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Miyamoto says he wished Nintendo had gone HD with the Wii

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In an interview with a Japanese game magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that he wishes Nintendo would have gone HD with the original Wii console, instead of the Wii U. He mentions that HD became very popular about 3 years before the company expected it to, which led to development of the Wii U in order to keep up with the HD craze.

He goes on to mention that the rapid change in technology from standard definition to high definition led Nintendo to be caught somewhat unaware, as they were in the middle of promoting the original Wii as Japanese TV sets were becoming HD sets. He says in America the transition was even faster, which would certainly explain why the last year or so of the Wii’s life was almost dead in the water.

“I felt like I wanted to go to HD sooner. Even for the Wii, no matter how much it made the system cost, it would have been great if it were HD in the first place. However, it was going to take some time for HD televisions to become common and we felt that until that point was reached, there would have been no point for Wii to be HD.

Nintendo is currently dealing with the growing pains of transitioning to HD content, as many of the studios biggest titles that were supposed to be released within the launch window of the Wii U have since been pushed back to summer and fall release. If you’re interested in reading the full translated review where Miyamoto discusses Pikmin 3 as well, you can find it here.

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  • Squid

    HD graphics or not, the Wii still had many AMAZING games, and they looked really good for the console.

    • incoherent1

      Truth. There are many HD games I’ve seen that don’t hold a candle to Galaxy 2, among others.

      • oontz

        HA HA. If we put your statement into perspective… since there are around 770 games available for the PS3 alone. I would imagine you could find a lot more than that
        “that don’t hold a candle to Galaxy 2″

        • Brandon Betlej

          And how many of those games you speak of on ps3 good games? I bet you couldnt name 10

          • oontz

            Well I was actually agreeing with the original poster. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and comprehend what I was saying.

            As for great games on the ps3… I wasn’t sure if you wanted exclusives or multi platform. Here are 20 exclusives that are amazing game experiences. That’s not just my opinion either, feel free to check Meta Critic.

            – 3D Dot Heroes
            – Demons Souls
            – God of War III & Ascension
            – Gran Turismo 5
            – Heavy Rain
            – Infamous 1 & 2
            – Journey
            – Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
            – The Last of US
            – Little Big Planet 1 & 2
            – Metal Gear Solid 4
            – Pixel Junk Side Scroller
            – The Unfinished Swan
            – Uncharted 1, 2 & 3

            I am sure there are even more but this is a start. If you’re a Nintendo fan you should do yourself a favor and borrow a friends PS3 and buy/borrow/rent 3D Dot Heroes.

          • aldo2410

            Most of them are third parties, but my respects to The Last Of Us and Uncharted from the people of naughty dog who created crash years ago, they still have a lot to give.

          • oontz

            3rd party or not… they’re still only available on PS3. The list of great PS3 games gets A LOT longer when you add in AAA multiplatform games from the list of 600+ currently available.

          • Brandon Betlej

            Maybe your right I should check some of those out. Ill be honest I never cared to check anything out from ps3 or xbox 360 because everyone I know that has those systems play one game only. Wanna take a guess its an easy one? So yea I mean the fact that everyone plays cod makes me think theres no good games.

          • Adrian

            I would think those FPS games were more popular on XBOX, but I dunno. Never had an FPS game myself, and I’ve had a PS3 for years.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            That’s a common misconception. :P I’m sure they think all Nintendo fans play nothing but Mario, so the same stereotypes can be thrown back. This is why doing research helps before shunning any game console.

            I have all three consoles. All of them had great exclusives and of course, they also had their bad games.

          • Me Gusta

            Me Gusta Mario. No Me Gusta FPS.

          • Adrian

            For those who don’t know what 3D dot game heroes is…just picture Zelda: LTTP with pixelated world and enemies, and create your own pixel hero (and kind of your weapon as well).

          • jay

            Not to be an ass but also according to Metacritic none of those games hold a candle to Mario Galaxy 2. Even taking into account all the Nintendo-hating media puppets’ reviews.

          • oontz

            welcome to the conversation… we’re no longer comparing games to mario galaxy. I was asked by Brandon Betlej if I could name 10 GOOD games on PS3.

            I named 20 amazing ones.

          • Andreas Sunde

            Just saying, Uncharted 1 may have gotten a good score back in the drought, but it’s a pretty bad game. Not sure if it was always this bad or if it just hasn’t aged very well.

          • fireheartis1

            My brother has a PS3 and all those games I can say rock. Great choices for exclusives on the PS3. Now do the same for 360 lol. I never really wanted to buy the 360 because of the red rings of death that lasted so long. Don’t tell me it didn’t because at the Walmart I work for we had one of the newer black 360’s and within a month it red ringed lol. The games looked cool, but the fear of my new 360 dying stopped me from buying one.

        • XroyD

          Graphics whore!

          • oontz

            How exactly am I a graphics whore?

            *incoherent1* said…

            “There are many HD games I’ve seen that don’t hold a candle to Galaxy 2, among others.”

            I was just pointing out that there are A LOT more than just “many” HD games that don’t hole a candle to Galaxy 2. I was actually agreeing with the original poster you wanker.

            LEARN TO READ!

          • XroyD

            What original poster?

          • oontz

            My reply was to incoherent1 and I was actually agreeing with him by saying there are A LOT more HD games that DON’T hold a candle to Galaxy 2…

            But thanks for down voting me and calling me a whore, without even reading the post.

          • XroyD

            I called you that because I saw you’re other comments. Oh and I did not downvoted!

          • oontz

            I guess since Miyamoto regrets not going HD sooner, then he’s a graphics whore in your opinion as well.

            Get a life wanker.

          • XroyD

            You don’t really know the meaning of graphic whore, don’t you?

            http://images.sodahead.com/profiles/0/0/0/5/1/6/6/3/9/U-Mad-98186250026.jpeg

          • oontz

            You really aren’t too bright, are you.

            Whore: (noun)
            1. A prostitute.
            2. A person considered sexually promiscuous.

            This is why whenever someone uses the term graphics whore, it actually makes THEM look uneducated and immature.

            Keep up the good work XroyD

          • Steven_Segal

            Not trying to defend him but I think he meant this meaning of graphic whore:

            Basically someone who likes the video game for the graphics, not the gameplay. Usually refuses to play older games on any console besides Newer-generation consoles.

          • oontz

            Well seeing as I play all games, regardless of graphics then how I am a graphics whore?

            I also have an amazing HD home theatre set up. So yes I enjoy video content that is high definition, as in the RESOLUTION of the content. But that does not mean the games I enjoy NEED to be ultra photo-realistic graphics.

            So if everyone buys Windwaker HD instead of playing the original for gamecube, are they all graphics whores also?

            If Nintendo was to release 2 versions of Windwaker again on wiiu discs… one copy with no improved graphics at all, just standard 480p and the other copy of the new HD version with updated high resolution graphics… Which one do you think all the Nintendo FANBOYS would buy? What would YOU or XroyD or any other WiiU owner buy?

            Seriously, you all need to get over your selves… take the sticks out of your asses and just enjoy video games regardless of genre or console.

          • Steven_Segal

            I’m not saying you are one of those!

          • fireheartis1

            Don’t you just want to punch those kind of people in the face Steven Segal lol. There are so many older games that I can play now since a lot of them are cheap now, and some one who wont play them because their not “realistic” enough piss me off. I wish it was legal to give those people one solid shot in the jaw and they couldn’t do anything about it.

          • Steven_Segal

            You know, I control my anger. I am a passive person.

          • gimpcell

            It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again.

          • LonDonE247

            why do you even feel the need to call him a whore? save that for face to face, too many cowards online run their mouth up, but face to face wouldn’t have the balls, leave it out, seriously unless he swore at you first, then i understand!

        • 00EpicGamer00

          I think he was talking about the gameplay, not the graphics. He was just using HD games as an example on how the gameplay of Super Mario Galaxy 2 is better than most of those “HD” PS3 games. In which, he could be right or wrong, depending on the game he’s trying to compare to.

        • Johny

          what are you trying to say? you sound sarcastic or something… but smg series really does top pretty much any game… all times

    • Mark Thom

      Miyamoto HE! is right NINTENDO is to FUCKING slow and late for the PARTY lllloooollll

      • Zombie Boy

        I sense a ban in someone’s future…

        • Squid

          I’m curious what he’s tying to say. >.<

          • Zombie Boy

            I shall try to correct his grammar and spelling mistakes for you… Ahem…

            “I believe Miyamoto is correct in his beliefs, and as a result of his error, Nintendo are too far behind technologically to compete with the PS4 or XBox One”.

            Or something like that.

          • Squid

            If he said that he’d probably get less dislikes. :P

          • Zombie Boy

            And better grades at school.

          • Squid

            LOL.

          • Adrian

            It always trips me up when people use “are” after a collective noun, instead of “is”. Apparently it is common in the U.K., but not common in America. Also, apparently there is no actual rule. But I just can’t get over how weird it sounds when somebody says, “Nintendo are awesome!” Instead of, “Nintendo is awesome!”

          • Zombie Boy

            I’m from the UK, and Nintendo are a company, so over here we’d use the collective noun followed by ‘are’. It also depends on the context: For example, if I was talking about a particular MacDonalds restaurant, I could say “MacDonalds is awesome”, but if I were talking about the franchise as a whole, I would say “MacDonalds are awesome”. Of course, if I said either of these phrases then I’d still be wrong, because MacDonalds are shit!

          • Adrian

            Paha! Mcdonalds is good (tasting). But I only get it like once every other month. Yes, it’s largely a cultural difference. But most of the time both uses are accepted in both cultures (me thinks).

          • Zombie Boy

            9 times out of 10, I let grammatical errors go (I’m not a grammar nazi), but the mess that was Mark Thom’s post HAD to be translated so that people could understand it and respond appropriately.

          • Adrian

            Oh yea, I definitely agree that whatever he was trying to say was ambiguous at best.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Kind of true. And he admits it himself. But what is strange is that Nintendo had six years to get competent on HD, without doing so. Thats a bad sign from a tech company.

        • Brandon Gardner

          Yeah it makes you wonder why they are having so much difficulty converting to HD

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Yup, my favourites on Wii was:
      * Super Mario Galaxy
      * Super Mario Galaxy 2
      * New Super Mario Bros
      * Zelda Twilight Princess
      * Zelda Skyward Sword
      * Donkey Kong Country Returns
      * Mario Kart Wii
      * Wii Sports
      * Resident Evil 4
      * Resident Evil Chronicles (both of them)
      … oh so many great games it had…

      edit;
      * Smash Brawl
      * Metroid prime trilogy
      * Metroid Other M

      • XroyD

        How could you forget about Super Smash Bros Brawl?

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Maybe it wasn’t one of his favorites compared to those listed? That would be my guess.

          • RockieOllie

            Blasphemy!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            NO U!

        • Magnus Eriksson

          forgot that and many more :)

      • Sonic the Hedgehog

        What about Sonic Colors?

        • Me Gusta

          Me Gusta Sonic The Hedgehog. No Me Gusta Sonic Colors.

          • Mario

            You’re saying you like Sonic but not the game he was on?

          • Me Gusta

            Me Gusta being positive. Yes.

          • Mario

            Makes sense.

          • Me Gusta

            Me Gusta logic.

      • LonDonE247

        Metroid prime trilogy???? seriously even to this day playing the prime trilogy on my hdtv in 480p via a component cable fools most of my friends into thinking my wii is out putting in 720p, the games looked and ran AWESOME! and at 60fps too, its the same with super mario galaxy 1 and 2, to this day they look mind blowingly great, its another reason why i was disappointed with the wii u virtual wii mode, it should have at the very least re-rendered the games in 1080p and added 4x anti aliasing, since jaggies, or aliasing was a big issue with wii games, that would have made the wii games look so much better when played on the wii u, and would have been a extra selling point for the wii u!

        As it stands, i just use my wii for wii games, because in some cases wii games look worse when played on wii u, and its better to play them on the wii in 480p via a component cable, and to let your hdtv do the up scaling, my sony bravia does a fantastic job!
        Shame nintendo gave us a lack lustre virtual wii mode, its the same with the virtual console, both the virtual console, and virtual wii mode run worse and are feature less compared to emulators made by bedroom hackers, for instance project dolphin for wii games on pc, and snes 9X GX for emulating snes games!

        • ItzameyaToad

          Hey not sure if you knew this but you can connect Wii component cables on Wii U. Wii U has a spot for component cables for those who don’t have an HD tv or that want to play Wii games in standard definition. Just an Fyi. I do agree with you though that the Wii mode on Wii U should have been made to fix some of the thing’s you mention. Perhaps Nintendo can update it or something in the future(doubt they will).

        • companyoflosers

          well the wii u does upscale wii games to 1080p. now it doesnt re-render them like u said u wanted but all the games textures and all other assets were not designed to work at 1080p and would either look stretched and/or blocky or glitch. you would have to do a total hd remake like with wind waker hd to get real good hd out of a nintendo game from any time before the wii u. the virtual wii mode and virtual console ARE emulators by the way. they just dont function as well and as high performance as it would on a pc because the wii u is a standard and non-upgradable package wen it comes to specs wen pc specs are generally alot higher, not to mention the changable settings on emulators. the didnt add those setting for the wii u because they dont want you mewssing with their game’s settings and the wii u could crash as well.

          • gimpcell

            I like smart people.

          • Cyrus

            VC is emulating, but Wii mode is NOT emulating. It’s booting into Wii OS !

          • companyoflosers

            dude an emulator IS running an OS. emulating a nes or gameboy or gamecube on ypur pc, is running an OS, it just runs it alongside your current one. the only difference with the wii u is that it shuts down its usual OS to save processing power wen using the wii OS.

          • Cyrus

            Ok, seems you require an extra lesson about it.

            An emulator does not just run an os, but emulates the devices hardware. A NES cpu for example knows a different set of commands from your PC, so its just not possible to run NES software on a PC cpu, what you need to do is emulate that cpu, that means software is translating the NES command set to a command set thats understood by your pc’s cpu.

            For VC on WiiU its the same, it’s emulating the NES/SNES hardware to run software which was compiled for that hardware.

            For Wii games on WiiU thats different, it’s not emulating Wii hardware but just running the Wii OS on newer hardware, which still knows the command set of Wii. Like running a Windows XP game on Windows 7 or 8, you don’t need to emulate the hardware, you just need a backwards compatible OS. The WiiU’s OS is not that backwards compatible so that you should boot into Wii OS. But that’s a huge difference to emulating hardware…

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Oh yes, that one, two, three too…

        • fireheartis1

          Really dude Wii games look worse played on Wii U. Have you ever played Mario Galaxy, Last Story, Metroid Prime 3, Pandora’s Tower, or Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii U? Those games look even more brilliant on the Wii OS on the Wii U. I love the fact it goes to a separate Wii OS myself. It brings me back and reminds me each day why I love the Wii. I surprised my best friend for his birthday by giving him my Wii since my Wii U was coming in 3 days after his birthday, and I never regretted giving him my Wii because of the Wii U’s Wii OS.

      • Streakin-Cobra

        Go Vacation is probably the best Wii game. And how do you forget that?

      • Archiq09

        Conduit 1 and 2 has more people again on wii. same if story of 2 is “…” multiplayer is special and it’s a rarely fps for wii. a HD of Conduit, Im not against.

      • reyn69sharla

        i have all those games but you’re fatally missing the greatest masterpieces of them all.
        a masterpiece by the name of XENOBLADE which in my opinion has surpassed ocarina of time as the greatest game ever made.

    • AM Real

      …why are you compelled to defend a flawed console?…I have a Wii with a bunch of games for it (and enjoyed all of them except sonic and the secret rings) but I still know I would have had a lot more fun if the console was HD and had proper 3rd party support

  • Brandon Gardner

    Nintendo stop complaining about what you should have done and just move on…. I feel like every other day someone from Nintendo complains about the mistakes they have made…. Shut up and start making some games

    • kenny Johnson

      These are quotes from various interviews. Nintendo isn’t sending out press releases. Bloggers are grabbing any Nintendo related quote they can…

      And having not seen the entire interview, I doubt that was bulk of the conversation and likely Miyamoto was asked about HD.

  • Zombie Boy

    Stop thinking about the things you should have done, Nintendo, and concentrate on your new console. You are trying to persuade those same Wii owners to buy it after all! Learn from your mistakes and move on…

    • Zombie Boy

      And someone has just come through and hit dislike on every comment! A troll, perhaps?

      • Brandon Gardner

        People don’t like the truth here…. If they are real Fans they know Nintendo is messing up

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Yup, soon they will label you a troll and Nintendo hater just because you use your head and think for your self. This page got some strange collective hypnosis that hinders some from rational thinking.

        • Zombie Boy

          I think people see a post and react differently. Some see it as a critical post with constructive comments, which is what I tried to get across here, and they react positively. Some see it as an attack on their console and react negatively.

          But what makes a troll is someone that comes here and criticises as a means to cause misery to others, and nothing positive can come of that.

          I hope enough people here know that I usually have good things to say about Nintendo, their consoles and their games, and that I’m not a troll.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Criticism is welcome if it can be done constructively. I think you achieved that goal but most do not IMO. You see a lot of Nintendo “Doom” posts kind of like that Mark guy did in this article.

          • Zombie Boy

            Exactly, some people are here to give critical but constructive comments aimed towards Nintendo, and some are here just to cause controversy. Fortunately the latter are now being weeded out and banned from this site.

            But I’m glad that you and other people see my post for what it is, and not just another attempt at putting down the company that we all support.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Some of the fans of this site are no better if they play the same game as those trolls. Goes both ways really.

          • Eric Degrechie

            Just kiss already you two.

          • Zombie Boy

            Jealous? Lol

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            People these days are conditioned to act violently to comments that appear negative to them. A lot of can be blamed on the media and parents not teaching their kids right from wrong all that well. Of course, some people are just douchebags
            naturally.

            Not a troll myself, but I guess when people see me criticize Nintendo, they naturally assume that I’m one. People react more than they think.

          • Zombie Boy

            I’ve seen that happen with your comments, and have even mentioned it to you before. But hopefully there are enough intelligent people here that see that you don’t mean offence.

            You’re still here, after all, whereas the real trolls and troublemakers are dropping like flies!

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          True story. Though, when you’re on a Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft related site, there’ll always be more bias comments. Think for yourself, it’s off with your head.

      • tronic307

        Maybe it’s Knowledgeiswhatsup’s ghost.

        • Zombie Boy

          Don’t scare us like that :O

    • Brandon Gardner

      Couldn’t have said it better…. I totally agree!

    • kenny Johnson

      He’s being interviewed. He’s not just releasing random press statements.

      • Zombie Boy

        But my point remains the same. Whatever the context, he’s still dwelling on past mistakes when he should be thinking about how to use that new-found knowledge to help the newer consoles and move forward.

        Personally I liked the Wii, HD or not, but now is the time of the Wii U!

        • kenny Johnson

          He was responding to a question, “For this game, when I saw the high quality rendering of the little Pikmin, I really got the benefit of HD because of the Wii U. Could you tell me more about that?”

          • Zombie Boy

            Ah, so this article takes what he said COMPLETELY out of context then…

  • Mario

    Well, the past is the past. All they can do is keep on going straight to the future.

    P.S, whoever downvoted me should know well that I’m not a troll. I’m just saying that instead of looking at the mistakes they did in the past on the Wii, they should try to keep on working on the WiiU. They can’t change the Wii’s past. But they can change the WiiU’s present and future for the better.

    • Mario

      By the way, I did like the Wii and the games. They were amazing and I never stopped enjoying them till the very end.

  • Mark Thom

    Miyamoto you are so f=ckinq fright.. so now wiiu would be able too handle the PS4 & X1

  • Maxid765

    At times at feel like it should have been HD, at other times I don’t. I enjoyed playing my wii and whenever someone would ask me “Why do u play da wii da graphix sux!!!” I’d tell em there are simply great games I enjoy on the wii Galaxy 1 and 2, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart Wii, No more heroes etc etc.

    Also I liked the fact that the wii was hackable, not because of cheats or piracy. But because of what the modding community was able to do with it. Such as Mario Kart Wii CTGP (Custom Track Grand Prix I’m sure some of you have heard of it) which offered over 100 new custom tracks to play on and an extra server for those wishing to play the custom tracks online. Even now The modding community is still adding stuff to CTGP and fixing bugs so it really adds replay value to the game

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      One of my favorite games last gen was Wario Land: Shake It! and the graphics style of that game completely made it. I would love to see a Mario title that featured those hand painted graphics.

      • Maxid765

        Ah I never actually got to play that one, My little brother always wanted me to get it but idk why I never did. I’m glad I still have my wii and I’ll catch up on some games I missed on such as Wario Land: Shake It! and Xenoblade Chronicles (If I can find a copy >.>)

      • Squid

        My favorite Wii games…. OOOH… Uh.. Donkey Kong Country Returns, Smash Bros Brawl, and Mario Galaxy.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          DKR was awesome. :D

    • Mark Thom

      me 2 lol

    • Squid

      As much as I wanted to hack my Wii, I just couldn’t I have strange sentimental feelings to my consoles… XD

      • Maxid765

        Yea I’m against cheating and piracy. Which is why my wii was not hacked for a long time but when I saw the CTGP and learned that the CTGP Pack Blocks cheats, that’s when I decided I should hack my wii, mainly for CTGP

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    I think a lot of people wish the same thing. I think Nintendo’s objective was to deliver a console at an affordable price and not sell the console at a loss. While Microsoft and Sony released HD consoles sooner they sold them at a higher price and even then they were sold at a loss for at least 2 years or so.

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      That’s exactly it. Sony released the PS3 in 2006 and wasn’t profitable with it until around the end of 2010, when the slim refresh came into the picture.

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        Was it that long for the PS3? Wow! I do not know the exact time frames before the consoles became profitable so I was just making an estimate. I guess I was a bit off for the PS3..

        I also think Nintendo did the same thing with the Wii U. It offers a good middle ground between performance and price. I think the XBOX OneEighty and the PS4 are trying to hard to be a PC and compete with the PC market in terms of gaming and what services it offers. I also do not believe that the XB1 or PS4 are way more powerful than the Wii U despite their core and ram count. The extra cores and ram are almost necessary to get the performance needed since they are more standardized parts instead of using all custom parts designed specifically for the console.

        • Squid

          Off topic question, but why is the Xbox One being called a One eighty? Was the name changed when they changed their policies? ( I’m not kept up with the console, I ain’t getting it.)

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Just a little joke on Microsoft since they reversed some of their DRM and Always on internet connection policies. Essentially they pulled a 180. Also kind of ironic since the last console was called an XBOX360.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Even with their 180, I’m not going anywhere near that console. Especially the requirement of that stupid Kinect.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Me either.. Even if they dropped the Kinect I am not sure I would. I was never really into the exclusives from Sony or Microsoft to be honest so I chose to upgrade my HTPC with a gaming card. It cost a total of about $650 when all said and done but it plays games beautifully and I have a way better media experience than I do with console.

          • Me Gusta

            No Me Gusta NSABox One. Me Gusta PS4. Me Gusta Wii U. Me Gusta Ouya. Me Gusta PC.

        • Mitch Hall

          As far as the PS3 goes, it wasn’t really selling until 2009 or so. That’s when games like inFamous and Uncharted started coming out.

          As for the second paragraph… I KINDA agree. While Nintendo does tend to make the “least PC-like” consoles, I don’t know if that’s a good thing. Some part of me just wishes that they went with standard PC components so that they would be completely equal with Sony/MS in terms of power. If they did that, they would have great third-party support in addition to their fantastic 1st-party games, and they’d probably dominate the console market.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Nintendo is big on trying to make their consoles backwards compatible as much as possible. The architecture change would have made that difficult.

            That being said I think the switch to components more like a PC will be the right decision in the long run and maybe Nintendo will rethink their position in the future. If they do I hope that they try and keep the backwards compatibility but that would make for a very expensive console I think.

          • Linkamus

            It launched with Uncharted… well launch window anyway.

          • Zombie Boy

            It released a year later (PS3 released at the end of 2006, Uncharted in November 2007). Just saying.

          • Mitch Hall

            Ah, my bad. Guess I was thinking of UC2.

          • Zombie Boy

            Yep, Uncharted 2 was 2009.

            I remember that the PS3 did extraordinarily badly at launch – overpriced, not many games and technical problems with the hardware. I’d owned a PS2 previously, but playing on my mate’s PS3 soon after launch put me off completely! It was like playing on a bad PC, what with all the bugs, graphical clipping and pop-up, loading during gameplay (rather than between levels) which made it glitchy, etc… They probably sorted it all out later, but by that point I’d stopped caring and just played games on my PC and Wii for the whole generation instead.

          • Mitch Hall

            They seem to have gotten everything sorted out, which is good. The PS3 has quite a few good exclusives, would’ve been a shame to miss out on them due to faulty hardware.

            Wow, we’re so off topic it’s almost funny.

          • Zombie Boy

            I agree, there were some good games out for it, but with the exception of the Naughty Dog ones, pretty much everything else I wanted to play came out on the PC anyway.

            I know they released tons of patches and updates for the PS3, but when I played my mate’s, it was soon after launch and hadn’t been updated yet. What I witnessed was a mess and when he told me he paid around £500 for it, I was shocked!

            So coming back to the original post (see what I did there?), because people saw the same things I did at launch, PS3s WERE sold at a loss until 2009 when the PS3 Slim was released at a cheaper price tag and all of the technical issues had been sorted.

            It’s funny that Sony fanboys mock the Wii U’s slow start, but gloss over the fact that it took the PS3 at least two years to get off the ground.

          • Mitch Hall

            Yeah, I totally agree with the last paragraph. Still, it would’ve been nice if Nintendo HAD released some Wii U games closer to launch… Oh well. At least we’re finally getting a slew of them in the near future.

            You’re quite well-spoken, by the way.

          • Zombie Boy

            Thanks, I try lol!

      • oontz

        Well it seems they learned their lesson, as they claim the PS4 wont be sold at a loss.

        http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/155521-playtation-4-sony-announces-the-ps4-wont-be-sold-at-loss

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        Imagine a Wii U Mini Ashley because that way it might solve a problem. A different model than the one we have now similar to the PS3 slim.The model would be cheaper and faster model so this way it could justify a purchase for new comers who want to try Wii U. I believe Wii U will increase sales before that when Pikmin 3 and other AAA games comes out on the states.

  • $39063977

    some people are darn slow on some tech aspects. I and most people I know have had HD since almost 10 years ago. But i live in the UK. I’ve lived in the US too and Americans are tad (a lot) slower in adapting newer technologies.

  • Arthur Jarret

    Last gen, my favorite game was Xenoblade Chronicles.

    Keep in mind that I do own over 150 PS3 titles (over a 100 so called AAA titles) – so I do have a good point of reference here.

    With Mario galaxy, Zelda: Skyward sword, Kirby’s epic yarn… well, such games definitely beat the PS3’s and Xbox360’s best looking games simply due to excellent art direction.

    • $39063977

      > so I do have a good point of reference here.

      no you don’t. You are such a big liar. Anyone not a fanboy of what you aimlessly try to support can see through your lies bro. Don’t underestimate people’s common sense, cause it ALWAYS backfires in the end. If you were that phanatic with the PS3 to own over 150 titles then your favourite game wouldn’t be some low res game, esp when you have big titles such as TES, dragon’s age, demons’ souls, etc. in your collection. and you sure wouldn’t consider Kirby’s epic yarn above anything released on PS3 or x360. who do you think you are kidding?

      • Untrentide

        I still buy game for both PS3 and Wii but i find I go back and replay my wii games while im constantly trading in my PS3 games for store credit.

        • oontz

          LOL, maybe because the shops wont give you any credit for the wii games?

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            They don’t give any credit on most games.. There was a good handful of great Wii games that fetch a decent price even now. Not many from 3rd party though. I often found that it wasn’t worth my time or the cost of gas to try and resell a game back for credit.

            That goes for most consoles though I think. The great first party ones are harder to find because the third party ones can be picked up for multiple platforms including PC.

          • oontz

            I for one do not sell my games. Sometimes trade with friends, but like you said stores don’t give you anything so whats the point. I also like to replay games all the time so…

      • Andrew

        Graphics don’t make a game. GAMEPLAY make a game. What if my favorite game was Super Mario World? that game’s graphics are no where near as good as those of modern games, but it can still be my favorite game due to gameplay, art direction, music, etc.
        Pretty graphics are the icing on the cake, nothing more.

        • Untrentide

          That is why i have a lot of issues with modern games. Look at the Last of Us. Beautiful story but the gameplay wasn’t anything fantastic.

          • oontz

            Gameplay on the last of us was top notch… who you trying to kid. All the gameplay mechanics of the game were VERY well done by naughty dog. You need to give credit where credit is due. The last of us is easily THE best PS3 exclusive title and that’s saying a lot.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I would guess he’s being biased.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            You’re a small group that thinks so then. That game was awesome. What game were you playing?

        • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

          Graphics play a role and if done right along with gameplay and story can be a great game. Of course those graphics do not need to be HD necessarily. Unfortunately games often try to sell themselves on graphics alone and while they look pretty and all the game is an overall dud. The trick to making a great game is to use all aspects and to focus on the gameplay and story first and then polish the game.

          • Andrew

            That’s true. If done correctly graphics and gameplay can really compliment each other within a game.

        • audi lover

          But the icing on the cake is usually the best bit to eat, and as its taken millons of years of evolution for eyes to devlope why not feed them with best visuals possible?

          • Andrew

            the comment I was replying to stated that if Arthur Jarret had 100 ps3 games, then why should he be playing wii games because ps3 has better graphics, my point is like it or not, gameplay is the most important part of any game, that’s why it’s called a game and not a movie. Sure graphics are good, but they should never be the main deciding factor for whether a game is good or not.

      • Adrian

        I have those PS3 games you mentioned and I think Xenoblade contends fine with Dark Souls and Oblivion/Skyrim. It is a different experience though. Not necessarilly better or worse.

      • Arthur Jarret

        Wow, weird comment… I’m talking about prefering the art style over any ps3 game and you’re calling me a liar.

        I own 130 wii games too, you know – why limit yourself? PS3 simply had no game remotely like xenoblade chronicles.

        Furthermore, walking around in certain levels at night (like the swamp with the colored fog) took my breath away and stayed with me for far longer than many of my ps3 titles.

        Journey, limbo and catherine made an equally big impression, but obviously fall short in scope.

        And it’s not my favorite game, just of the past gen. My favorite game ever is majora’s mask… a jaggy, low-res game with excellent art direction and finely tuned gameplay.

        Of course, preferring these games does not mean I didn’t enjoy dragonage, skyrim, ni no kuni, metal gear solid 4 and all the other games I own.

  • greengecko007

    My only regret for the Wii was that it lost a lot of support after a few years, even though it continued to sell. Having HD graphics would have been nice I guess, but I was much more disappointed in the fact there was only one really good game to look forward to every year. Hopefully with the Wii U that will change.

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      3rd party support was spotty at best too. What made matters worse (and seems to be continuing this time around) is the 3rd party games were stripped down compared to the other consoles. Some of this was due to the console itself but a lot of it was due to the 3rd party not putting it in.

      With the Wii U they do not really have the same excuses as the Wii U has the online capabilities and DLC capabilities necessary but some 3rd Parties choose to not put those in and then complain their watered down games do not sell as well.

  • Donnie Oliver

    He should be the CEO of Nintendo

    • Schultz38

      I don’t. He would have way less time to work on games. Can’t spread him too thin. :b

  • Petri

    Think they should have prepared a little more for their HD console.
    They came to HD and online sevices pretty much unprepared.
    They had the time and the money.

    But its not like Sony is doing anything that really interest me either, so I can wait for the games.

    • oontz

      I understand your point of view, but for me I love gaming and always find software that interests me on all platforms. This leads to me usually owning all systems eventually. Some of the most memorable gaming experiences of the last generation for me were on PS3. Right now I have my WiiU (super excited for Pikmin) and have pre-ordered a ps4. The fact SONY has 30 first party titles in development and 20 coming the first year of the ps4’s life (12 which are new IPs) has me VERY excited. I haven’t seen anything grab my attention of XB1 so that’ll come many years down the line I imagine.

      • Petri

        I only have love (time) for one console at a time.
        PC and Wii U has to suffice, PS3 is sitting there just for blu-ray/dvd and occasional Bayonetta play time.
        Though the games I’m really waiting for, wont roll out until 2014.

  • Linskarmo

    I completely agree with him. But, as others have said, it didn’t happen and the current and future situation should be the focus.

  • Pikboss

    I personally did not like the Wii very much, but it did have a few great games.

    • Mochlum

      I sort of agree. The online and graphics I admit were really behind the times, but it has some GREAT first party games. Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Skyward Sword, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, etc. But it also did have a crappy third party game problem…

  • Michael DeVore

    They were right to hold back. The older HD hardware, Fat PS3 and older HD tv’s, tend not to work great. I had an old CRT style 1080i and my PS3 refused to go into HD for certain games, Dragon Age and Skyrim, It wasn’t until Skyrim pissed me off with the menu being half off the screen that I went out and bought a new 1080p tv. Basically, even thought I had HD equipment, most of the time I was playing in SD anyways because of compatibility problems. Now the older SD connectors don’t work well on the Newer TV so I retired my old Wii to the basement. I haven’t seen any compatibility issues with the newer HD equipment, and I’ll be damned to try the 4k and 8k nonsense HD just to see.

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      I think much of what you pointed out was taken into consideration by Nintendo. I too had an old CRT HD TV that did 1080i but did not handle 720P at all. It was either 480i/480P or 1080i. My XBOX 360 would glitch at 1080i graphically so I ran it at 480p but they released a dashboard update the seemed to fix that later. I also had the component cables for my Wii at the time so that was also at 480p.

    • audi lover

      Right to hold back? I dont think so ive been rocking flat hd screen for almost 8 years had one of the first hd lg that were released in uk and the wii looked absolutely awful on it while the xbox and ps3 looked gorgeous, if they had made the move earlier there costs for development would be lower beacuse they already had the tech in place to achive great hd games

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        What you forget is that many kids and young adults did not have an HDTV. If you took a trip down a college dorm room (at least here in the US) there were way more game consoles hooked to older TVs that did not support full HD compared to the ones that did. The same at many homes where the game consoles were often shoved off to the secondary TVs found in the kids bedroom and not hooked up to the primary family TV.

        • oontz

          Nintendo still shot themselves in the foot by not making the wii HD and the same power of the other two. If it would have been an even playing field then nintendo would have had the entire last generation to cultivate 3rd party support and make lasting relationships with developers. Those 3rd party developers wouldn’t be so hesitant now as their business relationships would have carried over to the wiiu.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            I think that is what Miyamoto was trying illustrate here. Just a tad bit of regret.

        • John Raybell

          who cares, id rather play an HD consoles on a crt then a non Hd console on a CRT, that HD console is always better, no matter what tv its hooked to. where as no HD only leaves you with one real option CRT or it looks like crap.

          Wii should have been HD regardless how many HD tvs were out and who had them.

    • John Raybell

      your wrong, wrong wrong wrong wrong, they were wrong to hold back, and what the hell CRT tv had 1080i, you sound like your full of shit

      • Andrew Chambers

        How about the Sony KV36HS510. There are actually quite a few.

        • John Raybell

          yeah i see they have some, but in the end your talking about the wiiu upscaling wii games, which is does no such thing, regardless of your tv, also keep in mind the res that your tv is running is not what your games are running.

          Your tv may say 1080 when your playing your xbox360 but in reality its not, those games dont even run in full 720.

          What your seeing isnt what your getting.

          the wii will run on any tv, but will only look its best on a low res crt :)

          • Andrew Chambers

            Um, they Xbox displays in 1080. Now you’re just being silly. I know that 720 games are natively only 720p at max, but the picture can upscaled up to 1080p.

        • John Raybell

          the same still stands, they were wrong to hold back HD, it held them back forever, nintendo use to make the best hardware out, now they try to give you a new controller first, hardware 2nd, its a big issue they are seeing now, 6 years from now we will see these guys saying stuff about the wiiu that will be just like this.

          A NO FUCKING SHIT , nintendo are some pretty stubborn asses, they rant and rant about how its not needed, then years later talk about how they should of had it, thick headed as hell

          • Andrew Chambers

            I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure HD was the only thing that they have mentioned they regret not doing earlier.

      • Michael DeVore

        Such abuse of the English language. Try using commas better. Children like you should respect their elders when they recall the nightmare Big Box Flat Screen HD TV.

        Since I’m not going to be able to get the model number from it any time soon here is a review of model that is close to the one I had.
        http://reviews.cnet.com/direct-view-tvs-crt/philips-30pw9818/4505-6481_7-20315491.html

        If you can read look on the right hand side of the screen and read the “CRT TV” under TV Type, and 1080i under display format.

        Good boy. Now go back to bed, and work on your English homework.

  • boynhisblobs

    Its hard to guess where the market is going to be in a few years, but the best way to get around this is to be the prepared for the next generation. Even if they thought it would take off for a few years, they should have led the pack by including HD output. Its almost pointless for him to be saying this now, everyone knows that was a mistake that they’re still paying for.
    I love Nintendo and I love my Wii U, I just really hope they can turn this around. They need to secure some more solid third party titles fast. Things are looking better, but not great.

  • Ricky Guzman

    IT didnt really matter that it wasnt HD, what messed it up was that it wasnt even packed with Component cables. It looked terrible on my HDTV. The wii was amazing though and it had so many classic titles. Even without HD it was up there with the xbox360 and PS3. Just… had to buy 3rd party cables to get a decent picture.

    • oontz

      Even with 3rd party cables… on my 55″ 1080p tv, it looked shit.

      • John Raybell

        yep, because its not an HD console, cables wont change that, the wii was made for CRT tvs, not HD tvs, no matter what cables you used or could use it would never improved jack shit on an HD tv, do people really think cables upscale lol, this cable does not come with extra hardware, its not a console upgrade lol

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      That I will agree with. I did the same for my GameCube since I had the original model that actually supported component cables. I think I reused them with the Wii.

      • oontz

        well since the wii was a repackaged gamecube the cables would have at least been compatible. Nintendo not only saved themselves money they thought of the consumer as well.

        • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

          Also many tech devices come with the lowest end cables if they give you cables at all. At least now you can use HDMI with most modern HD devices. I hate those proprietary expensive cables.

      • John Raybell

        hahahahah facepalm you too huh lol

    • John Raybell

      no matter what cables you used it looked like crap on an HD tv, thats because it wasnt HD lol,, so yes it really does matter.

      Wii was made for CRT not HD tvs, cables don’t change that dude, the wii could have an HDMI cable and would still look like shit on an HD tv, cables are cables, they don’t upscale, they don’t have extra hardware to increase the resolution.

      All these stupid comments are hurting my head lol

  • insomniac

    oh what i wouldn’t do to travel back in time about 10 years and show this exact article to Nintendo. maybe prevent this whole thing in the first place

  • oontz

    Thank you captain obvious!

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Nice to see him admit that Nintendo made a mistake of not going HD with the Wii. Even if they were behind on graphic power, being in high definition would’ve certainly made those games look much sharper in image.

    • oontz

      I for one would have bought a lot more wii games then I did.

    • John Raybell

      well if it was HD they wouldn’t have been behind on graphic power, as making it HD they would have had to upgrade hardware, CPU/RAM/GPU.

      It would have been on par with ps3 and xbox360

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        HD alone wouldn’t put it on par, but yeah, upgrading the hardware itself would’ve done wonders. The HD alone would certainly made the visuals a lot smoother and sharper. It had great games, but most of those we’re third party, which was the bummer. The Mario Galaxy series and Smash Bros Brawl was all I liked on the system. Others were decent to me.

        • John Raybell

          Hd alone would need that extra hardware i was talking about, saying HD alone doesn’t even make any sense, as that console would of needed upgraded hardware for HD thus more power, thus on par with ps3 and xbox360.

          :)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            HD is possible on the current hardware, but it wouldn’t be true HD. I agree with that. I think it’s sad that the Dolphin emulator is capable of HD and seeing Smash Bros Brawl playing on it in real time at least gives me an idea on how good HD would have been if the Wii was able to run games with it. Shame after all this time, they’re still having a hard time developing HD games. They had 6 or so years to learn how.

          • John Raybell

            yeah true, but at the same time how much trouble are they really having you know, yeah we hear that they are having a hard time, but couldn’t any dev say that, wiiu games don’t look bad and looking at what nintendo is bringing graphically they don’t look they are having a hard time doing it.

            This last 6 years they have also been busy making other games ect, its not like when they launched the wii they just sat back and took a break lol

            But i do agree with some point others make, they are in my mind behind a bit on the amount of games and hardware, but the gap in hardware do due archutecture isnt a majoy gap, yes the wiiu isnt as powerful but thats not to say it wont keep up, mario kart looks impressive, lots of detail, running 1080 also i think and 4 player split screen running 60fps, so it must be doing something right.

            I think the major issue we see is the leaning curve.

            But on topic the wii hardware couldn’t handle higher res, they would have a bunch of fps drops, which is why i said what i said in the post above.

  • Ducked

    I wasn’t a fan of the Wii not because it wasn’t HD, but I don’t prefer motion controls. HD probably wouldn’t work all that well on the Wii since it’s motion controlled and is for more casual games. Wii still had some amazing games.

    Maybe a Wii U release in Fall 2011 would have helped, but I think they mostly did the right thing. I just don’t think people, or developers would have cared if Wii was HD.

    • Mitch Hall

      I agree, motion controls were the biggest reason I didn’t play the Wii that much. It did have some great games, though – many of which I missed. I’m excited to finally pick up Mario Galaxy, Skyward Sword, and No More Heroes 2 once I get the Wii U.

      Honestly, though, I don’t think a 2011 release would’ve helped. What Nintendo REALLY should have done: release the Wii U with MORE FIRST PARTY SUPPORT. Heck, maybe they even should have released it THIS year, since there are finally some good exclusives coming soon. Just imagine if the Wii U launched this November with Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD, and Sonic Lost World… would’ve been an amazing launch.

      But that’s just my stupid opinion.

      • insomniac

        i think that Nintendo wanted wanted to have the Wii U in the hands of the gamers before the launch of the 1st parties instead of having people choose the console and a few games we bought the console months ago and now can somewhat afford the hoard of games that’s coming now albeit later that expeced

      • Andrew Chambers

        The Metroid Prime Trilogy benefited from the motion controls. And some games do them okay, like Forgotten Sands. You should pick that up for your Wii U. Not only will the Wii U upscale it to 1080p, but it’s a good game too, much better then the PS360 version.

        • Adrian

          Where are you pulling out these “upscaling” lies from?

          • John Raybell

            His ASS cant you tell lol

        • oontz

          The wiiu doesn’t upscale anything, not even the system menu.

          • John Raybell

            its crazy people still even think this, Andrew needs slapped up side the head lol

        • John Raybell

          WIIU DOES NOT UPSCALE WII GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          WII GAMES LOOK EXACLY LIKE WII GAMES ON A WII.

          Did everyone take the stupid pill today?????

          • Andrew Chambers

            Have you ever seen anyone running a Wii emulator on a PC? You can output games at a higher resolution then originally intended. If you don’t believe me, go grab a Wii, plug it in and run the same game on both the Wii and Wii U. You will see a difference. The best games to notice a difference are Metroid, Skyward Sword and Epic Yarn.

            Plus, if you have a TV like mine it’ll tell you the resolution that the system is running at, and mine and others have shown it to run at 1080p. Unless you’re playing on anything smaller then a 32′ then you’ll see the difference.

          • John Raybell

            yes when running emulators on a pc you can upscale sure, but wiiu DOES NOT UPSCALE WII GAMES,NEVER HAS NEVER WILL.

            Thats what emulators and pcs can do like you said, not CONSOLES.

            Wiiu runs wii games exactly the same as the wii, and i have tryed my self, took the best looking wii games and tryed both on the wii and wiiu, THEY ARE EXACTLY THE SAME, a wii on a CRT tv will always look better then a wii game in a wiiu on an HD tv, its because its running the same res as wii when playing wii games, there is no up scaling what so ever.

            As of right now pretty much nothing on wiiu runs in 1080 first of all, those games aren’t out, and wii games don’t run at 1080, your tv is lying to you, your wii games on your wiiu are being output at the same res as the wii would output, FACT.

            NO IMPROVEMENTS AT ALL, ITS EXACTLY THE SAME.

            GO BACK TO SCHOOL!

            The only way your going to get a wii game to run at higher res in on a PC with a rom and emulator, thats it, only way possible.

            Deal with it, your wiiu does not upscale,and will NEVER EVER EVER EVER UPSCALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Andrew Chambers

            Dude, chill. It’s upscaling not re-rendering which you seem to think I’m talking about. Yes the games are running natively in 480p, but they upscale to fit the screen better. As I said, it only benefits larger HD screens, but to say that the Wii U doesn’t make Wii games look better on modern TVs is ridiculous.

          • John Raybell

            no its fact, a wiiu does not make wii games look better on any tv EVER, its the same, tons of sites have done comparisons, like IGN, many people have to, the wiiu doesn’t do anything different with wii games then a wii does with wii games.

            No upscaling or rerendering.

            And this fitting the tv better crap, what are you even talking about, lol its the same on both wii and wiiu with an HD tv, wii is wii is wii is wii, no way around that, unless you play on a pc lol

            As some asshole from Microsoft once said “DEAL WITH IT”

      • Ducked

        Yeah I now see a 2011 release wouldn’t have helped. The Wii U launch had great games, they just should have released at least 2 1st-party games from sometime in January-June. It took Nintendo 8 months to bring a 1st party game to the Wii U after launch. Pretty bad marketing on the software side.

    • John Raybell

      um what does HD have to do with motion controls, that is a retarded reason.

      HD would have meant the games running in higher res, has nothing and no effect to motion controls.

      FACEPALM

      • oontz

        Some people have absolutely ZERO clue about technology.

      • Ducked

        It means your casual games wouldn’t give a crap about the HD graphics. Who wants to play Wii Sports in HD?

        Super Mario Galaxy, and Skyward Sword already looked good without HD. It would just cost more, Nintendo didn’t need it then.

        FACEPALM

  • palomino blue

    I waited in line to buy the Wii at launch. Part of the reason was its potential but a lot had to do with the price point vs the 360 and ps3 at the time. If the console had been HD, I might have ultimately bought more games for it, but I wouldn’t have been an early adopter (and they made money on every console they sold too). i don’t think the decision to wait hurt them.

    • insomniac

      i waited in line for mine too…..42 hours to be exact
      but it didn’t hurt them at the time…..it was the right decision. but its hurting them now kinda, more like a set back i guess

    • Elem187

      If the Wii was an HD system it would be priced near the PS3 at Five Hundred and Ninety Nine United States Dollars.

      • palomino blue

        Yeah. No thanks.

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        That’s what Nintendo wanted to avoid.. They did not want a $500+ console because the point of a gaming console is to be a reasonably priced alternative to a PC. To me even $400 is pushing that price point of what a console should cost

  • Dampf

    In 4 Years they will wish that they made the Wii U as powerful as PS4.

    • Leo

      The usual lifespam for a console is 6 years. By that time they will be already on track with a future home console while enjoying good profits from the WiiU years. So as from a business perspective their choices seems about right.

    • Elem187

      I don’t see the obsession with power. The PS4 isn’t very powerful. If you want a beefy gaming system, build one.
      I mean why tie yourself down with a mediocre lowend GPU and a tablet CPU if you care about console power… a $500 PC will run circles around the Microsoft and Sony consoles.

      • Dampf

        No, because the PS4 is a closed system and has unique 8 GB GDDR5 Ram. It’s clearly more powerful than any 500$ PC, TFLOPs doesn’t mean anything especially in consoles.

        • John Raybell

          go get some education, first off no no no no non no, the ps4 is a mid range pc, nothing more, my pc i have smokes it, fucking SMOKES IT.

          And yes for $500-$600 you can build a pc thats better then ps4, unless your retarded that is

          • Andreas Sunde

            PC specs != console specs. If you want to prove me wrong, show me a pc with the specs of a 360 that can run Crysis 3.

          • John Raybell

            dude its different architecture, don’t be a retard.

            How about this, i could build a pc less then the cost of an xbox360 and play crysis 3 at higher graphics then the 360 can.

            And if your talking about ps4 and xboxone, those use pc architecture, if those used console architecture those specs would be mind blowing, but all they are is mid range PCs.

            xboxone and ps4 are PCs

            My pc is already more powerful with out any upgrades, it will also last me a few gens worth of years with upgrades.

            In the end it will always be cheaper to be a PC gamer then a ps4 gamer :)

            So enjoy your mid range pc ps4 while i game on a real RIG

          • oontz

            I will enjoy my wiiu (for Nintendo exclusives),
            my Gaming PC rig (for all 3rd party multi-platform AAA games), and my PS4 (for Sony exclusives).

            And the next 5 years will be gaming bliss for me!

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            You call him a retard yet you claim the XB1 and PS4 running PC Architecture run circles around the Wii U?? Contradict much?? I have been saying the architecture makes a huge difference and since the change to X86 the PS4 and XB1 had to shove in more cores and Ram to compete with what they had when they had the PowerPC architecture designed totally custom for a game console. You really don’t make much sense.

      • oontz

        You go build me a $399usd gaming computer that runs circles around the PS4.

  • Adrian

    Miyamoto sure is saying alot lately. Whatever, I still <3 him.

  • http://twitch.tv/dve2k DVE

    If you ask me Mario Galaxy looks better than most PS3 and 360 titles PERIOD!

    • Elem187

      Easily… For the most part I never really cared too much.. I had a beefy PC that ran circles around the PS360, and the Wii for the occasional game I really wanted to play.
      The way I viewed the consoles last gen was ps360 had the most titles, but also had lots of mediocre samey products… it was a shooter fest. I already have that with a PC, don’t need a console that mimics it in lower fidelity than the PC.
      The Wii, didn’t have as many titles, but the ones that it did were for the most part 9’s and above. Nintendo did a brilliant job in creating a console experience you could only get on Nintendo…. and looks like they are doing the samething to the Wii U…. So its easily going to be another PC/Nintendo generation for me. I don’t see the need to get a console that has a huge overlap with my PC, but in lower quality graphics than PC.

      • oontz

        Are you shitting me?

        “The Wii, didn’t have as many titles, but the ones that it did were for the most part 9’s and above.”

        Asides from the AAA Nintendo games, the Wii was home to some of THE worst shovel ware created and tons of watered down 3rd party ports.

  • Christopher Acuna

    I call bullshit on that. If you didn’t realize that HD was catch on quickly and become affordable as fast as it did then you obviously didn’t bother keeping your finger on the pulse of the tech/entertainment industry.

    • Elem187

      only 20% of homes in Japan had an HDTV in 2006… That number was rising in the US much quicker.
      Nintendo’s number 1 region will always be the homeland. Japan truly does buy just about everything Nintendo puts out…. over here we only buy the big titles like Mario and Zelda…. Fire Emblem Awakening is the first time the west actually purchased a Nintendo made JRPG in large numbers.

      • Christopher Acuna

        Would not have hurt them to release a console that can output in 720 though. Hell just about every game for the 360 and PS3 were only able to output in 720p. Only thing 1080p about the consoles were their menus lol.

        • John Raybell

          nope, the ps3 and xbox360 did not run in true 720p, and no menus were not in 1080p.

          Go do some reason before posting garbage

    • $39063977

      well said

    • Pikachief

      I actually remember Miyamoto saying that the reason the Wii U wasn’t HD (back when it first came out) was because not everyone has an HD TV. Which I guess was true at the time, but like he’s saying now he didn’t think it would catch on so quickly.

      And of course you’re right. It’s nintendo. They’re always behind on tech because they just do their own thing, which hurts them as much as it benifits them. If not more so.

      • John Raybell

        You mean wii right, you said wiiu, and wiiu is HD, the wii isnt

        • Pikachief

          Yes! Wii!

          • ICHI

            And although their handhelds use tried and tested parts only the Wii was behind spec wise so I don’t get this Nintendo is always behind kind of statement?

      • Mochlum

        Yeah, I can’t help but agree…

  • Potemkin

    This is something that should have taken into account the moment the Wii was concieved, not now.

    I remember the NES, SNES, N64 and Game Cube having options for technology that was not even available at the time they launched, yet Nintendo foresaw that and acted accordingly, but that was when Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi was the lead of Nintendo (except for the game cube era).

    The Wii wouldn’t look so obsolete if it had HD graphics or the possibility to upgrade to it later on (for example, play Mario Galaxy on Dolphin at 1080p and see how great that game looks). Just simply think about it and even things like the awful online experience would have been easily forgotten.

    Take a look at this:
    http://www.tikisaurus.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/super-mario-galaxy-dolphin.jpg

    • oontz

      They should release Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 in HD.

      • Andreas Sunde

        Yes. So much yes. I would buy them instantly.

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        That’s the great thing about the Wii U.. I can pop those game discs in and run in Wii mode and the games are still graphically beautiful and fun to play. Not sure Wii games need to be re-released in HD at this point. I would rather them re-release Luigi’s Mansion for GC in HD. After all this is the year of Luigi and all.

  • MississaugaMaverick

    yes nintendo made a mistake with the wii not being in hd, but that does not matter now, it’s in the past. the wii was still a great system, but hopefully the bug n can learn from their mistakes and not repeat them in the future.

    • John Raybell

      it matters now more then ever, its what is keeping nintendo a gen behind, it will hurt them for GENs to come.

  • blindtiger

    yes wii should have been hd, but it was still great. your fans have been faithful but please catch up to the future… now

  • Adecentboy777

    Nintendo should wake up, otherwise they end up like SEGA! And all the signs point that way!

    • BlueWind

      Nintendo has waaaaaaay too much money to end up like SEGA. Even if they do fail this console generation, they still have billions of yen to blow.

    • Leo
    • Andreas Sunde

      Nintendo has 10 billion USD in cash, and billlions in property. They also have a money printer, called the 3DS.
      They’re going nowhere.

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      NIntendo has made a few mistakes and has their work ahead of them but Sega was far into the red cash wise when they made the Dreamcast with no way to recover if that didn’t work out. Nintendo is far from being in that position.

  • Wii Uoops!

    I definitely agree. After playing New SUPER MARIO BROS. U so much, I decided to play the Wii version and it looked like 140p by comparison…
    Nevertheless, the Wii still had plenty of amazing games that I thoroughly enjoyed. :)

  • Linkamus

    If he had said something, just once, it would have happened.

    But sadly, he did not. That being said, Wii had some phenomenal games, some of which would have greatly benefited from HD graphics. Looking at you Zelda:TP and SS… also glances at Metroid Prime 3 …

    >_>

  • Guhtere

    In my opinion, the Wii U is what the Wii should’ve been.

    • John Raybell

      yep, maybe not with the gamepad, but the wii console should of been as powerful as the wiiu, just image where the wiiu would be power wise, it would be up with the ps4 and xboxone, but like i always say, they will always be a step behind

      • Chris Heskin

        You’ve got to be kidding. The WiiU is already only slightly less powerful then than the PS4 as it is currently and the Xboxone is only slightly more powerful than PS4. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.819900-Is-the-Wii-U-really-outclassed?page=4

        • John Raybell

          wiiu is powerful, sure but its a step behind in the long run, the ps4 and xboxone will always be better, same with my PC

          I love the wiiu dont get me wrong, its just the fact hardware wise its not very next gen, sure games will look great but yeah its behind, like the next console will be, and the one after, and after that.

          sure it not as behind as the wii was to the xbox360,but behind is behind is behind

          Get used to it

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Silly boy… thinks power automatically = better. How sad.

            The XB1 is behind the PS4 and they are all behind the PC by a huge margin.. Lose the focus on specs and worry about the games. There is nothing with the small performance difference that the Wii U has preventing it from running modern games. This all like saying that other person has a Core i7 extreme PC with dual Geforce Titans and making fun of the guy like me that has a budget gaming PC with an AMD QuadCore and a Radeon 7970. The games still play fine and look great and the primary difference is the other person paid more.

        • ICHI

          I don’t think the xbone is more powerful than the ps4 it uses 3GB of its RAM to run a Windows based OS probably filled to the gunnells with streaming adverts. The ps4 only uses 1GB for its OS so has 2 extra for games over xbone, means they can have more going on.

  • $41809923

    WII U IS A GOOD CONSOLE NO NEED TO WORRY ANY MORE

  • Johny

    all that said… wii had some REALLY amazing looking games visuals. not to mention that it had some of best games its generation and ALL TIME . it was a bomb system. i’d NEVER swap wii games for ps3’s or 360

    • John Raybell

      lol really? wii looked like crap, like a last gen console, graphically a gamecube.

      The only time it looked ok is when you play it on a CRT tv, but even then games looked like gamecube games, pretty much a gamecube with a new expensive controller.

      • Chris Heskin

        Mario Galaxy looks nothing like a gamecube game, Monster Hunter Tri looks nothing like a Gamecube game, Xenoblade Chronicles looks nothing like a Gamecube game, I could go on and on listing titles but I think you should get the point by now. Your statement is false. sir.

        • John Raybell

          yeah all those games looked like gamecube games, good looking gamecube games, like end of cycle gamecube games, I have both consoles, hardware wise the gamecube and wii are almost exactly the same so yeah, infact all those games you said could have run just as well on gamecube hardware :) true fact

          • oontz

            “hardware wise the gamecube and wii are almost exactly the same”

            Hence the reason it can play proprietary gamecube discs out of the box. WITHOUT using emulation.

          • John Raybell

            Yep which is why i said what i did, those consoles were almost exactly the same hardwarepower wise.

            people fail to understand that

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            No different really than taking a PC processor and comparing it to a higher clock speed of the same processor generation. The Wii used the same chip and GPU for the most part but added some power to it.

            The Wii U takes a much newer generation of the same chip architecture and much higher clock speeds than the Wii or GC was.. It’s like how a Core i7 can run programs that can run on a Pentium 3.

            You seem to think you know so much but yet you really don’t. I guess that is why you are so focused on specs because you do not know how they work. When the PS4 and XB1 went with standard x86 PC parts they had to pack in more cores and ram to compensate because that architecture was designed for a PC to run all sorts of applications and not just games. The Wii U chose to use parts designed to just games and customized for that specific console and task.

            That being said in the long run the move to x86 in the consoles may be the right road to head down but the power of those consoles are not that much greater if you think about it. If you compare them to a typical PC that you can get for a similar price the PS4 and XB1 are weak and have to rely on the custom OS to optimize the gaming experience. Where the Wii U uses a custom OS and custom hardware to achieve the same goal and therefore can do it more efficiently.

          • John Raybell

            since i dont understand, why did you pretty much repost what i had already said lol……

            Even worse i had said it to you, lol in less words but yeah same thing.

            All i have done is state facts

            I have stated over and over and over that the xboxone and ps4 are just PCs now

            Xboxone and ps4 are more powerful fact

            Not by a huge gap due to architecture, FACT

            If the wiiu had the same specs as the xboxone ps4 but kept its same architecture it would smoke the xboxone and ps4. FACT

            WiiU does not upscale wii games FACT

            Hmmmmm what else did i say

            I find it funny that all i do is state facts here but get down voted and attacked, i dont bash consoles, i dont say shit like its a weak pile of shit, the wiiu sucks, its games look like dog shit, the PS$ ROCKS THE XBOXONE ROCKS.

            I dont understand any of you, i like nintendo and we have a wiiu and play it all the time, i say the truth and you guys fucking cry over it. you will even take what i had said and turn it in to a fucking rant, HAVE YOU READ A DAMN WORD I HAVE SAID WITHOUT ADDING YOUR OWN SPIN ON THINGS?

            The inbreeding must be strong with this community
            Or maybe its just that the truth hurts, and people need to grow the hell up or both also people need to learn how to read better

          • Xi

            “If the wiiu had the same specs as the xboxone ps4 but kept its same architecture it would smoke the xboxone and ps4. FACT”

            That’s opinion. I’ve never seen an analyst say that and furthermore we don’t even know how Xbox One will sell, same with PS4.

            Better specs and innovations don’t guarantee wins. Sega Genesis knows that well.

            “WiiU does not upscale wii games FACT”

            It does upscale Wii games. It runs far clearer through Wii U upscaling hardware rather than cruddy TV upscale and conversion hardware. HDMI is also far better than composite cables. When vWii is on the TV screen says 1920 x 1080P. That’s proof of upscaling. Unless of course your TV is SD.

            “I find it funny that all i do is state facts here but get down voted and attacked, i dont bash consoles, i dont say shit like its a weak pile of shit, the wiiu sucks, its games look like dog shit, the PS$ ROCKS THE XBOXONE ROCKS.”

            Yeah but you come off as well, an idiot or at least arrogant. No offense but that’s just my perception. I haven’t given you a down vote though. It doesn’t help when you’re so one sided with your comments even when they are wrong. What you called all as fact isn’t all fact. I’ve been saying truth about the Wii U as well and some of my comments are downvoted as well but some are also upvoted quite a bit. Most of them stay neutral.

            If you actually care so much about what other people think back up your statements better.

            “infact all those games you said could have run just as well on gamecube hardware :) true fact”

            And also don’t call fact what isn’t fact instead is an utter lie. Xenoblade wouldn’t run on the Gamecube at all. It wouldn’t fit in a GC proprietary disc, it uses an engine designed exclusively for the Wii, it pushes the Wii to the limit just to run, etc. If you somehow put it on the Gamecube it’d be a blank screen and run sound at best.

            Ever consider why that was why your comment was downvoted?

          • XiC

            Hardware wise the Wii is stated as being 50% – 100% more powerful than the Gamecube.

            That’s not a large increase by technological standards.

            It can play proprietary Gamecube discs because the hardware it uses is essentially just upgraded Gamecube tech.

            The only major difference between the Gamecube and Wii spec wise is just that the Wii can essentially use dual layer DVDs (though Nintendo loves to call it Wii Optic Disc) compared to proprietary Gamecube discs. This provides up to seven more GBs of storage allowing for larger and more in depth games.

          • Wanderlei

            You are a dunce, games like Galaxy were not far behind many xbox360 games.

          • John Raybell

            actually yes they were, sure when the 360 was still early in its life cycle that game compared pretty well, but after that tons of games were far far ahead of anything the wii had.

          • Wanderlei

            Not what I said. I said it was on par with ‘MANY’, ie the average 360 game not the absolute stand out games.
            And no none were ‘far’ ahead. There is a diminishing return on raw power vs graphical. The 360 was 10x more powerful than the Wii but games didnt look 10x times, for the most part 50% better.
            The jump between Wii U and next xbox/ps is even less. The diminishing return is really showing with showcase games like ‘killzone whatever’ looks marginally better than current gen.
            Next ps/xbox will have the slowest uptake in history and ramped up dev cost significantly for little graphical increase from the previous gen.

      • Johny

        1. graphics were decent and more than good enough as long as you’re not a gfx whore
        2. graphics are far from everything when it comes to gaming. its an overall accepted “fact”.
        3. I was talking about the GAMES. not the system. i couldn’t give less fucks about the system. its the games that were awesome, the games that i loved among the rest of the world.
        4. Wii is cheap now, and was cheap even then

  • Me Gusta

    Me Gusta 1080p. No Me Gusta 480p

    • Chris Heskin

      480p*

      • Me Gusta

        No Me Gusta know it all.

        • Chris Heskin

          nice edit

          • Me Gusta

            No Me Gusta liars. I not edit!

  • Linskarmo

    If Nintendo adjusts the Wii U to directly re-render Wii disc games in HD, then his wish could be partially granted IMO.

    • XiC

      That’d be difficult, I believe.

      The entire reason for a Wind Waker HD is because the Wii U hardware is not powerful enough to simply anti alias and show the graphics as they should be. Granted there are a few extra features but then why is it taking so long just for a remake if it essentially remains the same?

      That link shows what a powerful PC can make a Wii game look incredibly beautiful. The Wii U of course is no where near that powerful.

      At the very least by having the Wii U upscale Wii games they’ll look better. Most TVs have poor conversion and upscale hardware which is the reason Wii games look terrible on HDTVs.

      • John Raybell

        actually they could do this if they had proper emulation.

        If nintendo wanted to they could emulate all games up to 1080p and run other filters.

        But nintendo will never make that proper emulator that it would take.

        It all comes down to programming, the wiiu hardware could do it, if it was programmed right.

        Take a poorly programmed emulator on a gaming rig for example, if its a shitty emulator your going to get lag and all kinds of issues, but if its programmed correctly you will get a pretty seamless experience.

        Programming programming programming lol

        • XiC

          That I struggle to believe. I’m more inclined to believe the Wii U cannot do it than anything else.

          Why spend all those resources on Wind Waker HD if it was possible to create emulation on the Wii U that would show Wii games as they truly are?

          This would essentially reopen the Wii library in a whole different way. I’m even willing to bet that if Wii U could show Wii games as they truly are the total boost of sales from Wii software will trump Wind Waker HD. After all they would essentially make all games into HD.

          I’m well aware of emulation as my Wii has homebrew among many other things.

          Programmers at Dolphin aren’t paid so how is it that the experts at Nintendo can’t do it or even won’t do it? This would be far easier than what programmers at Dolphin went through as they’d have all the source codes. Whichever Nintendo console emulator Nintendo makes would likely be as good as it gets.

          If top notch emulation with just anti aliasing is available, couldn’t Nintendo sell more of Xenoblade Chronicles, Galaxy, Skyward Sword, etc all of which they own? That’d likely total up to at least a million more sales which is likely what Wind Waker HD would get.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            There is big difference of taking a game and re-rendering it all in higher definition compared to an emulator just taking the lower resolutions and essentially filling in the blanks and upscaling the graphics.

            I think of it this way. Many BluRay players will take 480P DVDs and upscale them to 1080P but it will not match the output of a video or movie recorded and rendered in native 720p/1080p. Or another way is like taking a low resolution photo and when you enlarge it the photo program enhances it but it would not match an original photo shot in the higher resolution.

          • XiC

            Yes, that is true but the Wind Waker HD is still using the same models, animations, etc as the original Wind Waker. The only thing I noticed aside from all the shaders and bloom is how nice the shadows now look.

            Really, that leaves me completely uninterested in buying this game.

            Thanks for explaining what upscaling is but I already know how it works from watching Anime and video editing.

            I know it will not match a remade game especially in the case of Wind Waker where it was compressed into that tiny 1.4 GB Gamecube disc. Still what I’m saying after looking at my games including Gamecube games played out on Dolphin with just anti-aliasing it looks dramatically better.

            With these games upscaled into 1080P on the Wii U if it were possible would be looked at by the public to be HD. The PS3 ran very few games at 1080P and a decent amount at 720P but it was heralded as a HD console. The upscaling allowed for it to better show the graphics as they should be without cruddy TV conversion hardware getting in the way.

            I don’t literally mean HD, 1080P, I mean as close as it can get to the far clearer raw graphics. When I looked at the new Wind Waker HD and the old one emulated with anti-aliasing, OpenGL, etc side by side the difference in resolution was fairly minimal.

            Essentially if emulation was possible the games would run at higher resolutions (as the Skyward Sword video showed it wasn’t truly 480P) and would very much look HD even if it truly isn’t.

          • ICHI

            Err because wind waker isn’t a Wii game so you couldn’t have it upscaled using the in built wii emulator and because apparently It’s a learning tool for Nintendo, helping create the next Zelda game. Oh and they changed a load of stuff in the game too?

          • XiC

            I’m well aware Wind Waker isn’t a Wii game. I own the game. I own all the console Zelda games.

            There is no emulation required for Gamecube games even in the Wii U. The hardware at its very core is still Gamecube just ridiculously upgraded. To clarify the emulation I’m talking about is to allow for the games to be shown as it truly is not to emulate the console itself like the Dolphin does.

            Also spec wise Gamecube games are nearly identical to Wii games especially high end ones like Wind Waker. That’s what you get when the Wii is listed at only around 50% more powerful than the Gamecube. Any emulation such as anti aliasing would work out like in Dolphin onto Gamecube games. That however wasn’t the point of my comment.

            You mean fast sail? You mean the easier inventory management with the gamepad? The differences are so few that it’s laughable.

            All Nintendo is doing is pushing shaders and bloom into the game.

            It’s an interesting hold over choice and an HD learning process for the Zelda team yes but like I was saying allowing proper emulation of all games would work out better in the long run if it were possible.

          • John Raybell

            first off windwaker HD isnt just an HD remake as in higher res, its a bunch of things, even added different graphical effects.

            If they just wanted a higher res windwaker for the hd remake it could have been out day one on wiiu.

            When i said they wont, i wasn’t talking down on nintendo, its just fact they wont make a proper emulator, i dont know why, its just how it is lol

            And when you say the guys at dolphin you do know its a community project right? its not staff, its people like me and you, people give there free time, it takes allot of man hours to make a solid emulator, do you think Nintendo will hire a whole new group just to make a proper emulator.

            Also look at dolphin if your serious about roms and emulators you would know that you need at least 10 different versions as some games play better with some dolphin emulators, so the guys at dolphin those normal people who program for fun cant make a perfect emulator

          • XiC

            I talked about Wind Waker HD in a post further down. I know what it is and I’ve looked into it. It essentially is just an HD remake, with a few extra features, dynamic shadows, more vibrant colours, and a whole lot of shaders and bloom. However the models, animations, etc are the same.

            I wonder how many EAD teams are actually working on this because it just doesn’t seem to me to be worthwhile and is taking quite awhile.

            I know what Dolphin is. Like I was saying they weren’t paid to do this but they accomplished all the emulation regardless. They are not experts at least not in the same sense as those at Nintendo. Nintendo wouldn’t need to “hire a whole new group just to make a proper emulator” they have the source codes and all they’d need to do is reassign some members of the Wii (U) RnD team to do this. It wouldn’t take nearly as long as you think, there’d be very little guessing and reworking.

            Here’s three reasons.

            1. The Wii U, Wii both use upgraded Gamecube hardware. This is the same reason why both of them can indeed run Gamecube games. If an emulator was made they would not need to emulate a console like the Dolphin does for the PC. That saves time.

            2. With that said they would strictly be introducing features graphical features the Wii was not capable of such as OpenGL, anti-aliasing, filtering. upping resolutions, etc. That doesn’t take as long as you would think especially with the same teams that worked on the Wii (U). If homebrew ever did come to Wii U the community would develop this in a few years if it were possible.

            3. They have the source code. Whatever emulation they come up with is as accurate, and efficient as possible. There’d be no need for “10 different versions as some games play better with some dolphin emulators”.

            It wouldn’t be ” normal people who program for fun” making it, it would be the experienced teams of Wii (U) RnD making it.

            If it were possible it doesn’t make sense to me as to why Nintendo doesn’t do it. The community sure will do it if the Wii U’s specs could handle it. The community has N64 emulation perfect as of 2013. The Nintendo teams had it perfect since 2007. It’s pretty clear how they did it so much quicker.

            Perhaps I have it wrong and that graphical emulation is indeed in the workings. However it won’t be for all games it will strictly be for games re-released on the virtual console or a physical compilation. They’ve already done this in the past for OOT where the original on the N64 ran at 320 x 240 but the GC version ran at 640 x 480 with progressive scan.

      • Linskarmo

        Thanks for your reply. I agree that the games should at least be upscaled. I’ve noticed that Wii games look worse on a flatscreen than a large CRT of about the same size, which doesn’t make much sense to me even though I understand the reason. Oh well.

  • Steve

    With all honesty, I never really like Nintendo for their game’s graphics. I always enjoyed the experience each one gave. Games Legend of Zelda provide really intuitive experiences, specially skyward sword. On the other hand, games lik Smash Bros. and Mario Kart provide great replay value and serve as great games to play together with friends.

    But nowadays, it’s more about how many head shots can you score in Call of Duty and great graphics. I gotta friend who just whipes out everyone online. Just grabs whatever he. Wants and does head shots. Even from long distances he rarely misses.

    But ack to the point, graphics are great. But alone, they don’t make a good game.

  • XiC

    “which would certainly explain why the last year or so of the Wii’s life was almost dead in the water.”

    I’m glad one of the writers finally decided to show some truth. Some of the last articles had some very misleading though technically true statements.

  • Brendan Whittle

    The wii u is a hd stepping stone to next gen consoles to come. if they perfect software this time then the leap to next gen will be easier. Meaning more lauch games and blockbuster titles. The future is bright for nintendo

    • Me Gusta

      Me Gusta bright nintendo future.

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      I think if the move to x86 takes off Nintendo needs to consider it. The reason being is game developers will be more likely to make games exactly like the other platforms (including PC) because the same architecture is used. Unfortunately the risk is that this could (and most likely will) break any backwards compatibility which is what the XB1 and PS4 are facing now. Of course Nintendo could essentially add the PowerPC chip and maybe GPU from the Wii U into that new console and have a dual boot setup or run some emulator that can access that CPU/GPU for emulation purposes but that would be an added cost to the console.

      • John Raybell

        x86 only lessens learning curve, its not amazing, if the wiiu had the same specs as ps4 and xboxone but stayed with its current architecture it would smoke those X86 consoles :).

        I hope nintendo doesn’t make another PC like microsoft and sony. I already have one of those

        • John Raybell

          down voted for the truth, gotta love this place lol

          • Chris Heskin

            Cry more please

  • WellWisher

    Miyamoto hit the nail on the head. You’d think Iwata would listen to the guy.

  • fireheartis1

    I don’t see in his comment where he says he wished the Wii was HD. Can someone please point that out to me? Also I didn’t get an HD TV until last year when my SD television that I had since 2005 finally went down. Heck I didn’t buy an HD TV until I got the Wii U anyways. I know I’m not the only one who couldn’t afford an HD TV, and it didn’t matter because all the Wii games show cased in my Walmart were on a HD TV and I still thought the graphics looked awesome.

  • https://soundcloud.com/rauschenmaschine Kristian Kouvo

    You can buy Wii2HDMI adapter to make the Wii gfx crisp & clear. It uses 480p mode. Some models do upscaling as well, but for best results keep the 480p mode/HDMI (because it’s native & upscaling is only a simple zoom in this case).

  • William Cole

    I think Miyamoto wanted to go HD with Wii but Iwata said no. I can just tell that Miyamoto feels somewhat embarrassed and left behind. He used to be on top of things ever since SNES when Nintendo had the most powerful consoles all the way up to Game Cube. Not going HD must have been a blow to his inner self.

    I hope Miyamoto and his teams have gotten the hang of HD development so we can get games faster. This is probably why we didn’t get a Galaxy style Mario. If that would have happened we would have gotten it next year at best. God only knows when the next Zelda is coming out. Fingers crossed for 2015-2016.

  • CMB

    Wish it did