SCEA spokes person Dave Karraker told the New York Times in an interview today (Jan. 30th) that the Wii shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be compared directly to the PS3 equating it to nothing more than an impulse buy .
Mr. Karraker also inferred this in a statement he made back in December: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We feel very confident that the PlayStation fan is going to wait until they can get a PlayStation 3. If they do pick up a Wii, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s as more of a novelty.Ã¢â‚¬? (Dec. 16, 06 [techwhack.com])
Mr. Karraker insists that Wii sales are made primarily to casual gamers unlike the PS3 which caters to a more dedicated gaming community that will likely purchase more software in the long run.
While the Wii is definately attracting many non-traditional gamers, does that necessarily mean that software sales will be sluggish as a result? Surely there are plenty of dedicated gamers flocking to the Wii as well, me being one of them. And what about the Wiis rapidly growing userbase? More users equal more software sales, even if the casual gamer doesn’t purchase as much software.
And what about recent news that the Wii is outselling the PS3 2 to 1 in most parts of the world or that there are PS3s in stock at most major American retailers while the Wii is still out of stock? Any thoughts?