jibjab said:its a gamecube with a new controller. i already had a gamecube so basically i paid $250 for a controller. could they have made this console more powerful? absolutely. would it have taken anything away from the controller? of course not. would it have made the games less fun? of course not. would it have given the next generation of games a fresh new visual look? absolutely. you guys really need to get off this kick that you can have graphics or fun but not both. you've been brainwashed.
(sorry for my poor english, i'm portuguese)
Would it have costed $250?
Nintendo hasn't made the wii for the guys who bought gamecube. we all know gamecube didn't do very well.
They could make a better Wii and sell it for $400 but then most gamers would prefer sticking with 360 or ps3. This way, people who have a 360 or a ps3 can still think of buying a Wii just for the fun of it.
I think they wanted to make it one step at a time: first, expand their territory to other gamers and non-gamers; than I believe that if they do well in this chapter, in 3 or 4 years there will be a wii hd with which dvd player that wins the competition (blue-ray or hd-dvd).