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(The vast majority <if not all> of this post is based on my views and so on for these Video Game consoles as they relate to the retail and online markets of the USA.)
So a couple of years or so ago I wrote a brief something or other on what we can expect or look to from the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and I also briefly commented on the overall “Meh” debut for the Wii U.
Now let me bloviate on the Wii U for just a moment. I do not own one, but I have owned at least one of each of Nintendo’s prior systems. I am not playa hatin’ on Nintendo, but Nintendo has a history of completely idiotic marketing over the last few years……granted they did get lucky with the Wii though. However, my point is very simply underscored by the fact that Nintendo decided to call the system after what may have been their biggest success (the Wii at a minimum saved Nintendo from Bankruptcy) the Wii and call it a Wii U? I am sorry, but this is why the term WTF was invented. WTF Nintendo! Why could you not come up with a better name than Wii U? So sad.
However to Nintendo’s credit this is far from their biggest blunder. From what I have seen personally, as well as read, as well as just look at the fact the PS2 and Xbox offered online play………..
The near death (AKA Bankruptcy) of Nintendo may have very well occurred as a direct result of Nintendo deciding to not offer online play with the Gamecube while the PS2 and Xbox were offering online play.
To be technical the Gamecube did offer Network options (you could play someone in the same household on another TV if both of you had the special adapter, the same game and each had their own Gamecube -YAY!).
Also, to be fair to Nintendo there were a couple games you could play online on the Gamecube – but they were games that had very poor sales and most people (including myself) have/had no idea what they even were).
With some of the great Wrestling games on the Gamecube…..you would have thought there would be online play but in true Nintendo style no online play!
With Mario Kart Double Dash on the Gamecube……….NO ONLINE PLAY!
So Nintendo did make up for a lot of this with the way they handled the online play for the Wii……to a point. At some point last year they shut down the server for Mario Kart Wii Online! What? Yet on my PS3 I can go online right now and play someone in NCAA Football 12 (2012)…… a game that came out in 2011 and yet Nintendo cannot have Mario Kart Wii for Online Play any longer? WTF? True also that Nintendo would rather now have you buy a Wii U and play Mario Kart 8……OK I get it…..sure.
However I have also read several articles online in reference to Nintendo maybe being a little overly eager to release another console. To be fair to Nintendo, they have said they will not release another console until they fell that every Wii U owner is satisfies. Nintendo did not say (in any article I have read to date) how they would be able to determine how every Wii U owner was satisfied or if some Wii U owners would just be out of luck.
OK so with the Xbox One at first they only gave you the option to purchase the console for $500.00 – with a chunk of that being for the motion sensor camera thing. Now I will of course give Microsoft credit for later on in the Xbox One’s life cycle dropping the price all the way down to $350.00. The PS4
(without the camera) is currently selling for $400.00.
I have read quite a few articles that say this price drop is only temporary – that the Xbox One may in fact actually increase back to $500.00 forcing you to buy that stupid motion camera or even to $400.00 without the camera. I have also read that the price point of $350.00 for the base console (in some cases you may find bundles for that price or a game) is permanent and will not change in part because Microsoft is so far behind Sony in Market Share (I.e.: how many people own the console).
Sony on the other hand has not had any problem with selling the PS4 and has no plans currently to lower the price.
Nintendo should have lowered the price of the Wii U by now from $300.00 (even though yes the Deluxe model was $350.00 originally). I think if Nintendo drops the Wii U down to $200.00 (which won’t happen…but if they did) then you would see a surge in Demand for the console……and you would also force Microsoft and Sony to make price cuts as well on their consoles.
Nintendo still has free online play, while Microsoft has always had a fee you have to pay to have Xbox Live Gold so that you can play against other people online. Of course to be fair to Microsoft here as well as to be honest – Microsoft still offers the bets online experience for online play (because they have the best & most reliable network). Sony NOW has a pay network for online play…..and perhaps they were long overdue……the PS3 always left a lot to be desired as far as the quality of the network is concerned.
Personally if I was to buy one of the next gen consoles…..or I guess they are kind of current gen by now……I would get the Xbox One. The best network, & from what I have seen from all 3 consoles – the best overall gaming experience.
There is also a Steam console out by Alienware……but we will have to wait and see on that console…….I will be very surprised if its even around by Christmas…..possibly 2017 though that’s very unlikely.
There is so much more to write about……and I will of course address this sooner than another 2 years (or however long it has been since I last posted). There is one other option, for some people anyways! If you live anywhere near a Family Video – you can actually rent a console…..so I guess that or from a Rent A Center would be one way you could try out the console.
Of course you could also go out and by all 3 consoles, or one at a time ….. and keep them all or return the other 2 that you don’t like (though keep in mind if you buy any games separate for one of the consoles you plan on returning – you will not be able to return the game if it did not come with the console/ you can typically only exchange them for the same title if the game is defective). Your best bet on trying games on the console would be to just rent the games…..then go and buy them if you like them enough and are keeping the console, etc.
Now I am NOT necessarily advocating
That you go
out and buy a console and return it…….but how else can you try the console?
One other option would be if you are serious about purchasing one of the 3 consoles…..a Gamestop or Pawnshop may have a used console for you to test.
Anyways it just seems like the consoles are soooo expensive even though they cost the same or less than they did a few years ago.
These are just my thoughts about these consoles drifting through the winds of the internet………………..