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Why doesn't the Wii get any respect?

Hello all,

I'm likely what you would call a "Hardcore Wii Gamer", although I don't much care for labels, and I was wondering why wherever I go, I seem to get flack for choosing the Wii as my console choice of this generation. It never fails. Either I'm being told that the Wii is a kiddie piece of crap, or people are trying to convince me to “get with the times” and get a 360/PS3. I don't understand why that is at all.

Sure, the Wii has tons of shovelware, but that always happens when lazy developers want to make a quick buck and throw a garbage game on a successful console. I don't see how that somehow cancels out all the good content the system has to offer. Games like No More Heroes, Metroid Prime 3, MadWorld, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, and Muramasa to name a few, are what I would consider quality. They all have a unique style, great gameplay, and appeal to the "hardcore". These games are also a great example of why I chose the Wii over the 360 and PS3. Although it's no secret that the other consoles have more "hardcore" games, they don't have games with the personality or style of games like that very often, and that's what appeals to me, personally.

I'm also a big fan of classic gaming. I likely would have bought a Wii for the Virtual Console alone. Having access to games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Solider Blade, Castlevania or Donkey Kong Country without having to drag out old consoles is a dream come true for me. But I also like how the Wii keeps old school gameplay alive with new releases like Punch-Out!! Wii, New Super Mario Bros Wii, A Boy and his Blob, Super Smash Bros Brawl and Blast Works. Couple that with all the new content coming out of the WiiWare service like World of Goo, Cave Story, and the Bit.Trip. series, and we start to have a hell of a line up on our hands already.

Now I’m not trying to convince anyone that the Wii is superior to the 360 or PS3, that’s for each individual to decide. What I’m just trying to learn is why in my own experience, despite all of the great content the Wii has to offer, it doesn’t seem to gain the same level of respect from the “Hardcore Gaming Community” that the other two consoles do.

Thank you for reading, and I encourage everyone to leave their two cents below. :)
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About Mite000one of us since 2:16 PM on 04.09.2008

Hey there,

My name is Eric, and I'm a University student. I've been playing video games since I was just a little guy, and have always had a lot of fun following the good old Console War. Which brings me to why I'm here. I heard that Destructoid is a good place for sharing views, and all in all getting some insight into the mindset behind what's going on with gaming these days. For better or worse...

Now I've heard that I don't have the most main stream of opinions lol, go figure. So you may like what I have to say and you may not, but that's part of the fun right? Anyways, I'm looking forward to having some good debates with you all.

Later :)