Nintendo's Wii takes flak for slow hardware

By Justin Mann on August 1, 2006, 12:10 PM
Nintendo continues to get complaints from developers who say that the Wii simply doesn't have the horsepower to run their games. Most recently, the company behind Haze are saying they won't be releasing the title on the Wii because the technology they require just isn't there with the Wii. While losing a few popular titles won't impact Nintendo all that much, if game developers as a whole find that the Wii is lacking, they'd be hard-pressed to spend much time developing for it. With all the planning Nintendo has put into this, they may be expecting some developers to react like this and hopefully are prepared for statements like this:

Is there going to be a Wii version? There are currently no plans for a Wii version of Haze. Sadly, the cutting-edge technology we're using requires more power than the Wii has available. If we could, we would.
Maybe this is just a sign for developers to make better use of what hardware they have, rather than expecting faster and faster. Nintendo does have a lot to live up to, however, and they will have both the 360 and the PS3 to contend with. No word from Nintendo yet.




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AtomicMatter said:
Hang in tight Nintendo, devs are just being greedy instead of being CLEVER.
asphix said:
First, I want to make clear that I am very excited about the Wii and will be pre-ordering one as soon as the option is available (I check daily via several online resources).However, this is something I have felt would hold the console back. I believe a lot of people are in love with the concept the Wii projects, and also the fact that its different. That doesnt mean it will be great in practice.People forget that it is still very much unproved, and no matter how cool it sounds in theory that doesnt change the fact that it still has just as much of a chance to flop as the Ps3 does or the x360 did upon launch.The lack of power will bite nintendo in the long run.. because while graphics arent the MOST important part of games.. they ARE important.. hence the reason why they're called "video games" and our gaming experience progressed from board and text based games to a visual-interactive media.The other thing that doesnt have me convinced is just how much I'll want to be flailing my arms around for hours on end. Granted, the idea is novel.. and will be really fun for a while. But I cant see myself playing a game for hours on end which is controlled through even slight gestures. I would get tired eventually and lose my desire to play.Again, I very well may be wrong.. my main basic point is that.. its all up in the air until we get our hands on the console and actually play it.. and its important to voice these concerns and accept them for what they are, along with all the positive hype.
DragonMaster said:
Was Duck Hunt hard to play?BTW, Wii controller really seems to come from Super Nintendo's Super Scope 6... [url]http://www.nintendoland.com/snes/access.htm#SScope[/url
OUTLAWXXX said:
Im pretty excited about he wii MAINLY because ill be able to play all my classic nintendo and sega games! but cmon when ur making a new console at this year thats barely more powerfull than the xbox 1. ur gonna have problems. im pretty sure they could have gotten more power into that console even with low price. the xbox 360 is twice more expensive but its like 10 times more powerfull, slightly less because 360 is about 10x more powerfull than xbox.
LKM said:
Wow, this article is kinda weird. First, the "copmany behind Haze" is Free Radical. Just, you know, use Google if you didn't know that.Second, that sentence "if game developers as a whole find that the Wii is lacking, they'd be hard-pressed to spend much time developing for it" is just plain wrong. Game developers develop for the consoles that give them the most return on investment. If the Wii is less powerful, thus cheaper to develop for, the ROI on Wii games will tend to be higher than on other consoles. Thus, less powerful Wii means cheaper games for developers, which means more games, not less.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by LKM:[/b][quote]If the Wii is less powerful, thus cheaper to develop for, the ROI on Wii games will tend to be higher than on other consoles. Thus, less powerful Wii means cheaper games for developers, which means more games, not less.[/quote]Why would a less powerful platform be cheaper for development? If it's very different from others, I'd imagine the cost is higher, not lower.
Didou said:
[b]Originally posted by Mictlantecuhtli:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by LKM:[/b][quote]If the Wii is less powerful, thus cheaper to develop for, the ROI on Wii games will tend to be higher than on other consoles. Thus, less powerful Wii means cheaper games for developers, which means more games, not less.[/quote]Why would a less powerful platform be cheaper for development? If it's very different from others, I'd imagine the cost is higher, not lower.[/quote]It's much less expensive to develop for it because it's the same technology from the Gamecube (that developpers already know well by now), just in an overclocked format & when you remove the hard to implement multi-threaded code they'll need for the Xbox 360 & PS3, it just gets easier. ;)
smtkr said:
The real issue here is multi-platform games. Developers won't be able to easily port from the PS3 to the Wii. Developing exclusively for the Wii should be relatively easy and cheap
asphix said:
[b]Originally posted by LKM:[/b][quote]Wow, this article is kinda weird. First, the "copmany behind Haze" is Free Radical. Just, you know, use Google if you didn't know that.Second, that sentence "if game developers as a whole find that the Wii is lacking, they'd be hard-pressed to spend much time developing for it" is just plain wrong. Game developers develop for the consoles that give them the most return on investment. If the Wii is less powerful, thus cheaper to develop for, the ROI on Wii games will tend to be higher than on other consoles. Thus, less powerful Wii means cheaper games for developers, which means more games, not less.[/quote]And ROI isnt just a factor of development costs. There is also the issue of installed base, target audience (is the installed base generally 12 year olds who buy 3 games a year? Or 23 year olds with low financial responsibilities and massive amounts of disposable income who will potentially purchase 10+ games a year?)I see your point, and its a good one.. but you need to see the big picture to have it really match up. I'll buy the Wii.. I'm excited about it.. but I wont delude myself into thinking its going to be a slam dunk when it still has a lot to prove.Sure the ROI initially will be in the Wii's favor.. however, in two years I've got a feeling development tools, techniques and teams will have matured to the point where these development cost issues will be much less of a burden. So the question is, will the Wii last in the long run?And yes, Duck Hunt was one of those games I could only play for so long. I have over 100 hours of oblivion logged... I doubt I'd log more than 20 on a game like duck hunt.. and my longest session in oblivion was somewhere between 4 and 6 hours... I dont believe any game requiring me to point and shoot at the screen would hold me for more than an hour before my arm would feel some form of fatigue.. and thats being optimistic.I'm not nocking it per say.. I reiterate.. I will buy the wii and am excited for it. But I wont be consumed by the hype to the point that I neglect to address plausable concerns.
_N2_ said:
[url]http://www.technophilia.org/2006/07/list-of-cancelled-ps
-games.html[/url]Thats the list of the cancelled games on PS3 to date. I think the PS3 will lose out more than the Wii will, sure, its not as graphically powerful [The wii], but devs will be able to easily develop for it, and will be the cheapest to make games for, which, may see more companies going with the Wii; they will actually see a profit (A lot faster than the PS3 will)...Anywho...[Edited by _N2_ on 2006-08-06 07:23:58]
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