In reading over a fun, speculative article on IndustryGamers.com entitled "What if Wii Never Launched" it made me think about another "what if" that very possibly might have happened--what if Wii Sports hadn't been packed in with the Wii console in North America?
In Japan, Wii Play was the demo pack-in game of choice. Wii Play featured simple games and a wide range of controls with the Wii-mote, so it's easy to see why Nintendo Company Ltd. (NCL) decided to go in that direction. But that choice would have been the wrong one for North America.
As a member of the marketing team that designed and executed Wii's North American launch, I was in the middle of a debate that was (perhaps surprisingly to many) still raging just a few months before the console's launch. The debate was whether to pack-in Wii Sports or, as Japan was planning, Wii Play.