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May 12th, 2006

Will the Wii Succiid?

There’s a lot of talk about the new (awkwardly named) Nintendo Wii, especially with its debut at E3. I’m not much of a gaming guy (in fact, not at all), but I do find it interesting to watch the ever-so-subtle balance between marketing, technological advances, and business partnerships. After all, you can have the most well-marketed, technologically advanced console, but if the only game available is Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge, the console’s not going to sell well.

I’m sure we’ve got some gamers out there… what are your opinions on the Wii and its competition?

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FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday May 12, 2006 -- 10:24:03 am
It all depends on what games become available, I'd say, and adoption rate. (PS3 is up against the wall with its silly high price tag.)

That said, I think the Wii's controller is absolutely brilliant. Nintendo capitalized on something people already do - move the controller whilst playing - and incorporated it into gameplay. So long as it works properly, I think the controller could be a major selling point. Of course, if the games aren't there, it could just be the next Power Glove.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday May 12, 2006 -- 11:16:16 am
Whether or not it sells well is unclear, but I applaud Nintendo for realizing they needed to do something drastic to become relevant again. Releasing another ordinary system with another Mario party and Link game would have kept Nintendo behind Microsoft and Sony.

At least now, people are talking about Nintendo again. It's already a step in the right direction.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Sunday May 14, 2006 -- 9:47:57 pm
Do they still have arcades? You know, where you play a game like Donkey Kong, Burgertime, Battlezone or Frogger for a quarter?

I bet now they're like $1 a play. But do they even have them?

How out of touch am I?

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 14, 2006 -- 10:08:23 pm
I agree with Dave that it was good of Nintendo to realize that they needed to do something drastic. I was starting to think they should do what Sega did and get out of the hardware market and stick to the software that they're so good at. Nintendo's made some poor hardware choices lately (though the Wavebird is one of the sweetest wireless controllers ever), but I think their software has always been top notch.

I'll have to wait and see, because I'm still skeptical. It'll be interesting to see what this WiiConnect24 is like. I think both Sony and Nintendo have a LONG way to go to catch Microsoft's XBox Live. Live is probably one of the most ingenius things Microsoft's ever created, particularly with the iteration that's on the 360. I wouldn't be surprised if either system ended up with a copycat service.

I haven't looked at all the PS3 and Wii news from E3 yet. And maybe I'm a little biased, since I'm lovin' playing Oblivion on my 360. :)

FROM: Abbey
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2006 -- 6:20:01 pm
I have an XBox and it is the AWESOMEST!! We bought this little thing you plug into a controller port that comes with a remote so it plays DVDs. You can play CDs in it too. I haven't really loked at this, but I think (I doubt iT) that maybe you can progam music onto it.

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