Originally Posted by Mr Beardsley
I just don't get why some of you refuse to accept the reasons people are giving as to why they like the Wii better. People are trying to tell you that it is too expensive for them to consider purchasing just to play games on. That is a valid reason to choose a Wii over a PS3, and the market bears witness to that fact.
The market also bears witness to the PS2 selling three times what the Wii is selling. What's your point?
Also people really like the new control scheme. My 60 year old mother will play Wii tennis, and loves it. She has never played any game console prior to that, and had no desire to. The Wii control scheme is innovative and fun, and again the market is bearing witness to this.
I've never said the Wii wasn't fun, nor said anything negative about the control scheme. I just said it was way too expensive for me, in terms of bang for buck.
Most people I know don't yet own HDTVs, and it seems a waste to buy the very expensive console, which has a strong emphasis on graphics, only to use a SD display. Why should I spend out for first rate graphics ability and then gimp it with my 24" SD TV?
Are the Wii's graphics photoreleastic? No.
Things like more polygons; sharper, more varied textures; and HDR lighting improve graphics on all TVs, HD or no. People with SD TVs will still greatly benefit from the XBOX 360 and the PS3. The fact that they go that high is just icing on the cake.
This idea that the games shelf for Wii is going to be empty in a few years time is just ridiculous. I really bet all those companies are going to stop producing games for a console that has an install base over 3 times the PS3.
If sales don't pick up for the PS3 I would wager the opposite would happen. A game developer is not going to lay out the cash to create a gorgeous AAA title if the number of consoles isn't large enough to recoup their costs.
In the US, the Wii only has about 1.8x the install base as the PS3. You're including European saleswhere the PS3 hasn't yet been released (but is sold out of pre-orders). Even then, though, you're wrongit has about a 2.8x lead in install base.
Then there's a few other things to consider. One is that a developer isn't going to lay out the cash to create a gorgeous AAA title for a console that can't handle it. That's wasted money. Note that the Unreal Engine isn't coming out for the Wii. Games that use this engine can't be ported. Other AAA games like Grand Theft Auto won't be ported, either.
Also, note that Nintendo traditionally has terrible developer relations. Developers flocking in droves to the original Playstation, despite far crappier hardware, wasn't a coincidence. They hated Nintendo with a passion.
Sony and particularly Microsoft also understand the power of netting a few key exclusives, like Halo, Blue Dragon, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, etc. Nintendo doesn't have the third party outreach. For the past decade, almost all good Nintendo games have been made in-house.
Right because Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid, and a Mario Kart game are all not worthwhile.
Not to mention other 3rd games like FF Crystal Chronicles and Pikmin. Does Sony pay you to say this stuff?
Note again how all of these, other than FF Crystal Chronicles, are made in-house. Also, Mario Kart and Pikmin haven't been announced.