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What if the N64 was disk based?; Alternative reality!
Topic Started: Dec 12 2016, 04:54 PM (642 Views)
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Well.. Truth be told, if the N64 was disk based both the CDi and Playstation wouldn't have existed, Square Enix would've made the classic Fin Fantasy 7 thru (...) 12 (?) for Nintendo and what not...

But I also see a downside. By Nintendo being a relatively small gaming company saleswise, the have to thinm of new selling points for there consoles. If the N64 was diskbased, Nintendo probably would've been much bigger, so there is less need for inovation, so no Wii, WiiU and Switch.
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Sep 13 2017, 03:17 PM
I'm pretty sure the CDi and (SNES + Sony) Playstation is a chapter before that, before Nintendo even started development on the 64.

I don't think the N64 being disk-based or not has any relation to the "innovation" of the Wii and all following products.

The GC was pretty much on par with the other systems of it's generation, that being the PS2, Xbox and DC.
It's the fact that Nintendo didn't choose to go technologically forward with it's new console (Wii) and instead chose for a new way of playing games, reaching a totally new (and totally different) type of audience. The Wii's success is not thanks to it's technology and top notch games, but because grandma and friends bought one too. The WiiU was pretty much a flop. It's now Switch's turn...

By always being technologically a generation behind (since the Wii), they're making the same mistake as not using disks for the N64. All Xbox and PS consoles share similar architecture, with (apart from some exclusive titles) games released on both systems. But not on Nintendo's consoles, since it's inferior in a technological aspect (or they get released a generation too late, e.g. Skyrim, Batman).

Don't misunderstand me, I love Nintendo and their innovation. I'm just saying that it's possible to be innovative AND technically on par with it's generation (something that could have saved the WiiU). A missed chance.

My apologies for the off-topic banter. :whistle:
Very true. Sorry for my misunderstanding. It was late at night here :P

But still I feel like going properly disk based (and not so much GC mini disk) might have gotten the system more third party support in genres other than racing. When a developer releases stuff for console X, they seem to be kind of loyal as long as hardware allows them to. See Square with Nintendo (pre-64), Rare with N64. This support could, maybe, in the longer run have provided the Wii and WiiU with some more quality support. Not to bash Nintendo at all, but besides the first party games, it does not have a whole lot going for it imho.

Also, making the switch to disk based earlier on could have changed Nintendo its mindset on being on par with tech, as you mention. Getting its focus more on the teh part instead of just their own games that need to run on the system. It's really far fetched in some way, but maybe it could've made them more in competition with the rest, instead of... Too little, too late (by lack of a better word).
Downside again, Nintendo being mainstream may as well kill them, when all games release on the system and the "special" first party games suddenly are not that special anymore.
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