Wii’s doing you a favor, so quit yer whining.
So the news is out. Nintendo has abandoned its fanbase. The people who kept them kicking in the console scene while their numbers dropped below rivals Sony and Microsoft. Not that they really needed the financial help though, since the GBA and GBC were printing out money way before the pudgy DS and its slim cousin Lite came along. So really, they didn’t owe you all THAT much, and they showed it in min-E3 with Wii fit and the zapper as their highlights of the event.
This is Nintendo. They cater to casual gamers now. And you know what? That just might be the best thing that’s ever happened for gamers worldwide. How often have we collectively wished that every non-gamer out there would “get it”? How often did we wish our significant others or even the folks would get off our backs about indulging in such a childlike pastime as videogames? What the Wii is doing is bringing gaming to the masses, and who cares if it’s being done with casual games?
I see casual games as the starting point for the non-gamer. It’s an intro, an appetizer if you like. To offer a musical analogy, casual games are like Sum 41. They’re easy, accessible, and offer just a hint of what games can offer. After enough Sum 4s the casual gamer might take the step up to Coheed and Cambria, which is like Super Paper Mario. It’s still fun and accessible but delves a little bit deeper into the immersive experience that is gaming. And when they’re done with that, they just might want to dig deeper and have a Mars Volta-like experience with the Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess. At this point, its probably the deepest game Wii has to offer (though I’m probably wrong) and after finishing that they’ll finally get it. They’ll understand your passion for videogames and why there’s nothing wrong with playing a game on the sofa instead of watching a film or the theatre.
Then comes that magical moment where your friend/SO/parent comes to you and says, “hey what’s another game like this that I can play?”
“Well, there’s Bioshock and Mass Effect for Xbox 360, MGS4 and Final Fantasy XIII for PS3, you might like those.”
“Oh well I only have a Wii, what can I play on it?”