Do You Still Play Your Wii?

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Yes we all know that Wii is selling by leaps and bounds despite a lack of critically acclaimed games. We certainly know Nintendo’s moving hardware, but we also know they’re moving much less software than Microsoft, slightly less even than Sony, and I have to wonder — how many of you are still playing your Wii regularly, or for more than the occasional Zelda or Metroid, more than a couple times a week with friends and/or family?

According to analyst Nick Williams (GamerMetrics) in a Gamasutra console progress report, the average Wii owner in the U.S. has only purchased 2.8 titles versus 5.5 for the Xbox 360 and 3.0 for the Playstation 3. Translation? People are either playing more of less on the Wii, or playing less in general, i.e. the sort of consumer who’ll drop $250 on a treadmill but only use it once or twice a week, even once or twice a month. During a fitness craze, treadmill sales might go up and even stay up for a year plus, but the question is really, how much are people getting on the thing and using it post-purchase? For me it’s a differrent story I own about 8 games and play everday I can.
Analyst David Cole’s (DFC) writes Nintendo’s mediocre software lineup off as a first year issue, which I’d buy if the Wii wasn’t essentially just a GameCube with a motion sensor interface. Granted designing justifiably motion-controlled games is arguably as steep a curve as transitioning a game environment from 2D to 3D, but what no one talks about here — and it’s a key issue — is the fact that publishers simply weren’t banking on the Wii to succeed or tap such a broad new player market. How many announcements in the last few months have we seen from major publishers suddenly rededicating themselves to the Wii? Publishers who either had nothing or only a handful of uninspiring cross-platform ports lined up until recently? Explanation: You don’t argue with a console that’s surpassed the Xbox 360’s worldwide install numbers in less than half the market time.

Cole has this much right: Nintendo’s in a fabulous position to close the software sales gap if it can remedy its lineup issues. Whether that can ultimately keep “the little engine that could” in the game beyond 2008 when Sony and Microsoft are pushing second and third stage stuff…I think we’re all enjoying the David and Goliath parallels here, but you can only bank on that analogy for so long.

In any event, my question stands: Who’s playing, and how much?

mickeydelorenzo@yahoo.com'
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Mickey – who has written posts on NintendoFuse.


  • mustache mileek

    i play everyday, i even bring it out to parties on weekends and everybody is playing it then. i own 7 games and i even now go back and play need for speed carbon because i love the controls. i’ve found out that alot of people just cant handle the wii controls or are just ignorant. i’ve heard people say they like their xbox controllers too much or their sony controllers. i think most people who use and like the we are more open minded and are about true inovation. the xbox sony crowd are just a mob that cant handle change and its effecting software sales, i think, because those wii owners who previouslly owned 360 or ps before the wii prolly went back to their old console because the controls and ways of thinking while playing the wii is to much over their heads. just my opinion.

  • Kyle

    u can’t judge anything from asking this question on this site. If you are visiting this site, u must like wii enough to play it.

  • Andreas

    I only own Wii Sports. I play 2 times a week with my dad. He loves it! :)

  • Hologram

    I play my Wii on and off, probably once every day or three. When I get a new game, I play it nonstop for however long it takes for me to beat it and then my play tapers off for awhile.

    The bigger issue I have with this Nick Williams guy’s report is that it is fundamentally flawed. The Wii has been out for one year, the 360 for two. Assuming that the Wii has a second year that has the exact same software sales as the first year, the Wii will match the 360’s two-year software attachment rate with 5.6 games per console. The Wii is keeping pace with the 360, easy. There is no software gap that isn’t to be expected by a younger console.

    The real story I see here is that all three consoles have about the same software attachment rate per year. 360 with 2.75, Wii with 2.8, and the PS3 with 3.0. This shows that gamers are buying games for their consoles at about the same rate no matter which console they’re buying for. It’s that simple. The consoles are basically tied in software sales. That’s the story here.

    The Wii isn’t failing, it’s right there with the big boys. Throw that in anyone’s face who says no one buys games for their Wii.

  • [][][]

    Sadly, I rarely use my Wii any more, and when I do it’s just the Internet Channel.

  • paq

    I use the Internet Channel almost everyday (it gets me online for those small news faster than booting up the computer), but does that count? ;)

  • Capell

    your just using you internet channel for porn. after beating zelda i did not touch my wii for like 2 months now that i got resident evil 4 i play a lot. i just got metroid and played it once, it sucked so badd

  • Matt

    I don’t play that often anymore, still haven’t opened metroid due to the captivating Xbox live of Rainbow 6, halo 3 etc. Sadly the lack of online play make the wii much more of a novelty thing when you have friends over, i’m sorry but mini games just aren’t fun alone. That and lack of good games (exceptions zelda, metroid…maybe mario strikers) and overpriced retro games. However with the release of Galaxy, Smash bros and Resident evil: umbrella chronicles (with zapper) the little wii will find itself back in favor. until then it’ll have to wait patiently as I stick suckers on xbox live.

    This coming from a previously strictly nintendo gamer.

  • [][][]

    @Capell

    That may be what YOU use the Internet Channel for, but regular people don’t. I just use the Internet Channel when my sisters on our computer.

  • stinkbug

    After spending too many hours playing (and enjoying) Metroid, I’m taking a little break from the world of Wii.

    I used to try to do the fitness test every day. But that routine went by the wayside when I refused to Eject the Metroid disc.

    In addition to the fitness test, I would also typically play one other game on Sports, like a 3-game tennis match or several bowling games.

    Lately I’ve just done some Big Brain testing. I did download Super Metroid after finishing MP3, but it’s a little confusing for an idiot like me. I’m mostly a casual player. I don’t have the interest in playing for hours a day (no matter what the system, except for maybe ColecoVision).

  • Sir Lantis

    I’m waiting for my copy of Paper Mario right now, I’m more in a mood for a singleplayer game right now. ;)

  • Donald

    I have not turned it on in months!

  • Caltus

    Wii needs to get with the times with the online games, i play my 360 over the wii every day now cause i can interact with ppl, we have wii partys still but that tends to be when i turn it on the most. And the way they are going with it even when most games are online they still wont be as easy to just pick up and play as the 360 with the lack of being able to meet ppl online etc etc.

    my 2 cents

    caltus

  • kevbo

    I own every system except for a ‘Delaystation 3′ and I have a kick @ss PC but I find I play an even amount of PC and Wii games. I haven’t touched my 360 in awhile and I even have Halo 3 but it is nothing special. I play my PC games for crazy online FPS games (TF2) and my Wii for everything else. Oh and I also use my Wiimote to play modded PC games which is awesome. Everyone seems to expect the Wii to have more games than the other systems even though its only been out for a year. Calm down and give it a second to mature and you will have plenty of stuff to play. Especially since they are just starting to utilize the online features in games which will only grow.

  • 3 games

    If you honestly haven’t played these games, at least give them a shot (rental), I still play all of these:
    MP3
    RE4
    Scarface
    SSX Blur
    ExciteTruck

  • scullum2001

    I have Wii Sports, Zelda TP, NFS Carbon, Super Monkey Ball, SSX Blur, and Mario Strikers Charged. I play MSC the most, but when people come over Wii Sports and Monkey Ball are played quite a bit. All in all, I play at least 2-3 times a week if not way more than that sometimes.

  • Manu

    ok to be honest.. i dont play as much as i used to but that only becuz of skool..im waiting for a break in the work load to finish mp3 and there will be no lack of games these next 2 months…bwii, mario galaxy, and smash bros just to name a kickass few
    sure there was a slump in software recently minus mp3 but wii is simply awesome and with the software lineup in store ppl are gonna be buying and playing wii like CRAZYY!!

  • joey

    The people play less wii because the wii got less online game because i always play mario striker charged.

  • Hollis

    ya i play it but i play games over and over. It’s getting boring. And Joey how can oyou can you have fun over Mario strikers online? It’s the exact same as playing against the CPU. Heck we probably are.

  • ALEX

    wii is interesting to play, thoigh halo 3 online beets wii by far, ohh well’s lets hope they will make a MMORG or an RPG kind of game,

    also,omg why do we have to type using the remote, arent there any special key boards.

    best thing about wii right now is internet channel YOU TUBE WOOOOHOOOO :)

  • http://jqabides.blogspot.com JQ

    I play everyday, But i only own 3 games. I mostly play VC games. But i use he Internet channel alot, which not many people do i guess.

  • jr

    last i played my wii as a wii was when i got metroid when it came out. after a week, i didn’t play it as much anymore… just recently i got eternal darkness for the GC so now im just using it as my GC.

  • Pigeon_Feeder

    2.8 games? Ummm….Ya I sliced one of my games in to pieces..so now I only have three quarters left ….well anyways..I own 13 games, not 2.8 or wutever so this is just plain @#$%%!!!!! ya,and i love my wii,There are so many great games! I play it everyday,and this is just the beginning…I meen…..the wii has been so succesful,it should still continue being succesful,right?

  • GrumpySmurf

    I don’t have as much time for playing my Wii as much as I’d like. We also don’t have extra money to spend on video games until March, so new games aren’t a common purchase.

    That said, I play at least once a week, and have 5 games besides Wii Sports.

  • PaulT

    I usually find that most people who complain about how there’s “no games” for the Wii or “it’s boring” haven’t bothered playing anything outside of Wii Sports/Play. It’s like any console – some games have a long lifespan and high replay value, others have little replay after a short initial play period. True, the lack of online cuts off one potential replay element, but if you’re bored why the hell don’t you trade in the games you’re bored of, or check out a rental? If you’re bored of the Wii, it only means you don’t own the right games!

    I haven’t switched off my Wii for extended periods. Sports was great, I currently own 6 games (Sports, Play, Godfather, Zelda, Mercury Meltdown Revolution and Trauma Center). I’m currently playing Trauma Center as it’s only recently come out here in Europe. Once I’m bored of that, MP3 will be out, then once I tire of that I have to decide whether to buy Super Paper Mario, Mario Galaxy, Guitar Hero 3, Umbrella Chronicles or something else. If you don’t bother playing the Wii any more, FFS get out there and rent or trade for a new game!

  • Josh B.

    I’m waiting for at least some average games to play on Wii, at the moment they’re all way below average. I haven’t played my Wii since hmmm FEBUARY.

  • Manny G.

    Same here not playing the Wii that much right now. XBOX360 is being played more and my son plays the DS more. Waiting for more games to come out.

  • Berend Jan

    I don’t play the wii often. If i turn it on it’s for a VC titel (paper mario, gadius 3 and Mario 2) but when it’s on i also check the everybody votes channel (i realy like that one)…

    te rest is off even the wii connect 24 is off becouse it does not have a purpose in games now… but i’m gonna play Guitar Hero to death i think so when the better games come out i’m there… (in europe the better games come later :) )

  • zork3

    not enough sadly

  • woohookoko

    I own 6 games not including wii sports but i bought a ds instead of buying wii games so i could of had more. plus the vc also sort of lowers the amount of games bought because you can just download one when you are bored.

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  • Lewis

    Wow, i kinda knew this was gonna happen. For all the gamers out there concerned about wii, dont be. The new game play interface is like recreating gameplay like when 2-D games went to 3-D games. The wii is like playing games in 4-D, i can’t wait for Fight Night on wii because of how much fun im gonna have knocking ppl out and losing some weight while at it. I happen to be a U.S. Soldier with a wife and 2 kids. We have a lot of fun playing together and even if the wii sank (yeah right), it wii still have its place in history and become immortalized by dedicated fans and tech experts.
    I would like to play more, but i got a country to defend.

  • James

    Yeah i play it… but i only have one game, blazing angels. I play it, then get bored and play some games i buy from the internet. I have paper mario and zelda… something. PAPER MARIOS THE BEST!! U ALL SHOULD GET IT!!! ONLY 1000 POINTS!!! woot.

  • James

    Oh yeah and 4 all u braggers, i got a DS PSP Ps3 and Wii!! woot. Yeah and i had to buy them all myself… xept for the ps3 my parents helped me out kuz its SO FREAKIN MUCH!!

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