The Nintendo Wii is a video game console that was developed and released by Nintendo. It was the seventh console in Nintendo’s library, and was made to compete alongside Microsoft’s Xbox 360, and Sony’s Playstation 3. With Nintendo finishing last of the three in the previous generation of consoles, and not faring well with the N64, would Nintendo and the Wii fare better than the Gamecube?
What is the Nintendo Wii?
The Nintendo Wii was a completely different idea than your traditional console. What differentiated it from the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 was the Wii Remote. Instead of having two joysticks and normal face buttons, it was just in the shape of a regular TV remote. However, it also acted as a pointing device that could detect in three dimensions. When the console launched, it came with a game called Wii Sports. What this was, was essentially a demo disc of different mini games that allowed you to be able to test the different capabilities of the Wii. From golf, bowling, tennis, and baseball, you were able to pretend that you were actually doing these sports. Swinging the controller like you would swing a baseball bat or a golf club, the Wii was able to give you a different type of immersion not seen in video games before. While the console wasn’t able to give you the graphical prowess of the Playstation 3 or the Xbox 360, what it lacked in power, it made up the difference with the types of games and innovation that the others could not provide. Due to this innovation, Nintendo also was targeting a different type of audience with its games other than just the hardcore gamers. Nintendo was looking to target the whole family, and getting everyone to play their games.
How Successful Was It?
When the console was first announced back in 2006, it received mixed reviews. Many people gave it numerous awards that year, including best in show, most innovative product, and best hardware. However, many companies that produce games didn’t think this way. They thought that it was an innovative product, but perhaps too innovative at the time. Due to the fact that it was such a drastic change in hardware, it wouldn’t be easy to incorporate those ideas into games that would have to be released on all three major consoles. With the lack of graphical power, as well as a completely different controller, it would be difficult, time consuming, and expensive to develop games on the Wii rather than the Playstation 3 or the Xbox 360. Like in the previous console generation, Nintendo would have to rely on their first party titles such as Mario, Zelda, and Metroid to create great games, boost sales, and gain popularity with the “core” gamers in order to get other third party developers to jump on the Wii. With such popular titles such as Super Mario Sunshine, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and the ever popular Super Smash Brothers Brawl, other developers began to take notice the rising popularity of the Nintendo Wii and started developing games for it. With popular titles such as the No More Heroes franchise, Disney’s Epic Mickey, and The Red Steel Franchise coming out, the system began to sell, and began to sell quickly.
Nintendo Wii Sales
Since June 2014, the Nintendo Wii has sold over 100 million consoles worldwide. To put that in perspective, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 both sold 80 million each. The Wii sold more units in the United States than the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 combined in the first half of 2007, and nearly six times as much in the Japanese market. This is including the shortage of stock that Nintendo had when it was first launched. With a lower price point, and targeting a different demographic than what Microsoft and Sony were doing, it is easy to say that Nintendo Wii surpassed in leaps and bounds what they thought that they were going to sell. To date, it is the most popular and best-selling console that Nintendo has ever put out, and it seems as though that no one will beat 100 million units sold any time soon.