Back by popular demand, Geek Legacy is proud to present another installment in the “Nerd Off” series. Last time, The Mighty Jerd and Tyler Waterman embarked on one of the most epic arguments in Nerd culture; Marvel Now! This time around, another argument will be fueled by one of the questions that rocks every gamer to their core; which current generation console is the best? I will be playing the part of the Nintendo Wii and going keyboard to keyboard to keyboard in a triple threat match against Andrew Gouff’s X-Box 360 and Stephen Janes who made his case for Sony’s Playstation 3 yesterday. Hardware sales, game sales, innovation, and dependability; looks like Stephen and Andrew are playing for second.
This is really what a game system is all about. While the Wii gets a bad rap for having a never ending stream of shovelware, it produced some of the most fun games of this generation. Games that could be played by all; gamers, their parents, grandparents, and children with ease. It’s because of the ease to play and the extreme popularity of the Wii that the inevitable backlash occured. The Hardcore vs. Casual argument reached a crescendo this generation with a lot of gamers deeming the Wii “kiddie and gimmicky.” Microsoft and Sony both expressed this sentiment early on in this generation’s console war. Fast forward 2 years, and with the Wii clobbering them in sales both companies decided that motion control was more than a passing fad and released their own version of motion control. Now let’s look at some of the games on the Wii;
Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 Donkey Kong Country Returns Super Smash Bros. Brawl New Super Mario Bros. Wii Metroid Prime 3 The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess Mario Kart Wii No More Heroes Epic Mickey Punch Out Wii Super Paper Mario Kirby’s Epic Yarn Wii Fit Wii Sports
With the Wii, Nintendo decided that gameplay came first, above graphics and pixels. Unfortunately, much like the great Zelda game Wind Walker a lot of people could not see past the images, and decided that the Wii wasn’t for them. But they missed a lot of great games. I love playing games with my friends and family in the same room. Online gaming is great and I play my fair share of game online, but it will never eclipse the excitement and joy of beating your friend and throwing it in his face in person. This was the bread and butter of the Wii. Have a couple friends over, and have a great time.
Out of the box, the Wii was ready to go. There was no easier set up this generation; open box, plug in cords, power on, and enjoy. Nintendo put innovative gaming first and didn’t bloat the cost of the Wii with items you may or may not have wanted. Sure a Blu-Ray player is a nice feature, but when it is forced onto you at gunpoint with a $600 price point it seems less like a cool feature and more like a reason to wait for a price cut. The Wii lacked the constant updates that plagued the PS3, and didn’t experience the massive network outate that crippled the Playstation Network for several weeks. It’s online component was free, and the Wii itself was silent and fast. Nintendo products have always been dependable and this generation was no different. According to a Gamespot study the fail rate for Wiis was only 2.7%, compared to Playstation 3’s 10% and the 360’s mind blowing 23.7%. The design of the Wii-mote was incredible, turned sideways it felt just like an old school NES controller and with a nunchuk attachment it could give you the closest thing to a mouse and keyboard set up for a first person shooter. The Wii-mote was so great that when Playstation made Sony Wii… I mean Sony Move it modeled it’s controller after the Wii-Mote.
Much like with the DS before it, Nintendo sought out to change the way games were played. When the DS was unveiled people laughed at the gimmick and said that touch screens would never catch on because people like tactile buttons. Not only did the DS succeed marvelously, but it changed technology. Just look at your phone, more than likely it has a touch screen. thanks Nintendo. And it continued the idea of creativity with the Wii and motion control. Where the Playstation 3 and X-Box 360 were simply upgrades to their predecessors, The Wii innovated. It changed the way games were played, and opened video games up to a whole new demographic of gamers. It brought us the virtual console, a hub of our favorite Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Genesis, and Turbo Graphx 16 games. The “gimmicks” introduced with the Wii are now staples in gaming, and will be for the foreseeable future. It’s intuitive controls have made gaming easier for kids too. My son was able to pick up the Wii when he was 3, and have a blast doing it. He is able to play the Wii with his grandfather, something not possible on the more complex systems, but just as fun. And in the end, that’s what it is all about… FUN!
Why It’s the Best
As stated above, the Wii is just fun. You can fire it up and play a couple quick fun games with your kids, or you can have a couple buddies over for a marathon gaming session. Nintendo first party games were stellar this generation, giving us an entry into all of our favorite series without a dud among them. It’s limited online component also had an surprise advantage as well. The games on the Wii wouldn’t be dependent on Downloadable Content (DLC). Too many games this generation have been shipped incomplete because the developers know that they would be losing money if they didn’t hold something back for a future sale as DLC. This is the biggest problem facing games today. It’s not enough for them to get our $60, they want to charge us $8-$15 more for additional content that should have been included in the first place. The Wii stayed clear of DLC and when you got a Wii game you knew that you wouldn’t have to shell out more money down the road to complete the game. Oh yeah, and did I mention that Wii games were $10 less than PS3 and 360 games? Innovative, Affordable, Easily Accessible, Great Library of games, No Constant Updates, Free Online; for all these reasons and more the Wii has to be the clear champ of this generation.
Check back tomorrow for Andrew’s entry in this Nerd Off, X-Box 360, and be sure to read Stephen’s case for the Playstation 3.
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- Marvel Now! A Rant
- Marvel Now! A Rave
- Snackbar’s top 10 X-Men Villains
- Jerd’s top 10- X-men Villains
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