I know that even though the wii specs don't compare with the 360 or ps3, they are still well above last gen specs. I think I remember reading once that it's about twice as powerful as the gamecube was. So what drives me nuts is that whenever I play a gamecube game on the wii (and most of them are used ones I've picked up recently so I'm playing them for the first time) I'm struck by how much better the graphics look compared to the wii games I play on it.
Are developers just not trying anymore? Do they just assume that since I bought a wii I don't want fancy graphics? There are some exceptions, but most of the wii games I play look less detailed than the gamecube games.
I don't just mean less realistic and more stylistic, I mean it looks like they really didn't put as much effort into making it look nice.
Has anybody else noticed this?
Mario Kart - its in the art style of the one above, afterall, not to mention it does a great job of retrofitting GBA, SNES and N64 graphics - nice touch!
Wii Fit (that island is sharp!)
Wii Play (dont laugh! There is some awesome art style going on, I like the look of Tanks, Pong, and Cow Racing (hate the game) best)
Wii Sports - love the Golf Course
Also the Zelda Windwaker stage on Brawl was just gorgeous, I much prefer that to the TP style, but that is just me.
One last point - but I still love how GC games look! Lol, I am fine with Battalion Wars, Pikmin 2, Mario Kart DD, so maybe I am not the one to ask, I think they all STILL look FANTASTIC!
I even think Mario 64 on ED on the Wii looks great. And now that I mention it MM9 (wiiware) and Mario 3 (vc) are awesome as well.
I guess I know what you mean, the Gamecube pumped out Resident Evil 4, why can't Wii games keep up?
whatever design an artist can come up with now be brought to life in a game console with little strain on the hardware
and for some games, a simple art design is the way to go, and it should not be seen as a negative so long as the game is fun to play
I have noticed the problem with the Wii graphics as well, and i think it simply shows that people are no longer as concerned about graphics as they had been back in the PS2 and GameCube days. I am not saying that those who buy the Wii are not concerned about graphics, but emphasis on gameplay, innovation and simplicity seems to be the main concerns now.
Admittedly, it's not all that impressive, but still looks better than the Gamecube installment...