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Epic Games: Will Never Make Wii Games

  In an interview with IGN, Mike Capps, the President of Epic Games, had some choice words to share about Nintendo's current platform, the Wii. Capps stated that the Nintendo Wii is not a console that Epic would ever consider working on, as it's technical limitations would be an enormous step backwards, essentially choosing technical progression of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 over anything else. His exact words: "...no, we go forward, not back. It makes more sense for us to invest in the next-generation tech."

   When asked why the Wii has amassed such a following, Capps called it a virus that keeps on spreading, and explains his belief in detail:

   "It's a virus where you buy it and you play it with your friends and they're like, "Oh my God that's so cool, I'm gonna go buy it." So you stop playing it after two months, but they buy it and they stop playing it after two months but they've showed it to someone else who then go out and buy it and so on. Everyone I know bought one and nobody turns it on. Obviously there's a class of people who really love it and enjoy it and are getting into the games but I'm still waiting for that one game that makes me play it."

   While I, personally, have found a number of games worth getting a Wii for (Zelda, Super Mario Galaxy, Smash Bros. Brawl), I do agree that the Wii is a console that often remains unplayed, as its AAA releases are far in between. Still, Capps' description seems to be in-line with what we've noticed, as well. Regardless, the Wii looks like a console that is here to stay.

4/21/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (24 posts)

tramp
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 11:08:05 AM
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agree

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LegioN
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 11:13:30 AM
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Agreed.

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 11:22:39 AM
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"It's a virus". Ouch, strong words. And i couldn't agree more.

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duffman2340
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 11:29:33 AM
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I couldn't agree more. I'm glad someone finally put it out there.

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Syn
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 11:50:27 AM
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Now personally I have a few issues with this system. I just don't understand why this falls into the "NexGen" group. Nothing this system brings is truly revolutionary, it just adds a bit more interactivity.

I'm not trying to rant, I just don't really think that a system where I flail my arms around in the air is what I'd consider fun...unless I'm under the influence.

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WaR_HaWk
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 2:18:10 PM

even the psp has more power that wii

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babyjay
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 12:22:52 PM
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agree it sucks. thank goodness I don't have one..

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Fabi
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 1:41:47 PM
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Agreed. I'm gonna go out and buy like 7 Epic games right now. I like his "disease" theory - I never thought of it like that - but it makes so much sense. I remember I almost got infected, but then I got injected with a powerful dose of true next-gen, compliments of Dr. PS3.

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StrategicGnomer
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 2:10:10 PM
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Well, to be honest, the PS3 is a much better system in terms of single player and online games but as for a group of people, can't beat SSB for mindless fun, although if i really wanted a Smash Brothers game i could just go get an N64 for some original fun haha. But seriously, the Wii has it's benefits and it is really cheap. Basically you're paying for 3 games right now for what, 350? pretty good deal if you ask me. As for longevity though, PS3 all the way. To me, the biggest waste is the 360, for one thing, the PS3 has more power and the Wii is more casual gamer, like for kids and such but the 360 is like a shitty, easily broken, slower PS3. It's like, the Wii is an SUV and the PS3 is a lotus exige while the 360 is a Miata, the poor man's sports car.

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dillonthebunny
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 4:43:16 PM
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the Wii is a good console, you know you dont have to have pure grunt to make a console great.. look at the PS2 Vs Xbox!!

the Wii is a cool console, Nintendo have totally amazed me with their marketing this time around, its second to none.

I enjoy my wii(now now)..but I totally agree with the fad theory, I know ive been saying it ever since the Wii came out.

Its like I'll go to partys where the Wii is in full swing, and I can guarantee you that by the end of the night at least three people will swear to buy a Wii.. and at least two of them do.

is this a next gen console? yes, but imo not because it deserves to be. its only a next gen console because the media wishes to portray it as one, and include it slap bang in the middle of this Next Gen Console war.

The Wii shouldnt be in any console war! let alone up against the 360 and PS3.

why the hell is anyone concerned about the Wii out selling the 360 or PS3?? its not even in the same league, its like comparing PSP figures to 360 ones or saying how the DS out sold the PS3.. its pointless.

the Wii is what it is, its mid Gen, hell its no Gen.. its just 'The Wii' and the sooner people can just get over it the better.

a lot of gamers will own a Wii and a next gen console, whether that be a PS3 o 360, who knows.

as I say, I think the Wii is a great machine, everytime I turn it on im glad we have one, I know my GF plays it way more than I. but if I lost it tomorrow, personally I wouldnt miss it half as much as I'd miss my PS3!!! and if I did lose my PS3, I know my GF wouldnt miss it at all! lol..

just wait til GTA4 comes out.. I feel so sorry for her! the wii wil be collecting dust big time!

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Fabi
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 5:47:58 PM
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@dillonthebunny

I like your perspective on the situation. But the PS2 Vs XBox theory doesn't apply to this generation. The XBox was more powerful than the PS2 - heck so was the GameCube - but the PS2 flexed it's muscles the most. How awesome did God of War 2 look? How about Rogue Galaxy - with no loading screens. And don't even get me started with Shadows of the Collosus. Or how about Final Fantasy 10 and 12? The differences in graphics and computing power was minimal compared to this generation. I know that graphics don't make games, but when games are great, and have awesome graphics to go along, in my case - it makes them that much better. You can lose yourself in Uncharted - thanks to the gameplay and graphics - that's just something I wouldn't be able to do on any Wii game.

Brawl is awesome - but I hate most of the new levels. They tried way too hard to complicate them, too many obstacles get in the way of the actual 'Brawl'. Thank God for the simple, but fun level creator.

On a side note: I hate Snake's Final Smash move. It's way too cheezy.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 5:57:34 PM
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As far as the next-gen argument goes, my theory is very simple. If Nintendo were to release a proper high-spec console and priced it similarly to the X360 and PS3, it'd have came dead last. The Wii isn't a next-generation system. Being next-generation implies simultaneous evolution - that means all competing home hardware is of similar hardware spec.

Generations spawn something completely different, sort of like families and kids. Every 20 years, or so, a new generation of kids enters a family, with new DNA. Every 5 years, a new generation of consoles creates a new generation...again, with new DNA.

The Wii's DNA is essentially the GameCube's. It's sort of like your father losing a lot of weight, looking slimmer, perhaps just a bit more buffed, but still being the same person, more or less. That's how I think of the Wii - a more handsome, leaner, slightly more powerful version of the Wii.

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 7:25:27 AM

Although the bit about DNA is slightly incorrect (the new generation doesn't have "new" DNA as such, but a combination of certain genes from the parents. Meaning that a child is a combination of the parents and not something different and new.), I certainly agree with the sentiments.
The Wii doesn't even have DVD playback. 2 generation 6 consoles had DVD playback and now blu-ray and hd-dvd (RIP) are included on 2 7th generation consoles as well as DVD. So DVD playback should be a basic requirement for a 7th gen console. Yet Ninty short changes the consumer. Considering the 7th gen features the Wii gives up, it doesn't exactly strike me as good value for money.

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Mystearica
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 11:28:46 PM
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Wow- a virus! GREAT analogy!!!

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orangpelupa
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 10:57:42 AM
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epic creat what game? i cant remenber a game created by epic i played...

btw Wii is for fun IMO

and for now, i still prefer x360 and Wii than PS3, its the game. PS3 will just collecting dust..

but that will change when MGS4 released :D

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i dont have wii, x360, ps3.
im a pc gamer XD

best graphic always on PC LOL

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 11:02:37 AM
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ThePoetRazel: Every new generation has new DNA - families don't interbreed. ;) There's always going to be a new in-law entering the family every generation, thus new and different DNA.

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 12:33:47 PM

It's not new DNA. Just new to that family. Thus there is not new DNA to a generation, only to each family. New DNA would be a mutation, not reproduction.
Like i said, just a small thing. Just wording really.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 12:42:36 PM
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Good point, it's just semantics. Let's leave it at new 'genetics', as opposed to DNA? The Wii's genetics haven't changed much over the GameCube's. ;)

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Multiplatformer
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 4:29:28 PM
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Capps is a idot. He just doesn't get it. My kids love the Wii. They play it to death. I've got a PS, PS2, PSP, PS3, Xbox and Xbox360 and they play the games on the Wii more than any other console. The games are fun. No it's not as technically advanced as the other 3rd gen consoles but game play should be more about playability than about the WOW factor. IMO a game which keeps you coming back time after time to play regardless of how many times you've completed it wins hands down to a flashy graphics intensive game which only gets played the once to completion ie Lost Planet (X360)

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Mojo
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 4:09:29 PM

Really? And your kids of of what age? I would have to agree with the majority of people here that the Wii is nothing but a cleaner Gamecube. VERY kid friendly which is needed in this day and age, but undoubtly NOT a next-gen consol. I take a lot of beef after I say this because for some reason I'm expected to like the game, but Super Smash Bros. Brawl is as appealing to me as having my head repededly run over by a H1 Hummer. Personally I don't think it is fair to say that the Wii keeps people coming back to play the games over and over. If that was a true bench mark of a great console, and ultimatly game, then we would have nothing but fighting and trivia games. To me not fun. To me a story is fun. A beginning and an end. I play games over to relive the story, the same reason someone watches a movie again or reads a book more than once (groans in aggony).

All-in-all, Wii = children's toy, PS3/360/PC = a real gaming experience

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Klint
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 9:21:18 PM
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Even my crappy PC has more power than a Wii...
It looks as though Nintendo was counting on fan base and consumer loyalty for this one, especially in Asia.

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PaiNT_kinG
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 12:52:27 AM
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wii is a waste of money like the "lamecube",i'll stick with my ps3,thank you very much!

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NetheRealm
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 3:28:15 AM
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Kids will also play for hours with a rubber ball out of a gumball machine

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Jdogtoocool
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 9:33:36 PM
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Wow this dude is so wrong...he should come to my house and watch my Wii never get turned off...he would be surprised as to how such a limited piece of technology doesn't get burned out, but let me tell you all: Super Smash Bros Brawl is fun as heck and it's too addicting for any one person...

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