A glowingly biased article - I am living in Oslo for a while and damn it's quiet on a Sunday with no snow and I needed something to read...anyway...I trust you're well anywho.
Will all these titles appeal to casual gamers? IMHO I don't think that a vast number of them plugged into Wiisports will go ape for the majority you've included, plus we all have an idea of what's coming out in the short term - and herein will lie the problem of longevity for the Wii on a grander scale at least.The scary thing is, even with all the above games there are still a large number of inevitable titles yet to be fully announced that have incredibly strong brand names behind them. What do you think will happen to sales when the Wii version of Mario Kart gets thrown out to the masses? What about a true Wii designed Zelda titles in a few years? Another Donkey Kong game? Animal Crossing? Mario Golf and Tennis? And this isn’t even touching any unexpected surprises or the third-party titles on the way too, games that sure to sell to their established markets which will be given a boost through Wii's strong and ever-increasing user base. Madden, Pro Evolution, Resident Evil, Burnout, Need for Speed, FIFA, NiGHTS into Dreams (ahem… 'maybe') and so on.
Pulling in existing franchises will ostensively provide familiarity for existing gamers but will it really attract the range of casual gamers Nintendo are really trying to gravitate to Wii.
Will this mean bad publicity for any platform associated with the game(s) in question - after all... "all publicity is good publicity" when attempting to generate awareness but surely not in the area of sales - I mean, sure people will be more aware of Wii but they will also be aware of the crap getting the attention? Although even I admit that this may be an overly harsh statement.With this, however, comes the usual concerns that third-party shovelware is going to do more harm than good to the system.
I personally feel; either from experience or reviews etc..; that unless both Nintendo & 3rd parties can iron out any niggling prevalent responsiveness issues with the control system then it may hobble the unique perception associated with Wii - couple this with the proviso that if the control system isn't taken full use of - taking Wiisports as a benchmark - and not just adapted as has happened, then Wii may not continue to win hearts and opinions.But right now, Wii IS the next big thing. You could say it was always destined to be. After all, you can pretty much guarantee following machines will use a Wii style motion device from this point onward, which holds far more promise as an advancement. And we've barely started to scratch that particular surface for gameplay possibilities.
[I have got to say that I have responsiveness issues with most of my games - Redsteel & COD3 being the worst - I do appreciate that these are launch titles etc etc - it's a fact but not a criticism]
Although given the current userbase then if it does someone wants a kick in the nadgers and no mistake!!!!
With the possibility of Nights into dreams and I would dearly love to see the little known 'Burning Rangers' (Sega Saturn - which would really lend itself to Wii controls). The future certainly looks roseyWii is on a long and exciting journey that's only just starting to get REALLY interesting. And you've already got a winning ticket. Enjoy the ride, because from here on things are only going to get much much better. And sooner than you think…
Let's hope so mate