Sony Computer Entertainment of America spokesperson Dave Karraker says Wii should not be directly compared to PS3. Interviewed by The New York Times today he said, "Wii could be considered an impulse buy more than anything else."
“Wii could be considered an impulse buy more than anything else.”
I wonder how that quote would sound contrasted to the ps3 platform??
“PS3 could be considered an impulsive buy more than anything else.”
i totally agree the wii is a impulse buy! its fun for a bit, but gets dull real quick, i saw lots of parents getting them for their kids, and i bet even the kids are bored with their wii now! get a real console! get a 360!
i do consider it as an impulse or a "fad", after some time sales will drop
I take one for free if given to me. But other than that it doesn't get my attention at all.
You have a subpar system that is bargain priced for quick sales and your entire uniqueness is bet on your wireless controller. This is a dangerous formula to try and follow for the long run given that the life of a console generation is 4-5 years. There really is nothing unique about the Wii that the PS3 can't do already, or won't in the future.
Nintendo really was inovative with its controller interface, but that interface is EASILY copied by its comptetitors. Expect to see interactive controlls like this from both MS and Sony in the near future. The other problem Nintendo has is the Sony Eyetoy2. It will allow for full body interaction into games minus any controller at all. Once this is in place you now have the most immeserive, interactive input of any game system, plus cutting edge graphics.
Whats really left is a little outdated Wii system with the only thing that makes it distinctive as its price tag and multiple colors, which btw the PS3 is coming out in this year as well.
In the short term it was a brilliant move, but its not sustainable. Nintendo will have to come out with a Wii2 in two years just to keep up. Now this may be its plan all along, it would certainly alter the console market yet agian, but I somehow doubt they will do this.
You retards obviously haven't played a Wii yet, its just plain addicting. A little bit jealous of the Wii's sales are we? Just another lame comment from Sony looking out from behind the dumpster they'll soon be calling home.
My buddy has a Wii and when he got it we played Wii Sports all weekend. But now its boring and we're waiting for more ps3 games.
Maybe if you did something else besides playing video games you wouldn't be bored of them so fast.
That's funny cause Nintendo is kickn' your 600$ Pos right out of the way cause you are taking up precious display space for the Wii's that aren't there.
They are right about the impulse buy though cause compared to 600 you can purchase a Wii next to the Snickers and Reese's. Damn you clever marketing!! I now have 5 Wii's cause every time I check out they are so cheap I can't help but buy one.
Sony game division you suck. Your console Sucks. Quit whining about your competition that you said wasn't even competition in the first place till they whipped your ass over the holiday, and left you in 3rd place for sales!
...such a stinky cologne....
I wouldn't call that remark an insult nor an act out of desparation. However, read the article below and that will help clarify what actions are needed to classify someone as "desperate".
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Since the Wii has fun games that everyone enjoys playing and the PS3 doesn't have any good games yet, doesn't that make the PS3 an impulse buy. I mean what is the reason to buy a PS3 right now.
lately every time sony opens their mouth they stick their foot right in however i agree with them on this one. but at the lower price point this is something i am sure nintendo hoped for. there is hype for the machine and if someone is at a store and sees one it isn't a major purchase or big deal to pick one up.
whatever it is, I don't think Nintendo cares.... it's making a killing...
This can be conceived as a compliment. The Wii is desired by Nintendo fans, right? That is a give in. However, since the Wii is at such a low price point, there is little holding people back from buying one just to try it out. I mean, the 360 and PS3 is a serious purchase, taking much thought and comparisons, as it does make a dent in the wallet. With the Wii, a lot of people, who just find it interesting, can pick one up just to have... to play here and there... to show friends... or whatever. My mother-in-law wants one. That says a lot. She has said many times that once she sees one, she is buying it.
The Wii is the most inovating thing, but hardware wise, this system is last gen. A lot of people come down to the 360 or PS3 and then think, "O, I'll get the Wii for the hell of it." It is seriously that cheap. Is that a good or bad thing? Well, Nintendo is raking in the money.
As soon as I get may hands on a Wii, I'll be sporting the Wii60 COMBO!
Hardly an impulse buy. Do you like people? Do you want to enjoy your time in front of a TV? Do you want family, friends, co-workers, girlfriends, and nieghbors having fun over at your house. Not to mention drunken times and party days to accually keep going with good fun? Well then you need to get a Wii for it fits in every situation. This is NOT an impulse buy. It's a great way to get everyone involved for some fun game time and will become a part in everyones household/apartment.
Frankly all these things that the competitors are doing to make it the hub of your tv room is silly. It still needs to access a computer to do all the stuff. I mean personally I have about 600+ gigs of movies, music and games in external harddrives in my basement and rigged up to actual PC to every TV. So all that extra crap that makes it 400-600 dollars is really not worth it
Always yacking about graphics, if your so worried about graphics why arent you a pc gamer?? Look at tetris, still better then tons of games out there with extremely dated graphics. So i guess yeah i agree its and impulse buy, because its fun. I can see people playing WII sports for years......
Very good comment... And I agree 100 %... but if your sick of of fanboys... this is the worst site to be in....
Anyoneone who has played Zeldas TP knows it is an amazing experience rivaled by nothing on the 360 or PS3 so far. I was so upset when I beat that game cause I didn't want it to end, even after 60+ hours. By far one of the best games in the past 5 years. The graphics quickly became unnoticable and with the component cables looked good in 480P. Plus it made GOW look that much better in 1080i when I finally threw it back on.
Wow Sony, thems be fighting words...
my bro bought one on the launch played it thought it was good now im in january and i now havent touched it since i caned him on Red Steel way back in december i dunno why i got bored of it ill probs get playing it again when SSBB comes out but untill then im not to impressed
Even if the Wii is an impulse buy (which it is most definitely not) it is still making a killing in sales which in the long run is the most important thing. The more people who buy the Wii (impulse or not) the more Nintendo rakes in for profit.
At least people choose to buy the Wii, that's more than you can say about the Ps3...
I need to get my hands on it before I'll be convinced, but I don't think most people "impulse buy" $300 plus items - the wii plus one game.
Although, considering the amount of consumer debt in the country, maybe I'm wrong!
I can say with confidence that a significant number of Wii sales were most likely impulse purchases by hardcore Nintendo fans. It's supposed to be fun and accessible, but almost everyone that rents the controller out and tries it for themselves (at Gamestop) seem to have a lot of trouble getting used to it. I spent quite a while playing it, but the system hasn't really hasn't grown on me. Maybe it's because the controls in Zelda feel tacked on rather than designed for the console (Gamecube port, so go figure).
Nintendo took a huge risk by creating yet another brand-new controller configuration, and while it seems to be drawing people into the system through aesthetic means, there's issues. The cord for the 'nunchuck' is kind of short (it should've been wireless), and the nunchuck itself isn't very comfortable. Maybe it's because I'm an adult now, but it felt way too small and flimsy. The actual Wii-mote though was pretty comfy. I just wish the buttons were configured in a more intuitive manner. As much as I would've loved for them to just have the remote and that's it, I know that having only two buttons isn't enough. They stated back in the Gamecube days that you only need one or two buttons to have fun in a game, but I guess they changed their minds.
People are more likely to be cautious when purchasing a $500 console rather than a $250 console, especially with so much hype pushing the Wii. It seems to split half-n-half; some people absolutely love the Wii, while the other half are starting to get bored of it. Hard to tell whether it's a software issue or simply the hype wearing off.
I guess one indicator will be how games sell 2-4 years from now - as well as systems after the novelty has worn off.
And you are right that the average videogame consumer is very different from us on thse forums as far as how informed they are about the various systems.
This really shows what Sony is doing wrong as a whole. If you look at MS when asked about the Wii, they say they like the innovation in the Wii and respect it and they earn a little positive gamer karma in the process. Sony just blurts out that the Wii is an impulse buy and walks away.
Sony isn't bashing the Wii. Most people are very happy with their impulse buys, so I don't see this as a bad thing.
Maybe you should look at how some *other* companies are reacting to positive news from another console that was released recently. They do it quite often in effort to downplay their competitor. The funniest part about it is they take extra effort to try to accomplish that task through blogs, rebuttled news articles, and press conferences. I'll give you a hint, the company's name starts with Micro and ends with soft.
I also recall Sony saying that the Wii was "a lot of fun" in an earlier interview. I guess that doesn't matter though.
An impulse buy is more of a "spur of the moment" kind of thing. Like when you go in to buy a game you absolutely must have, then end up walking out of the store with two. I personally think those that buy the WII know exactly what they are doing. They are familiar with it's strong points and are very happy with what it can do. It also does not hurt that for those who are looking to buy two systems, the WII is in a perfect position to fill that gap. Affordable enough for both an Xbox360/PS3 user to seriously think about it's merits. It's priced to appeal to the casual gamer and the one who needs a next gen system + "something else"... I know I am seriously researching the WII and if I do buy one, it won't be because of an "impulse".
Xbox 360: just an amazing system. Features that customers want/need
Wii: Family System / innovative / So eye catching
PS3: WTF?!? system is a wonderful BUT the price is just too much, with no good games....just wait for the price to drop with good games.
ONLY IDIOTS BUY THE PS3. THAT's IMPULSE.
PS3 is a great system and worthy of buying AT A GOOD PRICE AND GOOD GAMES.
wii60 for now. PS3 can wait.....
A lot of you are saying that Nintendo did a great move for the short term, but a bad move for the long term (long term being 4-5 years)
Many of you may not recall the interview in Game Informer magazine when GI interviewed Reggie. According to him, Nintendo WILL come out with a "next-gen" console, with 256MB video card, in "2 - 3 years" for two reasons: 1)after the costs of production are significantly decreased and 2) after more of the world owns HDTVs.
So are they trying to push the Wii profits for the next 4-5 years like they are now? According to Reggie, (and has he lied to us so far? **COUGH*** Phil Harrison), the answer is plainly No. Its genious. Nintendo is grabbing all these new gamers and will then churn out a new console in 3 years and guess who's gonna get it and love it? The people who ar now buying the Wii's.
Wii = long term success crazy launch profits? Duh, no. Thats the same with every console
Wii = positive profit for the next 3 years while new cosole is developed? YES!!
And by the way, It will be way freakin more than 4-5 years untill you see a PS4. There is a new standard of console life now. That is laughable that some of you would say that.
The majority of the Wii owners will tell you that it is an 'impulse buy'. That is kind of an ugly term though. I have a Wii and it was impulse. $250 is a small investment for me but when you go to $600+ it becomes a slight concern as to how my money is being spent. Trust me, more people will put more effort into choosing a console between the PS3 and Xbox360. People are picking up the Wii because it is new, cool, and looks like a hell of a lot of fun. Don't get me wrong, it is, but it loses its effect quite quickly.
I am still waiting for SSX Blur, Smash Bros., and Mario Galaxy to come out so I have something else to play. Platinum medals on all Wii Sports training tasks, a pro rating of over 1800 (some 2,000+) on each competition sport and Zelda: Twilight Princess beat twice, both times with everything completed (including Poe's, bugs, and container upgrades AND the legendary fish). I played those games to death.
Oh well, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is keeping me busy now. =)
I half way agree it's probably a mixture of believing in the motion vision and impulse(got to have the new hot thing everbodies talking about(trend/fad)Wii will continure to be a hit with children, wemem and the Japanese that like wacky things anyway; long after it's dead to teens and adults. 50/50
Now with the impulse buying people like what the Wii's doing for now and the 360 has no real brand loyalty so it has to always prove itself 24/7 365 days a year if anything folks buying the PS3 are impulse shopping(they hear specs and don't think twice when at the game shop laying the cash down).
Wii is a great console but a fad all the same... I love my Wii but I use my 360 a LOT more and find myself only playing the Wii on weekends when a big group of family or friends are round...
not denying its a good console... I just think I'd be just as happy without it...
to file this statement from a Sony exec. under the "Sony BS" category, but honestly I just can't do it this time.....because what he said makes alot of sense or at least what I think he meant is true. Let me clarify; while I don't think spending $300 (console & game)on anything is impulsive.(for the avg. consumer) I still think that alot of people who just want to give videogames a try see it as a low risk way (less expensive) to "have a little fun".....but in the end it's not something that you will play everyday....I agree with DJ (arrgh!)...after you have some fun it just gets old and the "adult" casual gamers like my Aunt who was "so in love" with the Wii she wanted one for herself and searched high and low, now she say's "yeah it was fun, I just wanted to check it out but you know I'm not really into games so now I just let the kids play with that thing"....so yes I think it will bring in some "new gamers" but most of them just aren't true gamers that really like games....and most of the "hardcore" and casual gamers will opt for the HD next gen stuff in the long run. Either way though I think Nintendo did a great job, and I'm sure all the $$$$$ they are making won't hurt either.
I prefer straight to the face tactics from companies like, "The rival company's system stinks because it sucks in so many areas". Compared to what microsoft did and encorporate the wii60 crap. "Get a 360 and a wii. We love Nintendo's new system, it's the 2nd best console out there". You'd have to be an idiot to not see what Microsoft's real plan was. Call them smart for doing so if you want but i think it was just a sell-out. Get a powerful xbox and a gamecube with a fancy controller. Yeah. That's the same as a ps3
1. Set MSRP at launch price of PS1 plus launch price of PS2
2. Insult gaming community as they flock to Wii in droves
I wonder it ever crossed Sony's collective mind that we might be picking up a Wii while we wait for them to get their act together with the PS3? Personally I hit every Wal-Mart along HWY 44 from St. Louis to Cuba, MO last Sunday before landing a Wii. Picking up any of the legion of PS3's littered along the way would have qualified as an "impulse purchase" but there was nothing unplanned or spontaneous about my scavenger hunt for a Wii.
IMO Sony's extremely lucky that the Wii is selling like ice cubes in hell, because it's single-handedly staving off a wholesale migration to 360 & buying them the time that they desperately need.
So technically PS3 is less than your PS1+PS2 launch total. =P
But onto the serious stuff. We've had 11 years of inflation since the PS1 days, and $500~600 isn't what it used to be. How much did that Ipod cost? That digital camera? That new laptop? Even without inflation thrown into the picture, people have higher living standards now.
Prices of consoles With inflation taken into consideration:
Wowzers. What I actually got a kick out of though was seeing that the Atari 2600 cost even more than the PS3.
The wii is fun, but it's not a new experience.
"hello...i'm a wii" "and I'm a plug 'n play" "hey...i copied you" "i know...jerk"
^that sums it up...
flocking to wii isn't...flocking... My local gamestop had 3 in today for a few hours in fact...with no calls...
The PS3 will sell in the long run...surpassing the wii by a lot by the end of 2008...we just KNOW it will. parents are tired of it...grandparents are tired of it...it's like DDR...a fad that dies out. I hope Guitar Hero NEVER dies out...
. . . if nintendo did not have recent success with the DS. EVERYTHING said about the Wii was said about the DS. "It's Gimmicky" "It's Not Powerful" "It's for kids." The DS is killing the PSP despite being a cheaper, less powerful, gimicky system.
but the difference between the wii and ds is that the wii requires physical movement to play it. I know that may seem like a stupid point but not everyone wants to be swatting flies all the time when they play games. People will get sick of it. Not to mention the poor amount of 1st party games, the mass of minigames and the pure crapness of third party games
I nominate this quote as understatement of the year.
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