Many players are left mystified that of all the channels that Nintendo focused on developing the Wii U Virtual Console was chosen over what would have been choices with a broader appeal. Through the Wii U Virtual Console, you can convert older games for play on the system.
This is something that holds a definite appeal for an older gamer, but seemed like an odd choice when most gamers are of an age where they wouldn’t be interested in the original game versus the modern version. If you look more closely at the thinking behind the development of the console, the decision suddenly begins to make much more sense on the part of Nintendo.
The Difference Between Play
While many of the older games from the GameCube, Sega, PlayStation, NES and SNES will play similar to how they did on their original consoles, the converted games may not always plays as well as the advanced technology used to power the Wii U system can reveal errors that were hidden by lesser game consoles. The difference in the quality of the graphics will be most striking, but may actually increase their nostalgic appeal.
Will it Ever Appeal to Younger Players?
For many younger players the appeal of the SNES Mario Brothers games won’t last that long. There are some classic games that are regaining appeal in younger generations that don’t have an updated game body. This can help Nintendo to awaken their old game catalog, while also using older third party game trends to help identify gaming ideas for future development.
What is the Real Point?
What could very well have driven the idea to make sure that the console was one of the primary channels up and running first what that it would provide a draw in for demographic of player that had more investment capability. The appeal of the older games to older gamers is a definite catch card. Chances are, however, this was just the surface motivation.
Many industry insiders are guessing that part of the reason the first generation of the Virtual Console came out early in Wii U is to allow for its common use to help perfect the conversion codecs. Once developers can see the codecs in action, it will be easier to then begin to expand to add on for converting other third party games, as well as the games.
By making it able to convert first and second generation Wii U games, Nintendo can avoid having to store the originals and have time-out schedules where to continue playing you would have to pay to convert the first version and then host it via your account storage. This could prove to be a win-win situation for both Nintendo and the gamers. You get to keep the games you want while the developers get to keep using the main resources to roll out newer and better games.