Leaving aside the the wacky new name of “Wii,” Mike Musgrove speculates at the Washington Post that Nintendo may be on to something with their upcoming video game console – it’s sole objective is actually playing games:
It’s almost a radical thought in the video game industry these days: What if a new game console were actually just about the games — and not about having a zillion other multimedia features?
That’s the question posed by Nintendo’s new console, scheduled for debut later this year. The Wii — pronounced “we” — does not feature scorchingly advanced technology, compared with its rivals, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 3. And, unlike the competition, the device does not push a DVD replacement technology or strive to be the living room’s all-purpose media center.
It’s almost as if Nintendo is sometimes in a different industry than Microsoft and Sony.
Maybe it’s the game industry?