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how did this happen? I thought the Wii was the best selling console...not that I've researched it in depth as I will never own one.
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post #42 of 71
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post
how did this happen? I thought the Wii was the best selling console...not that I've researched it in depth as I will never own one.
Because it was something new and gimmicky that promised amazing things. Motion-sensing on a whole new level compared to it's predecessor (eye-toy lol). Adverts showed people playing sports and staying "fit" on it (who the hell would buy a console for fitness purposes?) and parents thought it would be amazing to get little Johnny off his playstation/xbox-riddled buttocks and jump around a bit. Non-gamers/casuals looked at it as a great way to get introduced into gaming, e.g. mum/dad/grandparents because they feared the typical controllers that came with consoles and the whole couch-potato-basement-dwelling-gamer thing scared them.
So Wii sales skyrocketed, way past anything Sony/Microsoft could touch. And seeing the skyrocketing sales meant even more people were reeled into buying one (chain effect).


We bought a Wii for my younger brother (he's 14) and had a blast for the first few weeks, got top-rated games. Even after we got used to the horrible controller (sensitivity is all over the place), it got boring extremely quickly.

I then bought a PS2 for for $20 at a throwaway sale and neither of us have touched the Wii since. Only recently I managed to get rid of the damn thing, sold it to some girl for almost the same price as new!
Frankly me and my brother are finding the PS2 (a console from the year 2000) drastically more entertaining than the Wii. Maybe it's the games, who knows. But that's the first and the last time I'm bothering with a Nintendo product. The only reason I bother with consoles is purely for gameplay, never graphics (that's what my PC is for) and the Wii utterly fails when it comes to lasting appeal (in my opinion).
I can count the number of GOOD Wii games on one hand, but even those don't keep you entertained for long mind you.
Edited by Tippy - 7/21/11 at 10:22am
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I personally think Nintendo is a joke at this point.

They release incredibly outdated consoles and charge a price premium.

3DS for example, barely an upgrade from a DS in terms of power and they are charging a good deal of money for it.

Nintendo also has been creating the same game, over and over again since the 90's. I haven't been able to enjoy any of their games since N64.
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I honestly think that most people who own a Wii never play it past the initial two weeks or so after they purchase it. I have one; it just sits there 99% of the time, only getting played at a couple family gatherings every year. My friends and other family members that have one use theirs either.
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The biggest mistake Nintendo made was letting Rare go. They produced some of the most leading Nintendo titles of recent gen consoles.

I had a feeling this would happen. The Wii's library is terrible and i don't expect the Wii U (what a ridiculous name) to be any better. Only another gimmicky console.

Ah well. At least i have the memories of the good old days.
post #46 of 71
Who wants a bet that Super Mario Universe/Racing/Galaxy/Planet/Legend/Insert-name-here will be the #1 selling game on Wii U?
Nintendo: Oh no, the games aren't selling! HURRY UP WITH THE OBLIGATORY SUPER MARIO INSTALLMENT, PEOPLE BUY IT.
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I still believe that Final Fantasy 7 was the turning point for Nintendo slow decline....I said it when it first came out, and I still think its true today.
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Who wants a bet that Super Mario Universe/Racing/Galaxy/Planet/Legend/Insert-name-here will be the #1 selling game on Wii U?
Nintendo: Oh no, the games aren't selling! HURRY UP WITH THE OBLIGATORY SUPER MARIO INSTALLMENT, PEOPLE BUY IT.
Which would be a fine criticism if only the Super Mario Galaxy games weren't two of the best games I've ever played on any console.
    
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Which would be a fine criticism if only the Super Mario Galaxy games weren't two of the best games I've ever played on any console.
That's just your opinion because super mario games don't sell as great as retarded COD warfunk micheal bay xplosion#11.

platform games are somewhat a dying breed but they are kept alive on arcade versions you download through digital distribution (xb-live and steam for example).

These days, mario style/platform console games are niche compared to first person raging-hormone shooters and they just don't make the same kind of money.
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part of me has said we've all outgrown nintendo (i'm only 16 and i'm kinda out of love with it) but i can go back and play some NES, SNES, N64 and even as recent as gamecube games and they're still great. Sure, the wii has it's few hits (mario, zelda, metroid, smash bros, same old same old) but other than that the games are mostly junk, the wii remote is super low tech and you can pull off better visuals on a PHONE game these days,which is what the kids are into.

i see less and less little kids play DS games and more and more borrowing their mom's iphone or their grandpa's ipad to play angry birds and such. kids would rather play doofy little $.99 phone games than play doofy 50 dollar wii games. it makes me sad that the kids of this generation dont get to really experience great games that are good for kids and adults alike. it seems like most games today can only target a specific audience and not gamers as a whole. nintendo has said that their goal was to appeal to both hardcore and casual, but right now they're not really appealing to anyone.
"everything was better when i was 12."

its a good thing your 16. when i got around 17, i stopped enjoying most video games.
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