For the last 3 years, the Nintendo Wii has dominated the sales charts for video game systems. In fact, the Wii has owned all the other game console bundles on the market. It has sold more units than the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 combined, and sellouts during Christmas and other peak seasons are common.
But will the Wii be able to hold this domination?
There are already complaints from some people about the Wii's limitations. The motion sensing technology in the Wii was something new to the market, but its novelty is starting to wear thin and people are starting to notice that the other systems have much better graphics and more processing power.
Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have started to narrow the gap in recent months. Does the Wii have enough reserves in its tank to ward off the pursuing competition? There are 5 upcoming games for the Wii that will give us some indication:
1. Punchout. This is one of the most loved games in the history of Nintendo, and it's making a comeback. This will be one title that shows how loyal Nintendo fans actually are.
2. Wii Sports Resort. The original Wii Sports is included when you buy a Wii console. This sequel will be included with the new Wiimote, that's powered by MotionPlus technology. This new Wiimote is supposed to improve the accuracy of the motion sensing over the original Wiimote. MotionPlus is an add-on that can be attached to the original controllers. The lineup of jet skiing, dog frisbee, and kendo stick fighting in Wii Sports Report will put this new technology to the test.
3. Red Steel 2. The original Red Steel was a disappointment for many people, even though it was a launch title for the Wii.
4. Sin & Punishment 2. Treasure, the company responsible for some of the best platformer/shooter hybrids in the history of video games is developing this sequel to the original game, which was only available in Japan. The action in this game is amazing, and it has all the signs of being a huge hit.
5. Rock Band: Beatles. This is probably the biggest upcoming title for casual gamers - people who don't play a lot of video games - and it is coming to the Nintendo Wii along with the Xbox 360 and PS3. The sales charts will tell us how the Wii is holding up against the competition for this one.