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    Wii "Bubble" about to burst?

    Wii BubbleMicrosoft says Wii is just a gateway console to prime gamers for bigger and better things, namely Xbox 360! Jeff Bell, Microsoft VP of Marketing implied the message in an interview with 1UP recently, but he's not the only one. Critics of Wii say the rise of the Nintendo console's popularity is a bubble and it's ready to burst.

    Bell said of Microsoft's space in the console market:

    "We're positioning ourselves to be ready if, in fact, gamers find they're ready to graduate from a certain experience potentially with the Wii, either because it's limited on the type of gameplay that's available or the technology in that box."

    Let me translate the marketing speak. Bell is saying Wii's graphics suck and when you're bored of its childish games you'll look for an Xbox 360.

    Is Wii a gateway console?

    Is it just a primer to get these new casual gamers hooked? Like, let's say marijuana.

    The casual gamer gets all giggly with a few tokes of the Wii-mote-bong and next thing you know, spacing out to Super Mario Galaxy doesn't get the endorphins kicking like it used to. Now you need stronger graphics and space-out games like Mass Effect.

    The belief that a Wii popularity bubble is about to burst is steeped in the lack of third party publishers finding their games profitable on Wii. Critics charge that these third party games for Wii will eventually go dry. This would leave former Wii gamers walking the streets sunken eyed and emaciated, perhaps wearing tattered trench-coats, begging for an Xbox 360.

    It's an interesting speculation and only time will tell. But isn't discounting Nintendo a favorite hobby of Microsoft and Sony?

    It seems I remember another time, like 2004, when speculation was that Nintendo might get out of the console market and just peddle its game franchises to other ... ahem... more successful consoles.
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    Well it looks like if I get another console it'll be a PS3. I'd rather have some crazy guy saying Nintendo stole sphere worlds from Ratchet and Clank than some d-bag telling me Mario Galaxy isn't enough for me and I need a damn 360.
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    i'm actually looking foward to getting a 360... i could care less what others say

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    Microsoft is entirely too obnoxious, the reason I wanted a Wii is because I am a hardcore gamer and wanted a change in scenery from the traditional crap their contracted developers throw at the mainstream consoles.

    Microsoft should of stuck with computers and let the experts do battle.
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    I'm still hoping to get a 360, but that isn't going to be for a long while because I'm still enjoying my Wii.
    With the last console war, I got the gamecube first and after about two years, I got the Xbox. I'm guessing it's going to be the same this time.

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    There's a new thread with Microsoft saying Nintendo is about to flop every day! They've been saying that for months now. Nintendo is prepared for this though. The theory is that these more simplistic games are a step up to more hard core games that Nintendo are soon providing. SSBB, Mario Kart, Red Steel 2, No More Heroes, Metroid Prime 3, Zelda: Twilight Princess are all hard core games either out or soon to come out. The Wii: 'Come for the Wii Play, stay for the Smash Bros.' Xbox isn't getting any Wii users.

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    Indeed, I agree Spinty. Another good strategy is how they've laid out all of their releases for at least one major game per quarter to keep Wii owners interested (enough to at least keep their consoles, to say the least).

    I don't see how Microsoft would even be in this console "war" if they didn't have COD4, Halo 3 and XBL. They've got some cheek, as I've always stuck with. I do respect their consoles GUI but that doesn't win a war (in my books).
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    Quote Originally Posted by 261311
    Microsoft is entirely too obnoxious, the reason I wanted a Wii is because I am a hardcore gamer and wanted a change in scenery from the traditional crap their contracted developers throw at the mainstream consoles.

    Microsoft should of stuck with computers and let the experts do battle.
    Agreed, thats why i want Microsoft to fail next generation, so that they can go back to computers like their supposed to. Sony and Nintendo are the only ones i don't entirely mind.

    And another ''Agreed'' to Spinty and again 261311, they were smart to put their games into quarters, Zelda when it came out, then Super Paper Mario/Mario Strikers (not really major games), then Metroid, then Galaxy, Then Brawl (Not sure when mario kart comes out). But after those the third party games are going to start going in, and thats when the wii owners buy wii points for good WiiWare games.
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    That's mighty cocky of Microsoft to say.

    I'll always get their OS, but I'll trust Sony for a number of things more (Runnin' on a Sony Vaio right now.)

    Play nice, Microsoft.
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    microsoft is obnoxious, How's the Zune going for you guys? pretty good right? I'm getting a macbook too.

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