Toxic Ned wrote:And now the Opera browser is going to be offered as a free download for the Wii until next summer.
Thanks for update
Ned, I was not aware. It's really difficult to browse the net with a console, but I've always considered it to be a back-up option if your computer is down. I used my Sega Dreamcast for that purpose a few times (my dreamcast keyboard is now useless )
Beer Moon wrote:The 360 didn't really need a killer app. They were shipping when the other 2 consoles were still having problems with production. I guess I kind of consider Oblivion to be their killer app so far, but the fact that you can get it on PC sort of dampens it. If you don't want to spend 1000 to run it on high, you need the 360.
You're right, Oblivion is probably the closest thing that the 360 has to being a killer app. But you make a good point, to me a killer app is something that is exclusive to the console, or exclusive for at least the first 6 months to a year. Another reason I wouldn't consider it to be so is the fact that an in-depth 100+ hour RPG is geared more towards a niche market and not something that just anybody can jump into.
Beer Moon wrote:And I won't be buying a Wii. It's as powerful as a regular Xbox. The 360 and PS3 are going to stomp all over it.
Nintendo always seems to do well with their gimmicky crap though. Look at the DS.
Well, the console wars isn't always all about power (3DO, Neo Geo anyone?). It's about games (and price), and Nintendo's exclusives have always been enough for me to warrant purchase. Zelda: The Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3, and the thought of playing games in a new way is enough to sell me on it.
I agree with you on the DS, but would you have called the original Nintendo "gimmicky" for introducing 'control pads' in favor of the standard joystick? Or when they introduced thumb-size analog control? Or the "rumble" feature? In every one of those cases Nintendo first introduced it then everyone followed. The PS3 is already copying Nintendo by releasing controllers that are motion- sensitive.
Is the "Wii-mote" nothing more than a gimmick that won't keep gamers interest in the long-run, or something that will only work well
on a small handful of games? Is the Wii's graphics just a half-step up from the Gamecube? Perhaps, but Nintendo has made it clear that they're not going for exactly the same audience as the Xbox 360 and the PS3 - they're not participating in the tech wars.
They are hoping to keep costs low and go for an even wider audience hoping to bring people in that wouldn't normally play games, or haven't played them since 1987. Will it work? I don't know, time will tell.