I think that the Wii will be the next iPod , the next social “toy” or gadget, that everyone will like and enjoy. Just with superficial comparisons, both are White, Sleek, Small and did I mention, they both cost 249.99.
On coffee tables everywhere, you’ll have the TV Remote, DVD Remote(HD or BLUE-RAY, which ever wins), Stereo Remote, and a Wii-Mote. Similar to how the iPod connected users with their digital music, the Wii connects users with their games, and friends. The Wii puts gamers front and center. Off the couch if you like, and put your self inside the game.
Simplicity– This is where the iPod excels, and others have fail, miserable I might add. Ipod with its clean, and easy to use interface makes adding and removing music to and from an ipod, easy and seamless. And this is where the Wii, will excel as well. The basic principles behind the Wii, are simple and easy. The controller is universally friendly appealing from to people from 8 to 80. Clean design and few buttons, makes the Wii, appealing to people who don’t normally play games. No longer do you have to be a finger gymnast, to play video games again.
Size- Again, this an area where the Ipod, blew away, and while the competion has emulated Apple’s model, they still can’t touch it. The ipod is small, flat, thin, whatever you want to call it. The Wii, is perhas one of the smallest gaming consoles ever. It’s about the size of three DVD cases stacked on each other. It fits just about anywhere. It’s easy to move and travels with a breeze, just like the iPod, “portablity”. I’m sorry but lugging around the other console are a pain. Instead of insisting people come over to play, it’s just as easy to bring the Wii to them.
Style– Nintendo has taken a lesson from Apple, both in packaging and size. When you open the Wii box, it’s like opening an Apple product. Everything is compartmentalized, and very stylish. Also, the ipod introduced the clickwheel, a stylish new way of finding and selecting music. Again Nintendo here, have made their controllers stylish and uber-smooth. Besides the interactive of the controller with the game, the Wii-mote offers many features of style. First it dings when it’s your turn to go. Simple, but easily helpful, when you have a crowd of folks. Similar, the lights at the bottom, indicate what player you are, ie, 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Long gone are tangled wires and guesses of who’s who and what controller do I need to pick up. Next, Built in speaker also sends games sounds through the controller. Hearing your bat swings, your punches, the wind, etc, all give the added style and a much more favorable user experience.
So, is the Wii, the next iPod? I believe so, and in a year or so, we’ll see.