- No matter which way you cut the cheese, the Wii has been a huge success for Nintendo. Sales for the little white box of joy have been extremely impressive, and it isn't uncommon for some Aussie retailers to witness 'Wii droughts' due to the console rapidly disappearing off the shelves like Hotcakes, or Tickle Me Elmo, or some yet-to-be-recalled anatomically correct Barbie doll.
Immense console sales are all well and good for the bean counters and the Nintendo money bin, but when it comes to game titles the Wii has a fatal flaw: 3rd party shovelware and the piss-poor graphics contained therein.
With the occasional exceptions from a handful of talented 3rd party developers with the time and money to spend on their products, most of the high watermark visuals we've seen on the system have been spewed forth from Nintendo themselves.
This is mainly due to the majority of third party developers saturating store shelves with low budget, half-arsed attempts at games (or 1/4 arse attempts in the case of Far Cry and Red Steel) which, understandably, none of us ran out to buy.
This prompted game publisher suits everywhere to gather together in their respective boardrooms (around the company Dark Crystal, most likely) and decree amongst themselves that 'the Wii isn't viable,...