With all this speculation about the PS4 and the next Xbox-- hardware, features, prices, other things that cost money and everything else under the sun-- I can't help but think about Nintendo and their supposed laughing stock of the business, the Wii U. Even Cliff GearsofWar Face recently made some comments on how the gaming industry is on the verge of a cataclysmic collapse (something I know nothing about, nor did he elaborate on the matter) and for some reason also mentioning that Nintendo is on their last hardware legs. Cliff certainly wasn't the first (nor will he be the last) to say something like this about Nintendo, but I'm here to suggest that Cliff and everybody else who thinks that way is dead wrong. Not only do I think that Nintendo will manage to survive this new generation of gaming and ensure another Nintendo console, I also will go so far as to say that the Nintendo Wii U will be knighted as the "Big Cheese" when this new generation is over and done with.
Ok. So where does all this hubbub come from? Especially when I'm aware that Nintendo's latest console is moving at the rate of a semi-truck in a traffic jam. I've even joked a few times about how Nintendo forgot that they needed to release video games along side their new console. Forget about jokes, the hardware powering the Wii U is the joke of the internet party. Can't tell you how many times I've heard something along these lines, "This is the console Nintendo should have released 7 years ago." And how about that controller? A lot of us are still baffled why Nintendo released that big thing as the main controller, instead of as some optional accessory. So why in the heck do I think these plumbers got a shot at taking it all?
I'll begin with my bread and butter. I feel that because the Wii U's hardware is so underpowered in comparison, there's no other way for Nintendo to effeciently compete in the market than by figuring out a way to release a better gaming library than its competition. Now, if Nintendo can't do it by impressing the market with graphics, they will have to find a way to do it through innovative gameplay, creativity and by taking major risks with their famous titles and with new IP. It wouldn't suprise me if we were to see some of the whackiest and wildly interesting games come out for this beast. Sure, I know right now we haven't seen anything of the likes (let alone games in general) thus far, but theres a lot of time. The last time I checked the competition hasn't even stepped foot onto the playing field.
Next I'll serve you a decent hamburger: Price. I know the official prices of the PS4 and the new Xbox haven't been released, but I'm willing to bet, however you slice it, that upfront the Wii U will be the cheapest console. However we all know dropping money on a console doesn't get you everything you need. Right now the PS4 is screaming additional costs. Just exactly what they are I'm not sure. But my guess is we'll need to pay for online gaming, cloud gaming, and possibly even just general subscription fees (which would give us free updates and access to the PSplus store and stuff like that).
Then I'll end on a half burnt pop tart: When all is said and done and we can finally all go to to our favorite toy store and buy any one of these new consoles (and a power ranger action figure...and some roller skates....and like a spaceship Lego thing) I think the Wii U will resemble a "gaming console" the most...What the hell am I talking about? Well, I guess I mean on the inside (sounds sexy). Sony made it pretty clear that the "way we play" is changing. They are taking the steps to change the concept of their gaming console as a prodominently one function device by giving us more than just games. Now where that original function (the act of playing a video game) is regarded in Sony's grand scheme is beyond me. For all gamers sake, I obviously hope it's still their number one priority, but with Nintendo I know it still is. While we may have many reasons to turn on a PS4, with Nintendo we have pretty much just one.
I just realized I haven't been saying much about Microsoft. Well, I don't know much about what's going on with their new system. Who knows really. But my guess is they're still hammering as many gadgets and features onto that thing that could make it power a small NASA spacecraft.
I also didn't really define what I mean by the Wii U becoming the "Big Cheese." Sorry about that. I'm still on the fence whether the Wii U will sell the most consoles. Sony (and maybe Microsoft) may be onto something with their whole social thing. They may end up with a more customers than ever before because of that. I guess it just depends on how they market it. But the "Big Cheese" for me refers to the console with the best value for the gamers. Meaning, it's going to have the best game library (with an exception to small indie games), the best price, and treat gamers the fairest--meaning no crazy subscription fees, solid backwards compatability and no funny business with used games.
This is my theory and I'm stickin' to it.