All that Nintendo jazz
So the Wii will cost $250 and debut November 17th. Nintendo knows how to deliver as little as possible without breaking a promise. The system will come with Wii Sports (in NA, but not Japan) as a pack in. This makes a lot of sense; consumers will be worried about the new control interface being new and strange, including an easily accessible fun title that makes full use of the controller is a great way to usher in the Wii.
Only they decided to include one controller, not two. This is a very stupid move precisely because it limits the strategy I just outlined. With two controllers and a simple game right out of the box, couples, fathers and daughters, johns and prostitutes, Lavern and Shirley or any other combination of two people could be having a ball with the Wii from the minute they plug it in. By including only one controller, Nintendo is not encouraging the social aspect of gaming they claim to support. Oh, and a second controller is 40 fucking bucks.
My final complaint on the Wii launch (at least under this headline) is Nintendo is losing sight of itself. I have supported them more than Sony and MS because, simply put, they make the best games and they make consoles for gaming. Sony wants to release a computer, MS put out an entertainment center. Nintendo, I thought, would ignore their competitors strategies and release a game system. What’s the deal with the Wii channels, then? Mii channel, which allows you to make an avatar or some crap, sounds decent and still game related, but photo browsing capabilities? News and weather? Nintendo should focus on bringing more people to games by making more great accessible games, not by following their competitors lead and throwing a lot of excess capabilities into their hardware.
Joystiq makes asinine economics argument
Upon posting that Nintendo will make a profit on every Wii sold, which puts them in a rare position for a console producer (but not rare for themselves), Joystiq was unsatisfied with their readers response. Thus, they have written this grand economic treatise on why the rational consumer should prefer to buy the PS3 or 360 because those systems are more highly subsidized than the Wii and therefore a better value. The author manages to use the phrase “all else equal” about six times and even writes it in Latin twice.
The problem is that he is holding things equal that are vitally important. For example, the fact that systems are different and play different games. His argument might as well be “Ceteris paribus, books are subsidized less than corn, thus any rational consumer will choose corn over books.”
Zelda delayed on cube
If you have a GC and want the game Nintendo’s promised, tough luck, Super Paper Mario isn’t coming out on the GC. But if for some reason you were still waiting for a Cube version of Zelda, you’ll have to wait for an extra two weeks because in yet another cunning move of douche baggery, Nintendo has delayed just the version for their aging system. How could this be? Did Nintendo stop working on the GC controls and focus soley on the Wii? Maybe, but I’d guess they are simply creating an artificial delay in order to sell more Wiis.
Father kills daughter for dropping Xbox
Another terrible game related murder. Ignore that games are Satan’s creation and make people murder each other for now. Also ignore the tragedy. You didn’t know the people involved and tons of people die daily; your abstract sympathy is valid but not comical. Today is a fine day, so let us focus on humor. Enjoy this feigned outrage from the 1up article I’ve linked to.
“How does this happen? Is the system so broken that nobody noticed the child’s father had an insanely violent temper? How did nobody, and I don’t just mean authorities, but family members as well, see this coming?”
Should I assume this writer will now be responsible for lamenting the death’s of all murder victims, or is her indignation reserved only for those criminals who make video games look bad?