Nintendo's middle name has always been "tardy".
The creative head of Sega's AM Annex group, Tetsuya Mizuguchi discussed his impressions of Sega's competitors. He obviously thinks the DC will be fine, and says he thinks Nintendo takes too long to come out with new consoles. Interesting, but Nintendo seems to have this problem that their consoles seem to have a LONGER life span than Sega's systems. They don't just give up on a system and make a new one. Interesting read anyway ;)
Mizuguchi thinks DC has a healthy three years ahead of it in the US, even with stiff next-generation competition from Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.
"With these new machines, there’s a danger of people buying it simply for the DVD player," warns Mizuguchi. "While the PlayStation2 games are gorgeous with great vision and sound, there’s a danger if there’s nothing new in gameplay. Gorgeous graphics only last for about three minutes, then the focus returns to gameplay. A game is more than polygons. If you play a boring game, it doesn’t matter how good it looks. If there are great-looking games with no depth, there will be a crisis in this industry."
"X-Box and PlayStation2 games will look better, but it will take much more time to create new games for them. Microsoft is a PC company with a reputation of being not fun. I can’t trust them to put out good games." "The Dreamcast is the easiest console to create for," says Mizuguchi. "X-Box and PlayStation2 games will look better, but it will take much more time to create new games for them. Microsoft is a PC company with a reputation of being not fun. I can’t trust them to put out good games.
Dolphin is impressive, but it always takes a long time for Nintendo to come out with a new console. The casual player doesn’t care about resolution, it’s all about the fun factor."