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Nintendo Wii: Is the videogame king worthy of its throne?

Entertainment Weekly: The Nintendo Wii, the innovative videogame console with the motion-sensitive controller, will pass 50 million worldwide sales by the end of March, Variety reports. The Wii has reached this milestone in just 28 months -- eight months quicker than Sony's PlayStation 2 did.

This leaves me with one question: Why? Why has the Wii flourished beyond everyone's wildest expectations? It's truly a David vs. Goliath outcome, with the little, inexpensive, and inelegant Wii triumphing over Microsoft and Sony's we-will-crush-you-with-our-mighty-computing-prowess Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. Clearly, the appeal of the Wii is in its intuitive controller, which allows everyone from 4 year olds to 70 year olds to play without having to worry about executing 25-button combos. A crudely made game such as Wii Sports is nevertheless enjoyable because it feels so natural and rewarding, as if you were actually swinging a tennis racket or golf club.

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ape0073072d ago

"video game king"

lol

nerubii3072d ago

lol

""video game king""

himdeel3072d ago (Edited 3072d ago )

...I already have a NES, SNES, N64, and Gamecube. I'm just afraid they all just wont get along.

Wii is the King of Toys primarily in my book. My nieces and nephews don't play with action figures, dolls, or any other traditional toys anymore while inside the home. It's all about the Wii. Not only is it a great toy but it's one that everyone can play. Video games are for all intent and purposes, toys. The only real distinction I make with respect to the 360 and PS3 are the other things those toys allow me to do, thus making them toys that also pose as multimedia systems.

I kid about not letting the Wii into my home but I wont purchase a Wii until my children are old enough to truly enjoy it. I prefer to play with my PS3 toy for now. The Wii is on top regardless...

StephanieBBB3072d ago

But not Nintendo. They have let down all thier hardcore fans and sold out like a cheap hooker to the casual market. Even if nintendo comes out with a new HD console I won't be buying it, supporting it or even talking good about it because history has a habit of repeating itself and im not gonna be playing the same game for 3 years waiting for it's sequal.

Muggles3072d ago (Edited 3072d ago )

Perhaps we need a new term for what people do with their Wiis? I have one and I find I rarely play "video games" on it. It's in a category of its own.

When grandparents are excited about it, you know it's a new beast of its own and shouldn't be directly compared to "traditional" consoles like the 360 and PS3. They're not really directly competing.

Nintendo has definitely tapped a heretofore untapped market.

ChaoticStupid3072d ago

Sorry but that is just fanboy dribble. Nothing more. All 3 are in the samem spot in stores. In many ways they play the same types of games. Yeah you who doesnt really own one doesnt play it, but plenty of surveys have been done showing the Wii to get more play time than the PS3.

I love how you try to act like PS3 and 360 console are traditional, when in fact they are not traditional in any way. The only traditional console is the Wii. It's easy to prove also. how many consoles before this gen had their primary use be movies? None so the PS3 is nothing traditional. Now before this gen online play was free, it isnt on the 360 so it also is nothing traditional. traditionally console play games and nothing more. The Wii fits what a traditional console is more so than either the PS3 or 360.

ChickeyCantor3072d ago

So basically Muggles doesn't like the idea of everyone playing games.

It should be all sealed of with a huge barrier saying : NO GRANDPA'S!.
The PS360 he likes to call it.

Nintendo = competing, whether its indirect or not.

Muggles3072d ago (Edited 3072d ago )

I didn't say anything about not wanting Grandpas to play videogames. The point I'm making is that the fact that Grandpas want to play with the Wii shows that Nintendo has expanded the market beyond traditional videogamers. I doubt what Grandpa is playing is what you're playing.

nerubii3072d ago

@Muggles

true enough. one may like chili and the other may dislike it. so is chili hot or spicy?

ChickeyCantor3072d ago

Ok so i took it wrong, you just came of narrow minded.
My apologies for that.

Dacapn3072d ago (Edited 3072d ago )

Console sales throne: yes

Videogame throne: no

hatchimatchi3072d ago

I'm sorry but your completely wrong. The wii being the most traditional? It's based around motion controls. The fact that the ps3 and 360 can play movies is not a bad thing, you keep bringing it up like it is. The primary purpose of the 360 and ps3 are to play games not to watch dvd's or blu rays. The fact that they can is convenient but they are both gaming consoles with multiple uses. The wii has a news, weather and photo channel, those features don't have anything to do with gaming. All three systems out have their positives and their negatives. You really should stop being so narrow minded towards the other systems.

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Nihilism3072d ago

whatever peoples opinions, you have to admit, this console debate sh!t is getting very very old...just shutup and play people

timmyrulz3072d ago

The wii is the virus of the Gaming world, its multiplying at an atromocial pace taking over everything it touches

HDgamer3072d ago

It is the console king, fanboys will say the 360 is or the ps3 is.