Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28
Notice how the Wii has reached the end of it's life? Heck, it did awhile ago actually. The only people still buying Wiis are the ones who just never got a chance to before. The "omg" factor of the Wii died out fast. The only reason the Wii sold remotely good as it did was because Nintendo has good marketing and plenty of tricks. They managed to bottleneck supply in relation to the massive demand of it, making it the "hot" item to buy. People would buy Wiis by the 3s in stores because they were so in demand and talked about.
Why did people buy the Wii like crazy?
1)Instead of good graphics, the Wii had motion controls. At the time, that was amazing and new to the consumers and it was hot! You had to have it.
2)Nintendo kept production down. The Wii had stupidly cheap and common hardware in it. There was no reason for Nintendo not to be able to keep up in production. Microsoft and Sony, even with their pretty "advanced" consoles (more so Sony because of Bluray being new), was able to keep up with production fairly well. But not Nintendo? You would think the exact opposite. The item that "can't" be found anywhere else sells 20x better than the item that can be bought just about anywhere. Nintendo pulled this stunt twice: Wii Fit. You couldn't get one of those things anywhere without seeing a mob. The second Best Buy put down a stack of them, it was a free-for-all. I was there to witness it once first hand, and that was almost 3 weeks after the damn thing had come out. 3 weeks. The stack of like 40 was obliterated almost 4 minutes after it hit the floor. "Sold out".
3)Nintendo was able to appeal to a broad spectrum of consumers. Young, older, oldest. Their technology, as completely dated and arguable lame, was fascinating to the untaught masses. Then their games, as stupid as alot of them were, was tooled to just about every demographic out there. On the Wii, you can find a game for anyone of any age. Generic games is the Wii's middle and last name.
At this point, graphics doesn't matter to the masses and sales has is completely unaffected by it. Graphics do indeed matter to an extent to consumers, but the Wii had "so much more" going for it - no one cared. And the younglings or the old people don't compare between SD and HD to begin with. Add in tech stupid people, and it's all irrelevant to sales. Heck, I'm willing to bet there are ALOT of PS3s and Xbox 360s owned by families that are connected with analog Yellow/White/Red wires especially considering that's all they come with.
This "document" (lol) leads me to my point about no one saying that graphics will make this flop like originally inquired. Assuming Nintendo has some kind of new "WOW" and "OMG" factor to feed off the masses with like the motion tracking Wii and the glasses free 3DS..... then graphics is irrelevant to sales. But, graphics is still a major factor to most people at the same time. Consumers bought the Wiis by the truck loads, but end up with truck loads of Wiis covered by dust because they never get used because in the end - the "WOW" factor dies out quick thanks to lack of content, graphics, and so on. The lasting appeal of a product is what makes the difference.
Quite a rant there. I agree with points 1 and 3 about why the Wii was successful. Point 2 is speculative conspiracy theory talk.
Pretty much what you are saying is that if the console doesn't have a "WOW" factor or lots of interesting content than it will fail compared to the next gen consoles which will ultimately have superior graphics because of the continuous trend in technology. That's a pretty obvious statement which wasn't really revealed in it's entirety until now. Before it sounded more like graphics was the only factor for it's possible failure. I can see now you were making the assumption that, based on past performance, Nintendo won't be able to provide another "WOW" factor or interesting content. That Nintendo won't try to better themselves and just let themselves be left behind. I don't think the gaming giant will allow that to happen, but then again I've seen other giants fall.
You said it yourself in other threads that the graphics of consoles like the 360 are pretty much "good enough" to the point where the leap in cost to the PC isn't worth it for most consumers. I think that as the jumps in graphical quality continue to diminish, the only differentiating advantages each console will have is that "WOW" factor or the content.
Not at anyone really:
I guess a lot of fans of Nintendo are pissed because they went mainstream. Whenever something goes mainstream the content gets "dumbed down" and the quality drops as well. This is pretty much expected of anything popular, mainstream is where the money is. People blame companies for having corporate greed when in reality it's the same greed you or I have.
Companies have profit margins. There is no law stating how large your profit margin can be, only competition can drive that factor down. If you make your profit margin large and the product is still selling like hotcakes than who is to argue. If you say it's an ethical dilemma then no company should be making profit in the first place.