The initial amount of games for the Nintendo Wii was pretty low as no one expected this console to become such a big hit but the game supply is definitely catching up now. X-bit Labs reports more games will arrive for the Wii console in the fourth quarter of this year than Xbox 360 and PS3 games combined.
The situation reflects massive sales of Wii across the world and means that game developers have changed their development priorities.
Analyst firm Screen Digest predicts that 86 titles are scheduled for release on the Wii in Q4 2007, compared with 47 for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and just 38 for Sony PlayStation 3. Moreover, about 20 games for Nintendo Wii will be exclusive for the platform, whereas only 8 and 5 will be exclusive for Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, respectively.
“While Wii and Xbox 360 are likely to look back on 2007 with some satisfaction, the same cannot be said for Sony PlayStation 3. Given the platform’s release schedule this Christmas, it is not a surprise that Sony is focusing on lowering the cost of entry to PS3 platform to maintain parity with its rivals this Christmas,” said Ed Barton, Screen Digest games analyst.
Still, Mr. Barton finds that the new generation game consoles will be massively adopted by gamers going forward, meaning that sales of consoles like Sony PlayStation 2 will slowdown dramatically shortly from now.
But not everyone is convinced of the Wii. Mark Rein from Epic Games recently said developing game engines for the Wii wouldn't be profitable enough.