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Why the Wii will never get any better

Posted 03-07-2009 at 04:43 PM by danhoo
curmudgeongamer.com pointed me to an interesting link from a Wii homebrew hacker on the limitations of the Wii "OS". As a former game developer, I found it a worthwhile read:


I've always been bothered by strange little limitations of the Wii. Things like:

-- Why can't I copy Gamecube saves to my SD card?
-- Why do some Wii games let me copy saves to the SD card, but others do not (e.g. SSBB)?
-- Why won't the Wii recognize when I plug in a USB keyboard on-the-fly, rather than having me re-boot the Wii for the keyboard to work?

This article doesn't explain these particular things per se, but does get to the philosophy in use at Nintendo behind why these things don't really work, and probably never will (well, perhaps except for the keyboard issue -- in new games only (see article)).

Unlike the 360 or PS3, the Wii doesn't have a OS -- it's all provided by the launched game process. This is nothing new (the PS2 was exactly the same way). It's a game console, not a computer. The problem (for me) is that the Wii seems like it could have more "computer-like" features, and even has the needed basics already (a common Home Menu, built-in networking, DVD drive and USB slots).

But Nintendo made a console, not a multi-purpose device, and as the article points out, what I experience now is more, or less, exactly what I will experience N years from now with whatever games are still coming out for the Wii.
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Chris_D's Avatar
I was interested to read the article you linked to. Maybe not this generation, but surely one day Nintendo's lack of foresight will come back to bite them.
Posted 03-12-2009 at 07:28 AM by Chris_D Chris_D is offline
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Personally I dont think its lack of foresight, I think its stubbornness. Nintendo likes doing things the way Nintendo does them, and although it works pretty damn well (at least thats what sales figures say), I still think they have some lessons to learn from Microsoft as far as software engineering goes.
Posted 03-12-2009 at 09:27 AM by Ancalagon Ancalagon is offline
Chris_D's Avatar
I guess so. And in the end profits are king and Nintendo is by far the most successful video game company, probably ever.
Posted 03-13-2009 at 06:46 AM by Chris_D Chris_D is offline
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