Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Wii Over-Saturated With Poor Software

The Wii has never intended to compete with other consoles on power, rather to do so with interaction and accessibility for all demo-graphs. However, the underwhelming capabilities of the Wii are starting to see voiced criticism from developers and not just gamers.

Whereas poor quality software for the Xbox 360 and PS3 would more likely be laughed out of production, low grade games from 3rd party software developers seem less out of place on the Wii.

Lightning Fish Games CEO Simon Prytherch has expressed his issue with the software on the Wii:
"Wii is a very casual, wide market. It's a market that doesn't care about flashy graphics--it cares more about the gameplay and experience, and potentially the characterization."
However he added that the console's games market...
"from a third-party software developer and publisher perspective, is over-saturated with product."
And that customers "have been damaged by a lot of substandard software," which has caused them to "only trust big Nintendo brands.

Whilst audacious words from a not particularly big publisher, his concerns are echoed by others. Speaking at a conference call last month, EA CEO John Riccitiello commented:
"The Wii platform has been a little weaker than we had certainly anticipated. And there is no lack of frustration (about this coming out) at precisely the time where we have the strongest third-party share."
He expressed the need for Nintendo and EA "to push third-party software harder." Before stating "very, very few multiplatform titles are succeeding on the Wii so far, and collectively, Electronic Arts and Nintendo need to tackle that."

If players pay any attention to reviews or to the game features itself this oversaturation would probably be a self rectifying issue. Players should be a little more vigilant with their purchases; if anyone can use a Wii, anyone can find game information on the internet and find what games to avoid.

Source: Cnet

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