2010 was not a good year for the Nintendo Wii. The Wii was once a loved gaming console that could compete on the same game market alongside the PS3 and Xbox 360, but as the PS3 and 360 evolved, the Nintendo Wii is left looking last generation.
When the Nintendo Wii first hit the gaming scene back in 2006 it introduced motioned gaming and was one of the most innovative gaming systems to date. The Wii caused the gaming world to go “motion crazy” and the Wii gave birth to a new kind of gamer; the “hardcore casualer.”
During the era of Nintendo Wii’s “Motion Madness,” the Wii console consistently outsold PS3 and Xbox 360 in both console and game sales, but while the Wii might have had the first laugh, it’s now in last place. The Nintendo Wii was tailor made for casual gaming and has inferior hardware when compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – inferior graphics, processing power, hard drive space, etc – and now that both the PS3 and 360 consoles are set to implement motion gaming; the Nintendo Wii is now just an afterthought.
The 360 and PS3 have undergone new and slimmer designs, upgraded their user’s experience via online updates, and are set to release the Xbox Kinect and PlayStation Move HD motion gaming peripherals, while the last great thing to hit the Nintendo Wii was Netflix support. In addition to losing out to the new innovation of the PS3 and Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii has also peaked its own graphic potential with games like Red Steel 2, Mario Galaxy 2, Monster Hunter Tri, and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor.
The Nintendo Wii started off on the same playing field as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles – usually winning – but over time, the Nintendo Wii has lost its appeal. Nintendo Wii fans are tired of Wii Sports clones, party and min-games, and the inferior graphics of the Nintendo Wii and are now seeking more – but that’s something the Nintendo Wii can’t deliver. The Wii gaming console has reached past its prime and is now at a standstill as a current generation system that has been made to feel like a console of the past.
For more, read How the Nintendo Wii is Making the Same Mistakes as the Sega Dreamcast , Is the Nintendo Wii’s Motion Gaming Gimmick Dead? , and Netflix Movie Streaming Coming to the Nintendo Wii Spring 2010