Iwata responds to Sony’s claim that the Wii owns the closet

Posted under News, Wii
April 30, 2009 by (@NE_Brian)

Last week, Sony made a comment that the Wii owns the closet. Now Satoru Iwata has responded to that statement. The following was said by Iwata on a Wii no ma (video service) info video.

“According to our internal research, 87% of Wii consoles are connected to the largest TV screen in the household, which is set in the centre of the living room. Our consoles are not only out of the closet, they are also in the middle of the house. This shows what kind of our customers are playing Wii, as of January this year. As you can see, Wii is played by people in a wide range of ages, and male-female ratio is nearly equal. As I have mentioned, Wii has spread with nearly equal male-to-female ratio and is played by people of broad range of ages. Nearly 90% of the consoles are connected to the largest TV screen of the household in the living room. As for consoles which are already connected to the internet, video streaming or payment system has established through our videogame businesses.”

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  • Xbot

    nintendo rep’s keep on sucking.

  • inja

    keyword is “connected”- the power button is hit when a blue moon shines.

  • Johnno

    When the Sony guy said it was “in the closet” I believe it was methophorical as in, nobody bothers to play it until people come over or it’s some sort of occasion. Not that it was literally unplugged from the TV and placed in the attic. As a Wii owner I can attest to this. The last time I turned it on to really play it was over half a year ago… but it’s still plugged into my TV!

    And the biggest problem is that the remotes constantly need full batteries to play. I don’t want to keep buying batteris for it so I got one of those third party rechargable ones with a dock, however if you don’t use the Wii often, the batteries run dry even when not in use, and charging them fully requires practically half a day! So even if I feel like playing the Wii, when I get to it the batteries are out, and by the time they are harged I no longer wanted to play and was preoccupied with something else… Even my sister who really loves the console hasn’t touched it since Christmas. The whole thing is just so unergonomical… Nintendo could’ve done us the favor of at least giving us lithium ion batteries like the ones in the PS3 controllers and a charging dock that recharges them quickly and makes the power last… These are big issues with it that prevent me from playing it.

  • killer_pwned89

    Eh last time i actually played a real wii game my god. I swear at least a yr i play super mario bros once every few days but only if im extreamly bored. Other then that my ps3 gets all the attention 24/7. Shame on you nintendo u lost all the hardcore gamers and just went with the chicks, young kids, and old people. The ones that spend the least ammount of money on games. What ever happend with the way u where going with the gamecube i loved that console and the games where pretty good we had a nice selection of M rated games. If developers out their werent makeing these horrible 3rd party games that most of them get like a 4.5 out of 10 maybe u would actually make really good money off of software. But no its all about the console and scaming people into buying it. At least with the ps3 and 360 u get more then just a gameing console even if it does cost more. You probley wont learn a thing from all this because your to worried about useing all that money for toliet paper and laughing at all the people that bought it luckly i didnt buy mine so i got no money from me hahahahaha viva la Ps3& xbox 360!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    “According to our internal research, 87% of Wii consoles are connected to the largest TV screen in the household, which is set in the centre of the living room. Our consoles are not only out of the closet, they are also in the middle of the house. This shows what kind of our customers are playing Wii, as of January this year. As you can see, Wii is played by people in a wide range of ages, and male-female ratio is nearly equal. As I have mentioned, Wii has spread with nearly equal male-to-female ratio and is played by people of broad range of ages. Nearly 90% of the consoles are connected to the largest TV screen of the household in the living room. As for consoles which are already connected to the internet, video streaming or payment system has established through our videogame businesses.”

    The guy is just repeating himself:P
    Yes the Wii is turned on and eating up people’s electricity!

  • Leg3nd

    Its meant to collect dust, the games on it practically ruin the art of gaming, I mean look it MGS4, Gears 2, Halo 3, Uncharted these are real games. Not freakin Wii Sports or Fit or Mario Kart, practically garbage, but if u have fun with em no problem your choice.

  • wtf lol

    um dont u evenr bring gear or halo them games sucks i play my wii thers aloto of good games to me batlion wars mp3 fE cc mk brawl mg no more herso mad world exite trucks and there more as well plenty of new games coming out on ps and 360 here geting the same crap i mean wtf? its anoying and im rilly sick of shooters thye need more games like uncharted and mgs4 im sick of first person shooters its geting old and fast thats why all i rilly play on ps3 is naruto ninja storm and cod4 and world at war so yea

  • wtf “wtf”?

    Drop the wii controller and learn to spell and use sentences.

    The last time our wii was used was ages ago. I prefer the ps3 or the xbox.

  • darthLegion

    Does anyone in these comments ever read a book? That last comment was unreadable.

  • neo

    No kiddin, wii is for 16year old girls that cant spell. Who spells really as rilly, seriously, just goes to show the age of people on that fisher price piece of shit.

  • ThatGuy

    You guys are idiots. Even those sneering at others’ supposed lack of intellect are proving with every word that they’re idiots. Neo, I’m sure there’s a question in that pile of crap you call a comment, but your lack of proper writing abilities obscures the fact. The irony is overwhelmingly hilarious, though.

    Seriously, you guys need to get a new hobby. Isn’t trashing something you know nothing about boring after a while?

    *looks over to his PSWii60*

    *is happy with the knowledge that he’s a true gamer*

  • Marc

    Ah cmon guys…you really sounds like fanboys or just ppl liking to bash the wii… personnally, im a 19 years old guy and i play my wii often, i like the games i have, i like the system, i’m not jealous of any other systems, i’m a core gamer, even if i dont spend my life playing video games (cuz if for you, being a core gamers=nolife, only video games…than im not a core gamer at all it seems…well wathever…)and i dont know if you noticed, but the upcoming wii games looks pretty nice, man just think about the conduit, red steel 2, spyborgs, boom blox 2, EA grand slam tennis, cursed mountain, RE: Darkside chronicles, all the upcoming wii motion plus games (did you even see footages of what the WMP is able to do ? it’s so damn cool !) So well if you’re not convince, go check the youtube channel of shokio, he is really objective and is a good non-fanboy wii defender

    And for the article…i must admit that nintendo’s response was not that good…sony’s probably laughing their asses up just now….cmon iwata…

  • ThatGuy

    Agreed, Marc. :)

  • heh

    true that inja lol

  • nerubii

    @inja
    you missed out an n. oops. pardon me.

    @Johnno
    i could charge up my batts in 15min flat. not only that, it would take a year for it to discharge completely. do proper research next time instead of trying to claim facts.

    @killer_pwned89
    erm.. you played super mario bros once every few days for at least a year only when you are EXTREMELY bored? what happened? why are you bored? why did you play mario when you were bored? lolzz

    @xino
    seriously, who is more right? inja (aww..) or you?
    its almost as if you don’t switch off your console judging by your reasoning.

    @Leg3nd
    ArE yOu SuRe YoU kNoW wHaT iT mEaNs By ArT? i mean look at Wii Sports or Fit or Mario Kart; these are real games. Not freaking MGS4, Gears 2, Halo 3, Uncharted; practically garbage. of course, if you had fun with them, its your choice. im all fine with it.

    @wtf “wtf”
    i do understand why you said that but perhaps you shld spare time do a little more research on the games then maybe you wouldnt be so ignorant like what you are now.

    @darthLegion
    forgive him. hes trying his best or you have a better idea?

    @neo
    perhaps you shld try to punctuate your sentence better next time.

    yawnz..

  • Jordan

    Mine is hooked up to the biggest set in the house too…

    Oh, I haven’t turned it on in probably a year… but it’s still hooked up!

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  • jon

    I got my Wii hooked up to the same TV my PS3 is… I just dont use my Wii. I feel like I wasted my money buying one, I haven’t used it in like a year. The fact is, there’s like 5 games worth playing on Wii. PS3 I have like 15 good games I can keep going back to, and I play it every day.

    Currently I own only 2 playable games on Wii, cos i traded the rest towards PS3 games. Sorry Nintendo, you had me at the start with the low price and promising controls, but now to me its a gimmicky waste of money. I don’t want to buy a console marketed to tiny, uncoordinated kids and fat chics trying to lose weight in their living room.

  • Brasi

    Umm, I play my Wii about everyday. I also play my PS3 about once a week or so. And for me my 360 is collecting dust because all the games on it suck but Fable II. Funny thing is everyone says no one plays there Wii but the big question is, Do these people go door to door around the world to take a census saying “How long you play your Wii?”, and “When was the last time you played your Wii?” No, so the basic thing is its everyone speculation that no one plays the wii. 2cents

  • David s

    I’m kind of confused to as why all these people who don’t care for the Wii, hang around a Nintendo oriented website?

    And to all the people who “never play their Wii’s,” you’re really missing out on a great library of over 350 Virtual console games, and great new Wii-ware titles coming out all the time.

    Btw, hardcore, does not equal FPS only gamers.

  • lol wow

    @Leg3nd:
    Mario Kart isn’t a real video game? Wow, you’re pathetic.

  • Mr. G, England

    I have a Wii and I hardly play it now, the only game I rate on it is Mario Kart. Last year was a poor year for releases, and it’s carried over to this year. But this is what always happens with Nintendo consoles. Game releases dry up, then you only really see games from Nintendo, from hardly any other developers. Once you play Wii Sports, Mario Kart and a few others, your Wii sits there gathering dust. It’s never going to have serious racing, FPS, RPG games like what you get on the PS3 and 360, it’s just going to get swamped with crap to average kids that’re aimed at kids.

  • nick

    “87% of Wii consoles are connected to the largest TV screen in the household”
    well whats the point of that?
    the wii has the grahical capabilities of a ps2 thats pritty embarasing.
    star wars TFU looks better on ps2 than it does on the wii.
    thats pathetic a $199 system pumps out better graphics than a $400 system sad verry verry sad indeed.

  • Xbot

    wii = game cube 1.5.

  • meow

    lol :P
    i knew they should remain this article “attack of the sony fb” :P
    anyways keep in mind that ur fanboyish comments wont change any thing.

  • alex c

    id liek to piint you all in the direction of the new ps3 motion controller, that looks liek the wiimote….down to a t-ee.. apparently it works with the eyetoy, and is more accurate than the wiimotes, probably not as accurate as motionplus, but still its gona cost practically nothing for the controllers, and the cam costs 24.99 for a wiked webcam, with built in mic, made by sony , nuff sed! i wanted a webcam for ages, this is deff gonna seal the deal. these sony controllers, btw, are practically tourches, with a light on the front, the webcam can see the lights. how cool, that means 1 charge is going to last about a week, if not more with led tech, and its gonna be liek 12.99 a controller, insted of wii – – – 29.99 quid “mote” and 12.99 “chuck” . 43 quid, the most expensive controller ever, disgraceful, and it doesnt even do what was promised, it needs otion plus extra 19.99 for that. rip off.

    anyone seen the plan for what ps3 controlelr used to look like at one point, im talking about the snap in 2 one.

    suspiciously like wii’s one in each hand approach.

    ps3 also has tilt , and roll controll, built in (they call it sixaxis)for free , and built in batteries, still, more like 4 axis in mi opinion, unless theres something i dont know about…. does it do more than tilt and roll? any one know>?

    peace out ya’ll

    (rep’ sony, rep’ sega-ah)

    burn nintendo burn

  • alex c

    http://www.n4g.com/ps3/News-320520.aspx

    ther’s a mok-up pic,
    and a bit of news,
    more in 31 days, can you wait?

    not realli.!

  • Bereaver

    “87% of Wii consoles are connected to the largest TV screen in the household” Houses filled with 23″ tv’s.

  • Aza

    Now I try and be a impartial gamer but wii is probably the worst purchase I have ever made. The only games I have played recently was brawl, and that was with some mates for about a half hour. My ps3 has been getting heaps of attention, and my xbox is in the shop for repairs sigh. I’ve been meaning to buy mad world but with infamous, prototype and red faction around the corner I don’t think that is going to happen. In my opinion nintendo wii is like chocolate, nice instantly but that’s all it is. Just a white rectangle with a power cable that’s always unplugged anyway. Please don’t sell me cheap crap nintendo, I used to like you.

  • Sugreev2001

    My wii is connected to the largest TV in my house (46″),along with my other consoles like the PS3,PS2 and Xbox360.But even with that in consideration,I hardly play it…so it might as well be in my closet.

  • Marc

    well…i dont know if you’re almost all just ignorant people or you just really dont want your wii to be played…BUT THERE’S A WHOLE F***ING LOT OF GAMES WORTH PLAYING ON IT ! cmon…you’re all just fanboys wanting to flame the wii or what ? and like David s said, wtf are you all doing on a nintendo site if all you do in your life is shitting on nintendo consoles ??! cmon…just think about it, i could do the same with the ps3, i could do the same with the 360, i could flame them a LOT and i dont lose my time going on sony or MS website to bash their consoles ! and alex c…you’re excited about a sony motion controller…well did you play Lair for the ps3 ? the sixaxis gameplay was pure suckage (according to all the critics). I know the controller you’re talking about isn’t the sixaxis, but i think we can all see the potential of the next sony motion controler…so just go buy WMP and red steel 2 when it comes out, you’ll be so more satisfied…and people claiming the wii has ps2 grafx, that’s not true…go see the last the conduit trailer, the last monster hunter 3 trailer, the last footage of spyborgs, some footages of mario galaxy (wich has been on the market for at least one year)…cmon i know those arent HD graphics and that they dont look anywhere close to what a ps3 can make…but man…you’re all so exagerating…

  • lol

    I have nothing against the Wii but Iwata has no idea what he’s talking about…

  • M Cook

    Haha out of the closet…