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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I Reevaluate The Wii

So, last time I tried the Wii controller, I said I didn't care for it. It was too clunky, too touchy.

Well.

I have now played Wii Sports and a little Super Mario Galaxy and can say with total confidence that the Wii controller is one of the best I have ever seen.

However, this begs the question: What's next for Nintendo? I mean, when you have the DS, and you have the Wii, what's the step AFTER this generation? It's a question that they're certainly asking at Nintendo HQ, and it's valid.

The logical answer is to just do what you did THIS generation, and improve the graphics. However, Nintendo hasn't really done that since the NES to Super NES days. They also did the same with iterations of the Game Boy, but I don't think those count as much. Plus, the important thing to remember is that the Wii is revolutionary. There's been nothing else like it on the market, ever.

So, if you take something revolutionary, and just make the graphics better, won't it start to get old hat? Won't we start whining about yet ANOTHER motion-sensitive controller? Or is this more than a gimmick?

We haven't been whining about using the same basic template set down by the Atari 2600 and it's ilk for about 30 years (geez, I'm old). Is the Wii where EVERYTHING is going, or is it only a step for Nintendo? These are important questions that I'm sure they're hard at work on at Nintendo.