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Edge: Nintendo's Wii 2 Dilemma

Edge writes: "A global base of 45 million Wii owners – amassed in the space of two years – leads to only one possible conclusion: Nintendo was right all along. The doubters and the doom-mongers, each and every one, were wrong.

Yet a company can only look so far ahead. Can the Wii-trick be repeated? Are the very foundations of the Wii's commercial success as strong as they appear? Would a Wii 2 work?"

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HighDefinition3570d ago

If they bring it out now, people who bought Wii 1 are gonna be pissed and the hardware doesn`t have much there. BTW, Nintendo doesn`t support their previous systems when their new one comes out.

GrieverSoul3570d ago

Except handhelds!
The GameBoy Advance still gets some attetion now or then.

Voiceofreason3570d ago

Yes because it's pretty obvious that NIntendo fans care a whole lot about high end console specs.. Thats why they are lining up for Wii right? Considering you hate the Wii why resort to using your personal opinion? It obviously does not apply to Wii owners. Now if the question was what it would take for Sony to get more people to buy the PS4 you qualify, but not on a product you have no intention of supporting. How can your opinion represent any Wii owners?

mint royale3570d ago

NES games were still being released until a couple of years ago. If the gamecube had been a commercial success I am sure we would have seen a few games still popping up for it now too.

HighDefinition3570d ago (Edited 3570d ago )

A few is not support....

I had a GC, they even stopped bring out Madden and NBA2k`s when it`s was still coming out for Xbox and PS2. When the announce the Wii2 a *few* sh!tty games will come out for Wii 1, that`s it.

You call that support???

Handhelds are different, Nintendo does support them after.

You wanta see support for a older system look at the PS2, that`s support.

mint royale3570d ago

its not nintendo that decided to stop making madden or whatever its the 3rd parties. Games are still made for the ps2 because of its hge userbase! If you think that games won't be made for the wii after its replaced then I feel sorry for you. It makes no commercial sense for companies to release games on the GameCube or the Xbox 1 as they will not make money off them. Similarly if a playstation or an xbox has dire sales it will not be continually supported. Simple.

ChickeyCantor3570d ago

I find it hard to believe that some people don't understand why PS2 is till getting support.

Maybe...just maybe the install base is HUUUUGEE

HighDefinition3570d ago

The Wii userbase isn`t even close to the PS2s.

Sorry.

BTW, Not to many games are being made for the Wii now, unless you love minigames.

Voiceofreason3570d ago

Just ignore Hidef. Most of us do already. Will say anything to trash Nintendo and uses some really poor reasons for it. Notice you pointed out how the Nes was supported with new games up until a few years ago and they totally ignore that and only stick to the console that proves their point, not the ones that prove them wrong. PS2 wouldnt be getting support now had the PS3 not flopped hard in sales.

Nugan3570d ago

Yes, the Wii's userbase is smaller than the PS2's, but the Wii only been out for less than two and a half years. The PS2 has been out for much, much longer.

So why are we discussing Nintendo discontinuing the Wii now? When that does happen, it won't be until after a) Nintendo's next platform is released (not announced, as High Def said) and b) it is no longer profitable for developers to produce Wii games. Those events are years away.

Also, why doesn't anyone ever mention the fact that the Wii's success is, ironically, partially responsible for the continued development of PS2 games? The fact that is is so easy to port games between the PS2 and the Wii is certainly one reason that a lot of developers release titles--particularly franchise titles like games based on movies--on both systems. If they had to develop games only for the PS2--since there is no easy way to port PS2 titles to the 360 or PS3--they might not consider the development costs to be worth the diminished profits from releasing a game on a last gen system. (Unfortunately for Wii owners, this often means that we get games designed to run on the weaker PS2 that make no real attempt to demand the most of the Wii's hardware.)

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vlazed3570d ago (Edited 3570d ago )

They only have 2 options. They can continue to sell the Wii until people stop buying it, then bow out on top, or they can try and blow the ps4/720 out of the water with a new console in order to keep the Nintendo faithful happy. The Wii is a fad, a rather lucrative one, but a fad none the less. The non-gamers/casuals who purchased a Wii will not buy another console. They like the Wii, they bought the Wii, they have a Wii, end of story. Nintendo is in a tough position right now and they really need to put forth the effort in releasing some stellar games soon, because if they don't, they risk alienating the very people that kept them afloat during tough times. Then all that's left is a market that has yet to prove that they are willing to buy successive consoles.

@Disagrees- I would like to here your opinions if you don't mind.

ChickeyCantor3570d ago

People who disagree don't have an opinion.
They can only Click.

"They can continue to sell the Wii until people stop buying it, then bow out on top, or they can try and blow the ps4/720 out of the water with a new console in order to keep the Nintendo faithful happy."

Eventually both will happen.
at some point sales go down anyway, but even then at some point its also healthy to make a new console.

Else Sony would be still riding with the PS2 alone.

Voiceofreason3570d ago

I disagree because the entire post is based off of ingorance.. I own a Wii. Do you think it was my first console? Hell no but as usual Wii haters use personal opinion as fact and act like they know everything. Sorry but 45 million people didnt just spring out of thin air and buy their first console. Many were PS2 owners, GC owners, etc. It wont be any harder to get people to buy the next console in line as long as they dont pull a Sony and consider themsleves so important they can rip off their consumers.

vlazed3570d ago (Edited 3570d ago )

First of all I have a Wii and I enjoy it, but I haven't bought a game for it since Mario Kart, and even then I thought Double Dash was better. I was a 3 console owner last gen and I am a multi-owner now with 2 PS3's and a Wii. Most of my friends are multi-console owners and are disappointed with the Wii and Nintendo in general. If you look at the situation logically most people who bought Wii's don't care about graphics; so most people who have Wii's won't bite on a new system just for a graphical upgrade. Well you have to upgrade the hardware somehow to sell a new system so what do you do? Improve the motion controls to be more realistic? Well if you do that then you run the risk of making the games to complicated for your target demographic who bought the Wii because it was fun and easy. So my question is how do you sell your new demographic a system that already full fills their needs? I am not a hater, I am just being realistic, and as someone who feels somewhat betrayed by Nintendo's new route, I will more than likely not purchase a new Nintendo console.

Product3570d ago

@Vlazed
"If you look at the situation logically most people who bought Wii's don't care about graphics; so most people who have Wii's won't bite on a new system just for a graphical upgrade. Well you have to upgrade the hardware somehow to sell a new system so what do you do? Improve the motion controls to be more realistic? Well if you do that then you run the risk of making the games to complicated for your target demographic who bought the Wii because it was fun and easy."

The answer your looking for is simple and Apple has been doing it for years now.You do small upgrades that you need to have.You think the Ipod has had this much success from their tech?They do small changes every September from making it color screens or making a new interface.The Storage which is the basis for what you really need in an Mp3 player is almost always the same.They change the design slightly and they make interface changes you "think" you need.

Nintendo has followed with their own type of must have in color changes prolly borrowed from Apple.Nintendo doesnt need to do much they just need to trick the public into thinking they need what ever Nintendo is bringing out.Thats how to keep hype alive and Apple has done this with A+ nature.

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BBAM3570d ago

can't be as successful as the current wii because of the people who buy it,
the majority of wii owners aren't gamers, they're just normal people who see is as a fun way of exercise, therefore they wouldn't see the point of purchasing a similar console
futhermore, the wii doesn't need to upgrade much as it's not like proper gaming consoles where it's all about the processing speeds and the better graphics

ChickeyCantor3570d ago

WRROOONG.
Good marketing will sell Wii2.
It's all in the marketing!

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