Look, I get that you’ve read it all over the place, myriad times, and by sometimes reputable people. I have too. Your friends have said it, which may be why you say it and perhaps, conversely, your saying of it has influenced those friends of yours that had not yet begun to say it.
It has become a meme impeditive of the correct progress of our gaming culture. It has inspired at once plagues of ire and embarrassing fanboy uprisings. It has become a badge pinned to the lapels of those who want to sound as though they have their finger on the pulse of an industry and has become a point of derision among those who feel an inbuilt brand loyalty virgin to the realities of a very real historical penchant for near-failure.
The fact remains, however, that no matter how many times you say it, or who you tell it to, the Nintendo Wii is very little like an ‘upgraded Gamecube with a wand.’
When you say that the Wii is the ‘Gamecube 1.5’ you look like an idiot. This isn’t just me saying this; I have joined a sort of club, you see. This is a club of people who have actually used these devices, both of them, to excess and have had a great deal of training by way of real life in the art of recognizing that object which might, in fact, be a head from that which seems more to be a hole in the ground.
‘TWILIGHT PRINCESS!!!11!11one’, you yell at me, ‘SUPER PAPER MARIOX0RZ!’
Gamecube titles all, I admit. Developed on Gamecube dev stations modified to accept Wii controls and, in the case of TP, flipped for her pleasure. How doesn’t this make the Wii a Gamecube 1.5?
Well, children, correlation does not, it has been said by those far more intelligent than myself, imply causation. The very fact that the Wii can play games from other consoles renders your argument circular.
Further, released benchmarks have proven the processing ability of the Wii, though nothing like its HD peers, is superior to its predecessor. It has functional internet connectivity, a digital content distribution system, inbuilt storage media, WiFi, default wireless controllers…
An airplane isn’t just a car with some stuff added to it; a Car 1.5. Yeah, it is a vehicle, it carries passengers and sometimes even it travels on the highway. It also FLIES which, I suppose with the right amount of self righteousness and callous ignorance, could be ignored for the purpose of a cheap argument. They both have wheels, right? Windshields?
There is a list, a long one – a litany if you will, of new functionality that doesn’t even address the motion control innovation presented by the Wii remote, and that clearly defines the Wii as a wholly independent platform. Add the remote and you have a system whose technology in concept alone benches its predecessor.
If you are confused because it can suck up your tiny little Gamecube discs and play them I ask you to compare functionality with sameness. I have put my TG16, SNES, Genesis and NES away because of this machine and its ability to play each of these platforms’ games. I have not once stated that the Wii is merely an upgraded TG16.
There is a reason for that: it would make me look like an idiot.