Well, I won't say anymore about it, it's a matter of opinion, the definition of the term has been fiddled with so much there's always going to be an argument over it.
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"Next Gen." seems to have different meanings.
To me, Wii is next generation because it introduces completely new gaming experiences for the console! I share Nintendo's view: Playstation and X Box will duke it out with the same old stuff (just tweaked in graphics) while Nintendo ventures off into a new frontier of gaming! And what a start! You have the Wiimote, the new games specifically designed for the Wiimote, and the Virtual Console! I'm very sure that this is just the tip of the iceberg with Wii. But these are reasons why I think Wii is next gen... because the gaming is next generation.
The Wii in terms of hardware is as new as any of the platforms . they were all conceptualised in the same era, each incarnation of computing increases by a defined standard "Turin's Law" so all of the current hardware is a quite old in terms of engineering. The Xbox360 is Amd risc based and both the ps3 and the wii are powerpc based. So really it's about implementing the hardware available.
Okay, My definition of next-gen or even "revolutionary". If the game brings something to the gaming world that is significantly different and if the game makes me view games in a new light. The Nintendo Wii has done both.
Agreed. But if there's so much arguing over Wii being next gen, we can always go with "new gen", which is what it is anyways. "Next gen" would refer to something being upgraded. "New gen" would refer to something completely new, which is what Wii is.
So new generation is better than next generation. And I think Satoru Iwata sees it through this viewpoint.
Well, one thing for me is for certain: innovative, pure fun/genius playability + greatly improved graphics = NEW generation. Not "next". And that's the path Nintendo should be going through (imo). Maybe I'm really wrong and the final product (the games) is really going to have some very good looking graphics to them... (even when compared to x360 or the Ps3. Maybe not equal, but VERY decent would be o.k for me).
Again and AGAIN: Nintendo, please pay some atention to the visuals, they're really worth the mention. They're really important too, not just innovative controls. Put these two great issues together and you'll, more than certainly, be a winner (and at the top, as you once were, again!).
A barely updated Xbox could never resist the technological evolution for the next 5 subsequent years. It would be a long and painfully outdated product to look at quite soon. Just my prediction anyway...
Just my two cents...
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I think this is a tactic. Nintendo don't want to be seen as being in competetion with Sony or Microsoft, because as soon as they do, they'll lose their non-gaming market. It's also part of the reason why the Wii is called what it is - not differentiating between the gaming market and the outside market (e.g. PlayStation or Gamecube). If they were to say "We are next gen", people outside of the Gaming demograph would consider it a "Gaming machine" and something that is going to be outdated almost as soon as you get it - Which is the way the computer and console market works.
It's all about association and market. Non-gamers don't want a "gaming machine". They want something that looks fun, involving and inviting. They don't want to be swept up in the latest thing - they simply want to play a bit. Do you get what I mean?
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Amen to that. Many people seem to see things (especially PS and X-box fanboys) this way: if it has the best graphics, it is automatically superior! Screw the gameplay! I just want eye candy! Luuuurgh!Originally Posted by CadaveR (Ivo)
Trust me, I know about this way. I've had many conversations IRL about such things. Most people I've talked to (in my generation) view this. I also talked to an electronic technician about this. Did the gameplay matter to him? No. It was the graphics and DVD compatability. What happened to the magic of gaming? Does that not matter anymore? It has been this way since Playstation (originally a SNES add on) came into the play. The N64 was a pure gaming machine, but who cares when they could have Playstation? I'm sure people (consumers) turned to Playstation because they thought the discs were sexy and could support graphics superior to N64. Playstation did have great games though, so it wasn't untill the next console war that the magic of gaming really started to dwindle.
When Microsoft butts in with it's superior graphics and hardware campaign, people were swooning over it! To most people I talked to about it, they wanted X-box or PS2 (X-box mostly). The only real argument besides DVD and superior graphics (actually, I think GCN surpasses PS2 with graphics capability, but don't quote me on that) that I heard for a long time was "we got Halo!" or "we got Grand Theft Auto!" That's all. Well, what kind of argument is that? Sure, Halo was a great game, I admit. But Gamecube answered with Metroid Prime, which I enjoy more anyways. And shooting hookers and running over pedestrians is not my version of having a good time. All the while, Nintendo is still dishing out games that focus more on the gameplay: Mario Party, Super Smash Bros, Pikmin, etc. Now fast forward to the end of this console war. I start talking about it again with friends. Now they say: "Nintendo is so kiddy!" "The Gamecube has no mature games!" "Halo dominates all!" Now these people are probably casual gamers. What hurts me is the "kiddy" part. I never thought a Mario game to be "kiddy" and I'm sure no one else did. That all changed when more "mature" games came out to the market. So I'm automatically a loser just because I love Nintendo's pure gaming fun? I don't think so.
Wii is showing just that: pure gaming fun. Again. But this time, more innovations prove this to be a new generation of gaming. Sure Nintendo lost fans due to superior graphics and advanced hardware (if you look at things that way, you aren't a true gamer anyways), but I bet many will come back when they realize that Nintendo chose the right path while PS3 and X-Box 360 duke it out over the same dang thing. ..Again. So who's ready for a change? I sure am! New change = New generation, baby!
Sure, graphics are important, but only after gameplay. If you don't realize this, you aren't a true gamer. A game could have the best graphics in the world but really stink with gameplay at the same time! (please keep in mind that I'm not flamming anyone..I'm just saying it how it is). But of course games will have great graphics on Wii! It would be a true waste of money if Wii has advanced graphic capabilities for nothing, wouldn't you say? ATI (the makers of the graphics chips "Broadway" and "Hollywood") say that the graphics seen from Wii at E3 was just the tip of the iceberg. There's much, much more potential, so don't worry. I never worried about the graphics in the first place. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Metroid Prime 3, Super Mario Galaxy, and Twilight Princess are enough eye candy for me! ^_^Originally Posted by CadaveR (Ivo)
Of course Nintendo can! And with a simple slogan: Playing is Believing Nintendo has stated time and time again that the days for superior graphics are at an end. We are now at a point where the graphics really don't matter anymore. They look good enough right now anyways. I'm still content with my Gamecube! Nintendo has finally regained a foothold after reopening the eyes of many to gameplay. Wii is a simple, family-friendly machine, whereas the 360 and PS3 have the potential to scare them away due to the complexities of their hardware.Originally Posted by CadaveR (Ivo)
I could go on and on about this, but I think that's enough for now. ^_^'
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