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at 7:07AM PST on December 24, 2007.
RE: Wii analysis - Bonus Round
A couple of problems with your argument. The first is with that SSBB will not appeal to the hardcore gamer - SSBM was a massive hit on GameCube with the hardcore gamers and is still used for gaming tournaments, just as SSBB will be. I do see many hardcore gamers prefering SSBB over the other franchises that you mentioned, but obviously not every hardcore gamer is going to prefer SSBB. Every hardcore gamer is not the same, every hardcore gamer is not just like you. This is why I said a console must have many great and fantastic titles for the hardcore to be able to appeal to the hardcore crowd - a single title like Bioshock or Mass Effect is not going to be appealing to all hardcore gamers (otherwise they would be enjoying a lot higher sales).
You also mention that you believe it will be treated more like a toy and will only be bought for a single game. This is exactly what happens many times for any console - there a this one single game that appeals a whole ton to the purchaser and they decide to get that console that has the game. Also, if the developers on the Wii can continue to make some great and fantastic experiences, then people will come back to the system - the same as with any other console.
I bought the Wii so I could experience Galaxy and Metroid because I knew they were coming out soon enough and they were "must have" to me. Like I said before: no single game blows the minds of every hardcore gamer (other wise we would have seen some massive sellers in the past). Galaxy and Metroid and SSBB all appeal to and wow parts of the hardcore gamer persuasion. You speak as though you are what every hardcore gamer is - and this is infinitely not true. Not every hardcore gamer is going to be "wow"-ed by Galaxy, Metroid, or SSBB, but then you have to add on other games like the new Fatal Frame coming, No More Heroes, Tales of Symphonia, Fire Emblem - all games that target other parts of the hardcore audience. Not every hardcore gamer is going to be "wow"-ed by Bioshock or Mass Effect (I actually have talked to a good number of hardcore gamers that don't care for Mass Effect because of its technical issues). Nintendo will continue to target the Wii to as many people as possible (it only makes financial sense to them and they know that) and to do that they will continue to target the audience of the hardcore gamers with a variety of games. Will the Wii have as many "hardcore" games as other platforms? No, most likely not. Will the Wii attract and have some "must have" games for parts of the hardcore audience? Of course.
Also, if you have not tried out either Metroid or Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 for the Wii, then I suggest that you do because they have the best FPS controls on any home console to date.
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