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Wii rolls over the competion!
Written by Daniel   
Sunday, 27 May 2007 12:02

Wii's winning formula
07/05/2007 16:03

San Francisco - Computer game makers and industry analysts agree that Wii is trouncing rival video game consoles due to a captivating blend of ease, fun, family, friends and affordability.

April US sales of Wii consoles with simple motion-sensing controllers were more than double those of Microsoft's Xbox 360 and quadruple those of Sony's languishing PlayStation 3.

Demand for Wii consoles has outpaced supply since they debuted in November of 2006. Nintendo has reportedly sold more than 2.5 million Wii consoles in North America.
French video game giant Ubisoft began working with Nintendo a year before Wii launched and premiered sword-fighting game Red Steel at the console's release.

Ubisoft embraces the Wii platform that lets game makers get players to jump, swing, thrash and dart, according to Xavier Poix, director of the firm's Paris and Montpellier studios.
"We were convinced the first time we touched the Wii that it really was a revolution because it was a way to think of games differently," Poix told AFP.

'Range of creative possibilities'

"When you look at someone playing an Xbox 360 game you see his face is really hard and both hands are stuck on the controller. When you see someone playing Wii, you always see a smile and movement. Sometimes crazy movement, but it is OK."

US video game titan Electronic Arts and the game division of entertainment icon Disney have studios devoted to making Wii games.
The release of the Disney film "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" was accompanied by a Wii game of the same name that lets players use controllers to pretend to be sword-fighting buccaneers.

The head of the LucasArts, the game division for "Star Wars" series creator George Lucas, told AFP a Wii game that lets players wield virtual light sabers is on the horizon.

"The Wii opens up a range of creative possibilities for new and innovative game design," said Disney Interactive Studios vice president Craig Relyea.
"Our Pirates of the Caribbean game for the Wii lets you slash and thrust with the Wii remote just as someone would do using a sword for combat. We wouldn't have been able to offer those controls on any other platform." MORE


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