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I don't think it was intended to be Nintendo's last console. I think they knew they had to do something different so they gave it almost all they had by putting as many features and as much of their talent as they felt viable for a low cost. The low cost and odd marketing (name Wii, simplistic design, Wii Channels, Miis) show that they had actually a plan to take over secretly, but as with the N64 controller, making it both a traditional AND new controller form, they didn't know what to expect and had to consider "outcome B".

If this console were to be a HUGE success, it needed as much leverage as possible.

If this console were to be a HUGE failure, then they wanted to go out with a bang.

Either way, they were setting themselves up for what they thought would be an awesome and fun ride. It wasn't until E3 2006, that they knew that they were headed toward the first of the two. Now that they have that position though, I don't know if they know what to do anymore. They are stunned and I'm afraid they are going to go back to what they used to do which is rely on tried and true franchises with very little surprises. It's the surprises that got them to where they are right now! I guess we'll see.



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It was probably just some Sony/MS fanboy trying to deny the Wii's better sales than the PS3/360.



What will Nintendo's disc format of choice be next gen though, they can't avoid HD forever. Will they go Digital Distribution or will they go with DVD9? Blu-Ray perhaps?



The wii can use DVD9... i think you mean HD-DVD or Blu-Ray



Gballzack said:
What will Nintendo's disc format of choice be next gen though, they can't avoid HD forever. Will they go Digital Distribution or will they go with DVD9? Blu-Ray perhaps?

 Nintendo themselves have stated that they will do an HD system, when HD has become more standard.



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Hrmmm, Wii can use DVD9? So the Wii optic disc being a standard DVD instead of DVD9 means there may be Wii game optic discs in the future that are DVD9?



Interesting thread...

On one side we have a discussion where people generalized on the dumbness of Gamestop employees (hoping you don't count EB Games employees because I'm one of these and we are three person in the store who are really honest with custommers).

On an other side we have a discussion about Nintendo's graphics...

We can made it clear; there's somes IP like Metroid or Zelda who can be subect of realistic graphics, on the other hand we have others IP like Mario who are based on artistic design, does that make a problem to someone ???

And finally we have the principale thread about the future of Nintendo...

I remember we many people were saying that Nintendo will leave the hardware for the software only. Even if the GameCube was the last one in the last gen, it was a financial success for Nintendo, so no the industry without Nintendo is really far far away, particulary if we take in account all the money they have made with as of now, the 1st party games and the Virtual Console.



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Gballzack said:
What will Nintendo's disc format of choice be next gen though, they can't avoid HD forever. Will they go Digital Distribution or will they go with DVD9? Blu-Ray perhaps?

I could actually see a return to a memory based distribution method ...

Because of the quantity of flash based memory on the market the ability to produce a massive ammount of memory at an affordable price is currently available; as a guess you could probably produce game cartridges with 1GB to 2GB of ROM today without (drastically) increasing the price of games. In 2011 this will probably be 8GB to 16GB and by 2016 you may be able to produce a game cartridge in the 100GB range ...

 



Didn't Hiroshi Yamauchi say something about DS before it was released, that if it succeeds, it's heaven for them, but if not, they don't know what to do?

Anyway, if i recall, Nintendo announced sometime before DS, that they are going to release 5 consoles (within few years), 3 portable and 2 home consoles. It's possible, that GBA SP was one of them, but DS and GBA micro has been released after that. There have been a "plan B" for the Wii, so that's propably the second home console, N was talking about. But since Wii sells so good, we are not going to see that other console. But, theres a possibility that Nintendo has somekind of gaming machine under development, which combines portability and home consoles. Just think how Nintendo likes connectibility. You could link GBA and GC (Four Swords is one of the best examples), Wii and DS can link via Wi-Fi... So i see it very possible, that they could release a gaming device, that can be as well portable and home console (there was even this kind of rumor about Wii before its release).

@HappySqurriel: I would like to see cartriges back, but unfortunately discs are so much cheaper to make, that it won't propably happen (unless extremely small cartrige, with massive storage is released). DS does well with cartriges, but it's because it's so popular and Sony chose discs, for PSP, that are pretty expensive.



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Gballzack said:
Hrmmm, Wii can use DVD9? So the Wii optic disc being a standard DVD instead of DVD9 means there may be Wii game optic discs in the future that are DVD9?


I believe I read several months ago that the Wii does actually contain a regular DVD9 player, it just doesn't have a hardware decoder. The initial plan was to have DVD ready out of the box, but Nintendo scrapped that to keep the cost down. Sonic Solutions (Roxio) was tapped to handle the DVD player component as far back as mid-2006, and this was confirmed by Sonic and even Nintendo.  It's possible that DVD playback on the Wii could be as simple as a firmware release and a DVD player channel software download.