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 Gamebrink.com 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.