Nintendo UK took ‘The infamous Wii List’ and made a video

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Though there have always been plenty of “hardcore” games on the Wii, Nintendo’s marketing push for the console has generally remained focused on the budding “casual” market. Watch families play Wii Sports on the couch! Watch random travelers play Metroid Prime 3 at the airport! Nintendo seemed to be saying “Focus on the people, not the game! People are marketable! Games are not!” That’s just one of the reasons that the Wii has gained a reputation for being an “amateur console“.

Now Nintendo is playing catch-up. Along with the release of the black Wii (which apparently makes the Wii “less amateur” to some) Nintendo UK has put out this video showcasing some of the newer “traditional” games on the console, and set to a potentially-irritating “ROCK AND ROLL” soundtrack. Since it’s rated Pegi 16, the video lacks some of my personal favorites, like Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and No More Heroes 2, but there is still plenty here to like. Any person or thing that spreads the word about Little King’s Story is alright by me.

We’ve seen these kinds of “Wii lists” on message boards and internet chats for years now. In fact, the first time I wrote one myself was before the Wii was even released. Someone on Shoryuken.com said something about how “the Wii won’t have any good games”, and I immediately responded with a “WRONG! Metal Slug Anthology, Trauma Center: Second Opinion, LoZ: Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime 3, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl are going to be AWESOMEZ!”

Do you think that this random internet stranger was swayed by my oh-so-convincing list? I doubt it, and I also doubt that this video will convince anyone who has already decided against the Wii to change their minds. There is a chance that those who don’t follow videogame news and/or have otherwise ignored the Wii might get something out of it. How about you? Did this video do anything to change your perspective on the Wii?

Nintendo UK releases the most ridiculously hardcore Wii promo video I’ve ever seen– [GoNintendo]


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