Innovation vaults Wii to the top

The Toronto Star's Raju Mudhar on Nov 17, 2007:

"Nintendo coming out in front (in the seventh-generation console war) simply because they've changed the way we play. While Sony and Microsoft engage in an arms race of bigger, faster and more complex games, Nintendo's outside-the-box thinking has created a system anybody can pick up and enjoy.

PS3 problems stem from how the box was handled at launch and a top-down attitude telling consumers what they want as opposed to listening to their concerns. But, recently, Sony is making some strides, the best example being the price cuts on their all-in-one machine.

The Xbox 360 is actually sitting quite pretty. It's currently the hardcore gamer's choice and has the largest library of games. Their online component is a model that their two competitors should seriously look at and rip off.

But the Wii's effort to expand the gamer marketplace is to be lauded, and also for helping ushering in the whole casual gaming trend. They are leading the industry into new areas, and we are very happy to be pulled along."

Mudhar reviews and compares the three companies and systems in terms of:
• Sales
• What they do best
• Where they could improve
• What's to come
• What they say
• Best exclusive games

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cooljmac4079d ago

The price is what is the huge seller. If I was a parent and not a gamer I would also buy a Wii as it is the cheapest console. PS3 and Xbox 360 are adult oriented in the games they produce, whereas the Wii is more the casual gamer and child themed gaming.

cooke154078d ago

instead of calling it child themed.. how about more variety.

bluecapone4079d ago

Wii is great for the casual but to tell truth i would never buy one

wiizy4079d ago

thats why its number one....wii has the best games coming out..triple aaa games and best variety..and has the casual market in a will not buy cares

unsunghero284078d ago

That's not really true.

Admittedly, the Wii has many, many casual games. But in addition, it has some of the must-have hardcore titles of this generation. Super Mario Galaxy, Super Smash Bros Brawl, and Legend of Zelda come to mind.

Oh yeah, and Virtual Console too.

rofldings4078d ago

Did you notice they're all first party? And they're not exactly hardcore if my 8 year old brother wants to play it.

ChickeyCantor4078d ago

STFU =/.
your comment was soo shallow, britney spears shallow to be exact.

hang your self please sankyou

rbanke4079d ago (Edited 4079d ago )

Since when does Innovation = rehashing your last console (gamecube) with some slight tweaks, and adding a controler similar to something you came out with 15? years ago (powerglove). The talk about how old people are buying wii's is bogus also, the same people that buy 360's and ps3's are buying wii's. If you want to say 'but old people DO buy wii's ive seen them' guess what, the ocasional old person is buying any product including ps3 and 360's. I have a wii, its boring and collects dust. And its only future purpose will be smash bros.

unsunghero284078d ago (Edited 4078d ago )

Are you trying to say that because the PS3 and 360 have some older people buying them, they come about even to the Wii in that age group? Sorry pal, not sure if you've noticed, but there are several times more grandmas playing Wii Sports than Halo 3. I'd go so far as to say the difference is exponential.

And I have a Wii as well, and I use it every day. I don't think Nintendo ever meant it to REPLACE a 360 or PS3 in the eyes of the hardcore gamer. But hey, for what its worth, the Wii has several games any sensible hardcore gamer would want to buy.


Clearly you haven't been on N4G... almost ever.

Almost weekly there are articles coming out about Wii's in retirement homes and how much old folk love them. And YES, I have in fact had experience with the Wii and older people because I've been able to get my parents (who scoff at the idea of playing "those shooter games") to have a lot of fun making mii's and Wii bowling.

Just because YOU haven't seen it doesn't mean it's not true.

rbanke4078d ago

Just because you saw a commercial with some old people playing the Wii doesnt make it so. Like i said, I have a wii, I know 2 other people (my age) who also have them. None of us has seen 'old people' playing them, or show any interest in them. Including family.

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