I think it would have struggled anyway, being so underpowered. Does anyone really want to be playing Xbox 360-quality games in 2016? The Wii had some good games, and it's not all about graphics, but for some games you need a certain level of power. Many of the really exciting games on Xbox 360, stuff like Bioshock, GTAIV, Fallout, Skyrim, the sort that put you in a world you'll never forget, these were lost on the Wii, and Wii U is going to have the exact same problem. I understand why Nintendo doesn't want to compete in that arena, but I thought they were making an effort to win back hardcore gamers, which is totally at odds with an underpowered machine. Personally I got sick of the Wii's weak graphics. It's hard to go from playing Red Dead Redemption on the 360, to something that looks like a PS2 game. That's not to say Wii didn't have some nice looking games, but you'd never get Rapture. |
The most bizarre thing to me is that they seem to have misunderstood what made the Wii popular - the controller. Or maybe they realised this and thought the tablet controller would have the same appeal. I pre-ordered a Wii and got it on day one, I couldn't wait to try that controller. Wii U? Well I've got an iPad, an iPhone, a touch screen DS, Vita.. the Wii U controller is quite nice but not I-must-have-this-right-now nice. It's just odd that they thought the controller would be so appealing that people wouldn't care about how poor the system internals were. Arrogance from the Wii maybe?