When the Nintendo Wii first hit the scene back in 2006, it had a weird set of controllers, was ridiculed for its potty joke fueling name, and appealed mostly to casual gamers, but one thing the Wii had going for it was that the Nintendo Wii was innovative. Four years later, it appears that the Nintendo Wii has just about passed its prime and is becoming more irrelevant every day.
The Nintendo Wii was the first gaming system to make motion gaming successful and developers went wild with it. Party games, tilt to play, and Wii Sports-like rip-offs flooded the gaming market, making the Nintendo Wii a must have gaming console for casual gamers and children everywhere. The motion controlled gaming style of the Nintendo Wii pwned hardcore gaming consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for years, while smashing gaming records at the same time.
Four years later, the high flying times of the once soaring Nintendo Wii have just about come to an end. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have adapted to the casual gaming climate caused by the Nintendo Wii and have released their own motion controlled gaming peripherals. By adding motioned gaming with Xbox 360s Kinect and the PlayStation 3 Move peripherals, gamers are able to play casual games with better graphics all while being able to enjoy the benefits of playing hardcore games as well.
In order to play second round catch up, Nintendo has slowed down the rate at which Nintendo Wii games are beingreleased and have been trying to nab a hardcore game base to rival both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with games like Monster Hunter Tri, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Red Steel 2, Sin & Punishment, Metroid: Other M and quite a few more.
While it’s great that Nintendo is making an effort to add more hardcore games to their stable, the inferior graphics and wacky controls of the Nintendo Wii only make for a hardcore gaming afterthought. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation’s move towards motion gaming peripherals has gamers judging the motion controlled only Nintendo Wii. Motion controlled gaming on the Nintendo Wii was awesome when Nintendo had a monopoly on it, but now that motion gaming is a “me-too” product, the Nintendo Wii is a lot less appealing.
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