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Friday, 11 March 2011 10:10

Gathering dust is all Wii is doing

Written by David Stellmack
wii

Nintendo needs to launch a successor
Recent surveys indicate that more than half of Nintendo Wii owners participating in the survey had not used their Wii in the last six months. When asked why, many admitted that the novelty of the Wii had worn off and the Wii was just gathering dust. It does seem that the strongest users of the Wii are still families with younger children who not yet old enough for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

Nintendo has recently admitted their past strategy was to focus on the 3DS and Pokemon Black & White, rather than perhaps working on a new home console. It seems now that the technology has become quite stale and actually pretty outdated, considering that Wii was based on technology from the Game Cube to start with.

Analysts that we have spoken with suggest that Nintendo has been working on something new, but what kind of console this might be is hard to say. Still, many believe that it is possible that Nintendo will start talking about a Wii 2 (if that is what they end up calling it) as soon as E3. As one analyst told us, “I just can’t see Nintendo going into this holiday season with Wii and choose to focus their strategy on the 3DS instead of the promise of a new and much more powerful console.”

Retailers that we have spoken with have experienced a drop off in the sale of Wii titles, as well. Although new titles are coming out, they just are not moving as quickly as they used to. Sure, the blockbuster new titles for Wii do well, but even those are not selling like they used to.

Nintendo is at a unique crossroads for this holiday season and it will be very interesting to see how it plays out. While we do think the possibility of another price cut on the Wii is in the cards, we don’t expect it to have much impact. Most of those who wanted a Wii already own a Wii. Nintendo needs to sell the excitement and power of a new console system, and it is about the only thing that really makes sense at this point.


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-36 #1 TechHog 2011-03-11 13:32
Honestly, I think that they're just going to drop the price and call it a day. Even if they do release something new, it'll probably only be about as powerful as the 360, and will fail anyway. And their online will still be total fail. They should just abandon the home console business.
 
 
-19 #2 TechHog 2011-03-11 21:47
To the people who gave me thumbs down, I know Nintendo. They don't change a strategy if it works, and they are now using the same strategy they use for handhelds: a cheap system with sub-par graphics and a focus on gameplay. If Nintendo releases a new console, it won't come out until next year, it will use an upgraded Wii controller (NOT a traditional controller), it WILL use the 3DS's unified Friend Code system, and it won't use next-generation graphics. Nintendo would need to sell it for at least $400 (most likely more) to have next-gen graphics, and that just won't work. They're going to release a $300 Wii with slightly above 360-level graphics.

Sad thing is, I'll still buy it.
 
 
+6 #3 dicobalt 2011-03-12 23:53
Recent surveys indicate that more than half of Microsoft Kinect owners participating in the survey had not used their Kinect in the last six months. When asked why, many admitted that the novelty of the Kinect had worn off and the Kinect was just gathering dust. Much like the Power Glove, Rob, and Super Scope sitting in their attic.
 
 
0 #4 123s 2011-03-13 15:11
Somebody s trying to beat warriors thumbs down record :D
 
 
+2 #5 TechHog 2011-03-13 15:25
Quoting 123s:
Somebody s trying to beat warriors thumbs down record :D

Except that, unlike Warrior, I'm right. Nintendo can't possibly release a console with "next-gen" graphics without selling it at a loss, and Nintendo has never sold at a loss, nor would they gain much from doing so in their current state. I know how everyone wants a console with better graphics to come out so that PCs won't be held back anymore, but Nintendo isn't going to be the one to release that console. All of those thumbs down are from people who haven't touched Nintendo in at least 10 years, if ever.
 
 
0 #6 123s 2011-03-13 16:17
Yea, youre probably right but whats about the Gamecube, wasnt it powerful for that time, so there is a chance that they use high tech to sell their stuff again. Selling an other Wii just with better graphics doesnt sound very promising.
 
 
+2 #7 TechHog 2011-03-13 19:54
Quoting 123s:
Yea, youre probably right but whats about the Gamecube, wasnt it powerful for that time, so there is a chance that they use high tech to sell their stuff again. Selling an other Wii just with better graphics doesnt sound very promising.

Everything before the Wii was competitive graphically, and that stopped working for them. Going back to a traditional console and selling it at a loss would be suicide. They can't compete with Microsoft and Sony directly as it stands. Maybe they could if they start totally fresh and abandon everything they have now, but that wouldn't make any sense to do. They are going to continue their current strategy with their next system, just like they're doing in the handheld market with the 3DS.
 
 
+2 #8 123s 2011-03-13 20:30
Well 3DS got this 3D thing as selling point, a Wii HD doesnt have one with all the Move/Kinect s...stuff.
 
 
+1 #9 TechHog 2011-03-13 20:41
Quoting 123s:
Well 3DS got this 3D thing as selling point, a Wii HD doesnt have one with all the Move/Kinect s...stuff.

Which is why they can't make a powerful console. They need to keep it cheap.

Either way, chances are that we won't see another Nintendo console after their next one.
 
 
0 #10 sidje 2011-03-14 09:37
Careful observer will notice that, even with all the arguments above, Nintendo always manages to beat Sony's and Microsoft's behinds... the reason is quite simple - they do not focus on numbers, they focus on fun. That's why everyone keeps buying it.

Between number of shaders and pure fun, I know what I'd choose each and every time!
 

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