Wii

I played Amazon’s little customer vote game and “won” the ability to buy a Wii today.

So I did.

It strikes me that Nintendo is the Apple of the video game world.

Both Sony and Microsoft are in an arms race. Both companies produce incredibly powerful (and power hungry) super computing based consoles that are incredibly expensive to make. Sony is losing loads of $$$ per PS3 sold. I have no idea of MSFT is breaking even on 360s yet.

Nintendo pulled an iPod style introduction with the Wii. Instead of trying to compete on raw power or a laundry list of features, Nintendo optimized around an innovative user experience. By “user experience”, I mean that Nintendo actually focused their development effort on “making something that is new and damned fun” instead of “make FPS games more realistic” (*yawn*).

In the process, Nintendo also produced a hardware platform that is cheap to manufacturer while still hitting the market at a price point way below Sony or Microsoft. And they are making money hand over fist, as a result.

Funny, developing for the Wii is apparently considerably cheaper, too. A Wii title costs 1/4 to 1/3 as much to develop as a PS3 or 360 title, from what I have read.

I’m looking forward to seeing new titles for the Wii and how third parties take advantage of the unique control system.


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4 Responses to “Wii”

  1. julian says:

    You’re certainly not the first (nor last) person to make the Nintendo ~= Apple connection. 🙂

  2. bbum says:

    Yeah — I just haven’t really been paying much attention beyond figuring out that the Wii seems to be a boatload more interesting.

  3. Julian Grey says:

    If you havent yet, make sure you get:

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

    Not only is it a one of the top games ever, it also takes full advantage of all of the new hardware functionality.

    Enjoy~

  4. Steve Kirks says:

    Bill:

    From what I understand, the Wii is a souped-up version of the GameCube. That would explain the development and hardware cost savings.

    I wonder if you could hook the Wii and the Stoker and the ‘Egg together?

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