Shigeru Miyamoto Sees "Nothing Wrong" With HD Graphics

The Nintendo Wii is not a hi-def gaming machine. When Nintendo launched the console in late 2005, the company touted its analogue TV friendly aspect — not everyone has an HDTV, you know!

But it's 2009. Soon it is 2010. We are living in the future. The number of HD televisions continues to grow — yet the Wii is not HD.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with pretty graphics, and if I'm a consumer that has an HDTV, I'd want to be able to play my games with nice graphics too. And I think as we've seen the penetration rates for HDTV increase, we're going to see video games and Nintendo's games move along in step with the progression of technology," said Miyamoto.

"But what I don't think is necessarily true is that the graphics itself is something that's going to make the gameplay experience better. So we're still going to focus on the gameplay, but we'll take advantage of the technology as it comes out."

Lots of mixed signals in what Miyamoto is saying: Pretty graphics are nice, people with HDTVs want pretty graphics, number of HDTVs increasing, Nintendo will move with technology, graphics don't make gaming experience better, Nintendo still focusing on gameplay, but will take advantage of the tech "as it comes out".

It's already out. Get on with it!

Miyamoto on HD Graphics: Nintendo's Games Will Move Along with Progression of Technology [IndustryGamers][Pic]


    The fact that Big W (Walmart) sells decent HDTVs under $1000, means that HDTV are mainstream now.

      Big W isnt Walmart

      I got a HDTV for $450 and its a 22"

    Unsure the point of this article. Are you saying they should hurry up and bring out a Wii2 with 1080p output?

    They're just saying they don't go for cutting edge technology, they'll progress as things become more common and gameplay is the first and most important part of what they do.

    Seems pretty reasonable to me.

    it's just a shame that Nintendo haven't made any real games for it's console. It's all absolute crap shovelware, I haven't touched my Wii since I bought it.

    one thousand is a lot of money for a tv.

    Whats the point of HD graphics on the wii if your just playing shovelware? There's no point, fix the real problem.

    Yeah I agree. Hands up those that wants to play low def shovelware with gimicky controls?

    The Nintendo Wii is pretty much only useful if the following points apply to you.

    1) Nintendo Fanboy
    2) Drunk/drugged up parties with mates


    3) Just a weirdo who likes shitty games

    Most of us should fit roughly somewhere amongst those three points. If not then please emphasize point 3.

    Whilst I concede, many games on the Wii do utterly suck, its not ALL shovelware.

    I'm of the beleagured constituency known as "hardcore gamers that own a Wii" and yes, I find what Nintendo has done this generation to be pretty disappointing. I bought the Wii for Project Zero 4, which ended up getting Japan-Only'd. But, 4 years after the system was released, I've managed to get some games to enjoy. Dead Space Extraction may be a rail shooter but its pretty much the best one ever made (and it is legitimately an enjoyable game), Cursed Mountain is an interesting Survival Horror game with a unique atmosphere, and the Metroid Prime Trilogy is very enjoyable. Ive had lots of fun with Smash Bros Brawl (even if its more a party game than anything else) as well.

    Additionally, the Gamecube BC, plus the library of legacy titles, does make the Wii an excellent machine for legacy gamers and fans of Nintendo generally.

    Whilst on a pure hardcore gaming level, I would say that the 360 and PS3 are better choices (ditto in terms of multimedia functionality and also value for money), the Wii is by no means 'all shovelware.' The PS2 had tons of shovelware on it, but it also had some great titles.

    Also, Silent Hill Shattered Memories will be coming out on the Wii, and it looks amazing so far.

    So in conclusion, a more measured perspective on Wii games is requires. "Mostly shovelware," that is reasonable. But "All shovelware" is overstatement.

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