The Globe and Mail recently interviewed Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. During the interview, Fils-Aime was asked about whether the Wii U will be outdated when the successors to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are released. Fils-Aime said that the Wii U will not be obsolete because “it’s not about power.”
Fils-Aime said that if the most powerful console is always the most popular then the Nintendo GameCube would have been the best-selling console of its generation. If it was about power, the Wii would not be the best-selling console of the current generation.
The Globe and Mail: Nintendo is sticking with its traditional hardware cycle [five to seven years], but Some people are expressing concern that Wii U might date itself quickly…
Reggie Fils-Aime: Three comments. First, it’s not about power. If it was about power, then the GameCube would have been the number one system in its generation and the Wii wouldn’t have been the number one system in this last generation. It is not about power. It is about fun, it is about the experience.
Second. Our competitors can say what they want about some super long cycle, but let’s see what their behaviours are.”
Thirdly, the way development works is that the longer developers work with a system, the better they can tune performance. Case in point: Look at the very first GameCube games, and compare them to a game like Resident Evil 4. It was graphically beautiful, and demonstrably more advanced than the first GameCube games.