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No More GameCube, Wii 2.0 On the Far Horizon 153

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The little purple machine that could is no longer being manufactured. Hardware revisions are in store for the Nintendo Wii eventually. These announcements aren't terribly shocking, but they're still interesting admissions from Perin Kaplan, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Affairs for Nintendo of America. GameDaily has the interview, which also discusses Wii sales, the lull in games, new IPs, and some details on plans online. Don't worry, you won't have to buy a new Wii anytime soon. Kaplan is immediately talking about the planned Japanese version with DVD Playback capability, but does say 'Sure, absolutely' to the question of whether we'll eventually see hardware changes on the order of the DS/DS Lite.
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No More GameCube, Wii 2.0 On the Far Horizon

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  • by ObiWanStevobi (1030352) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @04:49PM (#18113502) Journal
    I'm anxiously waiting for my Wii Zapper [wikipedia.org]. I think that will bring a whole new level of fun to muliplayer shooters. Before worrying about Wii 2.0, they need to get the zapper out and relase a new bond title for the Wii.
  • Wii-tf (Score:3, Insightful)

    by JoshJ (1009085) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @04:49PM (#18113508) Journal
    New hardware? Gah. The abominable hardware upgrade tactics they used on the game boy (2-3 versions of each!) really shouldn't be taken to the console market.
  • Re:Wii-tf (Score:5, Insightful)

    by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Thursday February 22, 2007 @04:53PM (#18113574) Homepage Journal

    New hardware? Gah. The abominable hardware upgrade tactics they used on the game boy (2-3 versions of each!) really shouldn't be taken to the console market.

    What tactics? They brought out hardware, saw what people liked and what they didn't like, and brought out new software. This continued over time. GB was a winner, but they eventually made it smaller, and we got pocket. 100% compatibility. GB Color had a flat design so GBA got one. Both units have incredible back-compatibility. People bitched about the screen being exposed, so they made a flip unit. Then they made the DS, it was still flip. Then later they did a shrink of the DS and we got a DS Lite. And still, backwards compatible.

    In other words, what we got was a sort of hardware version of release early, release often. And at no time did anyone from Nintendo come to your head and hold a gun to your head and force you to buy it, nor did they ever invalidate your software library. The game I play most often on my GBA SP is Tetris... the cart that I used to stick into my original paperback-book-sized Game Boy.

    Who cares if they bring out new consoles with new functionality? No one made you buy a Wii. I still don't have one - of course, many people have trouble just finding them, but I haven't actually even tried because I like to wait and see what games are coming out before I buy anything and there's not a lot available right now.

  • Re:Wii-tf (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Umbrel (1040414) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @05:05PM (#18113788)
    You are pissed because they improve the hardware every 2 years instead of say 5? >_>
  • by ernest.cunningham (972490) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @05:06PM (#18113804) Homepage
    I have read elsewhere rumblings that the complete hardware setup in the Wii is ready to support DVD playback but Nintendo are waiting on software from a third party that is being developed to enable such a feature. Muck like the Wii browser being developed by Opera. I think this is more rumor than fact at this stage.

    I am sure any Wii 2.0 will be much like the Playstation2/Plastation 2 Slim, or the Playstation/PS One type of upgrade. You know, CPU and GPU manufactured with a 60nm of 45nm technolgy resulting in lower power consumption and lower heat dissipation resulting in smaller headt sinks etc. I doubt the feature spec will be much, if at all different.
  • Re:Wii-tf (Score:2, Insightful)

    by DesertBlade (741219) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @05:08PM (#18113828)
    I don't think people are getting screwed with a minor update every 2 years. I had a Game Boy advance and a first edition of the DS (still) and I have no need to upgrade either of them. As long as I don't need to upgrade and most of the revisions are minor so what.

    Now if they release an updated platform every 3-6 months then it is a different story
  • Re:Wii-tf (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Soygen (911358) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @05:17PM (#18113978)
    If you always waited for the best version of everything, you would never own anything. That's the price of early adoption.
  • Re:Wii-tf (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Skreems (598317) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @05:23PM (#18114056) Homepage
    Basically it sounds like you're angry that you aren't selective enough about what you're willing to pay money for, and it has nothing to do with Nintendo.
  • by timster (32400) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @05:26PM (#18114092)
    If the Wii lineup reminds you of the DS launch lineup, then you are looking at the DS launch through the cloud of nostalgia. There was absolutely nothing to play except for a barely playable port of Mario 64. I thought I had wasted my money for over a YEAR.

    The Wii launch lineup is far better than the DS, or the PS2 for that matter... anyone who disagrees can have my copy of Fantavision.
  • Re:Wii-tf (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Chris Burke (6130) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @05:45PM (#18114384) Homepage
    I'm a bit pissed that I had no way of knowing Nintendo would release a better Wii in a couple years instead of the usual 5 or so for consoles, and not only that, we're not even being told what new features it's going to have.

    Um, are you completely ignoring that the usual 5 years between consoles is for completely new consoles, like PS1 -> PS2 or N64 -> Gamecube, right? DS -> DS Lite is nothing like that, because it's the same platform. Any game that plays on the DS Lite also plays on the DS just as well. Games are no different for the GBA SP than the GBA.

    The only thing in your list that is even comparable to a new console release is the Game Boy Color, because games were written differently to take advantage of it. Of course people were complaining that the gameboy platform hadn't changed in about a decade, and it's true it was overdue for some change. A lot of people welcomed it, but apparently some people don't like progress.

    I mean each of these minor revisions fixed problems with the previous one. Why is that "screwing" you, again? Because Nintendo should have had the better screens and the smaller form-factors to begin with? As if they strategically held back these advances to "force" you to upgrade again... In reality, they did it because at the time they launched the consoles, that was what they could afford to have. Releasing the "better" version of the console two years earlier would have meant that it cost much more, and then I'm certain you would be bitching about that.

    Actually, that's a good question... Do you bitch about price drops in consoles, because you got "screwed over" when they didn't tell you in advance that they'd be dropping the price on such and such day by such and such amount? Or do you instead take the approach that the console was worth what you paid for it when you got it? In which case, why is that not true with your DS/GBA/Wii? Your console didn't get worse when the newer version came out.
  • Re:Wii-tf (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Splunge (88538) on Thursday February 22, 2007 @05:54PM (#18114532)
    Dude, have you ever bought a computer?

    It's not hard to figure out that if you wait 6 months, you can get a better computer at the same price from Dell/Apple/HP. People don't go whining nearly as much about that and computers can cost up to $3,000.

    Meanwhile, you're slagging Nintendo for upgrading their $200 or less hardware every 2 years?

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