When Epic isn’t busy accidentally banning modders, the videogame world darling is doing many other things. One thing Epic Games isn’t doing, however, is playing the Nintendo Wii, if president Mike Capps has any say on the matter.
Comparing the console to a virus, Capps has discussed how the desire for a Wii spreads from person to person, but the desire to play it once bought rarely lingers on:
“It’s a virus where you buy it and you play it with your friends and they’re like, ‘Oh my God that’s so cool, I’m gonna go buy it … So you stop playing it after two months, but they buy it and they stop playing it after two months but they’ve showed it to someone else who then go out and buy it and so on. Everyone I know bought one and nobody turns it on.”
I can’t deny that I grew tired of my Wii after two months, but with Super Smash Bros. on the shelves and Mario Kart Wii on the way, is the old “nobody plays the Wii” argument outdated? That said, are Smash Bros. and Mario Kart enough to justify a console, and what exactly does Nintendo have up its sleeve after its tried and tested IPs are all out of the shed?
Either way, Capps is certainly right on the virus part. Wii hype is an infectious bugger, and the epidemic is still widespread. I wonder though, how much further will it spread, and how much longer will it be before people have recovered from its symptoms? Also, how much longer can we stretch out this virus simile?