Good Lord, do I hate gamers.
So today, Capcom announced that "Monster Hunter 3" would be coming out for the Wii. They were canceling the PS3 version because it's too expensive for Capcom to make.
Let's think about that for a second. Capcom is going to take a game that makes millions of sales in Japan, and is cancelling it because it's too expensive to make. Instead, they're going to put it on the Wii, which right now has outsold every other next gen home console system in Japan.
Personally, I think that's pretty cool. Good for Nintendo. They've played the game differently, they did something new, and like the DS, they're being rewarded for it.
And what do I read all over the Internets? Gamers bitching and moaning.
"It's going to look terrible! It'll just be a PSP port!"
"I don't want waggle with my game!" (Side note: not every fucking Wii game needs waggle, or has waggle. This is like the DS: at first, every damn game used the touch screen, until developers realized they didn't have to shoehorn it.)
"I don't want friend codes with my game!" (Side note: Not every Wii game needs friend codes - see also the upcoming Medal of Honor. It can use them, but Nintendo has made it clear that developers are not forced to use them.)
"This is a slap in the face by Capcom." No. It's a slap in the face to Sony for putting out a way too expensive game console system. I'll have more on this later and what I see as the upcoming schism in gaming between East and West, but Capcom is doing what it needs to survive: make money.
And right now, making money means putting its game on the system that's the Next Big Thing across both continents, not just 1. The choice was either the PS3 (low sales in the US, halfway decent in Europe, and decent in Japan), the 360 (low sales in Japan, great in the US, decent in Europe), or the Wii (great in Japan, great in Europe, great in the US).
Monster Hunter games do well in Japan, and just "ok" in the US. So, what's Capcom going to do? Sell to a system that's barely got a million sales in Japan, or the one that's going to sell out until sometime next year, and it outselling the PS3 3 to 1?
But gamers can't have that. No, they have to bitch and complain because they're not getting what they want. Well, guys and gals, deal with it. Don't like it? Well, go buy up a whole bunch of PS3's to make it worth Capcom's while.
Let me know when you're done. I have the feeling that I'll be waiting awhile....