Will The Wii U Have a Similar Fate?
When it originally launched back in 2001, the Nintendo Gamecube didn't perform well. In fact, during the six years that it was on the market, the Gamecube never performed well. It ultimately lost the console generation to Sony and before Wii U, was Nintendo's worst selling home console. But now, 14 years after the ill-fated system launched, Nintendo's lunch box looking system is fondly remembered by both fans and critics alike.
Let's start with innovation. Initially, the system did little to push any boundaries. It brought powerful graphics for its time, and featured four controller ports. It was notably lacking DVD functionality however, which many agree contributed to its poor sales. But today, the console's controller is constantly ranked among the greatest controller designs. The controller was very small, and fit into the hands quite comfortably. The buttons are shaped differently, and molded around their use; for example, the A button is large and bright due to how often it is used. The analog and C sticks are not even on the same plane, something that Microsoft would adopt with all of its Xbox controllers. The controller is so popular that Nintendo even brought it back for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, albeit in a frustratingly limited form. The Gamecube also featured the first wireless controller for a major home console, the Wavebird. It was considered innovative, and is a practice that has become the industry norm.
Games. That's always the best part of Nintendo, right? Well with the Gamecube, it applies even more. The Gamecube features many classics that are among some of the greatest games ever made. First party titles like Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Metroid Prime, along with third party titles like Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. The Gamecube is home to many critically acclaimed titles, many of which are both highly sought after and timeless.
So, despite being a low point for Nintendo, in terms of sales, the Gamecube is arguably one of their best offerings. The question can be raised. Will, in 10 or so years, the WIi U be at a similar status? Will the Wii U be remembered for it's subtle innovation and high quality games? I certainly believe so. How do you feel? Do you have fond memories of the Gamecube, or maybe you still play it? Do you believe that the Wii U will be popular after its time? Discuss in the comments below.
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