It's undoubtedly better for everyone (except arguably Nintendo employees/stockholders) if Nintendo goes the Sega route and stops making consoles and focuses on software/portable. If Mario/Zelda games started coming out for PC instead of being Nintendo exclusives, that'd be freaking sweet. That way you can get their awesome games without having to buy their ridiculous, awkward, gimmicky consoles.
Look at these freaking things. What planet are they from?http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2011/06/wii-u-controller-press-1307466616.jpghttp://keera.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/wiimote.jpg
Why do I need a 2nd screen? Why would I want to move my entire head to look away from my giant TV screen towards my lap so I can see an image on a smaller, shittier display? Or hear sound effects coming from a smaller, shittier speaker? Why the fuck is there a microphone? And a camera?
Nintendo has the entire concept of accessories backwards. They keep designing gimmicky controllers and then try to shoe-horn games into using them. The right way to do it is to start with an awesome game idea that the standard controller doesn't quite work with, and then make a controller for it specifically. Franchises where this has proven remarkably successful is DDR, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, etc.
I'm reminded of this Let's Play video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqoqueKeEFk
These guys are clear Nintendo fanboys and sing the praise of the console about how creative and interesting it is -- but then at several points through the video they're wrestling with the stupid gimmicky controls.
This part here is the perfect example of what I mean:https://youtu.be/eqoqueKeEFk?t=13m40s
Mike: "It says look at the gamepad"
James: "I like looking at the TV. I'll look at what I want"
They say that in jest, but he's fucking right. There's no reason he should have to look at the gamepad -- the game is forcing you into using a stupid gimmick.
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