Wii bubble to burst as developers shy away?

Recent suggestions that the high-flying Nintendo Wii's days at the top of the console sales charts may be numbered are beginning to look less ridiculous almost every day, as more people in the know come round to that point of view.

The latest naysayer to pitch in is heavyweight business newspaper The Nikkei in an analysis piece headlined 'Software Houses Miscalculate Audience, Demand For Wii'. In the subscription-only article, author Tomoyuki Kawai reflects on a range of concerned voices within the videogames industry.

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Jeremy Gerard4030d ago (Edited 4030d ago )

everyone knows the wii only makes money for nintendo, it is a 1st party platform only for the most part. On top of that most folks purchased one just because it was the thing to have, they played it for a few hours and never touched it again, the WIIs days are numbered.

Prismo_Fillusion4030d ago

Classy avatar. It really makes me respect you and your opinion.


Silvia0074029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

not sure who disagreed with you but I know there is not a single game on the Wii at this moment that is worth my time. My 9 year old niece comes over and plays mario party sometimes but that's even starting to bore her. Perhaps Metroid Prime but never really liked metroid in 3d anyway. I wonder who out there is actually a Wii fan that would disagree with you. I know I'll get some disagree's too but what can you say.


Prismo... I agree with the avatar. It would be fine if this was an all guy's forum but if we have ladies in here, that is unappropriate. It would really, really bother me to see a lady who put a guy bending over wearing a G string as a avatar.

PS360WII4029d ago

*shudders* guy bending over in a g-string. yea that's an image I could of done without.

As far as no games that's all subjective. People can say that 360 has no games that I want to play therefor it must be an awful system. Just like the PS3 doesn't have a game besides PS2 titles. This argument has no grounding seeing that Wii has games that people buy and developers are still making games for the Wii because games still get bought.

marinelife94029d ago

I think the point the article is trying to make is that Nintendo is the only one that can make a decent game for it. And that third party developers are starting to shy away from even trying.

ITR4029d ago

Tell that to Ubisoft, EA, T2, and Capcom.

I promise you the Wii will keep on selling way into next yr.
Nintendo will hit it's goal of over 14 mil. sold by Dec.

JosefTor4029d ago

Yeah... I've noticed that Wii owners love to disagree when making valid points, future projections or just stating an opinion. They are usually really nice on the forums though so its all good. I'm glad they love and are proud of their system.

I own a Wii too but like the first and third post said... I didn't play it for more then like a couple days. Even games like Mario Party are better on the gamecube in my opinion and the sad thing is my favorite versions of Nintendo games are still on the N64... one of my favorite consoles. I do like how Nintendo tried to bring creativity and innovation back into the forefront and I do like how they brought a lot of casual gamers into the market.

forum_crawler4029d ago

I must be weird or just plain wrong for playing Metroid, Zelda, RE4, Mario Strikers, Rayman, etc on my console.

If the wii's days are numbered (based on the current sales figures), then I should almost ask if they even make the XBox & PS3, but then going to your local Walmart and seeing all the unsold stock they have, and the lack of wiis...

I'm sure the wii is jut fine, and will be fine for the next while.

anonymousAJA4029d ago

There are more stupid people like the poster above who think the Wii is the greatest system of all time with the exception it has the worst library of games out of all three systems. Fact is that most people who bought a Wii were the average Nintendo fanidiots who never question Nintendo or the technology put into a system so many of them were severely uninformed about its real lack of potential. Sales don't justify a system is worth a buy, its games do. And to that effect Nintendo has nothing to offer that a gamecube won't. Hell even the N64 has a better library of games than what the Wii is offering.

forum_crawler4029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

I called the wii the greatest system of all time, and how it is that it has the worst library of all 3 systems. Name an action RPG like Zelda on the Xbox that is better than Zelda, oh wait a minute, maybe YOU don't like that kind of games, but others do. In fact, I'm willing to bet that there are gamers out there who aren't interested in shooters, thus making the meat of the XBox library of little interest to them.

Who says that people who bought the wii didn't know it wasn't the most powerful console out there? I am pretty sure most people who bought it did it knowing that it didn't have PS3 like horsepower. The Game Cube had more power than the PS2, and yet you don't see people who bought that system feeling like idiots.

Oh, and by the way, the GC didn't offer motion sensing controls, so there, the wii does offer something more...

Why is it so hard for people to understand that most people who bought a wii did it because they WANTED TO BUY ONE, and not because everybody ad their dog has one. I bought one knowing full well that it was the least powerful of the three consoles, that it didn't have all the "medial capabilities" or that it may not be for the "hard core" gamers out there. But why would I want my GAMING CONSOLE to stream video, or do more than just play games? I ALREADY HAVE A PC FOR THAT!!!

Believe it or not, the PC still plays shooters, simulators, streams media, or just about any other kind of games better than any console out there. So please don't give me that "you are an uninformed idiot for buying a wii." I got it because I wanted one, no tricks, no misinformation.

Oh, and by the way, I don't appreciate you calling me stupid for stating my opinion (which I am entitled to), or calling wii owners idiots for CHOOSING to get a wii.

assjacket4026d ago

Ummm, that's a girl bending over...

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Trick Nolte4029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

Wii haters are more of a Fad than the Wii itself. Seems people forget that Nintendo consistantly does things that appear to be fads but turn into successful product that enjoy longevity.

Pokemon? C'mon I thought that was a joke and I never got into it, not ever and nor do I chose ti. yet its still going strong and sells in the Millions. You guys really think that just because YOU dont like something or it shouldnt exist. Wake Up.

People RARELY associate Nintendo with the word; FAD. They associate Nintendo with the word; fun.

Wii is more of a social console, we all know that. The perfect answer for the person who doesnt want to sit in front of a tv 12-14 playing games.

Its-a-perfect! for people with active lifestyles.

KeiZka4029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

Didn't Capcom just announce that MH3 is coming to Wii? Developers shying away? Interesting.

EDIT: Disagree all you want, but Capcom still did announce MH3 for Wii, which does indicate against what the article is saying.

Duh, was meant to type against instead of towards, but guess I was distracted then.

Rooftrellen4029d ago

Capcom has made good money from the Wii, and, shockingly, it has been with good games.

Third paties can do well on the Wii, and Capcom is showing that.

boodybandit4029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

like this one.
Isn't the theme of this gen "negativity"?
I have a strong feeling this will become reality. It's the same thing that happened with the N64 and Gamecube. Developers looked elsewhere and almost all of the must have games came from Nintendo themselves. I don't think Nintendo cares one way or the other. They already made a ton off of their new console. They "always" make money. More than the other 2 combined (profit).

I do think that they really did a disservice to their diehard fans by bringing out such dated hardware to power this console. The Wii is the first time ever I passed on a Nintendo made product. I crave hi def and 5.1 or higher. I don't want to hook up analogue when all my hardware is best suited for digital. After a long day I want to kick back and relax and not stand or sit off the edge of a chair waving my arms about.

But that's just me.

forum_crawler4029d ago

I have yet to see anyone waving their arms around as they play wii games. I didn't even do that when I was playing Zelda, so I really don't know what you are talking about.

Oh, just as a side comment, the people playing in the adds are not representative of how your actual game play will be. This is much like a burger. It never looks the same as the add when you actually have it in your hands.

seaempty4029d ago

I can see that the lower development costs and bigger fan base makes the Wii a much less alluring prospect...

And then the 80 games coming out for it this quarter - just about double that of the 360 and PS3 combined - supports this claim...

crck4029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

Good for you. BTW that "bigger fanbase" don't buy games outside of Nintendo ones. Every 3rd party multiplat game has done piss poor on the wii. Sad fact is none of the top independent developers want to touch the system. It will continue to get crap games made by mostly crap developers forced into projects by mega corporations. If those are the kind of games you want then ROCK ON!

ItsDubC4029d ago

If the Wii having two 3rd-party games that've sold over 1 million copies is piss-poor, then what does that say about the PS3 having none?

One of those Wii titles is multiplat - Rayman.

crck4029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

that sold well. Well great, I hope wii owners get the best minigames on the planet. But look at sales of Spiderman 3, Transformers, Madden 08, Nba Live 08 and just about any other game available on other platforms. It gets outsold by the ps3 version by about 3 to 1. While the 360 version usually outsells it by around 10 to 1. Orange Box, Call of Duty 4, Rockband, Assasin's Creed and UT 3. The biggest 3rd party games this holiday season. Where's the Wii version of these games? Oh thats right, good developers don't want to bother with it.

ItsDubC4029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

to refer not simply to games in general, but specific types of games? We could go on and on if the basis for argument keeps changing.

The 360 and PS3 obviously have similar capabilities so a higher percentage of their titles are likely to be multiplat in comparison to Wii titles. If the PS3 had never come out and the console war was between Wii, 360, and PS2, then of course the 360 would get the least number of multiplat games. The sale of multiplats that are common to all three consoles of course tend to favor the 360 and PS3 because those two consoles share a similar and narrow demographic for which those titles appeal to (your list of upcoming 3rd-party titles proves my point). Release a mass-market title such as Singstar as multiplat across all three platforms and guess which console will sell the most copies.

But bragging about multiplat titles just seems a bit odd when we're comparing the software libraries of individual consoles. Especially right after Capcom and Square-Enix have announced major Wii-exclusives. Apparently they're not the good 3rd-party devs I thought they were since they're "bothering" with the Wii.

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