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Matt Barton
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Just trying out the wii internet channel.

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Naturally the only time an

Naturally the only time an old TV can look as good or better than an HDTV is if it's running a standard def signal. HDTV's tend to magnify the flaws in SD signals, and then there's aspect ratio issues (4:3 versus 16:9) where some people prefer to stretch the picture to fill the screen rather than letterbox it. Elitist or not, I'm glad that even PC's are starting to universally conform to the 16:9 standard (rather than 16:10), and more and more with 1080p support, so this way we can have all displays on the same format and stop with this aspect ratio nonsense at minimum and low resolution nonsense at maximum. The quicker stuff like that happens, the quicker we'll all be able to enjoy universal HD, which there is no way to argue is superior over anything an old SD set can produce.

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After spending a lot of time

After spending a lot of time with the DS and the Wii, I think I can understand Nintendo's strategy here. They are relying very heavily on their own games to sell their systems, really investing heavily in games designed exclusively for their systems. That strategy seems to have worked for them; in each case, the Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc. games are all technically "perfect" and definitive games for the various platforms. You can always rest assured that no matter what, you will have at least three excellent games to play on each platform--and most likely a handful of other "classics" waiting in the wings. If Nintendo decides that discs or HD aren't really necessary for the next Mario game Shigeru wants to produce, they don't put it in. It's not like they're worried about attracting third party developers like Sony, Microsoft, or Apple for that matter. Sega had a similar strategy, but their games just didn't seem to have the same quality and appeal.

Ultimately, I think Nintendo's strategy is pretty smart. They know that gameplay will trump graphics every time. I mean, look at the Lyn x vs. Gameboy, for instance. The only real threat I saw in that regard was the PS1. Nintendo wasn't ready for that huge increase in storage space, and the N64 suffered as a result (and I think that's also why the Gamecube didn't do as well as it should have). Nintendo would have been in the lead right now if they had managed to produce something like the Gamecube instead of the N64. Still, perhaps they didn't realize that loading times wouldn't be such a huge issue.

At any rate, the tech isn't a problem as long as the gulf doesn't get too wide. Excluding hardcore gamers and the like, the typical gamer doesn't care about resolutions and all that as long as a game looks like it should on his or her TV (hell, even if they DO have a HD set, it's probably not set up right, using composite cables or something). Most of the displays I've seen of HDTVs actually share a common co-axial cable, and of course the images are a lot fuzzier than they should be. I think that's why I've heard some oldsters claim that their current TVs look better or just as good as the HDTVs.

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That's a shame - 480p is only 2x the pixels you get on an iPhone screen. I bet the Wii hardware could handle 1080p for web browsing if Nintendo would allow it.

Or at least 720p or 1080i. I can understand not wanting to enable or allow HD resolutions in game software due to possible performance issues, but even the original Xbox was able to handle 720p consistently and occasionally 1080i, and just allowing it for the Wii Opera Web browser would certainly make things rather more comfortable. Still, that would probably open up a whole can of worms for Nintendo. Their photo app would no doubt benefit from HD resolutions as well, for instance.

"Luckily", I'm sure Nintendo will finally deem us ready for HD with whatever the Wii 2 is, though I'd like to see what they omit from that console. Nintendo seems to ALWAYS omit something that the competition has since the Nintendo 64 days, sometimes seemingly just to be contrarian.

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It is high time for a Wii HD!

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That's a shame - 480p is

That's a shame - 480p is only 2x the pixels you get on an iPhone screen. I bet the Wii hardware could handle 1080p for web browsing if Nintendo would allow it.

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Matt Barton wrote:

It's a pretty interesting interface and surprisingly intuitive. But, yeah, pretty much unusable without HD (or component?). I don't plan to use it, but still fun to see things like YouTube and AA on a regular ol' TV set. Apparently, you can hook up a regular USB keyboard and use that as well. Might be useful in a pinch.

Yeah, both the PS3 and Wii allow use of a keyboard. In fact, I have a wireless bluetooth keyboard for my PS3 that I use. Otherwise I have a foldable USB keyboard that I use for the consoles, including the Xbox 360 (which does not have a browser). Unfortunately, even with component cables, the Wii does not support hi-def. It only does 480p, which is still not a great Web browsing resolution, particularly in comparison to the PS3's 1080p.

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It's a pretty interesting

It's a pretty interesting interface and surprisingly intuitive. But, yeah, pretty much unusable without HD (or component?). I don't plan to use it, but still fun to see things like YouTube and AA on a regular ol' TV set. Apparently, you can hook up a regular USB keyboard and use that as well. Might be useful in a pinch.

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Yeah, they finally made it

Yeah, they finally made it free. Just like the PS3's Internet, which at least benefits from hi-def resolutions, I don't plan on using it much.

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