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Wii have a wiinner

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Mithrandir

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January sales figures:

Wii: 436,000
Xbox 360: 294,000
PlayStation 3: 244,000


I hate to keep pounding a point in over and over again, but it's like I've been saying all along: people want fun in their games, and don't care so much about the graphics.


Will the game industry ever figure this out?


Probably not.


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The average person goes to a store, sees all the HD whoozawhatsits, gets bombarded with 50 different acronyms, gets told by the salesperson that they need THIS HDMI cable for THAT TV, THIS adapter, etc, etc, and they say "well why the fuck won't it work with my existing TV?", and the salesman says "Because HD IS NEW AND BETTER!". Customer says "well I just want something that works!" and buys a wii.

One of the biggest problems is that the media companies have gotten so used to bilking the customer over on overpriced cable addons that they've taken it too far and have made things an absolute mess. I mean seriously: DVI, HDMI, HDCP, UDI, DisplayPort. GOOD CHRIST MAKE IT STOP.


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To be honest, DisplayPort and DVI provide actual quality improvements for computer users. The rest of the formats (particularly HDMI) don't do much other than provide Big Content with ways to plug the analogue hole.

And yes, I do think that the sales of the Wii represent that users are interested in good games, or at least cheap, well-made games that are fun to play with people in the same room.

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Christ it's all digital information anyways, what's wrong with pumping up the bandwidth of something like USB or firewire and using that instead?


I like DVI, and I hate it when HD apologists try to say that DVI doesn't provide enough bandwidth for HD. Bullspit. Dual-link DVI has enough bandwidth to surpass any HD resolution, and every time they claim that, they're referring to single-link DVI. I've never actually seen a single-link DVI cable, or a device that used it.


Anyway, I can understand the want to get away from DVI; it's got 29 wires and if they try to pump up the bandwidth anymore, they'll run into crosstalk issues. But to have 3 other formats in addition to DVI? That's just pure madness.

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I wouldn't claim any console as the "winner" just yet; heck, the PS3 hasn't even been released over here yets; but if the Wii continues with those sales figures for another half year their market share will be too large to ignore - the snowball effect where publishers switch to a console due to high sales numbers which in turn drives sales higher will be too strong at that point. I notice over at Gamasutra the market analysts who were previously concerned the Wii was just a gimmick are starting to switch their predicitions.

For me, ultra fancy graphics on a console are a non issue. I'm not rolling in disposable cash, and combined with having to pay with Australian dollars rather than US mean my purchasing power isn't enough to justify spending a fortune on luxury electronics. I've only got a 13 inch TV, so my next upgrade would me more concerned on getting a bigger set rather than HD. But I don't see any real reason to consider getting a bigger TV, given I primarily use those for Gamecube games and they look and play just fine on a small telly.

It will be interesting to see if the PS3 suffers the same fate as the N64; where sales suffer because the manufacturer concentrated more on what they wanted to sell rather than what people wanted to buy.

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Even though I love the Wii and the direction that Nintendo has gone, I completely disagree with why they are selling more units. Right now I think the number one reason before all else is price.

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Even though I love the Wii and the direction that Nintendo has gone, I completely disagree with why they are selling more units. Right now I think the number one reason before all else is price.

The Gamecube was pretty cheap too, so price obviously doesn't account for everything.

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I just bought a new TV this December. It's not HD. Still looks great. Good price too.

I figured out quite some time ago that high definition has very little bearing on my life.

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Even though I love the Wii and the direction that Nintendo has gone, I completely disagree with why they are selling more units. Right now I think the number one reason before all else is price.

The Gamecube was pretty cheap too, so price obviously doesn't account for everything.
21.5 million GCs were sold. It wasn't a flop by any means.

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January sales figures:

Wii: 436,000
Xbox 360: 294,000
PlayStation 3: 244,000


I hate to keep pounding a point in over and over again, but it's like I've been saying all along: people want fun in their games, and don't care so much about the graphics.

Uh, no.

Correlation is not causation. Nor is coincidence. For starters, how many of those Wii owners also own other consoles? (The data provides no indication of this.) What are total sales figures? What will total sales figures be by the mid-point of the console generation? How sustainable will the Wii's sales be over time?

Your pronouncement is extremely premature.

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