Nintendo Wii: the world's greatest console?
If the Nintendo Wii continues selling at its current lightning rate, it could achieve the exclusive title of the most successful games console ever, according to an industry forecaster.
Games analyst Andrew Milgate, from market watcher GfK, made the claim to an Aussie publication following news that 200,000 units of the console have already been sold Down Under in the past 50 weeks. By comparison, both the Nintendo DS and Sony's PS2 took 55 weeks to achieve identical sales figures.
The Wii’s currently undergoing a supply crisis in the UK, as gamers fight to get their hands on one in time for Christmas. HMV’s head of games at its Oxford Street, London branch recently alleged that a delivery of the consoles sold out in a little over 30 minutes – although he didn’t say how many were delivered.
Nintendo’s already managed to double its profits during the six months to the end of September, much of which was attributed to the Wii’s global sales success.
The company claims it produces 1.8m Wiis each month. It now aims to have shipped 17.5m globally between April this year and March 2008, marking an increase of 3.5m consoles from its earlier forecast in April.
You thought the console wars were over...
...when Sega stopped produced consoles, but no. It seems there will always be a subset of the gaming community that judges consoles on their technical capabilities alone. And of course, after assessing the situation in the numbers game (which always seems to ignore the current state-of-the-art in PC land) they become extremely vocal in public forums, doing their best to slate anything that isn't their current console-de-chose and force-feed everyone else their opinion. After all, the numbers prove they are right! Right?
1080 versus 480. Obvious which is superior, right? Okay, so the Wii is a little behind in the eye-candy department, but then again so is practically every game on the Virtual Console it hosts and they're selling like hot cakes too. Guess what? Your opinion is just that. Your opinion. Which you probably formed after looking at a 42" display screen in your local video game outlet running some PS3 demo, then sneering at the lil 26" Wii demo station in the corner. Or perhaps you played Wii Sports or Zelda. Once. For a few minutes. Both launch titles, I might add, one of which was developed for a last-gen console.
While you masturbate over your eye-candy and HD support and whizzy-flashy design and billion-dollar budget, the rest of the world (who seem to be the majority) just want something they can have a bit of fun on without breaking the bank, in terms of both time and money.
Who cares about Ps3 and 360's
The article is about how well it is doing. Next gen doesn't just mean where consoles try to get the same resolutions Pc monuitors give anyway, it means the next generation of consoles. Something which can be measured in a number of ways. Sales, features, build numbers, sizes.
Ps3 and Xbox have the HD... woohoo, the ability to play games on a screen that Pc's have enjoyed for years, 1080. It doesn't mean anything if the games aren't there. So many of the games are clones of previous games. Haloo, that driving thing Ps3 has. The Wii isn't in that race, it is another race, for the family, group of mates and those quirky games you can't otherwise find a niche for (that warez thingy). That is why it is selling well, A different target audience.
Graphically it isn't an 8800 Nvidia like the PS3 and 360, but then again in a year it will still be as it is, family fun. PS3 won't be so hot as more clone games come out or when the Nvidia 9900 comes out and Pc's once again leap frog ahead.
It's a niche that previous games manufacturers didn't go for, a niche that turns out to be huge, girls, groups, kids and short time span games based on particitpation and moving round. PS3 and 360 got caught on the hop and have nothing to compete with it.
Good on 'em. I am saving up for mine (whenever stocks are in) at crimbo.
Real life FPS
Superb hi-res immersive graphics, full body sensory input, motion sensing control system. Its amazing you can really feel the sun on your back (or the rain running down it) and you'd swear you were competing against real people.
Its only let down by the fact that your victims just go 'ouch' and swear at you and don't disintegrate into a bloody mush.