Despite "Wii Elbow" Nintendo Wins Media
It was only a couple days ago, on that glorious Saturday (how I hate these manic Mondays) that we reported on Wii's outselling of the Playstation 3 via eBay. Considering the number of units available for both, that isn't particularly surprising. Frankly, more shocking may be the mainstream media's take on each console's launch, with most major dailies praising the Nintendo Wii and shaking a stern finger at Sony's highly-hyped machine. Very bad PS3, very, very bad.
USA Today bluntly states that, according to gamers, "Wii has PS3 beat". That publication comes to such findings because of the refreshing qualities introduced by Nintendo's motion sensitive controller, and a general lack of super duper fun titles for Sony's Playstation 3.
Entertainment Weekly, which generally ignores the gaming market in order to cover the latest movie and television news, has added its two cents as well. EW covered the console launch using its popular grading scheme, giving the Wii a B+ and PS3 a B. Interestingly enough, EW heaps praises on the Xbox 360, giving Microsoft's year-old console an impressive A-.
A more accurate (and informed) appraisal may come from Wired News, who proclaim that the "PS3 packs promise, but lacks punch". That may be the best way of putting Sony's launch, for although there's no "killer app" at the moment, you can bet the PS3 will grow in the next six to eight months.
That's the key. Where will these consoles stand in a few months (or years)? It's really quite possible that developers will, by that point, have learned the nuances of working with the powerful PS3, and will be churning out visually stunning titles. The Wii, on the other hand, may be subject to only a few games that can truly get the most out of its motion sensor controller. It may also begin to look dated with its backwards technology.
Only time will tell.