I seriously almost named that blank "dreamcase", but I hope that this doesnt happen. Before you accuse me of being a troll, just read on, please.
(I purchased an N64 and gamecube on day one. I bought a Wii within a month of its release... I love the Big N and my childhood was centered around them. I am not a troll)
I am intrigued regarding the WiiU... I have my boss telling me nintendo should quit and go third party ala sega, however if the WiiU can produce a metroid game that looks like mass effect 3 would I really be dissapointed?
How about a zelda game that looks like Uncharted 3 (or even 2?) That would be pretty remarkable to play IMO.
Reports are starting to surface as more developers get Wii U development kits that the specs of the Wii U are something like:
- Quad core 3.0ghz power PC
- 768 or 1024mb ram
- Unspecified AMD/ATI graphics
- The RAM is close to the CPU so as to increase bandwidth and system speed.
The problem many are pointing out is that this means the system is very very similar to an xbox 360 which has a 3 core cpu clocked almost identical, with 512 mb ram...
Some developers are saying without outing themselves of course, that the system will be less powerful than the 360 and the ps3, while some are saying it is somewhere around 50% more powerful than microsoft and sony's machines.
So here is the thing... I have owned every console nintendo has put out aside from handhelds of which I stopped at the GBA but only because my gaming habits changed.
I am just starting to get concerned that nintendo is relying extremely heavily on "innovations" as opposed to future proofing their hardware and machines to compete with everyone else.
The market leader in regards to technology for so long has disregarded tech to do their "own thing."
I remember vividly how the SNES beat down everyone in terms of graphics, sound and technical tricks... The n64 was admittedly better graphically than the Saturn/3do/playstation...
but now they just dont seem to want to go that route.
So does this become the last stand for them? Or do they end up focusing on mobile games that bridge the gap between the 3ds and that massive controller on the WiiU, forming their own sort of market and eco-system akin to what apple does with the iOS?
These things will all become clear at E3 I suppose.