Sunday, July 20, 2008

Wii - THE Next Console for all things?

Just read that Nintendo Wii has become the top selling console in the states, with 10.9 million units sold so far which beats XBox and PlayStation 3. It is actually not that surprising that Wii has such great popularity, simply because Wii targets a much much bigger market that includes the non-traditional gamers.

With Wii's easy to use interface and easy to learn games, anyone can get hook onto the Wii, and that includes UK's Queen Elizabeth II! If you can attract even the Queen to play console games, you are set to be the industry leader. :)

Other than the rich and famous, others are also using Wii beyond its traditional gaming purpose. For example, folks have used Wii for re-habilitation for patients recovering from strokes, broken bones, surgery and even combat injuries. The fun element of it adds variety to an other-wise borign re-hab process.

I've considered buying a Wii Fit for fun exercise at home, but the thought of me battling for the use of the TV unit sort of put this thought on hold. Another reason why the Wii is less atractive is because of the less than desirable online experience. Some users have commented that Wii's online interfaces and games variety could be improved further. Below is a picture of a Wii Fit demo.

Oh well, maybe I'll try to entice my family about the attractiveness of Wii and Wii Fit, and tout it as a console for everything, including exercise, gaming, online surfing...etc. Lolz.

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