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Nintendo's profit dives as Wii demand dwindles

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It's time for Wii to start collecting dust in a corner with AIBO.

If you want a pet, buy one. If you want to exercise, go for a walk in a nearby park or swim at a city swimming pool for 400 yen.

If you want to socialize without the effort, go to an izakaya and eat and drink with your fellow human beings.

This technology is a waste of money and a waste of time.

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There just haven't been any good games for Wii for ages, and probably won't be until a sequel to Mario Galaxy. But that's Nintendo's style - release one good game every year or so, and release lots of brain training exercise crap in the meantime.

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Isn't this just common sense? I mean, if the Wii was driving things but then everyone already bought one, of course the sales would go down. Same for the DS. Everyone I know either has an original or that PLUS the DSi already. Though I feel bad that many of us haven't bought as many DS games either, what with the convenience of roms and R4s. That's probably a thorn in their side as well.

I'm sure they're working on more games. Now I can save my money and buy the (still too darn expensive for me) PS3. Which has, by far, the lousiest game selection, but I keep hoping it will get better.

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I agree with thepro and kokorocloud. Just make some half-way decent games already. Everyone has the systems.

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I quit being a fan of Nintendo ever since the first PlayStation came out. Its not that they are bad, they just sell to a completely different demo-graph than me. I think they are still trying to appeal to the kid and young teenager. sure they have a few really sick games, but without HD graphics. COME ON?!?!? and the 360s and PS3 achievements and trophies are like crack cocaine. I stopped playing PC games because they don't have online achievements I can work on and show off online. only 1 achievement to go on Halo 3!!!! Recon armor here i come.

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inakaRob-- Yeah, graphics are an issue. I find that a lot of Sony games are very well done in that regard. However, Nintendo games tend to have a lot of variation and replayability. There is pretty much something for everyone. And the DS? I think that was their best idea yet. The PSP looks fab, certainly. But I never use mine. They have their share of mediocre games. Really, it all depends on what you're looking for. I can't diss any of the companies, because each one has something to like about it for me (...or at least Sony and Nintendo do. I will probably never own an Xbox/360 just because I can't pay for it, haha).

I think Nintendo does try to appeal to the younger generation, but there are quite a few gems in there too. And I bought my Wii expecting great things. Too bad a lot of the games I want probably won't ever be translated into English!

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i usually love nintendo, but i have to say i think the wii is the first crappy console they have made. I have one, but only for mario and zelda, there are just no other games i want on the wii. So i got my self an xbox and there is a load of decent software on that. If i play nintendo i usually plug in my n64 or snes.

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DS rules though that is an awsome hand held console, destroys the psp in my opinion.

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Diggerdog, Nintendo's first crappy console was the N64. That had TERRIBLE support, very few good games, and they were still using cartridges when the rest of the world was using Cds.

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n64 had great games pity it took the wii to come out for people to notice

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now Nintendo's coming out with the DS LL - an oversized Nintendo DSI on steroids basically.

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I read this morning that Nintendo was coming our with a new WII that will be based on the blu-ray disk, and play movies and games in 1080p. The news got leaked from some French marketing person.

Apparently, the blu-ray was chosen to reduce the piracy going on with the Wii.

I have a Wii and a PS3. Won the Wii in a contest two years ago, otherwise I wouldn't have one. Have maybe 20 hours playing it and haven't turned it on in over a year. Most of that time was playing game cube games that I missed out on.

Can't count the hours I have playing the PS3. May have learned Japanese by now or earned a doctorate with all the time I spent with the PS3....

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the problem with the wii is there are just no games you want to play for a decent amount of time. also the whole movement sensitive controller is unique at first but has no staying power. i bought a wii and a ps3 not too far apart. loved the wii for about 3 months and then never touched it ever again. still playing the ps3 due to the games always being on the cutting edge and the console itself is comparable to a decent computer and can play all regions for movies and games. i already sold the wii. just got so boring so fast.

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Nintendo needs to come out with an all-new version of Space Invaders & Ms. Pacman, the greatest computer games ever created. Of course I had Pong, the very first computer game, but that wasn't so great.

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Past Wii sales have been helped a lot by price. Traditionally the Wii was cheaper than the other consoles by at least $100. Even at the cheaper price point the Wii has always been sold at a profit. Whereas the PS3 and 360 needed people to buy 4-5 games before they broke even. (Though Sony could count the Blu-ray discs in that equation.)

At any rate, Nintendo messed up when they left the Wii price point at $199 when the 360 Arcade came down to the $199 price point. They should have dropped to $179 or so.

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It's a simple fix to increase sales.

1.) HD 1080p for Wii output. 2.) Bluray / HDDVD support. (fast loading bluray, people who have HDDVD disks) 3.) Wireless keyboard and mouse support. 4.) Online games that require the Wii controllers.

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