Launch Telemetry

Launch Telemetry
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Dan Dormer | 27 Mar 2007 12:03
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However, that really doesn't matter to most people - they have Wii Sports, Nintendo's media darling, to keep them entertained. Traditional outlets lined up to laud praise over the Wii and the console's pack-in. Most included tales of how wives, girlfriends, coworkers or parents - those non-gamers in our lives - were instantly able to join in the fun of virtual bowling or tennis.

What's more, Nintendo is regularly updating the Virtual Console with old school classics from consoles past, including the Sega Genesis. NES titles are the cheapest at $5 apiece, and Nintendo 64 titles cost the most, at $10 per. The title selection has been, for the most part, fantastic. Nintendo has released over 70 titles on the service to date, including Tecmo Bowl, Super Castlevania IV and Mario Kart 64. People have complained about Nintendo's refusal to modernize the games, though. Rather than taking a page from Microsoft's book and implementing online multiplayer and co-op into these old games, Nintendo has opted to leave them as is, possibly betraying an incomplete online strategy.

But given two straight months of NPD reporting the Wii's booming success over both the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo doesn't have much to worry about. They can't keep the things on the shelves; Nintendo has moved 6 million units in the time it's taken Sony to sell 2.7 million. And with a year head start, the Xbox 360 has only sold 9.66 million. Nintendo has done exactly what they set out to do: get non-gamers gaming.

Now that we're four months removed from the launch and I'm no longer outside a Target finding creative ways to stay warm, I ask myself whether or not purchasing a Wii was a good idea. Sure, Twilight Princess was great, and the Virtual Console is tickling my nostalgia, but until Nintendo ramps up their release schedule, hardcore gamers like me are eventually going to head back to the 360 or PS3 they like less but use more. After four years of waiting for GameCube games and four months of waiting for Wii games, I have to wonder if I'll be standing in the cold for Nintendo's next console.

Dan Dormer is a videogame freelancer who keeps a poorly updated blog
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. He's also afraid of seeing scary movies. True story.

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