The Wii is popular for many reasons — they’ve got the lowest price of all consoles(minus 360’s Core unit), great nostalgic characters, and motion controls that don’t feel tacked on. The Wii remote is possibly one of the most creative controllers ever conceived. What it lacks in buttons, it makes up for with style and charm. So why not copy its success and make a few bucks? Sony jumped on the motion controls, and it’s rumored that Microsoft is coming out with a controller that looks like a Wiimote 360.
Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata doesn’t even flinch when faced with possible impending competition. In a recent chat with investors, he said: “..what matters to us is whether or not we can continue to constantly create and offer new surprises one after another. If we can, then (other company’s attempt to launch Wii Remote-like controller) should not be a big threat. The efforts in this field to try to appeal to a wide variety of customers are something in which we saw potential early on and that we have been working on the longest, so there appears to be no reason whatsoever why we need to be concerned.”
Indeed, we already know the motion controls didn’t turn out to be as successful for Sony as they probably hoped, and unless Microsoft has another game like Rockstar’s Table Tennis to show off their unconfirmed controller with, and even then, Nintendo will continue to own the waggle court.