It's not the least innovative. It maybe the most unorthodox, which has the potential for innovation, but is not a measure of innovation itself.
Innovation is defined as:
1. something new or different introduced: numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
2. the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.
Ok, I have a confession.. I kind of drifted away from innovation there for a second. I meant to clarify that it wasn't quite what I was talking about anymore... but I, like anyone else, make mistakes.
Anyway, my point is that, if you want to get really technicaly about it, then none of the video game systems are inherently innovative; just one of them looks more like it is.
I agree with you. They're not really too much. The Wii, however, does the least to improve video games as a whole. All of its advantages are subjective, instead of being things that everyone (or almost everyone) can appreciate as being good, even if they're not too concerned about it. You can't hate the PS3 for having better graphics.
The important thing about the Wii is not that it's mere existence is going to change games forever, but the fact that unlike the other systems, it has the potential to.
Other game systems do have the ability to change games forever. Maybe not as much as the Wii, but they do have it.
And anyway, like I've said before, any change that the Wii makes won't be a complete improvement. It will simply be the industry catering to a different group of people. This is not a good thing. While the new people that the Wii is bringing in generally weren't big on games. They had other things to do, and other things to make them happy. I, however, derive almost all my happiness from games. If the industry changes, I will have nothing.
I'm going to refer back to the Nintendo DS. For the first couple years, 3 out of 4 games that utilized the touch screen used it as a stupid gimmick, and in fact there are many excellent games for the system that don't utilize any of its unique features. The important part, though, is that the option exists, and in the hands of a telented programmer it can produce gameplay experiences that aren't simply unique (because as we all know, any system can create a game that is simply unique), but that is impossible to experience on another system.
This, about the DS, is true. The DS is the only system out currently that is truly innovative. I don't particularly like it's innovation, but it is new and different. No other system can produce what it does.
However, it would not be difficult at all (perhaps not wise either, but not difficult) to simply add a program to the PS3 allowing it to play Wii games. Then it would just be a matter of putting a different plug on the sensor bar.
Case in Point: Rayman: Raving Rabbids. A uniqure, frenetic party game for the Wii, whose distinct flavor and atmosphere practically fizzes away on consoles other than the Wii. Granted the mini-game schtick has been played to death already, but there are very few games on other systems that cannot be replicated on the Wii (granted, the graphics will tend to be worse, but that's a completely different argument).
While there aren't very many games that can't be put on the Wii (at reduced quality) right now, other systems are capable of making games that the Wii can't even hope to run.(Especially the PS3, which is capable of making games the 360 can't handle either)
Personally, though, I feel a little embarassed talking up the Wii so much. But I feel like there has to be some contrast to your blind hatred for the device, so I'm allowing myself a bit of blind optimism.
Yes, I hate the Wii. But do I blindly
hate the Wii? No. I hate the Wii from experience. Almost every game I've played on it was horrible (Twilight Princess was an exception, but like I've said before I would probably have preferred the Gamecube version), and I have no reason to expect that to change in the near future. Also, in order to blindly hate the Wii, I would have to think that it can't be good at all. It would have to be impossible for me to change my mind. However, if someone were to hand me a game for the Wii and say "Here, play this, it's awesome" and it is in fact awesome, I would say "Hey, maybe I'm wrong about this".
I don't want people to get the impression that I think the other systems are bad or inferior, simply that they do not allow certain possibilities that the Wii encourages.
The Wii can do some things the other systems can't. However, it's not anything that a minor hardware/software change couldn't allow the other systems to do. The Wii would have to be rebuilt entirely to have the same capabilities of the other systems.