Nintendo needs to stop making video game consoles, and only focus on making video games because that is what it does best. Since Nintendo owns all the rights to Mario Brothers and Zelda – they need to start releasing those games on the XBox and Playstation, instead of releasing subpar gaming consoles and making everyone waste their money. No one wants a Nintendo – but everyone wants to play Mario & Zelda!
The NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was released all the way back in 1985, and was a huge success. The company has since released a number of consoles, but ever since the first PlayStation entered the market (back in 1994), Nintendo has been struggling to stay popular. Suitability issues were deepened with the release of the Xbox, and it remains to be seen if Nintendo will stop making consoles in the near future as it doesn’t seem that they can keep up with the competition.
Wii U vs. PlayStation 4
When it comes to direct comparison of the Wii U, and the planetary popular PlayStation 4, there is no question that the PlayStation 4 is a more powerful gaming device. Let’s take processor for an example. The PlayStation 4 has an octa-core (8 cores) AMD Jaguar processor, a technological marvel capable of handling anything with ease, whereas the Wii U has only a tri-core PowerPC CPU. This is just the beginning of PlayStation’s domination over the Wii U. One of the most important pieces of hardware when it comes to gaming consoles is the GPU (Graphical Processing Unit), and it’s astonishing how big the difference is between the two consoles. The PlayStation 4 comes equipped with the AMD Radeon Graphics Core GPU with 1152 shaders, which is over 3.6 times more shaders than on the Wii U’s AMD Latte GPU (320 shaders). We could compare every single piece of hardware featured in both consoles, and PS4 would emerge victorious every time. It has more RAM (8GB DDR5 vs. 2GB DDR3), more storage (500GB HDD vs. only 8GB or 32GB Flash), better performance, removable hard drive, etc.
When it comes to the list of available features, the PS4 has could storage at their disposal, allowing them to upload and share screenshots, videos, save data, etc. It is pretty cool that the games are playable as they download, granted that they have downloaded a certain amount of content that is required for game’s operation. The experience might not be flawless until the game is fully downloaded, but it will be more than playable. Different PSN accounts are accessible from different consoles on the PS4 as well, which really comes in handy if someone else’s system is being used. Simply accessing the account from someone else’s PS4 grants access to everything the user has access to on their own system. The lack of AAA titles are another problem that the Wii U is facing as game developers are reluctant to release a game on a system that simply can’t run the next-gen titles the way they should be ran.
The Wii U is an inferior system in every way. It has some amazing Nintendo-exclusive titles that you won’t be able to play on any other system (like Super Mario franchise, Legend of Zelda franchise, etc.), but it seems that they could generate higher income if they stopped trying to compete with Sony and Microsoft on the console market, and simply release these amazing games on those systems instead. These games would definitely be top sellers, but unfortunately they are limited to Nintendo only, preventing a lot of people from experiencing them. Fortunately, Nintendo has recently admitted that the Wii U was a failure, and it remains to be seen if they will finally stop trying to make consoles that simply aren’t able to compete with the titans that are PS4 and Xbox One.