Could Wii Hurt, Being in First Place
Many gaming fans are barracking for underdog Nintendo in the next-generation console battle, particularly after their triumphant showing at E3.
With Nintendo’s focus on innovation and new experiences rather than high-resolution graphics, Wii has excited even the most jaded gamers.
Some industry commentators are even predicting Nintendo will dominate next-generation console sales thanks to its significantly lower price tag, expected to be $329 in Australia. Xbox 360 starts from $499 and PlayStation 3 from $829.
However, rival console manufacturers Sony and Microsoft might not be the only companies concerned about Nintendo’s possible resurgence in the home console market.
The Street reports that third-party publishers were caught off-guard by the fervor surrounding Nintendo’s motion-sensing Wii-mote, and will not be able to take advantage of the console’s pre-Christmas debut.
Even industry giant Electronic Arts was surprised, and has since ramped up its portfolio of games for Wii.Nintendo 64 and GameCube both suffered from a lack of third-party support compared to rival platforms. Hardware sales suffered accordingly and both machines met a premature demise.