? This article is an opinion piece written by Akia Rahming and does not necessarily reflect the thoughts of the entire Nintendo Enthusiast staff. ?
When Nintendo announced their ‘Revolution’ back at E3 2005, they completely rocked the gaming world. After coming off the lukewarm sales of the Gamecube, Nintendo wasn’t even a speck of dust in the eyes of its competitors. Microsoft was already in the heat of launching their second system, the XBOX 360, and Sony was gearing up for the PS3, the follow-up to their prodigy.
With that said, the concept behind the Wii was met with confused first impressions and casts of doubt. It was obvious that Nintendo was going in a much different direction than the likes of their competitors, a move that many saw to be foolish at the time. Nevertheless, we all know how the story turned out.
The Wii went on to be Nintendo’s most successful home console to date, with over 100+ million units sold worldwide. It became an international phenomena; a name that was echoed in nation after nation. Yes, with the Wii, the ‘Big N’ was able to find their voice again for the first time since the SNES. No doubt, with such a high level success, the Wii must be one of the most loved consoles of all time, right"
Well, not exactly.
Despite its success, the system was mocked since its inception. It was dismissed by the ‘hardcore’ gamers, arguing that the system was simply to “childish”. Many consider the focus on motion controls to be more of a shameless gimmick more than a true innovation, and its simplistic hardware to be a huge misstep on Nintendo’s part. But despite all the complaints, the Wii really is a very worthy system.
With the Wii (and by extension the DS) Nintendo took their first plunge into the late Satoru Iwata’s “Blue Ocean Strategy”. Here, they formally decided to take a path completely opposite of their competitors. While Sony and Microsoft were foc...