Where Will Wii Go Next?

September 9, 2008 at 12:04 pm

When I was in 5th grade, Nintendo was the best. We all knew how to skip over the worlds in Super Mario Bros. and head right to levels four and eight. I can still conjure up the theme music for the underground, blue-brick sections if I think for a second. I even had a subscription to Nintendo Power magazine. Oh, the shame. 🙂

Now some of my friends have Nintendo Wii parties. (Throw your own! Here’s what you need: A) alcohol B) food and C) Nintendo Wii.) My favorite game is tennis. If you move just right you can serve an ace that’s impossible to hit back. Which, let’s face it, is the only time I’ll be capable of that particular feat.

Having sold 26.9 million units around the world since 2006, Wii (and its “Wiimote”) has beaten its rivals, Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox. But in the world of competitive gaming, it’s hard to stay on top for long. In fact, when you’re #1, lawsuits seem to come out of the woodwork. A U.S. company has recently announced intentions to sue Nintendo in a Wii wand patent lawsuit.

What’s next for Wii’s fans, though?

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata tells the Wall Street Journal about the company’s latest innovations, such as Wii Speak, which allows you to compete against your friends from different locations — and presumably taunt them. Then there’s the recent unveiling of Wii Music (think Guitar Hero), which was created by Shigeru Miyamoto — the original mastermind behind Super Mario. I can’t wait to try it!

Sarah S.

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