.
The Wii showed developers, it showed competitors, and it proved to Nintendo themselves that Graphics. Don't. Matter. The experience matters. Sounds a little familiar to me. Wonder what parallels we can draw here. OH YEAH. Apple products. They ain't the fastest fruit in the knife, and they ain't the cheapest barrels in the drawer, but darn if they aren't the single best product with the single best experience available, proven time and again by user retention and satisfaction records.
Whyzzat, though? The Wii, that is. Well, Nintendo had the best software. Not just the way their software was written, but the intellectual properties therein. The Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Pokémon, Kirby, and the rest of their franchises. This is time-tested stuff that people love. That's step one. Not hardware. You can have the fastest hardware in the world. No one will buy it if you don't have desirable games. Step two, something that no one else seems to take, is making innovation. People laughed at the Wii controller when it was introduced. And yet the Wii is the most popular console of this generation by a large margin.
Know how else I know Nintendo is right? Everyone else pulled a Microsoft and abandoned their original controllers to copy it. Not just Kinect and Move, no. The Wii Remote was revealed a month before E3 2007. I'll never understand why they didn't pull an Apple and keep it secret, but they didn't. At E3, one month later, Sony had changed its PS3 controller from the boomerang design (yes, that was STILL going to be the design) to… the exact same controller as before, "but we have motion controls in it!" And they didn't really work.
But let's talk about hardware now, too. The Wii is the "slowest" of the three consoles, but it's also the one that was released with an actual plan for the future. The Wii changed games forever. Sounds a lot like a phone that came out around the same time. The Xbox 360? Just a faster Xbox. The PlayStation 3? Just a faster PS2 that cost hundreds more. And yet people bought the Wii. The Wii, capable of 480p with terrible anti-aliasing (if you put it on a larger resolution). They bought it because of how it controlled. The UX. JUST like Apple. Apple doesn't have the fastest computers, but they have the best experience using them. And with the way the software is written, they BECOME the fastest computers when actually used. Nintendo proved to the video game console industry what Apple proved to the computer industry once, twice, three times over: that graphics (speed) don't (doesn't) matter when you make the UX welcoming.
You. Don't. Get. This. This is on par with the idiots that (STILL) slam the iPhone for not having a MicroSD slot or a removable battery. YOU DON'T GET IT. PERIOD. You don't have a clue. You're looking for Carmen Sandiego, but she got married and lives in Boca Raton with her husband and two kids. In 1998!
And your lack of understanding here is a perfect mirror for the topic of the thread, which we've fallen away from somewhat: you don't have a clue about what would make a truly revolutionary television. Just as you want exactly what is wrong for the Wii, exactly what the Wii is supposed to completely destroy the "need" for, you want exactly what is wrong with television combined with exactly what software doesn't work natively on a television.
Originally Posted by Ireland
I am dumbfounded why you feel it necessary to make this comment no one would disagree with.
You truly are blind. "No one" would disagree with it? Thousands do. I made the direct assumption that you did, given your lack of understanding about why Nintendo has done what it did. It was the only explanation I could envision for you not understanding their way of working. Now I'm just completely gobsmacked. Plenty of people want Nintendo to get out of the hardware game, simply because they're "bleeding money" on hardware and could make a lot more on iOS devices. Again, that's like saying Apple should get out of the hardware game, simply because they're "bleeding marketshare" and could have considerably more by licensing.