The Nintendo Wii is a Virus
At least, that’s what Epic Games’ president, Mike Caps thinks. During an interview with IGN Mike tells everyone how he really feels about the Wii and whether or not Epic Games will bring anything to the console.
Capps: Part of it’s being cheap. I think it’s a, I mean, so two things: first of all, great credit to them. The first time I played a videogame with my parents – aging myself a bit – was on Atari 2600. The next time I played a videogame with my parents, 25 years later or whatever, was Wii Tennis. So it’s about bringing people together, families, Thanksgiving, all that. I think it’s kind of like a weird virus because I have not yet found a reason to play with my Wii since then.
I can agree with the Wii bringing families together. A virus? no. So, will Epic bring a game to the Wii?
IGN: Is there any chance that Epic will ever, is there going to be a point where there are too many Wiis on the market for you guys to not make a game for it?
Capps: No, we go forward, not back. It makes more sense for us to invest in the next-generation tech. There have been shops that have done it. Red Steel was a launch title and that was on Unreal Engine. So it’s been done. How you take an engine that’s all based on shaders and materials and run it on hardware that doesn’t support shaders is just impossible. It’s about as easy as PSP for us. Maybe it would make sense, but it makes more sense to invest going forward.
I severely disagree with Capps and believe that he is making a huge mistake by not producing software for the console. There are millions of possibilities for games for the Nintendo Wii utilizing the Wiimote. The mouse and keyboard may have their days numbered already.