Lack of HD cost the Wii the core gamers says Miyamoto
Nintendo creative figurehead Shigeru Miyamoto has admitted that the lack of HD graphics on the Wii caused the console to be labelled as a casual gaming machine.
Miyamoto-san even went so far as to suggest that the Wii's lack of HD was a major reason that we make the distinction between casual and core gamers.
He stated: "One of the key reasons that such things as the core and the casual exist today is that we decided not to adopt HD on the Wii console. Of course, besides that there are things like issues with the controller and the challenges that it brings, network functionalities and many other things, but I think HD was the biggest factor that everyone was able to clearly understand the difference."
Nintendo will launch their new HD console, the Wii U next year with the hope that it will help to bridge the gap between core and casual gaming and bring core gamers back to Nintendo hardware again.
President of Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto elaborated: "That core vs. casual debate seems like something that can never see a resolution, but with Wii U, I have a feeling that it all may change. I even feel that the barrier that separated the two genres was only something psychological, just an impression that people had about them. For example, The Legend of Zelda games were something geared towards the toughest audience, and it has been so from the beginning. So it's not like at Nintendo we don't have it in us. But there are quite a number of people who assume that Nintendo is the equivalent of being casual."
He added: "If we are able to break those psychological barriers with Wii U, I feel like we will be able to take our goal of expanding the gaming population even further. It would even be possible to expand our customer base and bring in more people, and out of those new people, there will be those who will find certain controls or elements of deeper gameplay intriguing, and eventually will become passionate game fans. That was the way the history of video games has been, and I want to keep the tradition going so it doesn't fade away."
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