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That's an interesting take on things. The whole thing felt very scattergun to me but your rationale is very plausible. I'm sceptical it'll work mind :) I think the biggest problem with the Wii is that Nintendo lost interest (exhausted the potential of?) in making Wii Games. Wii Music was a bit of a flop and after that, there was nothing else along the same lines of Wii Sports, Wii Fit etc. If you buy into the disruption angle on what they were doing with the Wii, the next step would be to make "bridge games", essentially gently bringing along the muggles upstream to games with more depth. Mario Kart is a good example of this but similarly, they seemed to leave it there. What confuses me still is that having spent the best part of the last half decade breaking down the controller barrier, they're now opting to launch a machine with an even more complex one. Perhaps the above gives me an idea of where they want to end up, but I struggle to think of how they'll get the muggles to follow them. Or how they'll get the non-muggles to leave their existing platforms for an incremental upgrade in power and an unproven (if any!) online service. Difficult one to call until we seem some actual games I guess but I think Wii Sports is a difficult trick to pull off twice :)
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