Journalists tend to lack critical thinking which would be useful when planning a story. A more interesting story would be, “Is Shigeru Miyamoto destroying Nintendo?” His baby, the 3DS, really hurt the company and forced the business side to sell it at a loss. He keeps putting out 3d Marios which don’t sell the hardware. He farms the 2d platform games to anyone and everyone because he feels they are beneath him (as well as those customers he feels are beneath him). He’s already driven Zelda into the ground with probably no hope of resurrection. His big mouth at E3 2008 announced Pikmin 3 whose development hadn’t begun and forced Nintendo to spend so many resources on an expensive game that won’t sell.
There are much more interesting and illuminating stories about Nintendo that need to be written instead of recycling anonymous third party developers opinions and writing as if they are an ‘authority’. Ultimately, the consumers will decide which console they like, and they haven’t chosen the ‘most powerful console’ before in the past thirty years. Now, that may change. There is also an assumption that the market demand will be there for these ‘next generation’ third party games. With this economy and falling gaming interest, I’d say that is not a sure thing. Aside from the Call of Duty franchise, there hasn’t been much going on in the third party games universe.
Soon, we will compare imaginary games to real games since we’re comparing imaginary consoles to real ones.
Until Sony and Microsoft announce something, consumers should just call the new Xbox and PS3 as ‘Unicorn Console’ and ‘Fairy Dust Console’. Their console marketing must be worried what Wii U will do a year (or more?) alone in the market.