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NoirSon said:
There are more ways to attack something for its weaknesses then praise it for the strengths.

Yeah, this. We shouldn't forget it's strength: it was the most successful home console from Nintendo, sold Nintendo games and saved Nintendo. Gamecube and WiiU which tried to cater to the people that hated the Wii both failed badly.



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Mnementh said:
Yerm said:
simply put, the Wii should not have even been a console. it was originally planned as a Gamecube add-on but was made into its own console after the Gamecube was shown to be selling poorly. it had underpowered hardware and a huge emphasis on motion controls, and companies were more in favor of using the Xbox 360 and PS3 to make games for due the extra power and more traditional controls. this caused Nintendo to try shifting their focus onto casual markets which did not turn out well, and even today despite the Switch being their most powerful console to date and a marketing success, it still is vastly underpowered compared to other consoles. after the Wii, they never really recovered

Seeing it was the most successful non-handheld for Nintendo ever, it obviously was the right decision.

if it was the right direction then people would have also been drawn to the Wii U, which they werent. the Wii hit the market at just the right time to capitalize on the casual market, because motion controls is just the type of zany bullshit that casuals are drawn to. but much like anything else society gets ahold of, it was gone faster than it arrived and then smartphones showed up to be the next zany bullshit product that all the casuals needed. the Wii wasnt even really a gaming console in the same respect as others, it was a casual device



Jranation said:
Its the same people who dislike smartphone games.

I dislike smartphone games but I love the Wii

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Yerm said:
Mnementh said:

Seeing it was the most successful non-handheld for Nintendo ever, it obviously was the right decision.

if it was the right direction then people would have also been drawn to the Wii U, which they werent. the Wii hit the market at just the right time to capitalize on the casual market, because motion controls is just the type of zany bullshit that casuals are drawn to. but much like anything else society gets ahold of, it was gone faster than it arrived and then smartphones showed up to be the next zany bullshit product that all the casuals needed. the Wii wasnt even really a gaming console in the same respect as others, it was a casual device

Why would people that liked the Wii like the WiiU? Despite the similar name the WiiU was different in practically every aspect. The WiiU was a new attempt at the Gamecube, and as the first Gamecube it failed.

And that the casuals moved on is an assumption that never had real ground. The companies (including Nintendo) dropped producing games for casuals towards the end of the life of the Wii. That lead to the crash of the Wii-sales. The only casual IP that was released onwards - Just Dance - showed that the casuals were still there. The sales of Just Dance declined slowly, as over years this was only IP produced for this group. Would you stay in gaming for years, if only once a year a game is released you like?



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Megiddo said:
I know that the system itself sold very well, but how do the software sales for the Wii look like? Most people I know who had it mainly just used it as a family Wii Sports machine, but that's anecdotal. How do the total software sales for the Wii look like compared with other systems at its time?

Well, look at the chart of the best-selling games (on console as this is what VGC tracks really):

http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/

Wii only takes five out of the TOP 10 slots.



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I remember when my mom brought home a Wii (still a mystery how she was able to snag one that first holiday season in '06) for herself and asked me to help her set up and play. Right away I realized the system was trash and not meant for gamers but for moms, aunts, grandmothers, and small children. Garbage, garbage, garbage system. But boy did that thing cause a crazy hysteria, everyone wanted one and was talking about it.



Because console wars and peer pressure.




PortisheadBiscuit said:
I remember when my mom brought home a Wii (still a mystery how she was able to snag one that first holiday season in '06) for herself and asked me to help her set up and play. Right away I realized the system was trash and not meant for gamers but for moms, aunts, grandmothers, and small children. Garbage, garbage, garbage system. But boy did that thing cause a crazy hysteria, everyone wanted one and was talking about it.

What made it, "garbage, garbage, garbage" though?



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Thank you all for the responses so far. I left and now I feel like if I respond to some of the earlier posts in the thread but I have read every response thus far and I will be more active going forward. The best part about this thread so far is noticing that people are checking each other. Normally in my experience, if I do not check people, then their statements never get checked. This thread has been awesome.

Even if I disagree with your reply, I will still enjoy the read.



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Mnementh said:
Megiddo said:
I know that the system itself sold very well, but how do the software sales for the Wii look like? Most people I know who had it mainly just used it as a family Wii Sports machine, but that's anecdotal. How do the total software sales for the Wii look like compared with other systems at its time?

Well, look at the chart of the best-selling games (on console as this is what VGC tracks really):

http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/

Wii only takes five out of the TOP 10 slots.

Right, and 3 of those are Wii Sports related (at least I assume Wii Play is in the same vein as Wii Sports as I never played it).

That's the sort of evidence that further lends me to think that the Wii itself as a system was mainly a Wii Sports machine for lots of people who bought it.