My take: the Wii Mini is clearly aimed at people who want a cheap console on which they can play Just Dance, Wii Sports and all that sort of thing — the sort of people who probably don’t give a toss whether or not their console has online connectivity. In other words, not your average “gamer” but just someone who wants something that will play a few fun party games that will likely be available for pennies as Wii U starts to take hold. There’s a market, I’m sure. It’s just not “gamers”, which is why everyone in the games press is looking at it with such bewilderment. It’s not FOR you.
Doesn’t mean it’s not a vaguely daft idea — Wiis aren’t expensive anyway, after all — but I don’t see anything wrong with Nintendo trying it out as an experiment. If it works, great; if not, they’ll just quietly retire it. No biggie. Good on them for giving it a try, I say.
I’m kind of tired of the constant nitpicking of Nintendo by the games press, and I’m actually quite glad they’re willing to buck the trends of the hour. I’m interested in Wii U purely because it offers something different. I don’t give a toss about the quality of the ports because I’m not going to play ports on it. If I want to play Black Ops or Arkham City (I don’t), I will play them on 360, PS3 or PC. As with the Wii, I will instead play the unique titles that are only available on the platform. Stuff like ZombieU, NintendoLand, Mario and the other stuff that is undoubtedly around the corner. (NEW TRAUMA CENTER GAME PLZ)
As for the criticism of it being not as powerful as the (still nonexistent) PS4 and next-gen Xbox, again, I couldn’t care less. Wii was home to some fantastic games despite being technically inferior — games that are often ignored when talking about the “best games of the generation”, I might add — and proved that no, it’s not all about tech. Indeed, in the case of Xenoblade, Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, whatever you thought of those games, budget constraints and niche audiences mean that they’d probably never have gotten greenlit on PS3 or 360. And yet we can still play them because of the Wii. I’m happy about that.
eh. Whatevs. Like what you like; just don’t bitch when others like what you don’t like. Words to live by. (Unless others like, say, genocide or something. Then it’s OK to bitch a bit.)
There’s a new Squadcast in the can, but I’m not sure when I’ll have time to get to editing it. Hopefully I’ll be able to give it some time over the weekend, but Andie and I just forked over a bunch of cash for a new place to live, so we’ll be moving in two weeks. I’ll try and get it out in time for Christmas though. 🙂