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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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  • Re:I wouldn't know (Score:2, Informative)

    by toddian ( 997999 ) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @11:10AM (#19321957)

    What I don't understand is that here in Australia, there is no waiting list.


    I walked into a store the other day, and asked how long the waiting list was. The reply? About 30 seconds for the credit card to run through.

    Reading the comments around here I'm thinking that eBay is looking real good (although I'd need to send a PAL TV with it).

  • by bigman2003 ( 671309 ) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @01:21PM (#19324063) Homepage
    I'm not being elitist. I'm not saying that 'gamers' are better than 'non-gamers'.

    BUT, I did think that the general audience on Slashdot would know that my use of the word 'gamer' means 'a videogame enthusiast: someone who frequently plays videogames.'

    My point was that people who do not play videogames frequently (non-gamers) enjoy playing the Wii. While *I* prefer the 360.

    As a generality, I only praised the Wii by pointing out that many non-gamers like it. As far as any negative points made, I only mentioned my own feelings. This is far from elitist.
  • by catprog ( 849688 ) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @10:00PM (#19331323) Homepage &cons2=PS3&reg2=All&cons3=X360&reg3=All []

    From wii sale date

    XBOX360 5 million
    Currently 5 million

    Ps3 Currently 3 Million

    Wii 7.8 Million

    So from launch date You are correct.

    Using the last month though [] [] []

    Europe Wii 63,235 XBOX360 23,818 PS3 18,789 Ps3 + XBOX360 42,607
            Wii 53,627 XBOX360 25,387 PS3 20,816 Ps3 + XBOX360 46,206
            Wii 55,578 XBOX360 23,714 PS3 23,069 Ps3 + XBOX360 46,783
            Wii 57,580 XBOX360 26,052 PS3 20,902 Ps3 + XBOX360 46,954

    Japan Wii 56,582 PS3 10,082 XBOX360 2,849 Ps3 + XBOX360 12,931
            Wii 55,890 PS3 8,604 XBOX360 2,312 Ps3 + XBOX360 10,916
            Wii 55,217 PS3 9,079 XBOX360 2,304 Ps3 + XBOX360 9,383
            Wii 90,982 PS3 15,892 XBOX360 3,583 Ps3 + XBOX360 19,475

    America Wii 82,386 XBOX360 52,809 PS3 16,945 Ps3 + XBOX360 69,754
            Wii 101,090 XBOX360 58,825 PS3 19,539 Ps3 + XBOX360 78,364
            Wii 122,073 XBOX360 63,778 PS3 21,921 Ps3 + XBOX360 85,699
            Wii 130,989 XBOX360 64,537 PS3 25,102 Ps3 + XBOX360 89,639

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?