A discussion took place yesterday that left me pondering the question 'What it will take for gamers to flock to Nintendo's upcoming Wii console'?
As we know the Wii is set to bring in new standards to the way we all play, and experience video gaming. Nintendo have of course turned the video gaming rule book upside down, shook it a little and then filtered out the results as to how gamers in the year 2006 will interact with their console.
Isn't this enough for your average video gaming fan?
Well a chat with a friend yesterday left me wondering…
The comment that was raised was 'I'm unsure whether to buy a Xbox 360 or a Wii, because as you know the Xbox 360 is going to have games such as 'Pro-Evolution Soccer' and other titles we may not see on the Wii. But if just Pro Evolution Soccer makes an appearance on Wii I'm definitely buying the console'.
Now the person I had this discussion with is a big Nintendo fan like myself, but as you can tell his mind is now swayed between Nintendo's next offering, or Microsoft's Xbox 360 which could, and will offer some major franchises that we may not see on the Wii. This is the sign of a gamer who has had a sour taste left in his mouth by Nintendo's previous home console the Gamecube.
The Gamecube was a machine that generally failed because it lacked third party support. This factor is extremely apparent when you look at some of the titles that are currently supporting the platform. With out Nintendo's endless array of Mario 'spin off' games to help it, the console would be pretty much dead in the water now. So what happened to all the big third party publishers and developers? They either left, or decided not to develop for the console, and instead concentrate on machines that were generating income. It's an obvious fact.
Nintendo needs as many third party publishers and developers on board as possible to make its console a success. Without these, no matter how fun and innovative the console is, if it doesn't have a wide choice of games for consumers to take advantage of, the console will eventually go the same way as the Gamecube. But the future of the company is currently looking bright, as of this moment Nintendo currently has some great third party developers on-board. Lets just hope they can get Konami to develop an iteration of it's Pro Evolution Soccer series,and other large developers to provide popular franchises for the Wii, so that my friend can get the console he so clearly needs.