by Jimmy Greystone - 12/4/10 2:27 PM
In Reply to: well by Sandman-ivan
Except that consoles are supposed to be fixed platforms. Developers are supposed to be able to rely on the fact that the hardware will not change significantly.
Microsoft and Sony could have easily put in faster CPUs, more RAM, you name it, but they don't and won't. Otherwise you ruin the consistency that is the primary selling point of a console.
Nintendo chose to create a simple game console, not some bloated do-everything media convergence device like Sony and Microsoft. They aren't going after the same market segments really, though after seeing the huge untapped potential that Nintendo found with the Wii, all of a sudden Sony and Microsoft had to come out with their own Wii-like add-ons. Now about 5 years later, they're finally coming out.
Nintendo has been laughing all the way to the bank these last 5 years. Their competitors were taking it on the chin with each system sold, while Nintendo took a much more conservative approach and had a system that was profitable from day 1. The high price of their competitors helped drive sales, and allowed Nintendo to keep that high initial price much longer. They haven't had to redesign the console to weed out inefficiencies, because they designed the thing with no inefficiencies to begin with. To this day, it still makes the "slim" versions of the PS3 and 360 look pretty pudgy. All it was ever intended to be, was an upgraded GameCube, and that's what it does beautifully. It was never intended to be this end all game console, and frankly I'm betting Nintendo was fully expecting to have a replacement console out by now, but the fact that Sony and Microsoft are in no rush means they don't have to be either. Nintendo is sitting on an absolutely MASSIVE cash stockpile for a company its size. And frankly, console sales have been down across the board. There's a worldwide recession going on in case you hadn't noticed.
The crux of the problem for you, is you are stuck thinking about things as a zero-sum game. You just cannot seem to wrap your head around the idea that the Wii was never intended to compete head on with the PS3 and 360. Nintendo learned its lesson with the GameCube, and decided to forge its own path. They happened to strike gold in the process, tapping into an absolutely huge market no one knew existed.
From what you've said, the Wii isn't the console for you, so don't concern yourself with it. Enjoy your PS3 and/or 360. Why do you need other people to validate your opinion? Isn't it enough that you like something? Go play your PS3/360 and don't worry about what Nintendo is or isn't up to.
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