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Sessler’s Soapbox: Buy More Wii Games!

by JW

Adam Sessler has returned to us once again, this time talking about the lack of Wii software sales. Sessler asks us “Why aren’t you buying more Wii games?” Well, allow me to explain after the video.

So why aren’t more people buying games for the Wii? For starters you have to look at who is buying the Wii. Unlike the Xbox 360 or even the PS3, not everyone who owns a Wii is a gamer. I would be willing to bet my job that a good percentage of people who own a Nintendo Wii don’t play many, if any, video games outside Wii Sports.

Another reason why there is a definite lack of Wii software sales has to do with the Wii library. You can count the truly high quality Wii titles on your hands: Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime 3, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, and WarioWare: Smooth Moves. You could argue for Zack & Wiki as being quality, so that would bring the number up to six. The majority if the Wii library is, to be kind, utter garbage. Your average Jane Soccermom walks into a GameStop and buys anything that sounds good, regardless of whether or not it IS good. That’s how games like Boogie, Spider-Man 3 and (as mentioned in the video) High School Musical are successful in the short-term, but in the long run hurt Wii sales. People play these games, form opinions based on how awful of an experience they are, assume the entire Wii library is more of the same and stay away. It’s illogical, irrational, and slightly bullheaded, but it’s unfortunately how the world works.

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