Nintendo Wii a must-have on every gadget lover’s Christmas list

“With the video-game market becoming dangerously vertical, Nintendo has introduced its new Wii console as an answer to gamers looking for a more satisfying experience — and as a must-have on every gadget lover’s Christmas list,” Robert Holmes reports for TheStreet.com.

Holmes reports, “After its Nov. 19 debut in North America for $249.99, game players flooded stores searching for the console. If you weren’t able to snatch one, don’t worry — Nintendo should have ample units available by year-end. ‘We are on track to ship four million Wii systems worldwide by the end of the calendar year, and demand seems ready to account for every one of them,’ says Anka Dolecki, public relations director at Nintendo of America. ‘The early returns indicate that we’ve made a very positive first step in our goal of both giving current gamers a new way to play, and nonplayers a reason to get into the game.'”

Holmes reports, “By comparison, Sony officials previously warned that only 2 million PlayStation 3 consoles, which launched just days before the Wii, would ship by the end of this year — half of what Sony had previously forecast.”

“The real genius behind the Wii, though, is the way it plays,” Holmes reports. “This is where Nintendo has been the most innovative in the video-game wars: The new console comes packaged with the Wii Remote control (or Wii-mote) and Nunchuk attachment. The Wii-mote resembles a television remote control, simplistic in design when compared to the complex controllers of the PS3 or the Xbox. The intuitive controls make it easy for anyone to pick it up and play games immediately.”

“Instead of button mashing and complex sequences of combinations, players must use motions to control characters on the screen. For example, when playing Wii Sports (the free game bundled with the system), characters are controlled by making motions with the Wii-mote,” Holmes reports. “Over Thanksgiving, I brought my Wii system home for a real challenge — my family. Not only did my sister enjoy playing a few rounds of tennis, both of my parents joined in. Even my grandmother bowled a frame. The Wii truly is a video-game system to enjoy together, and the price makes it the perfect holiday gift for anyone on your list.”

Full article here.
Not Apple-related, but may be interesting to some MDN readers. We’re following the story of Nintendo’s Wii for pretty obvious reasons.

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32 Comments

  1. Thank you. There are 8-bit games that are more fun to play than any of the current “next-gen” games. Warmed over sequels and crap games based on movies. Games no one except a game-tard wants to play.

    Monopoly has no graphics or controllers.

  2. The “pretty obvious reasons” for which MDN is “following the story of Nintendo’s Wii” are not so obvious to me. I can think of several reasons, but am not sure which coincidental relationship to the Mac applies:

    1. Years ago, Mac computers ran on IBM processors…. just like the Wii.

    2. Wii, upside-down, looks like M!!, which is the factorial of M factorial, which is [(M)(M-1)…(1)] [(M-1)(M-2)…(1)] [(M-2)(M-3)…(1)]. As M increases, M!! rapidly approaches the maximum of the numeric range of a computational device… which starts with MAX, which sounds like Macs.

    3. The editors of MDN are complete dorks, and dorks like to play games. The Wii is a game machine.

    I’m leaning toward #3. What do you think?

  3. I’m with you Sum Jung Gai,

    MDN has been throwing out that same little line with no explanation as to what those “obvious” reasons are..I am betting MDN knows something “wii” don’t. Stop stocking the empty fire pit MDN, fess up. What gives?

  4. Do we have to go through this discussion every time MDN posts a Wii story? It seriously starts to look like it has been copy-pasted from countless earlier Wii entries on MDN.

    Well, let’s see…
    1) Nintendo innovates, so does Apple
    2) Nintendo fights Microsoft (and Sony), like Apple
    3) Nintendo is the underdog, just like Apple
    4) Nintendo nowadays design their products like Apple

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