Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Catching up part 3: Nintendos Turn

Well, my google reader is back to normal. I tried some stand-alone RSS readers...and they just didn't work out. So I'm happy.

Well, I've ranted about the PS3 and the 360. It's Nintendo's turn for a wrap up of the last couple of weeks.

First up, while obvious, is Reggie mocking the competition for not attacking the right market. Nintendo's competition is really the things people do everyday: watching TV, or out-of-home activities such as bowling. If the Wii can pull users away from those things, then they've got something special on their hands. MS and Sony were too busy going after the audience they already have, and missed the boat.

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Reggie's claims are easily backed up with news on console production. Wii product is up, and PS3 production is down. Obviously, this is due to sales. The Wii beating the PS3 5-to-1 in Japan probably didn't leave room for Sony celebration.

The 360 isn't safe either, as an online survey shows Wii owners are less likely to purchase 360's. Not surprising. Those going straight for the Wii are probably the non-hardcore crowd and enjoy the cheaper entry fee (leaving an "over-engineered" $400+ console purchase out of the question).

A very confident Nintendo is already assuming a solid win.

Of course, the Wii is showing some negative possibilities now as well. Wii success could be an indirect attack on hardcore gaming. If the casuals take over...will the hardcore be left in the dust? the Wii's success leaving shortages even more problematic? Right now, it may seem okay...because there really isn't any solid Wii titles other than Wii Sports. I'm impatiently waiting for Metroid 3, but if I remember right it comes out around the same time as Halo it gets to wait. What if consumers get tired of not being able to procure the Wii and they end up going for the other two consoles which will have a plethora of solid games this Christmas?

For those who do have Wii' seems that the problem of not having any memory left is coming soon. Delete or move to SD is the option, but is that really desirable? Maybe the under-engineered Wii will need a hard drive one of these days.

In any case, Nintendo is sitting pretty yet again. But one has to wonder if they will do a history regurgitation with the N64 era? If Nintendo gets over-confident again...they'll lose the 3rd party support to the competition. But that will be a future generation. For now...those DS's and Wii's just keep printing money.


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