Ever since HD-DVD’s death notice was reported on by every damn website on the internet the question on every gamers mind has been;
“ZOMG IZ MICROSOFT GOINGZ TO PUT DA BLU-RAYZ ON THE 360?? LOLLLZ!!!!1111 PWND”
After getting their smartest monkeys to decipher the mad ramblings of crazed forum dwellers Microsoft responded to rumours of an impending Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360 by saying;
"We have no plans to do anything at all in terms of further or additional movie playback peripherals… Online is the future. And we're very well placed to take advantage of that”
Now that the Blu-ray is the dominant physical media format I’d like to know if Nintendo will adopt the format, forget Microsoft - I want to know if Nintendo is thinking about entering into talks with Sony about integrating Blu-ray into a Wii 2 (Wii Wii?). The Wii has the casual game market locked down and can continue to cater to them using the current system but the consoles future with the hardcore market is on unstable ground, in the Wii’s current state it could end up walking the same path as the Gamecube.
The alternative available to Nintendo is to update the Wii to cater to the hardcore audience, giving the Wii the capability to handle more powerful graphics and processing as well as integrating Blu-ray would place it in a much more stable position, coupling the increase in power with the unique control scheme would allow developers to fully realize the consoles potential, giving a developer the opportunity to use all of the Wii’s unique features without limitations such as graphics or storage capacity could push creativity beyond what is possible with the current Wii, but then again it might just provide another place for multi-platform releases – except with tacked on motion controls, it’s a dangerous game.