Why Nintendo needs to make an HD console

We want Nintendo to make a games platform that supports high definition, whether that be a retooled Wii or an entirely new console. We know, a shattering revelation, ain’t it? If you can pull yourself together after that continent-crumbling shock, we’re going to tell you why the company needs to embrace HD. And we even go beyond the ‘cause the Wii looks the shitZOR on my plasma TV’ argument. Don’t say we aren’t real jarnalists.

Wii looks the shitZOR on HD TVs

Look, as the 5 tonne stampeding African bull elephant in the room, we had to get this one out of the way, alright? We’re not going to kick in the Wii’s pathetic processing power, either. Upscaled versions of Perfect Dark and Banjo Kazooie on Xbox Live have already proven you don’t need cutting edge textures to look dang pretty on an HD tele box. And considering the likes of Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption already sport some of the finest art direction of the generation, this definitely isn’t a polygon thing.

Above: Imagine: Party Babyz on a huge plasma: is there any sweeter sight?

No, instead it’s all to do with the shitty 480p resolution the Wii outputs games at. To put things in perspective, running a Wii with a component cable at 480p (the optimum cable and settings for the console) is only the equal to running a 360 with one of its worst cables, at the lowest resolution the machine accepts.

Essentially, the brilliant design of a Galaxy is being wasted when the already risible resolution has to be stretched out over 42 inches. It would be like Da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa, smearing it with Vaseline, photocopying it and blowing the copy up to ten times the size of the original picture.

Above: Indeed it is Leo, mate. Indeed it is

This would all change if Nintendo released an HD Wii that supported 720p and above, though. Because the company’s best games are easily pretty enough to compete with the likes of Gears and Uncharted… even if they don’t support triple buffering.

There’s a 20 year back catalogue of games that would look amazing in HD

Right, give us a second here. OK, ready: Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Star Fox 64, Wave Race 64, 1080° Snowboarding, Donkey Kong Country, Pilotwings 64, F-Zero X, Super Mario 64… honestly, we’d continue, but we think we’re about to collapse.

Above: Easy, fella. We want HD Zelda, too

The point is, there’s a veritable shit tonne of classic Nintendo games just waiting for a good, hard HD upscaling that would automatically make the Virtual Console on a high def Wii the greatest online store ever. At least until that one which lets you design and buy your own genetically modified chimps gets off the ground.

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  • celticwhisper - June 7, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    Well, considering that I refuse to ever give money to Sony (XCP, BD+, AACS) or Microsoft (WMDRM, the "One Microsoft Way" philosophy) it would be nice to have a console that could do HD, but it's not necessary. I like my Wii just fine as-is. HD would be a plus and I would definitely buy, but I'd want more improvements than just a resolution bump. I'd be fine with them delaying it for the next generation of consoles and letting the current-gen Wii run its course. They've been good with backward-compatibility lately and there's nothing to say they won't release a "Wii 2" that plays Wii games, perhaps upscaled to higher resolutions, along with its own set of games.
  • Spybreak8 - June 6, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    It makes perfect sense especially when I'm a sucker for any retro game that gets the HD treatment on XBLA. I really have a sore spot with Nintendo ever since they abandoned the N64 and it just went down hill from there. Call me an Xbot but I really loved/love my Xbox and 360 (I'm still eyin' the PS3 though).
  • philipshaw - June 4, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    I have to agree, I want to get SMG2 but I know it will look crap on my HDTV and the world cup starts the day it comes out
  • pin316 - June 4, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    the hd updates of old games is easily the best argument i've heard for the neccesity of a nintendo HD-capacble console - neither sony or microsoft have a back catalog even remotely approaching the awesomeness of nintendo and, even if going forwards they didn't produce anything worthwhile other than the occasional blockbuster, there would be thousands upon thousands of gamers who would buy the nintendo console on top of their other one, just for the ability to have that libray of shiny old nintendo goodness!
  • Crimmy - June 4, 2010 5:27 a.m.

    I'd certainly like an HD console. But not another Wii! I like the Xbox 360 way better, especially with no pesky friend codes!
  • brickman409 - June 4, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    now i know why i always thought that the Wii doesnt have that bad of graphics, I dont have an HD TV ( isnt that kinda ironic that it looks better on a worse TV)
  • lukeskywalkertakingadump - June 4, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    yeah they should definitely do HD. Parents have a Wii, I have a PS3; I've never been interested in the wii other than to make fun of them for having one or attempting to get my dad to buy super mario galaxy so i could play it >.>
  • Apollomon - June 3, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    I dont really care about HD, in the same sense i dont care about a dvd player built in- but you would have thought they would have made the Wii have a DVD player since the gamecube missed out on it but ps2 and xbox had, so you would think now they brought our 360 and ps3 with dvd that wii would have too...i love many nintendo franchises and new developments they come up with...i believe they will need to have a HD option eventually to keep it a mass market, in the same sense as a dvd player...the convienience of a dvd player would be nice and would not take a huge deal of effort on nintendos part
  • Psylockerules - June 3, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    some good games but unfortunately after playing mass effect 2 for so long, its a chore to play my wii as much as id like, yeah im graphics whore, mario galxy 2 is beutiful but it would be so much better on HD-steroids, a shame Nintendo didnt think of it, even if it happend at E3 it would be too late i think, i certainly wouldnt buy another Wii.
  • mubobi7593 - June 3, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    To be honest, while I like the sound of a HD Wii, if Nintendo doesn't start making good games (or at least cut out the crap 3rd party games) I don't think it would help all that much. Are Galaxy 2, Metroid, and the inevitable Zelda really worth buying a whole other console? My vote: no
  • Metroidhunter32 - June 3, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    High def wii, I'd preorder it right off the bat. That and the casual crap are the only two thing I've disliked about it. But then again, my TV is only 720, so it wouldn't make that much difference to me anyways. Maybe I'm thinking to hard.
  • d0x - June 3, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    I'd buy a Wii HD in a heartbeat...provided Nintendo came up with a way to transfer my 30ish Virtual Console games over to it. I rarely use my Wii and one of the main reasons is it just looks so terrible and blurry on my 1080p tv. a $2 scalar chip would fix that and developers wouldnt need to do a thing differently. Lets go Nintendo!
  • kaaos - June 3, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    nintendo really needs to step it up,making all these crappy-ass games that are non-hardcore rreally make the wii look like a fuckin leapfrog learning system.they need to bring back banjo-kazooie,megaman,zelda,starfox,f-zero,custom robo,earthbound,oh and it wouldn't hurt too let suda 51 work fully with nintendo production
  • Hexar - June 3, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    Good article, a great number of damn fine points in there (albeit ones that have been made more than a few times already, but still). Honestly I think Nintendo has missed the boat with this one. They've got the housewives hooked in (which by the way I doubt will move over to another system for a hefty investment because of the very same reason you cited why they don't care for an HD console, i.e. they don't care) and the core gamers are turned off. I didn't buy my Wii I won it in a 7-11 contest when it launched and let me say thank god I didn't spend $200 on that piece of shit. Yeah there are some decent games, and I own a few, but the damn thing is so dated and so gimmicky that it can continue to collect dust. I have no interest in PAYING Nintendo any money just to have what I already have on these other consoles (less the waggling which btw I can leave).
  • DryvBy - June 3, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    I wish I could get a crappy VGB. I liked those things. For Tennis at least. Lol
  • QWERTYCommander - June 3, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    I swear, I have almost given up on my Wii. If it weren't for Gamecube games, Red Steel 2, and SMG2, then it would have been traded in long ago. There was no reason to sacrifice graphics and HD. And for the "gameplay over graphics" people (which I agree with), barely any of the games are worth playing! Then, like another person said, better quality control! there are companies like Data Design and Conspiracy Ent. that are abusing the Wii with shovelware! Although, Nintendo does have a history for ignoring media trends (CD media, multimedia, and now HD), so they might be coming out with an awesome-ass console for the next generation, with 1080p support, and all that other good shit. We'll just have to wait... Also, I do NOT want motion controls or any other stupid-ass gimmick. Just give me a normal controller for the next gen and I'll be fine. Sorry for the rant, but Nintendo just needs to improve their console. If they don't make any good improvements to their next-gen console, then they have just lost a fan of their consoles since the N64 at 4 years old.
  • GameManiac - June 3, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    I already have a Wii, so I don't think I should apply to this article.
  • KREATIVEassassin - June 3, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    I used to love me some Wii... that is, until I got an HDTV. Now, I can't even remember the last time I turned it on. It looks absolutely awful on my HDTV, and I can't bring myself to be interested in anything it offers now, including big guns like Super Mario Galaxy 2. An HD Wii would interest me greatly and would address my biggest complaint with the system. Oh, and if they did release an HD Wii, I'd better be able to move my 60+ virtual console games over to it or no sale, Nintendo.
  • krabsich - June 3, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    It is a terrible waste that Nintend has more games with a brighter color palette and lets them languish in 480p. They don't have an alibi.
  • Styrophoamicus - June 3, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    The new Nintendo system would have to do more than HD in order to garner my attention. What Nintendo needs to do is bring back some sort of Seal of Quality, or at least a way to drastically reduce all the shovelware on the system, and then make motion control OPTIONAL for most games (similar to how the PS3 will handle Move... hopefully). The new system should have a standard controller as well as a motion-controller. HD is a no-brainer by now. And for goodness sake come up with a better name than 'Wii' recaptcha: tarzan could