Most Nintendo fans will remember a time when Mario & Co ruled all, a world where Playstation's and X-Box's didn't exist. Nintendo had a totally dominant empire- no one could topple them... at least that what we all thought. In a few short years though Nintendo's empire had crumbled away, GameCube was dead in the water and the market seemed too big for three. We all know what happened then, Nintendo Wii'd...
So we have had a while getting used to our Wii's by now, Zelda has been completed, all our mates have had a go on the system and several irate people are having to buy new TV's. The initial excitement is over and the dust is starting to settle. If we look toward the future can we see Nintendo's promised revolution lasting, or just a short lived gimmick?
As expected, the opinions of Sony are quite predictable on this matter. In a recent interview with the New York Times Sony representative Dave Karraker takes a dig at the Wii. Saying that:
“Wii could be considered an impulse buy more than anything else.”
These may just be words from a company who could well be in financial difficulty thanks to poor console sales. They could also be words that bring up a large future issue for Nintendo, Will the Wii last?
Now I personally feel that the Wii has a successful life ahead of it, providing that third-party support remains strong. Let's face it. Third-party developers are the make or break for a system- all who owned a GameCube know this too well. If Nintendo can hold on to the likes of Ubisoft, EA, Konami, Capcom and SquareEnix then the Wii has a strong chance of surviving.
Lackluster software won't be an issue this year at least. Promises of games such as Super Smash Bros Brawl, Metroid Corruption, Mario Strikers, SSX Blur and Mario Galaxy will ensure this.
Features like the Virtual Console, News and Internet channels have certainly given the machine diversity, a vital component that was missing from the GameCube.
But what will become of the system after this new wave of games hits us? Will the revolution die down? Will we choose graphics over innovation? Or will we simply be spoiled for choice?
Let us know what you think, is the Wii really a gimmick?