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Will Nintendo Wii's Success Herald an Era of Gameplay Over Graphics?

According to a Tokyo based research firm Enterbrain Inc, Nintendo sold 251,794 units in May outselling Sony's PS3 by a factor of five to one. It's been a slide for the former king of the video game console. Sony desperately needs to recoup some losses from its investment into the machines formidable hardware. Sony PS3 sports the most powerful processor in the game console business and it's costing Sony a princely sum to keep it competitively affordable.

It's a classic sales war between Sony's brute force approach to hardware production vs. Nintendo's ability to bring us something we've never seen before. The Wii-'mote is easily the biggest draw to the Nintendo Wii. It's the controller that allows users to stand up and play games by swinging the controller in the air. It's just plain infectious fun...

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THWIP3616d ago

it won't. The Wii has already fallen off drastically, since launch, and the software is really lacking so far. Even the hugely-anticipated LOZ:TP failed to impress, and struggled to sell 1 million copies.

Fact is, the Wii-mote isn't really be utilized enough to make it more than a gimmick. Even 1st-part titles aren't using it much, and games like Red Steel failed miserably.

The Wii will continue to fade, along with motion-sensing games, as more devs realize the technology still isn't there, and it's too complicated to implement in many cases. Take away the "new" control scheme on the Wii, and you have a SEVERELY overpriced Gamecube.

ITR3616d ago

"it won't. The Wii has already fallen off drastically, since launch, and the software is really lacking so far. Even the hugely-anticipated LOZ:TP failed to impress, and struggled to sell 1 million copies. "

I guess you don't pay attention to charts do you? The Wii hasn't even leveled out yet, let alone fallen off.
It's actually increasing by about 1-2% every week.
LOZ:TP impressed as it got near perfect scores from almost everyone. It hit 1.6 million in under 6 months..so I doubt it's struggling.

"Fact is, the Wii-mote isn't really be utilized enough to make it more than a gimmick. Even 1st-part titles aren't using it much, and games like Red Steel failed miserably."

The fact is over 90% of the games utilize the motion control features in the Wiimote. While very few games use even the tilt sensors in the PS3's controller. Yep RS failed all right...it hit the 1 million mark in under 6 months.

"The Wii will continue to fade, along with motion-sensing games, as more devs realize the technology still isn't there, and it's too complicated to implement in many cases. Take away the "new" control scheme on the Wii, and you have a SEVERELY overpriced Gamecube."

I guess thats why Sony implemented six axis contol into their new controllers~? hmm...
Even MS wants tilt controllers now.

Either way stop hating or you'll turn into the black spidey.

THWIP3616d ago

LOL...MS INVENTED the motion-sensing controller.....9 YEARS ago.

http://activewin.com/review...

If they decide to give it another try with the 360, it won't be a matter of "copying Nintendo", as many will cry. :o

ITR3616d ago

Keep trying...the Power Glove came out in 1989 and it used a very primitive form of motion control.
It was made by Mattel for the NES.

PS360WII3616d ago

atari even had motion stuff, so how did ms invent it? Zelda not impressing... sure it didn't sell 4 million but it sold 1 million on Wii and 1 million on GC. So 2 million for a game is pretty good I think. Thwip I think we all know that you hate anything not MS...

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snoop_dizzle3616d ago (Edited 3616d ago )

Nintendo has the concept correct on gameplay over graphics(though good graphics are important), its just that they haven't followed though with it as much as they could.

They just need to remember that you still need good graphics.

However, since the 360 and PS3 are the graphics machines, Nintendo is kinda correct in going a different way.
Nintendo's biggest flaw however is longevity.

Shadow Flare3616d ago

If mini-games are considered good gameplay then the games on ps3 and 360 must be laiden with gold. Wii has nothing besides the plathora of mini-games, proper games that are just gamecube ports and crap third-party games. I wouldn't classify wii games as neccessarily great gameplay, more like shallow fun. Shallow fun + weak ass graphics = i do not know why it sells so well. It certainly won't last too long. But if that is what the future holds for gaming, then im moving to cuba

ItsDubC3616d ago (Edited 3616d ago )

While I'd like to see the gaming industry return to an emphasis on gameplay over graphics, I don't think the Wii will be able to usher in that change. Too many avid gamers nowadays are obsessed w/ graphics and are narrow-minded toward new ways of interacting w/ videogames. The Wii would have to overcome both of these characteristics in order to bring about such a drastic change in gaming.

I wouldn't be surprised if the industry's focus remains on graphics until 2, 3, or even 4 more console generations have passed to the point at which graphics can't get much better. Once all competing consoles can render equally-impressive graphics, gameplay will once again become the primary focus.

Odion3616d ago

ya if the Wii wins this generation we're going to have nothing but freaking Wii play, and Raving rabits.

The point of the next generation is to create games that go beyond the experience that you had before.

ItsDubC3616d ago

Have you even played Raving Rabbids for the Wii? Not only is it fun and challenging, but it also happens to be one of the funniest games I've ever played. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume for now that you have played it, so what did you not like about it?

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