cbbomb wrote:And what the hell is wrong with that? It always used to be about power. That's the whole point of buying a new console is to get better looking and bigger games. It used to be that way with Nintendo as well until the Wii. Now everyone acts like Nintendo was always like that. Rubbish. You may have been happy to be fooled into rebuying a Gamecube(Wii), I was not.
I'm going to disagree with you on that. Was increased system power (understood in terms of graphical capabilities) part of the point of creating or purchasing new systems? Certainly. Was it the only thing? No. And I'm surprised when people can't see that.
Let's just look at Nintendo's systems. In addition to increased power, each system jump brought the following gaming advancements:
NES to SNES: buttons on controller increased by 4, larger game storage capacity
SNES to N64: addition of analog stick, buttons on controller increased by 3, number of controllers that could be in use at the same time increased by 2, increased game storage capacity, rumble feature added to controller
N64 to Gamecube: analog shoulder triggers, addition of second analog stick, removal of one button, GBA connectivity, wireless controller, increased game storage capacity, component output and progressive scan visuals
Gamecube to Wii: motion control, pointer control, unique audio speakers on controller, removal of second analog stick, removal of analog triggers, on-line gameplay, Virtual Console Service, WiiWare service, increased storage capacity
Wii to Wii U: number of controllers that could be in use at the same time increased by 1, dedicated gaming social network, improved on-line retail system with most games available for download, on the gamepad itself: refinement of motion control from that of initial Wii-mote, return of second analog stick, buttons on controller increased by 2, both analog sticks made clickable, near-field communication, added camera, touch screen capable of either replicating what's on television or having unique content
I'm sure there are some things I'm forgetting.
Incidentally, I have a Wii, and I know it isn't just another Gamecube.