Now that the real next generation has been announced due to the PS4 unveiling, I thought I’d analyze what this means for Nintendo who once again will be “competing” with Sony and Microsoft with last generation hardware.
When the Wii came out, it was on-par with the first Xbox in terms of power. This resulted in it missing out on all multi-platform titles that were in HD such as Assassin’s Creed franchise, Call of Duty franchise, BioShock, Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, well, you get the point. Basically only Nintendo provided AAA-titles for the Wii. And now with the Wii U being only as powerful as the PS3/Xbox 360, history will repeat itself.
However, this time, it will be different. This time consumers seem to have learned that Nintendo’s hardware is ancient. Sales are slow, sales forecast has been lowered, and it’s generally looking dark for Nintendo. They will miss out on massive AAA-titles once more. Their hardware is inferior 2 GB, where only 1 GB is available for gaming, compared to PS4’s massive 8 GB. That’s 1/8 the RAM for gaming in comparison. 1/8. Think about that.
Wii U’s strength was their tablet controller with the secondary screen. Something that was very expensive and upped the price for the Wii U a lot. How did Sony solve this dilemma? They will make a free app for smartphones and you can use them as your secondary screen or your PS Vita. Genius. This will allow them to compete with Nintendo’s ancient Wii U immediately at launch with superior online features, hardware and games. If I were Nintendo, I’d be very, very scared of what the future holds. Already Sony are looking to be vastly superior and I can’t wait to see what Microsoft will do, surely, it will also be vastly superior to the Wii U in every possible area. Especially online, perhaps the most important area.
Even though I don’t like that the Wii U will be included in the next generation’s console sales, PS4 and the new Xbox, it will be very interesting to see how it sells because really, what arguments can they use? Oh yeah, another Mario and Zelda game. How original and interesting. Not. I am sick and tired of them and have zero interest in them, although I know millions of people still do, so it will be interesting if they crave another Zelda/Mario game for the cost of an inferior gaming experience in every other sense of the way. Is Mario worth it? To sacrifice much more beautiful graphics in all other games, better online features, better social features, and missing out on massive AAA franchises from third-party studios? To me, it certainly is not.
I predict a very dark future for Nintendo and gamers that will stick to the Wii U exclusively. Naturally, people who buy all of the consoles have no issues as they can play all the games and enjoy all luxuries across. But there are still loyal fans that stick to only one console per generation – millions of them. And I would love to hear the logics behind those who pick the Wii U over the true next generation consoles as the PS4. I predict the lifetime sales of the Wii U to be no more than 35-40 million at best. Unless they pull a pricing miracle and cut the price to $199, then, that could change a lot if the PS4 and the new Xbox are priced at $399 or more.
What are your thoughts on Nintendo and their chances of becoming “winners” of the next generation? Did you consider the Wii to be a winner last generation even though it lacked so many games but “won through sales”?