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The Wii Really Is an Updated GameCube

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on November 28, 2006

In comments posted to my column on the PlayStation 3, many readers took exception to my statement that the Wii is basically an updated GameCube. I’m going to fall back on no less an authority than gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto, general manager of Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development. In an interview with the Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream (original Japanese version here), Miyamoto said: “The hardware is basically a GC. We’ve upgraded our development tools to new versions but, you can still use GC programs as they are. With that in mind, I thought we could remake GC titles for the Wii and modify them to work with the Wii remote so that they’re more fun to play.” (Thanks to for the translation.)

The motion-sensing Wii Remote controller is definitely something new in the world of gaming (and a lot better than the lame, at least as used in the games I’ve seen so farm PS3 Sixaxis.) But the Wii itself is very much built on the same platform as the GC, with a faster processor and more memory, while the PS3 is a technologically exciting, new platform. Of course, the Wii could still be more fun.

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Reader Comments

M.T. Paige

November 29, 2006 01:32 PM

Gamers are big baby fan-boys that defend their favorite console by bashing others.


November 29, 2006 04:14 PM

Yeah you should watch your mouth -

M.T. Paige

November 30, 2006 07:03 PM

OOOOOH Gamer threats, what are you going to do? Use your level 20 mage skills to cast a spell on me?


December 2, 2006 07:02 PM

Hmmm...isn't every new console an upgrade? At least Nintendo introduced something innovative. What's a PS3? Better graphics!!!!! WOW! Let's get real, while the Wii is not a totally revamped system, you couldn't just hook up wii-motes and play new GC games with them. You did need a new system for it, hence the Wii. The PS3 and XBox 360 are all upgrades of their previous form, so is the Wii to an extent. But honestly...which one of the three systems is most different? The Wii.

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