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PostSubject: GTA IV threatens the Wii !?   Mon May 05, 2008 5:19 am

I wonder whether the inclusion of a person named "Brian Forbes" in Vice City Stories was actually a coincidence. Because now it looks like it wasn't. Brian Caulfield of Forbes is considering the fact whether GTA IV being on PS3 and 360 could be a disadvantage for the Wii.

Early on, some industry analysts predicted trouble for Nintendo (other-otc: NTDOY.PK - news - people ): The Wii had a relatively pokey processor, it lacked a hard drive, its controls were unusual. Two years ago, developer Chris Hecker took those whispers into the open, when he uncorked a rant at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, claiming the Wii was nothing more than a pair of Gamecubes held together with duct tape. (At least he picked the right venue: The session was called "Burning Mad: Game Developers Rant".) Hecker has since apologized, and his personal Web site says of the matter "please don't ask me about it, thanks."

Yet even though the Wii seemed to lack the muscle that so many other gaming platforms hoped to build up, plenty of consumers fell in love with the console. In a relatively short time, the Wii elevated Nintendo from worst to first in the game console market. Wii sales in the United States now outstrip the combination of Sony's (nyse: SNE - news - people ) Playstation 3 and Microsoft's (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) XBox 360. Since releasing the Wii, Nintendo shares have surged more than 165%.

Even game developers who once spurned the Wii have reversed course and are now pumping out Wii titles. Microsoft is reportedly even developing a motion-sensitive knockoff of the Wii's controller. That, no doubt, will make it easier to port some of the flurry of games built for the Wii to the XBox.
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