Console Wars: The Casual Market

The Wii is outselling its competition by leaps and bounds.  It is the most mainstream console of all time.  The system has sold over thirty-four million units worldwide.  But this success may very well be to the determent of the system’s growth, at least amongst the hardcore gaming community.

This seems like a contradiction.  The Playstation 2 succeeded by simply outselling its competition.  There are six times more PS2s than Xboxs.  Because of this, it became the de facto standard for all multiplatform games, despite being technically inferior. The main reason the Xbox 360 got released early was to attempt to prevent the Playstation 3 from replicating this success.  So why is the Wii different? Continue reading