Prices and profits are still showing the Wii is a popular system. Whether it’s coming home from work for a relaxing session of a game like Endless Ocean or having a heavy aerobic session in the morning with the Wii Fit, people from every background, gender, age, and ethnic group are still loving the system and the multiple game library it offers. Among the great game library offered to its consumers, the Wii also offers several other pluses such as backwards compatibility, its still-innovative technology, a fully affordable price range and great party quirks for any event. These pluses are a few of the reasons the Wii market skyrocketed in Christmas of 2007, demanding prices of over five hundred dollars, and why it still remains the most popular system today.
The game library of the Wii is immensely diverse and while the system is often criticized for its cartoon graphics by the less casual gamers, it is still the most family-friendly of the system market. The more serious of gamers may opt for choices such as the Resident Evil franchise or Call of Duty, while those in favor of more laid-back games may choose a game like Super Mario Galaxy or Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Make no mistake, although games such as these may be more cartoon in graphic style, the difficulty can match or in some levels even surpass the more intense titles. Some games can depend solely on the Wiimote itself and a simple tilting motion to play, while others require the Nunchuck or other accessories while giving you cramped muscles in the morning from flinging the Wiimote every which way.
Backwards compatibility has always been a big selling point for game systems, from the PS3 to the Xbox 360 and even the Nintendo DS. Nintendo continues to follow this trend by allowing the Wii to play the games of its predecessor, the Gamecube. Fans can still have accessibility not only to the Gamecube games, but also many of the accessories the Gamecube uses, like the Mario Party microphone or the DK bongo drums.
The technology of the Wiimote and the sensor have made the Wii infamous and several other systems such as Playstation’s Move and Microsoft’s Kinect have shown their efforts at this year’s E3 to best the Wii. Movement sensors, such as Sony’s Eyetoy, have been around for years, but the Wii has been the breaking ground for a new line of sensory games the whole family can enjoy. The price range of the Wii is not rivaled, especially after recent price drops, where it currently stands at most retailers for the price of $199.99. Many gamers are speculating the Kinect quickly falling out of interest due to the Wii’s more expansive library whereas the Kinect may not offer most of the games being sensory compatible.
Lastly, there are few gamers owning the Wii who have not held a party or entertained guests using the Wii. Easy set-up for several players, including the unique insertion of the little personalized characters known as ‘Mii’s’, makes the Wii the best choice when planning for a night of fun. The ‘Mii’s’ can be used in several games, the most popular being the game included with the console, Wii Sports. The simple learning curve combined with the difficulty of many games will give gamers of all playing skills adequate challenge and fun.
The Wii has managed to keep a grip on the gaming tower for the past few years, but whether that grip will remain has yet to be seen. Nintendo’s current focus seems to be on their new accessory for the Wii, the more advanced attachment called the Wii Motion Plus. This accessory allows for a more directed motion sensing registering twists of the wrists and movements of the body rather than simply the shaking or twirling of the Wiimote. As Sony and Microsoft are already in the processes of developing their own innovations; it makes a gamer wonder, will Nintendo keep up with the Wii 2?