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8. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 4, 2013, 14:52 Verno
Panickd wrote on Feb 4, 2013, 11:20:
Verno wrote on Feb 4, 2013, 11:13:
Hardcore gamers drive the market, casual users are fickle and often just along for the ride. The Wii is probably the greatest example of that.

Remember when the Wii came out and everyone was wondering why Nintendo was selling it at a profit while Sony and Microsoft were selling their consoles at a loss? At the end of the day the Wii sold more consoles than either of the others and Nintendo made money on every one and made money on whatever games were sold for those consoles. Call it what you want but that seems like a net win for Nintendo. Plus they have somehow convinced their idiot fanboys that digital purchases should be tied the the console they were purchased on thereby making them buy the same games over and over again. And dumb as it may sound, it does happen.

It worked for Nintendo as a temporary business strategy but failed to create a very sustainable third party market. Sure it made a lot of money but that was mostly Nintendo, not the greater market. Plus it actually lost a bunch of money since then and didn't really do much to cement their position as a market leader, they are still very much in the trenches with Sony and Microsoft. If the latter ever get their heads out of their asses with kids franchises Nintendo will be in deep shit.

Anyways my point that the "hardcore" are what sustains the market in a long term. As in people who buy the console for more than a single title or two, talk it up to others, play MP regularly and so on.
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