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November 30, 2006

Just a quick thought on something that irked me on Infendo.

In this post about Japanesey demand for Wii, Jack asks what Nintendo needs to do to sustain this buzz. The comments offered some suggestions, such as sit on your ass, arms folded, and wait months on end for 1 game. A comment:

“consider the weak launch and even post-launch line-up for the DS. I got one for Christmas, not having owned any console since the N64, not because of Nintendo loyalty (I was more loyal to the PC than anything) but simply based on one playtest of Hunters at EB. It had that much promise for me: HOWEVER: i was initially let down by the lack of titles. We all had to wait a good six months or longer before the AAA titles started to roll out.

The Wii, on the other hand, is in a slightly different situation. While the launch lineup is very strong (one of the strongest in quite a while), the post-launch situation seems to be similar to the DS, at least until March or April. A decent title here and there in between of course (much like WarioWare for the DS was), but nothing groundbreaking until possibly Metroid or Mario.

The point is that wii ought to be fine: a post-launch drought is normal, and in the DS’s case, didn’t slow it down at all.”

Alright, let’s see here. You were let down by the drought early on. So was i. As you said, WarioWare was an inbetweenie, and that game was just like most of Wii’s launch — lacked meat. The new WarioWare looks much better, but that’s not my point.

My point is this. You know what it feels like to not have any new games to buy for your month-old console and dislike that feeling. As do i. So, why the god-holy fuck are you justifying a drought case with Wii by calling it normal? It doesn’t matter if it’s happened before, it’s not something that should happen.

Wii is sposed to be a system for everyone. If Nintendo takes a GC/DS/N64 approach to Wii releases, who do you think will buy those once-a-month (worthwhile) titles? Hardcores. Otherwise, they’ll be selling to a different consumer each month. Where’s the choice? Where’s the variety in selection? Come January, if you’re not amused by WarioWare or want something to accompany it, you have to go back to the launch line and resort to one of the mediocre titles you passed on during November.

A game a month, if that, for everyone. No, not my idea of sustaining positivity and promoting diversity among the Wii consumerbase. We should concern ourselves, as gamers, with what a company can do to keep us interested and content, not with what’s “normal” for their business practices.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. frisby permalink
    November 30, 2006 11:35 pm

    I always hated when you used to buy a
    console and it would have screens from games for the system on the back of the box, half of which would not come out for a year.

    I love games with meat, but if all I have is old ass reject Ubisoft F Grade Beef (and by F I mean French)..I can’t say I am content. But I know my wallet is.

  2. guy permalink
    December 1, 2006 2:03 pm

    The thing is, we don’t even know if we will be getting good games by Spring. Metroid, Mario Galaxy, Smash Bros., and Final Fantasy are all, AT BEST, releasing next Spring. The only games that I think have been pseudo confirmed for next Spring are Mario Strikers and Battalion Wars (Ports of Gamecube games)

    And the idea that the DS managed to survive for a year before getting good games like Nintendogs is inapplicable to this situation since the Wii has much stronger competition in PS3 and 360 than the DS did in the PSP. Additionally, Nintendo already had the brilliantly performing GBA to hold over users until DS games got good. What does Nintendo have in the console space to tide over its fans? Well, the plethora of Gamecube games that are coming out.

    I think without online multiplayer, once the New Year starts and gamers have finished the first batch of Wii games there are going to be months of disappointment as users, especially long time gamers, wait for another solid, deep game.

  3. December 1, 2006 3:19 pm

    guy, I strongly disagree with your statement that “the Wii has much stronger competition in PS3 and 360 than the DS did in the PSP“! The direct competition between the PSP and the DS was so strong that for the first few months after its release, the DS was declared by many to be buried by the PSP.

    I also disagree, but slightly, with the post saying that we need more than one good game per month. It might be my personal opinion, but it usually takes me months to finish a game, so I welcome having my gaming addiction being contolled partially by a lack of good titles!

    I do agree, however, with guy about the danger of online multiplayer being delayed: online gaming IS expected by today’s gaming community. Half of a game’s value is vested on its online multiplayer capability.

  4. December 1, 2006 10:30 pm

    Alright I-man, one game a month is good for you, but how about the rest of us? Not everyone will like every release. Going by this schedule, those who don’t like the game of the month will have to wait it out till the next month. Most people bought Nintendogs because — along with some hype — there was nothing else coming out at the time.

    The point is more about having more than one game a month to reach every customer; not so everybody buys 3 games a month, but so we don’t all buy the same thing just by default.

    About the DS: The PS3 alone is stronger competition than PSP was to DS. Add 360 and you’ve got on too many heads on the hydra. Although, i think Wii is a unique enough system to survive and i know it will. My problem is getting shafted because others feel it’s ok to not have any new games for 2 months. Nintendo is in no hurry to get the stuff out there. The system just launched and i wanna play some new unique software on it.

    A lot of the online stuff has been delayed. The Wii browser (coming soon), News (January 27) and Forecast (Dec 20) channels, new and retro VC content (???). If those features were available today, i could enjoy the system better with the current software releases. But this console has hardly gotten off the ground.

  5. frisby permalink
    December 2, 2006 2:00 am

    I think some good VX titles would make me content.

  6. December 2, 2006 2:26 am

    VX titles would be nice. And don’t forget the VC games, too.

  7. frisby permalink
    December 2, 2006 1:20 pm

    Oh and what about the FU games. Cant forget those 😉

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