Originally Posted by WRXpilot
You all do realize that the Wii still has a comfortable lead in the console wars for this generation, and only fell second in sales to the 360 at the very end of 2010, right?
I'd say "a whole lot of people" are going to care about a major hardware update to the #1 console, especially if it happens a good 1.5-2 years before either competitor can roll out an updated console.
I get that "hardcore" gamers are compelled to cast scorn on anything Nintendo, but we'd better also realize they're making traditional gaming(gamers) more & more irrelevant with every success.
The era of "gaming" defined by online twitch FPSs dominated by obnoxious 15 year-olds & dudebros who play for 13 hours a day is rapidly coming to an end.
- Sure the Wii has the lead, but I would like to know how many are still being used regularly. Most of my kids' peers have it collecting dust too, sure every house on my street has one - but very few use it anymore, even those who do not have a 360 or PS3. And even the non-core casual gamers (ie parents who like the cute sounds and affirmations it makes) have essentially the same view, nice gimmick but the functionality and titles simply isn't there, if there is no motivation to continue their time will be re-prioritized. I am sure many of them would be sold by now, but telling those people to trade it in at Amazon or GS gets a confused glazed over look from them - the $100 they would get for everything is not even worth the effort for them, the little wand things are worth more to them as a conversation piece.
- Dedicated Gamers, twitch FPS or otherwise, are becoming irrelevant? Tell that to Infinity Ward, that Billion Dollar Franchise must be a disappointment to them. When non-gamers define the industry and it's long term profit sucess, for a significant multi-year stretch, then I may accept that argument. However, the Kinect & Move will just as likely continue to attract this casual crowd with superior titles or functionality. Honestly I see many more "casual" users, young and old, enthusiastically beam about their DS (than compared their Wii).
- My kids don't just go on COD, they actually spend more time with the Arcade games or titles geared to younger players - they are 10yo after all. But more than any of those games they play the goofy games on the Kinect. So which is it then, casual gamers on an X360 are then considered core? Or is it you are truly not casual unless you play a Wii? It either is or it isn't, you can't have it both ways without that argument being moot. And they don't spout off nonsense on XBL because they are restricted to a Friends list, which any responsible parent would do. Awesome knee-jerk reaction and stereotyping, about kids that are intelligent and skilled enough to know that the Wii is now obsolete and irrelevant to them; what's next, a overgeneralized comment about who eats at Popeye's?
Just my $0.02