When the Nintendo Wii was first introduced in 2006, it wowed users with its innovative wireless system, motion controls and realistic playing through games like Wii Sports and Link’s Crossbow Training.
The gimmick of the Wii expanded with the release of Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board and players could only experience this interactive feature on the Nintendo console.
Sony and Microsoft quickly took notice and instead of announcing new consoles in 2010, they decided to cut into the Wii’s success and introduce motion sensor add-ons of their own. Now it looks like the Wii may be in trouble as gamers find new ways to experience motion games.
The huge advantage that the PS3 and Xbox 360 have is that their motion sensor devices are merely add-ons to the system. Players who still want to sit back and relax with a single controller can and do not have to worry about pointing that controller towards the screen.
The Wii severely limits players with the use of the two controllers. While you can get used to it after a while, the dual controller scheme is often awkward and during fast paced games the Nunchuk cable often becomes twisted or tangled.
More use of the Wii classic controller and Gamecube controller will open up more gaming options for players who just want to relax on occasion. Some games have picked up on this and greatly improved.
For example, the WWE Smackdown vs. Raw series had two releases that strictly used the Wii motion sensors while WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 allowed players to use the Gamecube controller for classic game play.
The Wii is also the less serious system. True gamers enjoy detail filled, in-depth games like Alan Darkand Metal Gear Solid, but a large collection of Wii game releases involve gimick games where players recreate actions in mini-games like Wii Carnival. Granted, the games are entertaining, but they do not create a satisfying game experience.
The game experience is also hindered by lackluster graphics. While the PS3 is pushing the limits with detailed graphics on Blu-Ray discs, the Wii still uses standard DVD discs and many of the game resemble old PS2 graphics. Imagine playing PS3 Sports, where you can see the blades of grass in golf and the beads of sweat come off a “PS3 Mii-Type” character.
The Wii does have advantages, including catering to the younger crowd. Children first getting into gaming will be rewarded with a collection of games they can easily learn and master and parents will be happy that their child is standing, jumping and constantly moving around to play a majority of the games.
The simple design and set-up also caters to older adults that abandoned video games back when Atari was still around. The Wii Virtual console allows them to play old games they grew up with and stay active through Wii exercise games like The Biggest Loser.
Classic franchises also provide hardcore gamers with games that will never leave the Wii console: Mario and Zelda. Mario has taken over the Wii with several releases like Super Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Wii and Super Mario Strikers.
The multi-player expansion in New Super Mario Wii has helped reform the classic Mario platform and a sequel to this game will bring even more popularity towards the Wii.
The Wii will definitely take notice of its competitors and I am sure there is already something planned to wow Wii owners and prevent them from switching to other systems like Xbox 360 and PS3. The Wii Motion Plus is still taking off and players are still waiting to see the performance of the latter systems before leaving the Wii completely but no one can count out the huge success of the Wii yet.