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Wii's Longevity, Competition Questioned 277

Gamasutra reports that, despite the Wii's breakaway sales success, some analysts are skeptical of the Wii's staying power. Other analysts are, of course, pointing out that many of the 'hardcore' titles are expected later this year. "[They] not[ed] that 31% of Wii owners surveyed in March said they expected to play the Wii more often a year from now, compared to 21% of Xbox 360 owners." At the same time, Nintendo of America's George Harrison is questioning the staying power of Sony and Microsoft. According to Harrison, the two larger companies 'lack the DNA' to move with the industry, and keep with the the demand for casual, more family-friendly titles. "'They're really good at reaching a certain customer, and have a real difficulty understanding how we succeed with the customers that we have,' said the senior vice president of marketing and communications. With the sales of Wii and DS hardware crushing the competition in the US, Harrison is confident that Nintendo could take up to as much as 50 per cent of the market for this latest 'next-gen' cycle."
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Wii's Longevity, Competition Questioned

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  • by Applekid ( 993327 ) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @10:15AM (#19321105)
    "Nintendo comes out and says they kick puppies, love Nazis, and wipe their ass with every nations flag in the world they are not likely to drop the ball. "

    Is that a preview of the next Nintendogs game? Sounds like things have gotten much more exciting.
  • Graphics will become outdated? Or you mean the other haters will overhype their 500W GPUs to shadow their other shortcomings? I dunno, I guess I must be the ONLY person who still plays retro games from the 80s and 90s.

    Only non-innovators push their GPU strength as the main selling point. Let me guess, the PS4 will consume twice the energy, require it's own air conditioning unit, and be able to render 2600x1400 images at 200fps? OMG CRAZIES!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @10:41AM (#19321505)
    I still think this whole Wii thing is a giant hoax. I'll believe it exists when I see one for sale.
  • by Dogtanian ( 588974 ) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @11:21AM (#19322123) Homepage

    I still think this whole Wii thing is a giant hoax. I'll believe it exists when I see one for sale.
    Of course it's a hoax. Supposedly, George Harrison is working for Nintendo of America, which is pretty strange for a musician who's been dead for five years.

    Aaaahhhh.... but all the Beatles conspiracy theorists will point out that it's Harrison's death that is actually the hoax. Mystical Harrison had uber-1337 prediction skills and foresaw the rise of the Wii in 1967 (he wanted to get John Lennon to change his song lyrics from "You say you want a Revolution" to "You say you want a Wii" because he knew they'd change the name *even then*).

    As its launch draw nearer, Harrison needed all his strength and needed to avoid Beatles obsessives, so he faked his own death. Some had suspicions, and the stress was getting to Harrison, so he had plastic surgery, letting him appear in public again. Of course, no-one would expect him to keep the same name, so in a masterful stroke, that's exactly what he did!!!

    Meanwhile, Harrison is no longer on speaking terms with John Lennon after he worked on the rival Playstation 3. Paul McCartney is, as we all know, dead (for real), and Ringo Starr has retired on his "Thomas the Tank Engine" royalties.

"The way of the world is to praise dead saints and prosecute live ones." -- Nathaniel Howe