EA Hints At The Wii 2, Claims The Wii Is A ‘Legacy Console’

Posted By | On 16th, Mar. 2011 Under Industry News, News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

The Wii might be the oddest console in gaming history. Hitting retail in late 2006, the massively underpowered system sold millions upon millions on the promise of its innovative new controls and its potential for great games, exploding at retail overnight. And while the hardware sales for the Wii continued to set records, the software side was a bit more dreary, with nary a proper third party game hitting the system, and the only bright spots being Nintendo’s own excellent and top of the line first party endeavors. Whereas the situation soon changed once the third parties got a tab on the situation and began to take the system seriously, it didn’t help when, without exception, all third party games began to fail on the Wii.

This was also accompanied by a widescale adoption of HDTVs, causing the Wii’s technology to be undoubtedly inferior and obsolete, especially in the wake of its HD enabled rivals getting their own motion control systems.

According to EA, the Wii is already finished- he believes it’s now a legacy console, something that, in stores, one would find next to the PS2 section.

Speaking to IndustryGamers, EA Games head honcho Frank Gibeau hinted that Nintendo knows the situation and is working on another platform. “When you look at Nintendo, for a while there, it was all about the Wii being the biggest entertainment platform ever and capturing the mass market, and it faded away. Now, they’re coming back with a second act. I think they know that. They’re very self-aware as an organization and a very powerful brand,” he said.

“They understand the dynamics and the fact that HD consoles is a booming part of business right now. Legacy platforms like PS2 and the Wii have dropped off significantly. They’re not stupid. They’re going to figure something out. They’re going to come back at it.”

He also had a word of advice for Nintendo, saying that they needed to better court third parties if they wanted to avoid the software droughts that have become characteristic of their systems since the N64 days. “The Wii is a tough market for a third party. When I look at a development dollar in terms of which teams do I invest in, and what platforms to go at, they’re not very competitive when you look at HD consoles, or free-to-play bets, or things like tablets and handsets. It’s something they need to think seriously about with their next gen – how serious is a third party development community for them on their next platform and their next bet? They can get to a certain level of success with their own IPs and their own internal development, but if they don’t have that developer ecosystem where it’s frankly easy to make money on the platform, they’re going to see there are too many opportunities in the world right now to go build games on other platforms in a very successful high quality, highly profitable way. They need to take note of that,” Gibeau offered.

Whereas I can by and large agree that a new Nintendo system is probably right around the corner, maybe being revealed at this year’s E3, I’d say that Nintendo tried their best to make the Wii as third party friendly as they could, and that maybe the third parties could perhaps have taken the system a bit more seriously and dedicated their resources and teams to the systems if they wanted to see results. Some companies who did this and saw results were Ubisoft with games like Just Dance and the Wii versions of games like Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Activision, with games like Goldeneye 007 and the Wii versions of the Call of Duty games. EA was nowhere on the horizon.

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  • DirectingChaos

    I think the main problem with the Wii is it didn’t quite know what is wanted to be, games that could have been much better had they not been put into the Wii style controls like the Donkey Kong sequel and some of the Mario games. The wii should have been an all round console offering gaming styles to fit all gamers but instead it became you fit to it and that only works for a fraction of people.

  • fhantompain

    Really? Legacy console? You gotta be kidding me EA. Games for 3 years old kids and its a legacy console? Give me a break.

  • tareq salah

    i think a legacy in terms of how it hanged the precipitin about videogames.
    before the wii came out consoles were fighting in terms of who has the best exclusives. after the wii came with the new motion control, the wii fit and wii sports. the whole world chamged. ps3 started developing the move and xbox went and made the kinect. so i understand how they call it a legacy.

  • BeeJay

    The motion controls are what made this a legacy. The first time I was able to play A rail-shooter at my house instead of needing to spend a few bucks at the arcade…usually Dave and Busters…there’s not many around me.

    Can’t wait for the next console, it sounds liek they are going to step their game up and compete more on how a video game console serves to the players instead of just having the cheapest console out there.

  • PrivatePyle

    3DS is all that’s keeping them afloat.
    They do need some big innovations for their next home console to keep in touch.
    But a legacy?…..I would never think that.
    Maybe a legacy for when I was hammered drunk at my friend’s house, but nothing more.

  • shastyxmcnasty

    I feel that in the past few generations Nintendo has stepped away from hardcore gamers (the same gamers that gave Nintendo their legs back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when Nintendo really made a name for itself). To me Nintendo needs to reclaim their roots as top console. This may seem odd seeing as how the Wii tops all current console sales figures, but you have to think about several factors, the Wii is cheaper and is an easy gift to get for someone. While the sell more consoles I fell they have left their original fans in the dust and are selling out to make money.

  • tareq salah

    I agree with shas’ I remember when nintendo had games like battletods and bikermice from mars. Wild guns. Nintendo was amazing. But with the wii, they turned to this kids play console. And forgot that most video game fans are adults who demand better games with better graphics and more complex platforming. U can see the wii for so many teens and families. But hardcore fans left for sony and xbox

  • stephanielynette

    Not sure if it’ll be a ‘legacy’ but it seems cool.

  • bman128

    Wii is probably a shifty legacy at this point. Sure they made everyone go into motion gaming. However, they just forgot to market to people who actually have money to buy and play games.

  • doub7

    EA must realize that the last Nintendo system 2 have a solid 3rd party lineup was the SNES. U buy the new systems 4 the Nintendo titles & that’s pretty much it.

    • tareq salah

      yes right on point. and i keep saying this again and again. how log can you really survive on mario-zelda spinoffs?

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