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Why did Wii Play become such a big hit?

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Being bundled with a controller certainly didn't hurt it's sales, but I don't think it was the only factor.

I sometimes wonder: If Nintendo decided to bundle a Wii Remote with Zelda or Smash Bros, would those games have sold 27m? I find it hard to say yes.



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Doesn't the Wii have a feature where you can look and see how much the average person plays a game (I rarely go on the Nintendo Channel, so I'm not sure)? If so, somebody check that out. If the game is played for 40 hours or something, then it sold because of the game. If the game is being played for an average of 3-4 hours, then it sold because of the controller.

Either way, most people agree that it is a mediocre game and it is already one of the best selling titles of forever. There are tons of $10 games. I think we know what makes Wii Play stand out.



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Tanks is pure awesome. That game is the reason I got a second nunchuk. Worth the price of Wii Play alone. (Played a demo of a similar game on PSN, with more tanks and levels and online play, but without the pointer controls it was difficult and confusing)

I've even seen someone enjoy Fishing and the cow racing game. I'd probably love Laser Hockey if the controls weren't really messed up (When I turn my wrist 45 degrees the paddle should turn 45 degrees, not ninety frickin' degrees). Pool would also be great if there was more than just 9 ball, like maybe 8 ball, the game everyone plays all the time when they have a pool table. But, still worth it for tanks.



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Wow, and I was just going to say it was cause of the pack-in controller. But that argument does make sense.



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It makes sense if you think the mainstream shares your game tastes. But since that's not true, then assuming that even the claim it's the controller makes sense doesn't hold water.



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Fun.

I personally LOVE the tanks, shooting gallery, Find Mii and laser hockey games. Some of the others not as much, but believe me they have an audience. My niece and nephews have a blast racing on the cows and playing Pose Mii. Fishing is another popular one among the kids. I didn't like the table hockey one or the pool game that much. But I'm sure others did.

The controller argument isn't that good as a stand alone controller is cheaper. Why spend more on a game you don't want/need? And I distinctly remember we had a Wii Play shortage before during a holiday. There were plenty of controllers on the walls though.



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Here's one possible reason, Can you think of a single retailer in the world that wouldn't advise every customer to get Wiiplay along with the Wii?


Why are people pointing out that a standalone controller is cheaper? It's a 10 buck difference and it comes with a game!



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Here's one possible reason, Can you think of a single retailer in the world that wouldn't advise every customer to get Wiiplay along with the Wii?


Why are people pointing out that a standalone controller is cheaper? It's a 10 buck difference and it comes with a game!

I've been thinking this way too, but reading this article changed my mind somewhat. Wii games have sold largely on word of mouth, and I think that if Wii Play got a bad rep it would have been dead in the water and phased out a long time ago. Wouldn't you agree with that? So in some ways Wii Play must offer people some value for money, right?



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It has nothing to do with rep, it has everything to do with being the perfect thing to buy with a Wii. A controller that comes with a game. Wow, you've just doubled your game count by spending a whopping 10 bucks.



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Interesting.

You could refer to WiiPlay as a Wii game with a free controller or a Wiimote with a free game for $10 more.

I think it's hilarious people use the latter because it says volumes about the game.