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I saw this article and i found the idea pretty interesting: http://www.explosion.com/30989/why-the-wii-u-is-destined-to-become-the-next-sega-dreamcast/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_57717

I think some important points where missed though. For one Nintendo's first party line-up is much stronger than Sega's was, and so is Nintendo's financial position.

However the Dreamcast final blow was piracy, and recent rumours suggest that the Wii-U has already been hacked. Also Nintendo barely makes an profit on the Wii-U system itself if any, a situation very different to that of the Wii and other Nintendo home consoles.

Wii-U even if it would fail would not force NIntendo out of the hardware market, but could we be looking back on the Wii-U 5 years from now as we do on the Dreamcast?



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If the WiiU is going to be some kind of Dreamcast, then awesome. We'll see tons of IPs that won't be unmatched in the times that will come. Shenmue comes to my mind.

and here we go..



I think Nintendo Wii U is going to be the next Nintendo Wii U and not something else. I present as much reasoning or thought process here as the article linked in OP.

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To answer your final question, no, Wii U will win this gen and Dreamcast didn't win its.

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Wright said:
If the WiiU is going to be some kind of Dreamcast, then awesome. We'll see tons of IPs that won't be unmatched in the times that will come. Shenmue comes to my mind.

That's indeed one way to look at it. But the idea is kind of fascinating right? That we might look at the Wii-U that way in 5-10 years.



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AnthonyW86 said:

I saw this article and i found the idea pretty interesting: http://www.explosion.com/30989/why-the-wii-u-is-destined-to-become-the-next-sega-dreamcast/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_57717

I think some important points where missed though. For one Nintendo's first party line-up is much stronger than Sega's was, and so is Nintendo's financial position.

Really? Virtua Fighter 3, Crazy Taxi, Sonic Adventure, House of The Dead, Soul Calibur (OK not first party but exclusive)...few others too

However the Dreamcast final blow was piracy

Debateable, there's not evidence to support that claim at all.

and recent rumours suggest that the Wii-U has already been hacked.

It hasn't been hacked, you will need a £100/$150 device to for the device that emulates the optical drive, that's not hacked, that's a middle man attack that it possible on any console.

Also Nintendo barely makes an profit on the Wii-U system itself if any, a situation very different to that of the Wii and other Nintendo home consoles.

Even that's not proven.

Wii-U even if it would fail would not force NIntendo out of the hardware market, but could we be looking back on the Wii-U 5 years from now as we do on the Dreamcast?

It could be even worse than the Dreamcast, or better we don't know. But the reason the Dreamcast failed is purely because potential buyers had lost confidence in Sega after abandoning the 32x and the Saturn and also that most games for the Dreamcast were arcade (mostly perfect because of hardware being based on a cutdown Naomi board) ports.

I don't see any similarity between the Dreamcast situation and the Wii-U situation, except they both sold like shit overall and even the Dreamcast did pretty good numbers to begin with so I'd dispute the article and your comments completely as there being no link whatsoever.

Interested if you have any counter points though?





piracy would have helped selling consoles ..Dreamcast had great games but mostly arcade like games the console itself wasnt appealing especialy the controler and the PS2 was announced and coming to stores within a year..if the Wii U didnt have a screen this kind of articles wouldnt even exist.

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AnthonyW86 said:

That's indeed one way to look at it. But the idea is kind of fascinating right? That we might look at the Wii-U that way in 5-10 years.


Would be cool, but I don't desire that end for Nintendo. I still look up to my Dreamcast with joy, though.



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kljesta64 said:
piracy would have helped selling consoles ..Dreamcast had great games but mostly arcade like games the console itself wasnt appealing especialy the controler and the PS2 was announced and coming to stores within a year..if the Wii U didnt have a screen this kind of articles wouldnt even exist.


Pretty much, the article writer's clearly a moron. Any idiot who owned the Dreamcast knows there's no similarity at all between Wii-U/Dreamcast.