Can you believe that a whole year has passed since the Nintendo Wii was released? In fact, at the time of writing this article, more than a year has officially passed! Feels like yesterday doesn’t it? Although the Wii has been out for more than a year, it does not officially make it the oldest “next generation” system. That place actually belongs to the Xbox 360, which is more than two years old by comparison. The incredible thing about the Nintendo console is its undeniable success and the speed with which it has achieved it. To give you an idea of the measure of its success, although the Xbox 360 was released a year before the Wii, the Wii had officially out-sold this year!
The success of this system so far is unprecedented. Even after more than a year, you would still have trouble finding this console in stores, after a whole year! As soon as the system is put on store shelves, someone is there to snatch it from you! Due to hectic demand for the console, it may not seem practical to buy the system in person, unless, of course, you don’t mind playing the potential “chase and catch” game. However, if you do, then buying the popular video game system online may be your best option to get it. So throughout the year, the Wii has been in high demand and there are no signs of it slowing down. While this may not be great news for consumers looking to purchase the system, it is certainly great news for console maker Nintendo.
Until recently, video games in general have been geared more towards the “hardcore gamer,” leaving little room for casual games that might attract people with less interest in video games to try it out. However, the best thing about the system is that it essentially closes that gap. It brings together both hardcore and casual gamers. Wii Sports, a game packaged with the Nintendo console, makes you swing your arms and move your body. Instead of using complicated button combinations to play a game of tennis, for example, with the Wii, all that is required of you is the movement or rocking of the controller, making it easy for people of all ages to enjoy.
Just because Wii may look simple on the controls doesn’t mean you can’t play more complicated games. The console offers titles for both hardcore and casual gamers. Those who have played games for a number of years will quickly warm up to titles like Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend Of Zelda, Red Steel, Call Of Duty, and the list goes on. On the contrary, those who are new to the gaming scene will find fun in games like Wii Sports, Wii Play, Big Brain Academy, Wii Fit, and the list goes on and on. When looking at the systems software library, it is not difficult to notice the diversity of games, making it easy for consumers of all ages to find what they like.
The reason for the great success of the Wii is that it has managed to reach an audience beyond those who have normally been playing. It has simplified controls, but at the same time uses state-of-the-art technology. The available software has expanded beyond the titles that are available only to hardcore gamers. It has games that can be played online at no additional cost. However, the most important thing is that it is easy to use. It’s these combinations, and more, that have made the Wii the essential video game system for over a year.