Blogger Kezins is either incredibly brave or made of steel plating, but even if he’s a bit of both, he’s drawn plenty of ire with a recent post on Kezins.com about how he feels the Wii will fall into total obscurity by 2009 unless they address the key problems with the system and how it is marketed. His bullet list includes:
- Poor game marketing.
- They rely too heavily on sequels.
- Low quantities of consoles on the shelves.
- Poor relationships with 3rd party developers.
- Limited access to quality information for the media.
Now, quantifiers like this may be up for discussion in a college classroom or board meeting, but this is the internet and none of those rules about tact or respect for your fellow man do much good around here, as any fan of the Wii (or any console, for that matter) can vouch for. As you’d imagine, the article has a good deal of comments and many of them are none too pleased.
Kezins defends himself respectfully in the comments, and the full article is interesting from both sides of the spectrum. I don’t fully agree with either side presented, personally, but I’ll bet some of you might like to weigh in on this: does Kezins (a previous Ziff-Davis employee, notably) have a point in his statement about the Wii, or is he completely wrong about the system’s future? I’ve felt glum about it before, but the advent of Wiiware has me pretty optimistic. What do you think?