Wii will bring the arcades home
We all know that the things that make Arcades special to us are the light gun games, 2D and 3D fighters, racing simulators, and music games like ddr and guitar action games to name a few.
Personally when I heard of Wii, I wasn't too excited about it and thought it as another gimmick to cell the next Nintendo console. Lately I am thinking it will do what the 3d consoles did to the arcades. This is brought them closer to the homes, but much bigger fashion than ever imagined before.
If the Wii's controller is suppose to have 3d field that you are able to move the weapon and characters. Well just imagine using the joystick around to simulate all those aspects of the games that we all cherish in the arcades.
As we will see in Red Steel, it will be one of the few great games that will bring the great aspects of realism or the first forms of virtual reality into the genre of video games.
I do wonder if this will spell the end of the arcades with the experience of the arcades being brought home with the simulated equipment of the Nintendo Wii.
I see two young birds flying in the sky
Flapping their wings as they fly
Spreading their love throughout the sky
I see a young lonely bird flying in the sky
Silently crying to himself as he flies
Hoping that he’ll find his love before he dies - Zapages
Prince of Persia Legacy and Prince of Persia Gallery
For Arcade Shooters, definetly
Since the remote can be a lightgun, House of The Dead 4 and others would be ported easily.
However for arcade racers that would be another issue, the majority of them have mounts or cockpits that would not be able to be transfered to home use. You would not be able to replicate the arcade experiance to a good extent.
Fighters are more or less a non-issue since other consoles already brought arcade perfect ports generations prior and have the suitable controls.
Personally though, arcades never existed by me, there may have been a handfull of arcade machines near me, but never ever a full blown sterptypical textbook definition arcade. I've only been to one or two and they were a great great distance away.
However this is why I'm a fan of the compilation discs, they bring alot of former arcade exclusive games to home consoles.
I dunno, nowadays the lure of the arcade is peripherals too large, unwieldy, and/or expensive to be practical for home use. The freehand looks to be an extremely adaptable tool for developers to play with, but will it replicate a DDR pad, racing cabinet, ride-on motorbike/snowmobile/surfboard/whatever, musical instrument peripheral, etc.? I think not. Most ports of popular arcade games would still require an extra peripheral, and while one hopes that these sorts of games will enjoy representation on the Rev, I don't see that it will have any inherent advantage over any other platform.
It'll work as a go-between, definetely. But there are some systems too complex for the Revolution controller (Steel Batallion comes to mind).