How the Wii Will Affect Gaming

By Deane Barker on June 10, 2007

He, For One, Does Not Welcome Our New Wii Overlords: Interesting commentary about how the apparently massive success of the Wii will affect harder-core games.

If Nintendo has its way, young males will no longer be the dominant segment of the console audience — and this transition appears to be happening faster than I expected. […]

Will games like Halo and Gears of War ever go away? Hell no. But publishers aren’t stupid. They’re going to go where the majority of the money is and if people want to play the WarioWare mini-games more than the meaty experiences that hardcore gamers love, you’re inevitably going to see a corresponding shift in development. Publishers are in the business of making money, so if they can spend six months or a year developing a mini-game package for five-year-old technology and make more profits than they would by spending 2-3 years crafting a long and detailed experience, you can bet your Wiimote that that’s exactly what they’ll do.

Last one out of the [insert first person shooter title here], turn out the lights.

On another note, I had no idea there was a title called Cooking Mama.

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