Posted by: seanmalstrom | October 14, 2012
Email: Tablets and TVs
You said, ” Tablets are going to connect to TVs extremely soon and probably within Wii U’s lifespan.”
I don’t know if it’s exactly what you meant, but in a way, tablets can already connect to TVs. A Toshiba Thrive (among other Android tablets) has an HDMI connector that can put its display and audio directly through an HDTV. Combine that with a USB controller (the Thrive also has USB ports, of course) and free emulators that already flood the Google Play Store, and it’s quite easy to play old school video games on an HDTV using a tablet. Nintendo is really going to have to work hard to find a way to make buying old school games through them a better value.
It seems like Nintendo is more interested in Japan than anything else. In Japan, there are tons of used systems and games. With an account based Virtual Console system, the hardware becomes separated from the account (which is what we want). But for Nintendo, that is bad. People buy brand new 3DS systems and not used systems because of this.
Back when the N64 came out, it felt like Nintendo was going a very different direction… a direction that was not for me. I feel that is where Nintendo is going now. Aside from NSMB U, there is absolutely nothing for me on the Wii U. And I have a problem paying $150 for a game controller (as the Game Pad takes up half the price tag). People wondered how I stopped playing consoles and switched exclusively to PC gaming. This is how it happened.
Do I really want to pay $360 to play 2d Mario even though there are no other games for me? And there is not even a Virtual Console? And there is so much good stuff going on with the PC. With GoG alone, that would take me years to go through most of those games let alone the new stuff.
Why should I buy a game console today?