Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Microsoft and Sony want you to buy a Wii


So, it is pretty evident that Nintendo destroyed the competition at E3 this year. But so much that their competitors would actually recommend the purchase of the Wii? Apparently so ...

Here is the quote from Microsoft VP, Peter Moore:

Tell me why you would buy a US$600 PS3?" Moore said in an interview. "People are going to buy two [consoles]. They're going to buy an Xbox and they're going to buy a Wii ... for the price of one PS3."

Which was followed up by this nugget of wisdom from Sony's Corporate executive, Phil Harrison:

I think Peter Moore is exactly right. I think Nintendo will be the second system consumers purchase after PlayStation 3."

"I haven't had a chance to check out the Wii myself, but Nintendo has a great history of innovation and has always done great things for gaming and long may they do so. But as it relates to our strategy they are very much in a different market."

Now these quotes can be taken several ways. Quite obviously, Peter Moore is poking fun at the Playstation 3's ridiculously outlandish and prohibitive price ($499 for crap, $599 for the one you want). Harrison appears to be making the argument that Nintendo is going down a completely different path (who can argue there) and, in typical Sony-executive fashion, snobbily assuming the Playstation 3 will enjoy the same amount of dominance in the market place as the Playstation 2.

To me it seems Harrison is just playing defense with the only play Sony seems to have in their playbook (ironically for both defense and offense).

Yes, Phil, we understand that the Playstation did well, and the Playstation 2 did even better. You don't have to tell us every chance a microphone meanders across your face. You may want to take a look at the failures of the Playstation Portable and take off your mirage-inducing fantastivision goggles. Your company is not infallable because of your market dominance over the past two generations. Try making a good game that doesn't have a number greater than three in the title; that would be good defense.

Peter Moore hit the nail on the head, elucidating the collective thinking of gamers everywhere. Why would I buy a PS3 when I could get an Xbox 360 and a Wii for the same price - if not cheaper? Show me one compelling game that is worth the $660 price tag, Sony. Just one. I dare you.

Also, I should point out, as others have before me, if the Wii is everyone's second console of choice - would not that, in fact, make it the first console? Nintendo has carved itself a new market in which there is no competition.

Bottom Line: Everyone should buy a Wii.


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