What are Wii Thinking, Nintendo?
Now, I can tell you, We love our Wii. Most people who own them usually think they are a great deal of fun, including my wife and me. There are some things about it that I don’t quite understand though. Like why there haven’t been any significant changes to the platform since it came out in 2006.
Now I understand Nintendo’s position on it being a gaming console, and sticking to their guns on marketing it as strictly that. But with Sony’s new “Move” controller campaign, and the Xbox Kinect around the corner, the Wii stands to lose their edge when it comes to how we interact with our video games. It doesn’t matter if Nintendo still has the BEST motion controller, the competition moving into the motion controller game is going to cause serious problems with Nintendo’s market share.
This isn’t because the Wii isn’t a good gaming console, don’t get me wrong. This is because we can’t do anything else with our Wii systems but play games. Once upon a time, if you had a copy of twilight princess, an SD card, an internet connection, and nerves of steel (if you had to scrape up cash to buy your console), you could hack your console to install homebrew channels. Once you successfully installed homebrew channels, you could then install a DVD player app on the machine. I, for the life of me, don’t understand why Nintendo hasn’t put a legitimate DVD player channel in the Wii Shop Channel in the past 4 years.
To add to that, why hasn’t Nintendo done more to make their channels more app friendly? Why can’t my Wii have a Facebook or Twitter channel? Why does my Netflix require a disk to stream movies from the internet, instead of just accessing that with a channel? Why can’t YouTubeXL be an app? My console has USB ports, why can we not use a skype app?
This is not to pick on the Wii, because as I said, my wife and I, we love our Wii. I just wish the thing would get with the times as we are about to enter the next decade.
UPDATE: Just over a week after I posted this, I got an email from netflix:
Yay, Netflix! Maybe this is a good indicator of things to come