Perhaps Nintendo should have kept the original name for the Wii. The "Revolution" is not only a cool-sounding moniker, it's also a true description of the the machine, at least according to N'Gai Croal at Newsweek's Level Up blog.
Croal takes a look at the revolutionary aspects of the Wii this week, and concludes:
- Street Fighter 2's influence was so deep and complete, the shockwaves are still being felt today in terms of game and controller design.
- In the apres-SF environment, game-makers drilled deeply into the bedrock of hardcore gamers, creating more and more complex game and control schemes, all while ignoring the fact that most people don't play games at all. And it's often not because they don't want to. It's because the controllers and games are way too complex.
- The Wii changed the entire world by making games that are fun without being complicated.
- Nintendo's influence is so great right now that even videogame reviewing is feeling the effect: Wii games are so different from "traditional" games, reviewers often don't have the tools to adequately evaluate them.
Anyway, you could do a lot worse than reading Croal's blog. It's pretty great, and it finally gives props to reviled title Carnival Games, a Wii game TheFeed's MDalonzo has been trumpeting since it was released.