I agree with you..mostly.. /deep breath/begin rant.. I hope this is simply more guesswork and speculation form IGN's podcast. They have often been wrong, and I find it tough to believe that Nintendo would do that; however, if this proves to be true.. well..I have a Wii, and am currently looking for one for (of all people) my mom! (she's excited for the new Animal Crossing and Guitar Hero!) I find $80+ per controller a tough pill to swallow..especially as I have had to resort to other measures (such as GameFly and Goozex.com-a terrific trading website-to be able to play games coming out without buying them) and my mom is as poor as you can be(she's helping us with groceries and loaning me her car, among other things) I hate the idea that a new peripheral will be needed to play new game..however, how often has Nintendo promised this, and it fell through? (E-reader for the gba, that motion device for the ds, heck, even the gameboy micro to some extent! Nintendo is great at having us shell out for newer versions of older hardware, but this is almost too much.. ..don't they have enough of our hard-earned money? Aren't they still top-selling handheld/home console? What more do they want?? \/rant
I'm going to premise this blog post by saying, if you're a Nintendo fanboy, please try to refrain from simply lashing out and replying with something that is mere rhetoric. Anyway...moving on.
I wasn't sure just what we'd be required to pay for Wii MotionPlus; the thing's pretty little, regardless of whatever technology is inside it. However, I'm listening to IGN's most recent Tech Fetish podcast, and they're saying we can expect a $25 price tag per unit. Wow!
Wii remote = $40, nunchuk attachment = $20, MotionPlus = $25 = one god damned expensive controller!
Eighty five dollars for a controller!? You've got to be **** me! The boys on IGN were also speculating that Nintendo will push the MotionPlus to be a requirement for most new games, so eventually we'll be required to have the attachment (or maybe even buy entirely new controllers, should Nintendo decide to nix sales of the original altogether in preference of selling an entirely new controller with the MotionPlus tech built-in) in order to play new games on the Wii.
Now, I'm no fanboy of either MS or Sony; I have always made the Nintendo systems my first purchase during whatever generation they've come out on, and then later bought the other systems when they either came down in price or the next generation arrived and those systems became dirt cheap. But I'm pretty sure this will be the last generation where I walk down that road.
Next time around I think it will be reverse for me, where I'll wait for the generation to be pretty much over before buying a Nintendo home console, if I buy one at all. I don't mind paying top price for merchandise, so long as I get what I pay for. But this bait and switch stuff -- cleverly disguised as add-ons -- leaves more than a bad taste in my mouth. It leaves me very insulted and feeling like I've been scammed by a snake-oil salesman. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...I don't intend on letting that happen.
I know it's only video-game entertainment, but we're a modest family and we pay a lot for this entertainment. After a hard-day's work, when we want to kick back and unwind, we should be able to enjoy what we paid for, not be required to wait for the next-best thing because what we bought ended up not being the product that was advertised. Disgruntled? You're damn right!
Nintendo has been advertising lobster at McDonald's prices, but the reality is just the opposite. We've gotten very little and, in the end, paid much more -- and will continue to pay more -- than we had expected.
If that speculation proves accurate, I will agree with you. That is way too much to expect us to pay for something that should have been included from the start. But as far as I know, nothing has been announced yet.
When I first saw the title of this post, I was about to prepare for, yet another, posting of a list of great Wii games that are already out, and post about how great of a console is, and yadda yadda yadda, like I always do. Yawn. But then, I saw what this is about, and I agree with you (although I don't think it's worth giving up your loyaltily for). I have five Wii-remotes, and for Nunchcuks. I've lost two of my Nunchucks, and one of my Wiimotes. If I don't find them, that's 80 $ I'm missing. With that, I'm going to have to pay an extra 100 dollars, plus 30 dollars extra for Wii Sports 2. That's 210 $ (including the lost Wiimotes and Nunchucks) I'm going to have to make up. When I bought my Wii console, I was only able to buy four games for a half-year (and three of them were DS games). I had to save up a ton of money so that I could buy a Wii with four Wiimotes and Nunchucks at launch, so a lot of that money was for that (I got the fifth Wiimote from Wii Play). Now, I'm going to have to get 130 $ dollars in additon to that! I'm never going to be able to afford a labtop, and every single one of my reletives have one. I'm kinda mad, but I guess it's ok. I'm not as mad as you, but from your perspective, it makes sense, as you're a hardworking dad.
I'm not sure if I share your ultimatum, but I definitely agree with you. When I compare the DS and Wii, I'm left a little confused. Both are similar -- lots of casual stuff, and a huge casual base -- but the DS is such a solid system while the Wii completely fails to impress. And I also agree with you about Wii Motion Plus -- it infuriates me. That price point is INSANE, and I'd heard the same thing as you regarding new games requiring it. 1:1 motion control should have been in the Wii Remote to begin with -- and now we've got to pay for this little add-on that looks like it's going to be necessary to play future games. And even if third party developers don't necessarily use it, you know that Nintendo will. There's no way in hell you'll be able to play the new Zelda without Motion Plus. I'm not going to lie: I'm pretty happy that I picked up a PS3. While Nintendo tries to swindle me out of more of my hard-earned money, I'll instead be spending my cash on the fabulous PS2 library and picking up some must have PS3 titles.