December 26, 2012

Nintendo Is Aiming To Take On Microsoft And Sony

Call them the lesser of the three big boy consoles of this generation, but Nintendo is making steadfast progress with the new Wii U with Tvii, the next home theater contender of this generation.

Amongst most of the gamer population, Nintendo’s Wii never really got much respect.

It’s an ironically sad state of affairs, considering that the Wii was never invented for any such competition. The fact of the matter is that Nintendo isn’t a competitor, it’s an innovator. With every release of a new console comes a brand new idea waiting to be tested with the populace. There was the handheld gaming era, which in large part belonged to Nintendo for their Gameboy and DS lineup. Sony soon fell behind with their PSP, and Microsoft never bothered to implement a handheld of their own. So when we speak about innovation and Nintendo, you know that the newest and most creative ideas are being juiced out of their noggin.

Speaking of innovations, Nintendo has stocked up their Wii U with a new app download called Tvii. This app isn’t just another generic download to give tiny upgrades to your system, it’s Nintendo’s way of capturing a home theater audience. If you know the core demographics of Nintendo’s Wii lineup, then you’ll understand why this innovation might be their best bet for competition against Sony and Microsoft.

It will sadden some, or maybe most of you, as to why it needs to be a competition at all. If you think of it like a business rather than as a consumer, then you’ll get a clearer idea behind their motives.

Nintendo has been the flagship publisher of today’s innovation in gaming. Just about every console released by the tech giant has had the best in the ergonomics behind its design. However, we should consider the fact that they haven’t really created a concrete exclusive series to Nintendo since the likes of Pokemon and Super Mario. What this means is that they have traditionally concentrated more on the technical aspects of their system than the games themselves.

This correlation between games and technical hardware is mostly thought of as short lived and just might be in the coming years. That is, unless Nintendo makes another leap forward in the near future to virtual reality helmet-based gaming hubs or something.

Why virtual reality? I don’t really know, it’s the most advanced thing I can think of at the moment.

When the Wii U was first announced, I chuckled a bit. In fact, it was the same chuckle that I gave to Nintendo when the Wii was introduced to the market around four years ago. I’ve never been able to take their Wii lineup seriously at all, and the inclusion of the letter ‘U’ after ‘Wii’ wasn’t helping much. Generally, I laugh at Wii U.

It’s not that I don’t respect them, because I could never have thought of such an idea and put it to such mass marketing spin as they have. However, I believe that Nintendo is behind the times in regards to their console’s power.

We’ve all had this argument before, and I’ve concluded many times that Nintendo doesn’t need a hardcore gamer audience because of the size of the casual gamer market. My counterpoint to that is that the origins of most of the hardcore console gamers are rooted in Nintendo’s games. Once, a majority of us were playing Super Mario and Pokemon before we melted faces in Halo and Gears of War 2. If you consider that they connected with our childhood, you might understand that Nintendo has, in a way, failed our expectations as gamers.

When was the last time Nintendo released an exclusive on their console that truly took the industry by storm?

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