“It’s gone from be­ing the only mo­tion con­sole to bot­tom of the pile”

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Games & Apps -

But things have changed since the Wii first ex­ploded on to the gam­ing scene five years ago and it’s not dif­fi­cult to see why Nin­tendo needs to move on. Sales have been fall­ing and the once in­no­va­tive games sys­tem is now look­ing a lit­tle dated.

In the past few years it has gone from be­ing the only mo­tion-en­abled con­sole to al­most bot­tom of the pile, as Microsoft and Sony both in­tro­duced mo­tion-sen­si­tive con­trollers, Kinect and Move.

In ad­di­tion, both con­soles have of­fered more po­ten­tial to gamers than the Wii, with bet­ter graph­ics and it seems that the Wii is suf­fer­ing for it.

With the Nin­tendo 3DS launched last month, the way has now been cleared for the games firm to con­cen­trate on its new con­sole.

Nin­tendo was brief on the de­tails. A playable model is to be shown at E3 in LA in June, but un­til then, we’ll have to con­tent our­selves with spec­u­la­tion. And the web has plenty of that.

High-def­i­ni­tion seems to be a given, with IGN re­cently re­port­ing that the new con­sole would sup­port up to 1080p. It’s un­likely that 3D will be a ma­jor fea­ture of the con­sole; Nin­tendo’s pres­i­dent Sa­toru Iwata told Bloomberg that 3D tele­vi­sions have not yet ob­tained wide ac­cep­tance, and the com­pany has been crit­i­cal of the need to wear 3D glasses. If the ru­mours are true, we’ll be see­ing a touch-screen con­troller, fol­low­ing the Wii’s prece­dent for in­no­va­tive pe­riph­er­als and con­sumers’ cur­rent love of all things touch-sen­si­tive.

But re­gard­less of the Wii 2’s fea­tures, it may be more dif­fi­cult for Nin­tendo to make as big a splash on the mar­ket this time around, al­though you can be sure they will try.

The con­sole may try to re­tain some of the fam­i­lyfriendly im­age of the Wii, but it will also have to work hard to win over gamers.

It also has competition in the form of smart­phones, par­tic­u­larly Ap­ple’s iPhone and iPad de­vices, which have cre­ated a new cat­e­gory of ca­sual gam­ing at a cheaper price.

Nin­tendo has a hard slog ahead of it, it seems.

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