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Apples and Oranges - Wii PS3 and 360

Posted on Thursday, March 22 @ 20:29:12 PST by Duke_Ferris
I really don't think that the Wii should continue to be compared to the Xbox 360 and the PS3 - it's a totally different kind of product.

Case and point, check out this video. That's a baby playing with his Wii. Sorry, there was simply no way I was going to get through this without making that joke. Back to the point: a baby. That kid isn't even two years old yet, but he can play Wii tennis. That's how simple it is, and ultimately, that's why it's a different type of product.

It's not a video game system as we've come to define them. It's really a toy.

Now don't get me wrong, I love the Wii, and it's a fun toy. I also think it's a brilliant concept and it's going to make millions for Nintendo. Nothing spices up a boring Wednesday evening like some girls, a bottle of vodka and Raving Rabbids. But watching the Wii take on first person shooters, for example, is painful. I was just in the game room watching Joe struggle with Tiger Woods for the Wii, and once again, when you try to make a serious game, for non-drunk adults, neither the graphics or the Wii controller are up to the task. At times, Tiger seems to swing almost randomly like, well, that baby.

The last gen was clearly a 3-way race (with the PS2 as the clear winner), but this gen, it's the PS3 vs the 360. Meanwhile, on another track the Wii runs unchallenged. No wonder Wii sales are so good.

But it's when they compare Wii sales to those of the PS3 or the 360 that the media makes a mistake. No hardcore gamer is buying a Wii instead of a PS3 or 360, they're buying it in addition to one of those two other consoles. Meanwhile, non-hardcore gamers and sorority houses around the country are snatching up all the Wii's, but heres the thing: they weren't going to buy a PS3 in the first place.

And yes that baby is adorable, but I guarantee that controller is going right through that screen before he's three.

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