Wow 3 years running and nintendo is still kicking ass and taking names still don't understand how many people think Wii owners don't buy games when over half of the top ten best sellers are Wii exclusive titles
Because their connection rate (games sold/consoles sold) is MUCH lower than microsoft and sony's. Put another way, if Wii owners bought as many games as their microsoft and sony counterparts, there wouldn't be any ps3 or 360 games on the list.
Care to back that up with some actual stats.. anywhere?
Last time I looked, Wii attach rate (games sold/consoles sold) was beating the PS3. Xbox360 was still in the lead, but it's had an extra year for people who bought the consoles to increase their collections.
Stats, huh? Well, I guess it depends... on whether by "many people" the OP meant people impotently raging on forums (you and me) or if by "many people" he meant executives of development firms (people we should actually care about).
I guess if you're using attachment rate to try to decide which console to buy, total attach rate might mean something. My guess, though, is that the "many people" this guy is talking about are the several executives (including, most recently, the CEO of Ubisoft) who have said they're considering stopping making titles for the Wii because nobody buys games for it.
Nintendo's first party attachment rate is awesome... and that's not surprising. Nintendo owns some of the best-selling franchises of all time. But no one's trying to convince Nintendo to make a game for their own console. I'm relatively sure they're already sold on that idea.
The wretched sales of third-party titles on Nintendo's past two consoles have forced developers to look at third-party attach rate, because that's going to give them a better idea of what kind of potential sales they're looking at with a particular exposure. Wii is WAY
behind in this category.
3RD PARTY ATTACH RATES
PS3 4.4 (about 140% of the Wii's)
360 5.2 (about 170% of the Wii's)
You also have to keep in mind that any attach rate reported for the 360 is artificially deflated because many people who've suffered hardware failure own multiple consoles. Also, these numbers were collected prior to the release of Modern Warfare 2, which probably adds somewhere in the neighborhood of 0.5 to the attach rates for the PS3 and 360 (and 0 to the Wii).
So, how do those
numbers strike you?
Here's the article, Mr. Argumentative. It's at gamasutra, which is, indeed, somehwere.