Originally Posted by johnmatrix
On the Wii, this is only next gen console I am remotely interested in. This new controller is what got me hooked. It seems like something completely new and different. If I want awesome graphics, I'll play a PC game.
yeah i mean, i'm the same way. i may be talking nintendo up this time around, but i'm really NOT a fanboy. i'm kinda past my videogaming prime, and am a few years past nintendo's target market. when i do play games it's usually deep stratagy on the pc (though i have been having a fun time with Uplink reciently). the thing is that nintendo seems to be aiming at fixing everything i think is wrong with videogames. i've said for years that gameplay is far more important than graphics, and it's nice to finally hear a company use that exact sentamant as the basis for a tagline(playing is beleaving rather than seeing is believeing). it seems to me that modern game devolopers are FAR more interested in getting a game to look it's best, rather than putting any effort in innovating it's gameplay. i am sick and tired of the ea sequil factory that pushes out one cookie cutter title after another. new material is few and far between in the games industry, and i'd just rather play the classics than waste my time with the new flashey crap that doesn't play half as well.
second is the controller, which is also a brilliant move. i rememebr as a kid i would ask my dad to play nintendo multiplayer against me. he'd try his best to figure out the controlls, but in the end it was always too complicated and frustrating for him. as gaming veterans, we think nothing of 12 buttons and 2 joysticks, but that is INTIMIDATING to the rest of humainty. there's somthing very compelling about a wand with 2 buttons that you wave around to control the game. if nintendo can break down the control barrier and make things more natural, their games can appeal to the common person and *shock* might actually be more fun than frustrating to them.
sure, it's not exactly a system for the gamming elite(though i bet virtual console attracts a few hardcore gammers) but i think this system is exactly what the game industry needs right now, even if it flops and noone buys it, it'll have made it's mark on the industry and changed the sequil factory for the better.