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Making the grade: Nintendo's E3 presentation

Where would Nintendo be if not for controversy? Lounging in a gold plated mansion built a top an enormous mountain of platinum bars, no doubt. Their rise to power no longer a question but an inevitability, all eyes were on the potential market leader Wednesday morning to see what sort of stunt they would pull. In our previous E3 feature, the guessing game, Joystiq said that Nintendo potentially had the most to lose coming out of this conference as a lack of content could easily derail the hype train. As it turns out, Joystiq was half right.

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Torch3635d ago

than a direct competitor to MS and Sony.

That's not to say that Nintendo hasn't contributed to stealing their thunder (it's quite arguable that Sony's launch numbers would've been much higher hadn't it been for the Wii's simultaneous launch.)

But I can't help but feel that a healthy chunk of Wii consumers are relatively uninformed parents who find personal appeal to the system, as well as whose intention is to find a suitable game system for their pre-adult child.

I can't see such a target market forking out the amount of cash required to purchase a 360 or PS3 anyway...even if the Wii didn't exist at all.

In addition, there are numerous other consumer types who will/have purchase/d a Wii to complement their 360 and/or PS3 - likely their true primary gaming machine/s.

That's precisely the category I fall into, anyway.

That said, I can't help but wonder the degree to which the Wii is truly impacting the sales of the other two consoles.

Either way, Nintendo is in a league of their own this generation (though not necessarily 'better'), and whose incredible recent windfall from Wii sales may very well set them up to directly compete with - or even supersede - the inevitable demanding hardware specifications for the next generation.

I doubt we'll be seeing relatively underpowered hardware from Nintendo in the next round.

MyNutsYourChin3635d ago (Edited 3635d ago )

Well, I wouldn't say a sidebar but Nintendo is definately in a league of their own.

I wouldn't say Nintendo is stealing anyones thunder either. Nintendo has initiated the creation of a new gaming demographic and that new audience is a now a huge supporter of Nintendo and their innovative vision. This doesn't mean that Nintendo is taking away gamers from Microsoft or Sony it only means that they have included a fraction of those gamers into their new larger Wii community. The gamers who support Microsoft and/or Sony still support them while also finding interest and giving support to the new gaming paradigm that Nintendo has brought to the gaming community.

It's becoming more obvious to me that the Wii is not a competitor against the XBOX 360 or the PS3. Nintendo, in presenting the Wii, has basically gestured to Microsoft and Sony that the gaming paradigm has shifted. The old ways of marketing games based on better graphics (sometimes at the expense of gameplay) and trying to out-perform one another by introducing more power and higher-end technology with each new generation of consoles are over.

Because of the introduction of a new gaming paradigm, Microsoft and Sony have now found themselves fighting two different battles. One battle against each other which is taking place within the old gaming paradigm and one against Nintendo which is taking place in the new gaming paradigm and also on Nintendo's turf. This is the reason why Microsoft and Sony are struggling against Nintendo. Their forces are divided into two separate and different wars.

Silvanos3635d ago

I think people are just hooked on a gimmick and at $250 it's just more affordable at the moment. It has become mainstream, it's hip to own a Wii only time will tell if Nintendo can keep it fresh enough to keep it from becoming a fad.

MyNutsYourChin3635d ago (Edited 3635d ago )

Indeed, time will tell.

Sony has already entered into what you would consider the gimmick with their six-axis controller. Now when Microsoft enters this domain with their motion sensing controller, will it still be a fad?

I think you fail to realize that motion controls, although at first glance seem like a gimmick, they are here to stay. Motion controls are a natural progression in game control. If you are old enough to remember you would know that when the NES first came out and new gamers started playing the games, specifically Super Mario Bros., players would intuitively move the controller up, down, left and right to try and counter Mario's movement on screen. This was in 1985!

Now, finally after years and years of waiting, the technology is finally availble to allow for a more natural and intuitive gaming control scheme. Motion controls are a natural evolutionary step in gaming and Nintendo would have brought them sooner if the technology was available and if it would've been cost effective. We are in the midst of a gaming revolution, a shift in the gaming paradigm, and those gamers who fail to realize this will indeed have a difficult and disappointing road ahead of them.

djt233634d ago

Omnihilum said:
I think you fail to realize that motion controls, although at first glance seem like a gimmick, they are here to stay. Motion controls are a natural progression in game control. If you are old enough to remember you would know that when the NES first came out and new gamers started playing the games, specifically Super Mario Bros., players would intuitively move the controller up, down, left and right to try and counter Mario's movement on screen. This was in 1985!

Now, finally after years and years of waiting, the technology is finally availble to allow for a more natural and intuitive gaming control scheme. Motion controls are a natural evolutionary step in gaming and Nintendo would have brought them sooner if the technology was available and if it would've been cost effective. We are in the midst of a gaming revolution, a shift in the gaming paradigm, and those gamers who fail to realize this will indeed have a difficult and disappointing road ahead of them.
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you are right about that
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even sony said that motion controls is the future of gaming