According to VGcharts.com Nintendo Wii has overtaken Microsoft's Xbox 360 and is now the leader of next generation console world-wide sales. Last week Wii reached 10.57M units sold, while Microsoft is 0.6M units behind with 10.51M sold.
leader of bargain bin console maybe. nobody in their right mind defends the Wii as a next gen console.
But, the control mechanism is a great innovation (but just give me a standard controller instead anyday).
Well, actually Wii is Nintendo's most expensive console up to date. Add that to the fact that the average price of Wii is higher than that of Xbox 360's at eBay and you'll understand that people buy Wii mainly because of the innovation, not price. Wii is not next gen, it's current gen. Gamecube was Nintendo's last gen console.
Nothing is next gen now. Next gen will be Wii2, 360 2, and PS4 Everything else is just current tech now.
"leader of bargain bin console maybe." The Wii actually doesn't need discounts to sell. It's the rest of the consoles that are needing bargain pricing and add-ons to clear off the shelves. I guess this just happens regardless. Say that a system has hardware problems and the answer is, "well, we've got more games." How do you play those while it's in the mail being repaired? Say that the system has no games and people say "wait til next year." That might be why the thing isn't selling, they're following your advice. Say that a system is massively outselling the others and "oh, it's last gen." It's still grabbing entertainment dollars that can't be recovered, and it's building a war chest for nintendo. I'll admit the shortcomings of the wii. Not many games, certainly not as powerful. Still, it's a great overall experience with several games that I'm loving and many more to come. And both it and the DS are kicking everyone else's tails in the pure dollars category at the mo. Saying that it's last gen doesn't change any of that. It only shows insecurity.
to the truth sony fanboy
Let the flaming and trolling begin.
OK -- not flaming -- I just don't think the Wii is a legitimate Heavy-weight contender for the heart of the red-blooded gamer. Sorry Dub, but the Wii reminds me of a Richard Simmons act.
You don't have to apologize to me Maddens. You're entitled to your opinion and as a fervent PS3 supporter, I'm not surprised about what your opinion of the Wii is and for feeling the need to state that opinion in this comment section given this news story's positive light on the Wii. Agreed though, your posts were more trolling than flaming.
right. I'm sorry, but Wii - just go away.
Fanboys just can't accept the truth that the WII is kicking the arse of the most advanced game console in the world! How silly! How insecure! Reality BITES! Game on!
It's just called next-gen because it was launched in the same time-frame as ps3 and 360, and it has a novel controller. It's built like a ps2 and should therefore only compete with the ps2 and the last-gen offerings.
What do you mean with "should compete"? Are you telling that people who consider purchasing PS3, 360 or Wii, should not choose the Wii? Does this generation definition by horsepower also mean that NDS doesn't compete with PSP? Does that also mean that the Sega 32X upgrade made Sega Mega Drive change generation?
What does it have in common with the PS2? The Gamecube made the PS2 look more like the N64, and 1) no one said the PS2 wasn't agains the Xbox and GC, in spite of its inferior power, and 2) how can it be built like the PS2 when its stronger than the GC, which was stronger than the PS2?
So WTF is this uninformed being talking about?
Shipped, not sold! MS is playing with the numbers. If you go to a store and want a Wii you will have a hard time getting one, its always sold out. This does not apply to the 360.
Funny thing about reality is that you can't wish it away: Every Wii made is a Wii sold & Every Wii sold is one less gamer saving for a 360 or PS3.
I think it's great that they are once again leading in console sales. (ok, now anyone that was going to push the 'disagree' button has probably already done so, I'll explain it a bit further...) I'm happy to see them succeed in the way that they have. They have managed to outsell both competing consoles and I have a feeling they will continue to sell the Wii without problems for many many months to come. Not only have they been able to sell their console at rates that hotcakes would envy, they were able to do so with minimal impact to the other two consoles. I say this not because I think the majority of the console's owners are merely "casual" but because every single person I know (including myself) that owns a PS3 or a 360 ALSO owns a Wii, or is planning on getting one as soon as they are readily available. Kudos to Nintendo, and all hail the once and future king of videogames... ...now back to BioShock =)
is repulsive and disgusting. A novel controller does not justify the next generation tag alone. Am I happy for Nintendo's success? Sure I am. I think of the Wii like I think of car classifications. You have your luxury high end vehicles and then you have your hybrids. Celebs love hybrids. Grandpa loves the Wii.
Hybrids are slow and boring (atleast for now). I don't think that slow and boring cars can be compared to PS3 and 360.
@sajj What does make a console next gen? My guess is you would just list things that the 360 and PS3 updated but the Wii did not, but I'd still like to know, since you can't use graphics, as the Wii is an update from the GC, and Nintendo even added extras on the Wii. If the 360 and PS3 belong in this gen, why doesn't the Wii? @sfin Sure they can. You can play music on a hybrid, and, without proper matenence, it's prone to overheating, like the 360, and, like the PS3, it lacks games and falls into the same price range. I kid. I kid...or do I? Hmm...
I think not
Do not think, its dangerous.
You are right, the Wii is not a next generation console. Just like the XBox 360 and PS3, it is a current generation console. I am not sure why people keep throwing this term about like they know what they are talking about. It reminds of that line in "The Princess Bride" when Inigo Montoya tells Vizzini, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
How people can say that the Wii is not a "hardcore" console. Truth be told, it has a lot of appealing exclusive hardcore games out now and coming soon. These include TP, SPM, Strikers, Metroid Prime 3, No More Heroes, Super Mario Galaxy, Manhunt 2, and Super Smash Bros Brawl. It seems that the only reason anyone says the Wii is for casuals is the fact that it has casual games available for it. If that's the case, MS and Sony seem to be working very hard to turn the 360 and PS3 into casual consoles...
It's like they don't want to either remember those "hardcore" (I hate that term, tbh, since there were no "hardcore" prior this gen, or at least I didn't notice it) games that are coming, or they just don't know about them. If it is the latter case, I can't see them as "hardcore gamers".
This is because grandma & grandpa's across the world will buy one. They think this sh!t is fun, to waive your arms for 10 or 15 minutes. The problem with the Wii is they cant sell a game to a hardcore gamer, before you say it doesnt matter, look at the Wii game sales charts. You see stupid sh!t all the time or a good mario game, other than that, nothing. 3rd partys talk a good game but their bread will not be buttered using the Wii to drive software sales. NINTENDO has succeeded in catering to the casual, but in that they get what comes with casual and thats no game sales because casuals dont buy games. Watch the sales for METROID, the game may be good, I dont doubt that, but no-one will buy it because grandma & grandpa dont know what METROID is. Just watch. I will get a Wii the very day it drops in price where it should be: with awful graphics, horrible wandlike controller, & its high price or $250 for that garbage GAME CUBE with new controller. When it is $99.99 with a game other than Wiimote/Wiiplay, I will get it because thats all its worth! $99.99 w/game!
I tried hard to like the wii, and i offer congratz to Nintendo, but i cannot bring myself to buy one. everything feels so arcade-ish. Maybe thats what the casual folks like about it, but i would feel like i was missing out on the deep gameplay on the 360 or ps3. Zelda tempted me but nothing else really (not even metroid prime). I will say that I am extremely impressed how quickly it took the lead.
I think that MS, Sony and Nintendo has an agreement to share the market between them. They will pretend to fight but they are in a tuff situation. MS wants the hardcore, sells alot of games. midstream. Sony wants the highend market, sells HD material and will get the same amount sold as MS in the long run. Nintendo wants the little people and the middle aged to old. MS will through Sonys marketshare drop sell alot of HD material to people with HD tv sets (Sonys, Samsung etc manufactures the LCD's). Sony has had the biggest market so far but wants to sell more HD tvs and highend entertainment. Nintendo just wants the gaming and to earn some dough trough the sony market drop and at the same time widening the market for MS and Sony. Its complex, but when you break it down, this gen will have no loosers exept the working man, who spends alot of money on this needless crap. Its just entertainment, money down the drain. And sadly this applys to me to. I really should buy stocks in these companies instead. They are doing great man.
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