Originally posted by: Pale
Ruby, you really show some of your ignorance in calling Wii crippleware because it won't play your old discs. You sound like you think Nintendo went out of their way to lock out such a possibility. Don't you think booting to a disc and booting to what is essentially an OS loading what are most likely specially prepared ROMs into a specially prepared emulator are different things?
Do you think that it's any more difficult for the emulator to load from the DVD drive than something like say, a USB hard drive (which has been pretty much confirmed)?
The definition of crippleware is something that's not living up to it's potential, because they want to charge you for it. The "special preparations" on those ROMs (assuming there are any, as we're all just assuming here) are going to be there for piracy reasons, not to make the games work.
If all the pieces are in place (original games, CD drive, fully-licenced compatible hardware via emulation, a good controller), and it can't
be a substitute for the original hardware, then it's either crippleware (if what they really want is for me to buy my games twice), or it's got self-crippling anti-piracy features.
Nintendo isn't going out of it's way to screw people over. The amount of work required to add that capability is not a financially sound decision given how few people will have those discs.
All of your other examples point to reasons where it is financially smart. Millions of people have GBA games, so a GBA slot in the DS makes sense. Don't be so silly in your extreme negativity. If you honestly think Nintendo is going out of its way to ruin your day, you need to wake up.
I don't know how much it would cost to add a Z80 chip to the GBA chip they already added to the DS. But even if it is a lot, they could've tried emulation. There are fan-made GBC emulators that run on the GBA.
And how many millions of people do you think will download VC versions of TG-16 games?
I spoke to a couple of older gamers when the VC news broke, and most are concerned about the life left in their old hardware. Most of them said that if the Rev/Wii qualified as new Sega CD/TGCD hardware, and that it had S-video/Component outputs, they'd buy one at launch, regardless of any revolutionary games. A hardware sale is a hardware sale, and I doubt that non-gaming grandmothers will do more for the Wii's attach rate than these people.
Yes, if the VC is a locked download-only system, that's something unheard of and it's better than nothing. But it'll be falling short of it's potential, and that will make me sad.