At the risk of sounding like the ultimate Nintendo fanboy Cameron, I think the Nintendo Wii game console is the greatest jump in the evolution of gaming since the original playstation. To watch videos of 65 year olds grabbing a wiimote and looking at the screen initially with trepedation but turning into unbridled enjoyment is just an incredible experience. It’s like they regain their inner child right in front of your eyes. For example, I watched a girl who was playing the tennis game move the controller like she was swatting a fly. She did a bit of a giggle when she realised “hey this actually worked when I did that!”. Next thing you know she is waving that remote around like she is Serena Williams in a Wimbeldon final.
Unlike most marketing for gaming consoles, nintendo isn’t showing us the gameplay on screen, they are showing us the people who are playing the game – and those people look like they are having a great time. Everytime I see anything for an ad it reiterates to me how good this console is going to be. Yet, I haven’t put in a pre-order for the game, nor will I be getting one before christmas. It’s not because I can’t afford it, it’s more that I’ve subscribed to the game consoles offer best value a year after they have been released. I tell you what though, I’m having a hard time talking myself in to keeping that pact.
This console is going to be huge and in ten years there will still be people hugging their wii’s and blogging about the first time they ever touched a wiimote in the same way that people refer to their atari in this era. But what you’ll see in ten years will be different in that there will be a wider range of people being wii fanboys because this console spans the ages. This console will be a classic.