Do I think it will pass 7 million? Well, yes. Do I think it will ever come close to 70 million; hell no! I mostly don't understand anything you say to be honest, and I'm far from the only one...
@Claude; Nintendo are really more rehashers than the others, simply by betting all their money on Mario after 24 years, so I don't call that fresh thinking or innovation. Yes, both the 360 and the PS3 are rehashes, but at least they're making technological leaps in the process, which to me is important. In my honest opinion; this gen is the prime reason I'm becoming more and more of a PC gamer, I don't fancy any of the current consoles to the extent that I have done before. Nintendo's attempts at new IP's have had very dissapointing results, whereas both the 360 and the PS3 have had a few hits with brand new franchises (Assassin's Creed, Bioshock, Gears of War and Resistance spring to mind), and the attach rates of these games far surpass that of Zack & Wicki for instance, and that tells me one thing; Nintendo buyers don't mind getting the same games in new form instead of something new, so Nintendo won't even make an effort to bring any. And, as people will see after this year, almost none of the 3rd parties will take the Wii and it's control scheme seriously, they'll simply use the platform to earn quick money on with low quality titles, and that is a very sad thought to me as a longtime Nintendo fan!
First of all, Mummelmann, kudos not for the confession, but to withstand what seems to be somewhat an assault on your opinions, at times bordering on an assault on you.
Now that my "I've come not to praise Caesar, but to bury him" line is out of the way, I'll continue the assault. ;) But only on your opinion, with a slight twisting of your words.
"almost none of the 3rd parties will take the Wii and its control scheme seriously, they'll simply use the platform to earn quick money on with low quality titles,"
Fixed by the way. Pet peeve of mine, the "its",
I must agree with that statement. But to carry it on farther, that means since quick money can be made, a lot, really a lot, of 3rd party games will be made. PS2 had 2,054 and counting made for it. While I don't think VG Chartz has precise PS2 game sales, it shows only 10% doing over 1M in sales (205 games), another 20% (410 games, hmmm... did ioi make up these numbers to hit it so exactly?) had sales above 100k. Another 5% (113) sold 50k, which at $20 a pop = $1M in sales.
The point being, even if 'almost none' of the 3rd parties take seriously the controls and the power that the Wii does have, there is that 10% that will. If nothing else, just the pride of workmanship to put out a somewhat decent product. Which, if the game catches the Wii population's fancy, could make a ton of money as the Wii sales keep going up.
Lastly, I don't begrudge other groups in having their own genre of games, different than a lot of the more mainstream ones gamers might be used to. Nintendogs for the DS is the Wii Sport game of that handheld, in my opinion. It showed like no other game before it, what the DS could do. Do I play it? Hell, no. But I can understand why females, mostly young, but some older ones as well, play it. And bought a lot of them. I think that a similar franchise like Wii Sports, Nintendogs, Tetris is out there, still waiting to be discovered for the Wii. Hopefully it will surprise us all.
Torturing the numbers. Hear them scream.