Do you think that Nintendo missed the opportunity to crush the PS3? I just read this article.
I was interested to see that the PS3 will have 2,000,000 units by the year's end (projected). The Wii will have 4,000,000 (although this is changing or has changed).
I think Nintendo's strength was in the price and availability. I know 2,000,000 isn't 4,000,000 but it doesn't seem to be too bad. I also realize that the price is quite a bit different.
On the other hand, Sony (as I have read) slashed the price of the console in Japan (although not the USA). This is war. I don't think Sony is as foolish or weak as we have been speculating.
I've also seen a number of polls indicating the PS3 to have the advantage (I have no doubt Sony could have connections with Enterbrain, and I know polls/research are tricky things).
In my opinion, Nintendo needed to crush Sony while the giant was staggering, before it could recover. To punch the giant in the nose while it still was dizzy. It didn't. How did it miss?
It didn't release before the PS3. Already the number of consoles produced by Nintendo number in the millions. Why not have offered an earlier release? Part of the demand of the Nintendo relies upon the lack of available PS3's. The longer they wait, the more they lose. Nintendo probably could have released in October with at least 2,000,000 console units.
Nintendo decided to go with a profit on each machine (albeit a relatively small profit) while the other PS3 was willing to take a loss on consoles sold (even more in Japan). Nintendo could have dropped a few bucks on the console and knocked peoples socks off with a $199.99 price tag (Wow! That looks awesome!).
So, not that I'm attacking the Wii. I still love it. Want it and am going to buy it.
But I think a lower price, an earlier release, and better communication with the retailers about numbers available (for preorder concerns) would have really socked it to Sony.
Now, I feel as though Sony is regaining its footing. That the giant is getting off its knees and Nintendo is going to be kicking itself for losing the opportunity.
I don' t think they looked at this as a war as they should have. There can't be two number ones. That would be eleven. There are a finite number of gamers. The market will get saturated. When would the PS3 be least available? Before it released.