The Wii isn’t hurting Xbox? Really?

A Wii showed up at PodTech recently and it flipped me around.

I used to be one of those guys who thought that Xbox or Sony’s Playstation 3 would take over the market due to the much better HD graphics.  But after playing a while on the Wii I get why people think it’s so cool: casual gaming and game play.

I can’t really explain it, but after 10 seconds you forget that the graphics aren’t as good looking as on the Xbox. Who really cares when you’re playing all sorts of games that are somewhere between Zuma and Geometry Wars anyway?

This why I think Robbie Bach is full of it when he disrespected the Wii. This is the kind of stuff that Microsofties are taught to say after they are getting their butts handed to them in the marketplace. I remember Microsoft execs saying similar things about the iPod and iTunes two to three years ago.

Hey, I’m a total Xbox freak. But the Wii has me. I wish Microsoft did more innovation on the controller side of the house too, but that’s not all of why the Wii is getting so much hype (it’s still hard to find one).

I’ve been reading a bunch of blogs about Halo 3 and most of the bloggers aren’t giving it rave reviews. Here’s Blake Snow’s review over on GigaOm.

If I were Robbie I’d worry a little more about controller innovation, gameplay, and coming out with a few more killer games that keeps our attention on the Xbox system.

Another thing? Since I don’t get a lot of exercise I’m looking for some games that’ll encourage me (and my son) to get moving a bit and off of the couch. At least Wii gets you worked up playing tennis and other active games. That’s VERY appealing to not just me but most families I know with kids who tend to spend too much time looking at game screens.

Comments

  1. I don’t know if praises like that will get you to interview interesting people such as those who built the WII, or interesting people.

    But you have to do something about it. Because you have become boring, irrelevant.

    Go outside the US for freaking sake. And stop talking about Microsoft, whatever money it brings you. Prove you are not a sell out.

  2. I don’t know if praises like that will get you to interview interesting people such as those who built the WII, or interesting people.

    But you have to do something about it. Because you have become boring, irrelevant.

    Go outside the US for freaking sake. And stop talking about Microsoft, whatever money it brings you. Prove you are not a sell out.

  3. This is a case-book example of one of the ways technologists misread customers.

    More pixels, more polygons, and higher frame rates aren’t game-changing. They’ll get you more love from the customers you already appeal to, but they won’t bring new customers into the game. You’re just dressing up the old games with better scenery, costumes, lighting, and atmospherics.

    When I was at Apple we characterized this style of innovation as “better sameness.” (I wish I could remember who coined that. Jean-Louis Gassée? Randy Battat?)

    XBox Live was game-changing. Wii is game-changing. XBox 360 and PS3 are merely game-enhancing.

  4. This is a case-book example of one of the ways technologists misread customers.

    More pixels, more polygons, and higher frame rates aren’t game-changing. They’ll get you more love from the customers you already appeal to, but they won’t bring new customers into the game. You’re just dressing up the old games with better scenery, costumes, lighting, and atmospherics.

    When I was at Apple we characterized this style of innovation as “better sameness.” (I wish I could remember who coined that. Jean-Louis Gassée? Randy Battat?)

    XBox Live was game-changing. Wii is game-changing. XBox 360 and PS3 are merely game-enhancing.

  5. I was outside the US in February (visited Europe and did a ton of videos). I was again outside the US last weekend (visited Mexico). I’ll be back in Mexico next month.

    Funny. Tons of people at Microsoft think I’ve been doing nothing but attacking them lately. I really don’t care whether you think I’m a sell out or not. Go read Digg.com if you think I am.

    And boring? I was always boring. I’m a geek, remember. Not Paris Hilton naked.

    Irrelevant? I don’t even know what that means. But my traffic is higher than when I was supposedly relevant. So, who knows what that means? Who judges relevancy anyway in this game? You? Who gave you the “relevancy rating sheet?”

  6. I was outside the US in February (visited Europe and did a ton of videos). I was again outside the US last weekend (visited Mexico). I’ll be back in Mexico next month.

    Funny. Tons of people at Microsoft think I’ve been doing nothing but attacking them lately. I really don’t care whether you think I’m a sell out or not. Go read Digg.com if you think I am.

    And boring? I was always boring. I’m a geek, remember. Not Paris Hilton naked.

    Irrelevant? I don’t even know what that means. But my traffic is higher than when I was supposedly relevant. So, who knows what that means? Who judges relevancy anyway in this game? You? Who gave you the “relevancy rating sheet?”

  7. I’ve had a Wii since December, and I haven’t turned it on for more than 20 minutes since January. My Xbox 360, on the other hand, sees action 4-5 times a week. The big difference between the two for me is the overall quality of the casual games available on each platform. Xbox Live Arcade appears to be making a point of de-emphasizing retro games in favor of new, sweet casual games (Small Arms, e.g.). The Wii doesn’t have a library of casual games on its download service. It only has ports from older game systems. I downloaded Donkey Kong Country, which I remember loving when I was Patrick’s age. It sucks. A lot. Apparently I had really bad taste in the early 1990s.

    The Wii controller is neat, but the downloadable games available on the 360 are of a much higher calibre. I’m looking forward to Paper Mario dropping in price, but until that happens, meh.

    Really, Robert, Wii Sports should not be the end all and be all of the system. It’s a handful of minigames. No one in their right mind will pay $250 for a handful of minigames. Nintendo (and their 3rd party developers) really need to get more content (and high quality content, at that) in the channel asap. I want to see them do well. I have very fond memories of Nintendo, and I love my DS. Also, if you want to get moving, go pick up a PS2 and Dance Dance Revolution.

  8. I’ve had a Wii since December, and I haven’t turned it on for more than 20 minutes since January. My Xbox 360, on the other hand, sees action 4-5 times a week. The big difference between the two for me is the overall quality of the casual games available on each platform. Xbox Live Arcade appears to be making a point of de-emphasizing retro games in favor of new, sweet casual games (Small Arms, e.g.). The Wii doesn’t have a library of casual games on its download service. It only has ports from older game systems. I downloaded Donkey Kong Country, which I remember loving when I was Patrick’s age. It sucks. A lot. Apparently I had really bad taste in the early 1990s.

    The Wii controller is neat, but the downloadable games available on the 360 are of a much higher calibre. I’m looking forward to Paper Mario dropping in price, but until that happens, meh.

    Really, Robert, Wii Sports should not be the end all and be all of the system. It’s a handful of minigames. No one in their right mind will pay $250 for a handful of minigames. Nintendo (and their 3rd party developers) really need to get more content (and high quality content, at that) in the channel asap. I want to see them do well. I have very fond memories of Nintendo, and I love my DS. Also, if you want to get moving, go pick up a PS2 and Dance Dance Revolution.

  9. Aaron: yeah, keep in mind I’m just going off of the hype that other people at PodTech were giving it and also a few minutes playing it. Not that I’m a big gamer, though. For that you’d have to see my son. He’s totally engrossed in World of Warcraft right now, though.

    I’m not giving away my Xbox, though. We love it for sure!

  10. Aaron: yeah, keep in mind I’m just going off of the hype that other people at PodTech were giving it and also a few minutes playing it. Not that I’m a big gamer, though. For that you’d have to see my son. He’s totally engrossed in World of Warcraft right now, though.

    I’m not giving away my Xbox, though. We love it for sure!

  11. Hehe, a few months ago I asked for your opinion on the Wii in a random thread.

    Glad to finally see your thoughts :)

  12. Hehe, a few months ago I asked for your opinion on the Wii in a random thread.

    Glad to finally see your thoughts :)

  13. Yeah, very true. Innovation wise, Wii is right up there (and I think the success has caught MS and Sony totally off guard). But having said that, MS have done a good job pulling all their services into Xbox for this generation (Messenger is now in there too) and the Media Center/Media Streaming and HD downloads are fantastic.

    If you fancy some fun Wii-type games, the Xbox Live Vision camera is pretty neat. Tottemball is fun, the new Pinball game is ok, but the new Rayman game is amazing with it, and good exercise. Ok, so it’s been done before with eye-toy, but it’s still a blast.

    The thing with the Wii is that the games aren’t all that deep. In our house, most of the games I sit down and play are on the 360. However, whenever we have friends down, it’s the Wii that comes out. I sort of agree with the comments that it’s a party machine, but that’s far from a bad thing to be.

  14. Yeah, very true. Innovation wise, Wii is right up there (and I think the success has caught MS and Sony totally off guard). But having said that, MS have done a good job pulling all their services into Xbox for this generation (Messenger is now in there too) and the Media Center/Media Streaming and HD downloads are fantastic.

    If you fancy some fun Wii-type games, the Xbox Live Vision camera is pretty neat. Tottemball is fun, the new Pinball game is ok, but the new Rayman game is amazing with it, and good exercise. Ok, so it’s been done before with eye-toy, but it’s still a blast.

    The thing with the Wii is that the games aren’t all that deep. In our house, most of the games I sit down and play are on the 360. However, whenever we have friends down, it’s the Wii that comes out. I sort of agree with the comments that it’s a party machine, but that’s far from a bad thing to be.

  15. I agree with most of the comments. The Wii is a fantastic piece of machinery, but they need to get the ball rolling with the online aspect of it. I hope they don’t take the online thing for granted because alot of people want them to succeed with this one. they learned their lesson from the GC. Right now, they are striking gold with the Wii, but they need to continue the course and stick with what they do best….innovate! It’s your time.

  16. I agree with most of the comments. The Wii is a fantastic piece of machinery, but they need to get the ball rolling with the online aspect of it. I hope they don’t take the online thing for granted because alot of people want them to succeed with this one. they learned their lesson from the GC. Right now, they are striking gold with the Wii, but they need to continue the course and stick with what they do best….innovate! It’s your time.

  17. He’s not a truly videogames fan. Maybe it won’t win any awars, specially on the graphics part, but it will win something much better: the hearts of millions of gamers. And half a billion dollars.

  18. He’s not a truly videogames fan. Maybe it won’t win any awars, specially on the graphics part, but it will win something much better: the hearts of millions of gamers. And half a billion dollars.

  19. I have a gamecube still. I may upgrade to the Wii, but that definately does not replace my Playstation 3. Not by a long shot.

    Mario Party is ok, but you can only take so much of simple games.

    Wanna know why PS3 and the Wii are gaining on MIcrosoft?
    http://www.consumerist.com/consumer/repairs/xbox360-tells-customer-i-am-laughing-at-you-and-hangs-up-259890.php
    “Xbox360 Tells Customer “I Am Laughing At You” And Hangs Up 65,840″
    This is so typical. Back when I had a regular Xbox 1, I got so much sh*t when I tried to cancel live. I got nearly the same when I tried to cancel MSN. They are as bad as AOL or worse.

    Sony never gives me crap like this and lets me manage my account without calling. Plus PS3 has @home, the 2nd life killer now in beta, and folding which will ultimately cure cancer.

    I still need to see if my gamecube games will work on the Wii because I have a ton of them still, but if so I’ll probably end up getting one too.

  20. I have a gamecube still. I may upgrade to the Wii, but that definately does not replace my Playstation 3. Not by a long shot.

    Mario Party is ok, but you can only take so much of simple games.

    Wanna know why PS3 and the Wii are gaining on MIcrosoft?
    http://www.consumerist.com/consumer/repairs/xbox360-tells-customer-i-am-laughing-at-you-and-hangs-up-259890.php
    “Xbox360 Tells Customer “I Am Laughing At You” And Hangs Up 65,840″
    This is so typical. Back when I had a regular Xbox 1, I got so much sh*t when I tried to cancel live. I got nearly the same when I tried to cancel MSN. They are as bad as AOL or worse.

    Sony never gives me crap like this and lets me manage my account without calling. Plus PS3 has @home, the 2nd life killer now in beta, and folding which will ultimately cure cancer.

    I still need to see if my gamecube games will work on the Wii because I have a ton of them still, but if so I’ll probably end up getting one too.

  21. Thurrott has been slamming the Wii incessantly on his sites as well. You’re right–every time Microsoft gets their collective hind end handed to them, they start this kind of crap. The Wii is fun–something “gaming” hasn’t been for a long time.

  22. Thurrott has been slamming the Wii incessantly on his sites as well. You’re right–every time Microsoft gets their collective hind end handed to them, they start this kind of crap. The Wii is fun–something “gaming” hasn’t been for a long time.

  23. “Who judges relevancy anyway in this game?”

    To be relevant is to break the news weeks if not months before that happens. To be relevant is to see trends *before* they emerge.

    Michael Arrington and his bunnies are not relevant. Even techmeme is able to show everyday this guy is a linkbaiter. That’s all he is.

    Don’t be that. Be relevant.

    As for selling out, just take a look at techmeme. 1) Big Microsoft ads, meaning that Microsoft is helping techmeme run the business, as much as Microsoft huge sponsor bills runs a news site such that those you know. 2) Daily links to Microsoft people totally irrelevant (i.e. marketing people) who create no discussion and only come up with closed ideas about this industry.
    I can give you more examples, but don’t forget that Podtech is also sponsoring techmeme.

    In short, by seeing evidences of the huge gap of what matters in this industry, versus what matters to this industry according to techmeme, you get an idea of who are sell-outs (answer : those guys often appear in techmeme, such as you headline slut), and who are relevant (not).

  24. “Who judges relevancy anyway in this game?”

    To be relevant is to break the news weeks if not months before that happens. To be relevant is to see trends *before* they emerge.

    Michael Arrington and his bunnies are not relevant. Even techmeme is able to show everyday this guy is a linkbaiter. That’s all he is.

    Don’t be that. Be relevant.

    As for selling out, just take a look at techmeme. 1) Big Microsoft ads, meaning that Microsoft is helping techmeme run the business, as much as Microsoft huge sponsor bills runs a news site such that those you know. 2) Daily links to Microsoft people totally irrelevant (i.e. marketing people) who create no discussion and only come up with closed ideas about this industry.
    I can give you more examples, but don’t forget that Podtech is also sponsoring techmeme.

    In short, by seeing evidences of the huge gap of what matters in this industry, versus what matters to this industry according to techmeme, you get an idea of who are sell-outs (answer : those guys often appear in techmeme, such as you headline slut), and who are relevant (not).

  25. Robert your thoughts are shared by many. As we all know the Wii is not meant to replace an Xbox or Playstation. It pioneers in family fun. I don’t have one but I have heard stories of people’s grandma’s enjoying the Wii. A demographic that has never been capitalized on until now.

  26. Robert your thoughts are shared by many. As we all know the Wii is not meant to replace an Xbox or Playstation. It pioneers in family fun. I don’t have one but I have heard stories of people’s grandma’s enjoying the Wii. A demographic that has never been capitalized on until now.

  27. Robert,

    You do a great job with your blog. You cannot please all of the people all of the time, but who cares. Your passion for what you do shows through and that’s what matters. THe people that attack you are simply jealous in one way or another.

    A request, if I may…

    I’d really like to see you interview Guy Kawasaki. I think you would really find him interesting.

  28. Robert,

    You do a great job with your blog. You cannot please all of the people all of the time, but who cares. Your passion for what you do shows through and that’s what matters. THe people that attack you are simply jealous in one way or another.

    A request, if I may…

    I’d really like to see you interview Guy Kawasaki. I think you would really find him interesting.

  29. Umm, you do realise that Halo 3 has just broken 4 million pre-orders right?

    If you can name me a Wii game that puts up numbers like that, I’ll shut up.

    Bottom line, the 360 is geared towards the more hardcore gamer. The Wii is not. We can argue over whether that is good or bad, but that misses the point. The 360 is in competition with the PS3 and is so far doing better than expected.

    Also, if you want to guage the publics feelings towards Halo 3, go to actual gaming forums (like neogaf) where people are actually playing the Beta right now and where game devs frequently pop in to have a direct chat with gamers. You won’t get that from “bloggers”.

    Lastly, you picked a piss poor example with Halo 3 (not only for the reasons I gave above) but because if you’d done your homework, you’d realise that Halo 3 sacrifices graphics for gameplay. So what was it that you said was innovative about the Wii again? Gameplay. Right?

  30. Umm, you do realise that Halo 3 has just broken 4 million pre-orders right?

    If you can name me a Wii game that puts up numbers like that, I’ll shut up.

    Bottom line, the 360 is geared towards the more hardcore gamer. The Wii is not. We can argue over whether that is good or bad, but that misses the point. The 360 is in competition with the PS3 and is so far doing better than expected.

    Also, if you want to guage the publics feelings towards Halo 3, go to actual gaming forums (like neogaf) where people are actually playing the Beta right now and where game devs frequently pop in to have a direct chat with gamers. You won’t get that from “bloggers”.

    Lastly, you picked a piss poor example with Halo 3 (not only for the reasons I gave above) but because if you’d done your homework, you’d realise that Halo 3 sacrifices graphics for gameplay. So what was it that you said was innovative about the Wii again? Gameplay. Right?

  31. Xbox360 and PS3 are handing over marketshare to the Wii — they have almost 0 “living room multiplayer” games [1]. Everything is multiplayer over Xbox Live.

    It’s bad when a friend considers buying a second Xbox just so that he can play games with his roommate.

    Wii is the only console that gets that playing video games can be a social activity.

    1: I own Small Arms, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Lego Star Wars 2, Rockstar Pingpong… but what other good games are there for playing with a friend sitting beside you?

  32. Xbox360 and PS3 are handing over marketshare to the Wii — they have almost 0 “living room multiplayer” games [1]. Everything is multiplayer over Xbox Live.

    It’s bad when a friend considers buying a second Xbox just so that he can play games with his roommate.

    Wii is the only console that gets that playing video games can be a social activity.

    1: I own Small Arms, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Lego Star Wars 2, Rockstar Pingpong… but what other good games are there for playing with a friend sitting beside you?

  33. Right now the Wii is a 1 trick pony. Wii sports is what people are raving about….friends come over and you pop in Wii sports and you have a ball. Its a Wii Sports machine.

    Yea its a lot more fun than a group of people taking turns watching one person play, which is what you would get when you play most of the games on 360 or PS3 (which the PS3 isn’t gaining on Microsoft as of yet)

    mix that with it being cheap and you got a winner, but for how long?

  34. Right now the Wii is a 1 trick pony. Wii sports is what people are raving about….friends come over and you pop in Wii sports and you have a ball. Its a Wii Sports machine.

    Yea its a lot more fun than a group of people taking turns watching one person play, which is what you would get when you play most of the games on 360 or PS3 (which the PS3 isn’t gaining on Microsoft as of yet)

    mix that with it being cheap and you got a winner, but for how long?

  35. “and folding which will ultimately cure cancer”

    What a lie! Mathematics and its calculations will not cure cancer, be sure.

  36. “and folding which will ultimately cure cancer”

    What a lie! Mathematics and its calculations will not cure cancer, be sure.

  37. I don’t have a dog in this fight. I have no “next-gen” console. Last gen I had an Xbox and a GameCube.

    But look at any of the monthly software sales charts and you’ll see Xbox360 titles dominate. Wii sells a lot of hardware, but the games don’t sell. People get the Wii, played for a couple of weeks, then only play it at parties. I was reading a thread at GAF (which is full of Nintendo fanboys) a couple weeks ago where multple people are saying that they don’t play their Wii anymore, and are no longer asked to bring it to parties.

  38. I don’t have a dog in this fight. I have no “next-gen” console. Last gen I had an Xbox and a GameCube.

    But look at any of the monthly software sales charts and you’ll see Xbox360 titles dominate. Wii sells a lot of hardware, but the games don’t sell. People get the Wii, played for a couple of weeks, then only play it at parties. I was reading a thread at GAF (which is full of Nintendo fanboys) a couple weeks ago where multple people are saying that they don’t play their Wii anymore, and are no longer asked to bring it to parties.

  39. BTW, to Scoble and his followers that declare Nintendo to be the kings of “innovation” and that Microsoft has zero innovation, you might want to check out the 2006 DEMMX awards http://www.demmx.com/demmx/awards/2006.jsp

    XNA Game Studio Express (which allows small timers and hobbiests to make Xbox360 (and Windows) games) won two DEMMX Awards for Microsoft:
    Best of Show: Innovator of the Year
    and
    Game Innovation of the Year

  40. BTW, to Scoble and his followers that declare Nintendo to be the kings of “innovation” and that Microsoft has zero innovation, you might want to check out the 2006 DEMMX awards http://www.demmx.com/demmx/awards/2006.jsp

    XNA Game Studio Express (which allows small timers and hobbiests to make Xbox360 (and Windows) games) won two DEMMX Awards for Microsoft:
    Best of Show: Innovator of the Year
    and
    Game Innovation of the Year

  41. I will agree the Wii is very good socially. But, I have read from places like Joystiq, that the controls on 3rd party games are…not as good as put in. Wii Sports is fun, especially with friends though.

    As for H3, people were expecting too much to come in the form of graphics…simply put, the new game modes and equipment in the game make it ALOT of fun. Hopefully you can hop on with Crackdown starting May 16th.

  42. I will agree the Wii is very good socially. But, I have read from places like Joystiq, that the controls on 3rd party games are…not as good as put in. Wii Sports is fun, especially with friends though.

    As for H3, people were expecting too much to come in the form of graphics…simply put, the new game modes and equipment in the game make it ALOT of fun. Hopefully you can hop on with Crackdown starting May 16th.

  43. The Wii is a fun-machine for non-geeks. It is a far bigger market than the geek-market. And, yes, this market will buy fewer software titles. But this we will see with all software in the future.

    As for Scoble’s MS fanboy status. I’d say yes he is a fanboy. Everything revolves around MS. Sometimes he is nice. Sometimes not so nice. But when so much is going on outside (on the net or with technology’s impact on society) it is a pity Scoble is so obsessed with Redmond as some of the other video interviews have been interesting.

  44. The Wii is a fun-machine for non-geeks. It is a far bigger market than the geek-market. And, yes, this market will buy fewer software titles. But this we will see with all software in the future.

    As for Scoble’s MS fanboy status. I’d say yes he is a fanboy. Everything revolves around MS. Sometimes he is nice. Sometimes not so nice. But when so much is going on outside (on the net or with technology’s impact on society) it is a pity Scoble is so obsessed with Redmond as some of the other video interviews have been interesting.

  45. This is an interesting tidbit the Xbox folks always fail to mention: the 360 is not only getting it’s butt handed to it by the Wii, it’s not even outselling the PS2 on a monthly basis!

    That is a sure sign that the 360 is not going to achieve the market share it needs to be truly dominant. Microsoft might achieve a profitable quarter or two when Halo is released but there is no evidence that this is going to be a consistently profitable business for them.

    …the scary thing for the Xbox team is that from what I hear, Ballmer is getting sick of the Entertainment Division being a money sink. The Xbox team is under tremendous pressure to get costs down and profit up. Unfortunantely, it doesn’t look like there is going to be any sustainable way to achieve that.

  46. This is an interesting tidbit the Xbox folks always fail to mention: the 360 is not only getting it’s butt handed to it by the Wii, it’s not even outselling the PS2 on a monthly basis!

    That is a sure sign that the 360 is not going to achieve the market share it needs to be truly dominant. Microsoft might achieve a profitable quarter or two when Halo is released but there is no evidence that this is going to be a consistently profitable business for them.

    …the scary thing for the Xbox team is that from what I hear, Ballmer is getting sick of the Entertainment Division being a money sink. The Xbox team is under tremendous pressure to get costs down and profit up. Unfortunantely, it doesn’t look like there is going to be any sustainable way to achieve that.

  47. Most of my friends wanted to buy either xbox or playstation but they all now got wii, including me.

  48. Most of my friends wanted to buy either xbox or playstation but they all now got wii, including me.

  49. And another business note – Sony probably could have waited to launch PS3.

    PS2 continues to do great – they could have launched this fall at a lower price with more games and HOME as their online play.

    Too bad… they didn’t have enough confidence in the PS2.

  50. And another business note – Sony probably could have waited to launch PS3.

    PS2 continues to do great – they could have launched this fall at a lower price with more games and HOME as their online play.

    Too bad… they didn’t have enough confidence in the PS2.

  51. Umm, you do realise that Halo 3 has just broken 4 million pre-orders right?

    If you can name me a Wii game that puts up numbers like that, I’ll shut up.

    Zelda and Mario Galaxy will have no problem selling 10 mil. But more importantly, the Wii was released last year and is backordered till about next year.
    Oh yeah, and Nintendo’s profits from the Wii and the DS are better than ever.
    Xbox division is still bleeding red ink like no tomorrow.

  52. Umm, you do realise that Halo 3 has just broken 4 million pre-orders right?

    If you can name me a Wii game that puts up numbers like that, I’ll shut up.

    Zelda and Mario Galaxy will have no problem selling 10 mil. But more importantly, the Wii was released last year and is backordered till about next year.
    Oh yeah, and Nintendo’s profits from the Wii and the DS are better than ever.
    Xbox division is still bleeding red ink like no tomorrow.

  53. Well, duh. Took yah long enough, tho to your credit you did come around. Wii only showing up now? Geesh, had mine from Costco like eons ago. :) Stood in line 3 times, and missed, opening day, so had to pick up later. Repeat value sticks around.

    But with MOH:Airborne, COD4, Halo 3, Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway…the 360 is still in the game. PS3 is overpriced and underrepresented, that said, still think it’s a great unit.

    As far as “consistently profitable business”, they threw that out the window from the get-go. But since I am no longer a stakeholder, who cares. If Microsoft wants to take a bath, so be it. And if they ever get XBMC for 360, that will be the day, sales will double overnight.

  54. Mujibur, the PS2 continues to sell well because it’s a great system with a humongous library of games and most importantly, is about 4 times cheaper than the next gen consoles. So it’s not rocket science.

    It’s not an entirely bad problem for Sony to have, but I assure they would rather have their PS3 selling well instead. Right now the PS3 is a flop (even in Japan!) until we get better games.

  55. Well, duh. Took yah long enough, tho to your credit you did come around. Wii only showing up now? Geesh, had mine from Costco like eons ago. :) Stood in line 3 times, and missed, opening day, so had to pick up later. Repeat value sticks around.

    But with MOH:Airborne, COD4, Halo 3, Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway…the 360 is still in the game. PS3 is overpriced and underrepresented, that said, still think it’s a great unit.

    As far as “consistently profitable business”, they threw that out the window from the get-go. But since I am no longer a stakeholder, who cares. If Microsoft wants to take a bath, so be it. And if they ever get XBMC for 360, that will be the day, sales will double overnight.

  56. Mujibur, the PS2 continues to sell well because it’s a great system with a humongous library of games and most importantly, is about 4 times cheaper than the next gen consoles. So it’s not rocket science.

    It’s not an entirely bad problem for Sony to have, but I assure they would rather have their PS3 selling well instead. Right now the PS3 is a flop (even in Japan!) until we get better games.

  57. “Zelda and Mario Galaxy will have no problem selling 10 mil. But more importantly, the Wii was released last year and is backordered till about next year.
    Oh yeah, and Nintendo’s profits from the Wii and the DS are better than ever.
    Xbox division is still bleeding red ink like no tomorrow.”

    Oh I don’t doubt that, but it’s silly to imply the 360 is getting it’s lunch eaten when it has a much higher software attach rate and has about a dozen million sellers already.

    There’s nothing wrong with the Wii, but it competes in a completely different market segment from the 360 and the PS3. Huge difference between casual gamers and hardcore gamers.

  58. “Zelda and Mario Galaxy will have no problem selling 10 mil. But more importantly, the Wii was released last year and is backordered till about next year.
    Oh yeah, and Nintendo’s profits from the Wii and the DS are better than ever.
    Xbox division is still bleeding red ink like no tomorrow.”

    Oh I don’t doubt that, but it’s silly to imply the 360 is getting it’s lunch eaten when it has a much higher software attach rate and has about a dozen million sellers already.

    There’s nothing wrong with the Wii, but it competes in a completely different market segment from the 360 and the PS3. Huge difference between casual gamers and hardcore gamers.

  59. if i want to play the equivalent of zuma… i dont want to get sweaty doing it. those games are all but FREE online already. Why would I buy a $250 gamecube (or sorry, they are calling it a wii now) for the difference?

  60. if i want to play the equivalent of zuma… i dont want to get sweaty doing it. those games are all but FREE online already. Why would I buy a $250 gamecube (or sorry, they are calling it a wii now) for the difference?

  61. everyone bashing the wii for a lack of games needs to include the PS3, because it has the same problem.

    As far as I know, so did the 360 for the first few months of release.

    The reason the 360 is kicking arse in game sales is because it’s been out for 18 months and the other two have been out for barely 6. Wait another 6-12 months and then we’ll talk about games.
    http://kotaku.com/gaming/nintendo/charticle-the-first-four-months-249629.php

    Glad to see you enjoy the wii, Robert. Does this mean you’ll be picking one up for home? ;)

  62. everyone bashing the wii for a lack of games needs to include the PS3, because it has the same problem.

    As far as I know, so did the 360 for the first few months of release.

    The reason the 360 is kicking arse in game sales is because it’s been out for 18 months and the other two have been out for barely 6. Wait another 6-12 months and then we’ll talk about games.
    http://kotaku.com/gaming/nintendo/charticle-the-first-four-months-249629.php

    Glad to see you enjoy the wii, Robert. Does this mean you’ll be picking one up for home? ;)

  63. Yea, what Sony & MS didn’t realize was the changing marketplace has essentially split it into the hardcore gamers (around 20-30 million in the US) and other 80-90 million casual gamers who are satisfied to play online, socially or buy a Wii because they can start playing in 10 minutes and not have to spend 20 hours just learning basic moves and be ready to play.

    http://2aday.wordpress.com/2007/05/07/the-real-business-lessons-not-learned-sony-nintendo-microsoft/

  64. Yea, what Sony & MS didn’t realize was the changing marketplace has essentially split it into the hardcore gamers (around 20-30 million in the US) and other 80-90 million casual gamers who are satisfied to play online, socially or buy a Wii because they can start playing in 10 minutes and not have to spend 20 hours just learning basic moves and be ready to play.

    http://2aday.wordpress.com/2007/05/07/the-real-business-lessons-not-learned-sony-nintendo-microsoft/

  65. I haven’t played my wii for 2 months. Play with the thing for 2 weeks and you’ll realize that the controller isn’t as precise as it seems and it’s more like a gimmick.. And where are the games? Who cares about Cooking mama? At least on the 360 there’s good games every month…

  66. I haven’t played my wii for 2 months. Play with the thing for 2 weeks and you’ll realize that the controller isn’t as precise as it seems and it’s more like a gimmick.. And where are the games? Who cares about Cooking mama? At least on the 360 there’s good games every month…

  67. Andrew, that chart isn’t particularly useful because it can’t account for supply problems. Xbox 360 had major problems getting enough units on the ground at launch. The Wii also has a supply problem, but they’re able to pump out a lot more units than the MS was.

    In order to make the kind of comparisons we want to make the numbers would have to be limited by demand, NOT supply.

  68. Andrew, that chart isn’t particularly useful because it can’t account for supply problems. Xbox 360 had major problems getting enough units on the ground at launch. The Wii also has a supply problem, but they’re able to pump out a lot more units than the MS was.

    In order to make the kind of comparisons we want to make the numbers would have to be limited by demand, NOT supply.

  69. At the moment, I own a 360 and a wii. I own 2 Wii games, Wii Sports and Zelda, but when I put in zelda, it was kind of painful to play with composite video on a bigscreen, so I didn’t play it long.

    I’ve since ordered component cables, but haven’t even plugged them in – my gaming time lately has been evenly split between the 360 and GameTap.

    I enjoy the Wii, but the wii-mote seems to be a one-trick pony. I really think we’ll have to see how things are doing this time next year.

    As for the PS3? I’ll probably buy one when they drop to

  70. At the moment, I own a 360 and a wii. I own 2 Wii games, Wii Sports and Zelda, but when I put in zelda, it was kind of painful to play with composite video on a bigscreen, so I didn’t play it long.

    I’ve since ordered component cables, but haven’t even plugged them in – my gaming time lately has been evenly split between the 360 and GameTap.

    I enjoy the Wii, but the wii-mote seems to be a one-trick pony. I really think we’ll have to see how things are doing this time next year.

    As for the PS3? I’ll probably buy one when they drop to

  71. I own both a 360 and a Wii. If I had to choose between the 2, I’d toss my Wii in the ocean in a second. It’s a great concept, but the lack of games and weak graphics just make in unappealing when I have Guitar Hero 2. The Wii only gets played by my kids for about 2 hours a week. The 360 gets 2 hours a day. And I buy way more 360 games and accessories. If the Wii was all I had to game on, I’d seriously consider quitting gaming and take up golf. I think Nintendo is selling boatloads of consoles, but I’m very curious on how many games they are selling. Long live the 360.

  72. I own both a 360 and a Wii. If I had to choose between the 2, I’d toss my Wii in the ocean in a second. It’s a great concept, but the lack of games and weak graphics just make in unappealing when I have Guitar Hero 2. The Wii only gets played by my kids for about 2 hours a week. The 360 gets 2 hours a day. And I buy way more 360 games and accessories. If the Wii was all I had to game on, I’d seriously consider quitting gaming and take up golf. I think Nintendo is selling boatloads of consoles, but I’m very curious on how many games they are selling. Long live the 360.

  73. “Xbox division is still bleeding red ink like no tomorrow.”

    You might want to look into that statement again, well… unless “no tomorrow” doesn’t count the next 2 years.

  74. “Xbox division is still bleeding red ink like no tomorrow.”

    You might want to look into that statement again, well… unless “no tomorrow” doesn’t count the next 2 years.

  75. I got my girlfriend a wii for christmas. She loves it. We use it to browse the net while watching TV and playing 10 minute games between shows. I mean, who has a 5 hour stretch of free time to play Gears (or Oblivion?) Not me. Too busy. But I got 30 minutes to play bowling :-)

    Wii rocks.

    monk.e.boy

  76. I got my girlfriend a wii for christmas. She loves it. We use it to browse the net while watching TV and playing 10 minute games between shows. I mean, who has a 5 hour stretch of free time to play Gears (or Oblivion?) Not me. Too busy. But I got 30 minutes to play bowling :-)

    Wii rocks.

    monk.e.boy

  77. So, am I not considered a “hardcore gamer” because I don’t want to yuk it up over a headset while playing yet another capture-the-flag sequel against gamers in another time zone? Or because I don’t want to choose whether to launch a special attack or a healing spell? Or because I don’t need gritty, muddy, bloody graphics to catch my interest?

    Sorry, but I’ve sat on my butt pushing buttons for over two decades. I’m very happy to finally be doing something different for once.

  78. So, am I not considered a “hardcore gamer” because I don’t want to yuk it up over a headset while playing yet another capture-the-flag sequel against gamers in another time zone? Or because I don’t want to choose whether to launch a special attack or a healing spell? Or because I don’t need gritty, muddy, bloody graphics to catch my interest?

    Sorry, but I’ve sat on my butt pushing buttons for over two decades. I’m very happy to finally be doing something different for once.

  79. Well, the WII controller works GREAT on EA’s Tiger Woods Golf.

    The other great thing about the WII? I can now play Tecmo Bowl again!!! And Mario Bro’s. Awesome!!!

    The other great thing about the WII is that the spouse now plays video games with the kids. Never did that with the XBOX360.

  80. Well, the WII controller works GREAT on EA’s Tiger Woods Golf.

    The other great thing about the WII? I can now play Tecmo Bowl again!!! And Mario Bro’s. Awesome!!!

    The other great thing about the WII is that the spouse now plays video games with the kids. Never did that with the XBOX360.

  81. The genius of wii is that it probably sold to families whose wage earner(s) saw 1-3 game consoles already kicking around the living room and yet could be convinced that wii was something completely different and vital to the survival of the family.

    There was also a rumor that not getting a wii last year would make Baby Jesus cry.

    Can you tell that I’m not a gamer?

  82. The genius of wii is that it probably sold to families whose wage earner(s) saw 1-3 game consoles already kicking around the living room and yet could be convinced that wii was something completely different and vital to the survival of the family.

    There was also a rumor that not getting a wii last year would make Baby Jesus cry.

    Can you tell that I’m not a gamer?

  83. why isn’t halo3 on the wii just because the graphics are a little bad dosen’t mean halo3 can’t be on the wii.

  84. Halo 3 isn’t on the Wii because Microsoft owns Bungie and won’t let it happen.

    (anyone remember when Microsoft bought Bungie and used Halo as the “killer app” launch title for the XBox… AFTER Bungie demonstrated Halo as a game it was developing specifically for the Mac?)

  85. Halo 3 isn’t on the Wii because Microsoft owns Bungie and won’t let it happen.

    (anyone remember when Microsoft bought Bungie and used Halo as the “killer app” launch title for the XBox… AFTER Bungie demonstrated Halo as a game it was developing specifically for the Mac?)