[The Top Five] Reasons Not to Dump Your Wii Just Because Nintendo Announced the 3DS

The title pretty much says it all.

Ever since the announcement of the 3DS, some Nintendo fans have been bringing up a silly argument in message boards. They feel, for whatever reason, that because the 3DS has 3D, superior graphical capabilities, and tilt and gyro control just like the Wii, that Nintendo’s current home system is inadequate and deserves to be pulled from their entertainment system shelves and tossed in the garbage.


Here are just five reasons why everyone who has made that argument needs to step back, take a breath, and reevaluate their stance.

5. Home Consoles and Handhelds are Entirely Different
Look, just because the 3DS has graphical capabilities that, in more than a few aspects, rival if not surpass the Wii, that doesn’t mean you are going to want the same experiences on your 3DS as your Wii. Why do you think no one wants to play a PSP?

I’m not saying epic games don’t work on handhelds, I’ve sunk countless hours into games like Minish Cap, Chrono Trigger DS, and Pokemon, but in almost all cases those games got their hours from being played at school, on vacations, during breaks at work, and during the 30 – 45 minutes after laying down before dozing off. I’m beyond hyped for the new Ocarina remake and Resident Evil Revelations, but chances are if I’m sitting in my comfy chair in front of my fifty-inch plasma, I’m going to boot up some Sin and Punishment, Mario Galaxy 2 or Skyward Sword.

4. Motion Control on 3DS? Call Me Skeptical
Hmm… how is this going to work well? Aside from a Super Monkey Ball or mini game collection (possibly a Super Monkey Ball mini game collection) I’m not sure how I feel about this. Supporters of the feature like to bring up the iPhone and its use of tilt and gyro for gaming, but the iPhone uses motion as a substitute for a D-Pad or analog stick because it lacks those components. The 3DS has both. And since the 3D screen has one specific “sweet spot,” how is tilting the system going to effect the visual effects from which the system’s name is derived? I’m totally glad the feature is built in, because it could end up being a blast to use if utilized properly, but I also worry that it will be forced by some developers.

3. You’ve Spent Tons of Cash on WiiWare and Virtual Console Games
Hold on, let me count something real quick…

I own a whopping 32 downloadable titles on my Wii, spanning both WiiWare and all systems supported by Virtual Console. Is Nintendo going to let me transfer these titles to my 3DS so I can play them on the go? I doubt it, but I sure hope so. I’m not going to get rid of the system that lets me regularly enjoy titles like Bonk’s Adventure, Gunstar Heroes and Ristar! I’d be missing out, and losing a lot of cash that I spent on these games. And that’s not even counting my collection of 60+ disc-based Wii titles.

2. Wii Still Has Great Games
One of the things that really baffles me about a lot of people out there who say there is no reason to own a Wii since the 3DS is coming out is this; just because a new system is coming out, doesn’t mean that the great games on the Wii no longer exist. Sure the 3DS is going to have plenty of excellent software, potentially including games like Kid Icarus, Resident Evil Revelations, Ocarina of Time, Star Fox 64, Mario Kart and Metal Gear, but that doesn’t undo all of the excellent titles that have hit the Wii since its debut.

Super Paper Mario, No More Heroes 2, Twilight Princess, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Galaxy 1 and 2, Zack and Wiki, Mario Kart, and The House of the Dead: Overkill are just a few examples of the excellent games that hit the Wii, and there are still plenty of titles to look forward to. Games like Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Goldeneye, Epic Mickey and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword are just a handful of titles that Wii gamers are looking forward to.

Why would the introduction of a new handheld from Nintendo offset that roster?

1. The 3DS Isn’t Out Yet

If you really insist on scrapping your Wii just because Nintendo’s next portable is around the bend, be my guest. I’ll hold on to my little white box until the next Nintendo home console is sitting on my entertainment stand.

Well there you have it! Five reasons why the argument that Wii is incompetent because the 3DS is coming out is a stupid argument. Feel free to add your own arguments to the comments section, or alternatively call me an idiot for whatever reason.

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  2. I never would have thought that people would dump out a console for a hand-held, but I guess I was wrong. I love to be able to have an extra room with Netflix available, internet access (as slow and limited as it is) and I just don’t get the same effect when playing my old time favorite Sonic the Hedgehog games on anything else but an old school television.
    I never bought any games other than Wii fit for it, which I doubt they can reproduce on a hand-held, and I just don’t see how you would bowl or do boxing, or any Wii sports on something smaller than a Wiimote. I don’t know many of the details of its capabilities, but even if I were interested in a 3DS or any DS for that matter, it would be for the same reason I would ever buy a Game Boy Color — to have something to do on a road trip, or on the airplane, or when the power goes out.

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