Why Is The Nintendo Wii So Successful?

One of the hottest products this holiday season in the Nintendo Wii. But Why? It was only 24 months ago that CE had written Nintendo off as a had been player in the games market.

Sony and Microsoft designed their new PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles to maximize the dedicated gamer's experience with flashier graphics and controllers with more buttons for increased precision.

Nintendo's focus seems to be more on gameplay. The gamble to focus on this aspect of gaming really seems to have paid off for Nintendo.

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QuackPot3757d ago (Edited 3757d ago )

PRICE & Unique gameplay(Wii-mote)

Kudos to Nintendo for producing an * EVOLUTIONARY * console allowing it to be cheap and have that uniqueness to be considered over the next gens.

This is what Sony needs to do with the Ps4 - produce an evolutionary console without * REVOLUTIONARY * components as well as their own better version of the wii-mote so they can sell it cheap and also cover the niche wii gameplay market.

I will always keep championing the EVOLUTIONARY approach. I prefer to buy a new cheap US$200 console every 4-5 years than wait 5-7 years and fork out $600.

Obvious really.

SCThor3757d ago

1. is cheap
2. it have the Nintendo brand on it
3. have a gimmicky control that make you think (casual gamer) is the ultimate experience in gaming when in fact it doesn't.

Slowly, people are starting to realize point 3, since sales for the other consoles increases every week while nintendo's stay still or going down little by little

LanRanger3756d ago

The Wiimote is *NOT* gimmicky. The controls for some games are, but that's not the controller's fault (and I expect controls to get better as time goes on). The pointer functionality, motion controls, and form factor make things possible that just can't be done with a standard controller.

Is it the best controller for all games? Absolutely not, but diversity is a good thing. I'm not sure why so many hardcore gamers are threatened by people having options. Stick to your Xboxs and PS3s. Really, we don't mind.

MK_Red3757d ago (Edited 3757d ago )

1 simple fact:
It's focus on casual games.
Price is not the reason because if it was, many people wouldn't pay $500 to $1000 for it (And in some cases more than $2000). It's just the Wii craze in US and most of the world and people just want to have it.
I wish PS3 or 360 were the must-have, craze center consoles instead of Wii but life's not fair.

QuackPot3757d ago (Edited 3757d ago )

The casual gamers are the ones who have and are buying the Ps2 at the moment.

Cheap and fun(due to huge library of quality games).

Although the Wii doesn't have the huge library of games it still has that fun factor with the wii-mote centered games.

Revolutionary or Next-gen consoles are always expensive and take a while for the price to drop and a library to be built up.

Those casual gamers will eventually start to pick up the Next Gens but again...when the price is right and the huge library of games is achieved.

EVOLUTION not the way to go

KUDOS again Nintendo.

MK_Red3757d ago

You've got valid points but I can't like Wii. I just can't. A true gamer should love and play all games and consoles and while I love Wii games like Metroid Prime 3 and Zack & Wiki, I honestly can't bring myself to like Wii. (As for family fun, it's indeed a blast. Playing Rayman Raving Rabbids with others is easily one of the most fun gaming experiences I've had in a long time).

Wotbot3757d ago

who aren't gamers are buying it. And they have more or less secured the the casual market.

And the Wii is a lot of fun when you are with the family.

The outcome for this generation of consoles is looking more and more interesting. It's good business for everyone.

WilliamRLBaker3757d ago

regardless of the game its fun, I've spent more time since I got mario galaxy and links crossbow training then I have playing 360 or ps3.

Eamon3757d ago (Edited 3757d ago )

1) Original Motion sensing and aiming added gameplay

2) Cheap price and Simple design

3) Advertisements are perfect since it perfectly appeals to hardcore and casual

4) New innovative ideas like Wii Play with free wiimote, Wii Fit with free Balance Board, Link's Crossbow Training with free Wii Zapper.

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