Wii Are The Champions
By AntonCaptainSeagull. Thursday, March 1, 2012 8:10:30 AM
We should not forget the Wii, and though the greatest years are behind it, it still has some good stuff left for us, and has left one hell of a legacy in it's wake! Read more to refresh yourself with why the Wii honestly is the king of this generations consoles, and maybe even of all time...
Let's do this backwards, to some degree anyway. Right now, as most of us are waiting for the release of WiiU, with more questions than answers about the system, we feel as if the Wii is on it's last breath, that after this last release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, we have nothing really to look forward to until the new machine ships out. Thankfully Nintendo has done some recent soul searching, and has announced a few more games that are absolutely worth our time, the Wii isn't quite done yet! North America finally has a release date for Xenoblade Chronicles, news that The Last Story will indeed be coming to the states as well as Europe, and that Fatal Frame II will be released in Europe, though there still is no information on a North American release or not. The two RPG games are a couple of the highest rated RPG games in recent history, and are both amazingly beautiful - neither one of these should be passed over, while the survival-horror title has yet to be released, the original is possibly the best received title in the series, and when coupled with better visuals and Wii controls should be a perfect way to put the Wii to rest.
So that's the future of the Wii so far, who knows if Pandoras Tower goes international, or if there are any other secret unannounced titles. And looking back, we really have had a lot of amazing new experiences on the system, Zelda: Skyward Sword obviously being one of them, but we can't forget about the Mario Galaxy titles, DK Country Returns, No More Heroes's, Smash Bros, Animal Crossing, and so on and so forth, accompany those with many of the unique downloadable original Wii Ware games, as well as a crazy impressive collection of Virtual Console games at the price of the system even at launch, and you have an amazing deal!
The real victory though came with the motion controls, the controller before launch was dismissed by the two rival companies as a gimmick, but then later created such a buzz, that these guys just had to make their own version, with Sony almost stealing the idea play for play. It's pretty obvious that Kinect and Move (especially Move) would not be here today if it wasn't for Wii blowing roofs of houses with the easily accessible play-styles. All of us have gotten pretty used to the controller by now, and it feels like we've been using the controller for ages, but just try to play any older golfing games or tennis games, they just feel so... 8-track. The Wii had done it's job of creating a "revolution" in gaming, and we can't forget that.
Another revolution in gaming caused by the Wii was demographic. Everyone played Wii, you, your brother, your mailman, your mailman's gramma... there is something for everyone, and everyone played something. Shipping with Wii Sports was such a brilliant move, not only did it encourage third party developers to create something better than the "pack-in game", it bacame the title everyone was familiar with! Family events with the Wii involved were not uncommon, and not only did everyone know the game, everyone loved it. The reason Wii sales have slowed down so much was because everyone already has/had one!
That brings us to our last point, sales and launch. The Wii has had much slower sales these days, not only because of the drought of games this last year, but because everyone has already got a system. Either you still have it, or like some, you have gotten rid of it, but the fact is that it sold a lot. The damn system was sold out of every store for about two years! as soon as shipments were stocked, they were sold. The PS3 had this problem for a few weeks, but that's only because Sony shipped such a low number of units to begin with. I'm not picking on them, it's just what happened, and it proves a point.
The Nintendo Wii made good on it's project name "revolution" in more ways than one, made sales records, and did it all at a very attractive price point. It pretty much was printing money for Nintendo, and here we are with a few quality games to back it up for the rest of it's life until it passes the torch, and a system that changed everything. The Wii really was the master of this console generation, and because it stirred the industry up stronger than any system before it, it may be the most important console ever.
The competition brought "me too" motion controls, something they scoffed at to begin with, and a bunch of copy-paste titles to the arena, while the Wii brought a world of new gamers in as well as new worlds within gaming. The Wii had honestly shifted the gaming landscape stronger than any system before it. Do not ignore the legacy that the Wii created, do not sweep this white knight under the rug, because as far as I'm concerned, Wii won!
+UPDATE: GLOBAL TOTAL SALES GRAPH
This chart updates itself, this is the most current data for hardware sales. Just look at the Wii.