Originally Posted by Leo_Ames
Dead cartridges are extremely rare. I doubt you have a dead one in the lot. The most they need is a good cleaning. And if it's a NES we're talking about, it's probably time to replace the cartridge connector or at least bend the pins back out. Sadly that component wasn't durable at all, but it's a 10 minute fix.
Out of the hundreds of cartridges I have that date back to 1977, I've had a total of three dead ones. A Atari 2600 Ms. Pac-Man cart that died, a brand new copy of Tempest 2000 for the Jaguar that was dead out of the box, and a used SuperNes cartridge of Urban Strike that was DOA.
The vast majority of the NES/SuperNes/N64 library isn't theirs to offer. They have no ownership rights or publishing rights to third party titles. I think you'll find that most 1st party titles for all three consoles are available with the remaining Nintendo owned titles slowly making their way out (Mario Tennis 64 this past week for example). There are few remaining 1st party releases not already on there (Pilotwings 64 comes to mind as one that isn't available yet).
All signs point to remaining 1st party titles being made available if there aren't any issues (Like licensing issues in Earthbound and emulation issues with Super FX titles on the SuperNes side like Star Fox and Yoshi's Island).
If you're unhappy that a specific 3rd party title isn't available on the Virtual Console, take it up with the company that controls it. It's out of Nintendo's hands.
Nintendo knows there is no shortage of DVD players in homes across the world now. Why lower your profit margin (Even if ever so slightly) just to include a ubiquitous feature that is going to be redundant and disused by most owners? That's added a lot of money to Nintendo's bottom line instead of the DVD Forum's income statement.
Even if it's just a dime, they've sold 70 million + Wii's. That's 7 million dollars right there. Development budgets for DS titles are typically from 750,000$-1,500,000$. That decision might've funded seven DS titles right there for Nintendo instead of paying to have a largely unused feature in 70 million Wii's. Or it might've helped fund a Wii project. And I wouldn't be surprised to hear that the DVD Forum fee was a good bit higher then a dime.
You make a lot of sense, but most people probably don't have a lot of their old consoles sitting around. If they do why would you want to switch them up when the wii is able to run the all the games from the old consoles. I know I got rid of my nintendo when I got a playstation. I used to regret that decision.
I understand that Nintendo doesn't have the rights to all games, but I bet most companies wouldn't mind making some money by selling games that are on consoles that are obsolete. I'm talking about nintendo missing the boat. Profits probably wouldn't be huge but old games are not being produced for old consoles. It's money for games that are already produced and just have to be ported to the wii (which is basically already done). These games are making ZERO money for developers now. They arent selling original nintendo cartridges. But they can split profits on new sales on the wii (if I was president of nintendo). A little money is better than none.
Your also right that most people have a DVD player, but its also nice to be able to shrink systems. The wii could run DVD's, so its one less piece in the mess of home theater.
You also didnt comment on the biggest problem and that is the online gaming for the wii. They don't even patch cheats that ruin online games for the wii. Yes it costs money, but when people realize Nintendo doesn't care they will move to other consoles. Online gaming is HUGE (look at MMORPG), but if you cant talk to friends (wiispeak sucks), cheating is rampant (no updates EVER), you will end up losing.
I'm not even talking about what prices are to develop games. I'm trying to think like if I was president of nintendo and what I could do to make things better.
1. Get or share profits from 3rd party developers. The games are already built, everyone can make money.
2. Online is the future. Make some patches so games don't become unplayable. Mariocart online is full of cheaters, COD world at war was ruined by cheats, and reflex is starting to get the same way.
3. Be able to talk to friends without having to use a separate computer.
I'm not asking for HD on the wii, just control what is in your power. I think Nintendo is missing the boat on a lot of things they could do, that have already been done. Do the simple things while looking to make big improvements.