So now we’ve got this walking pile of fail over at Wired predicting MICROSOFTALYPSE this holiday season, just because Nintendo has decided to push back the release of Super Smash Bros: Brawl to January 2008. Three whopping months. Sweet Tree-Topping Jebus, where do I start with this?
How about this approach: I’ll come right out and say it. Halo 3 notwithstanding, there is minuscule-to-no chance whatsoever that Microsoft will catch up to Nintendo, or even beat their sales numbers, in this upcoming season. Super Smash Bros: Brawl’s availability (or lack thereof) will have a less-than-significant impact on performance this Christmas.
Look, I know all the hardcore Wii gamers (myself included) are frothing at the mouth for SSB:B, but you all have to realize that we’re in the minority as highly-connected, hardcore gamers. A whole lot of Nintendo console owners (the clear majority, I’d wager) have never purchased a Super Smash Brothers title in any incarnation. A slightly larger percentage have played someone else’s copy, and many more have heard of it. The negative effect of its absence from the shelves for the next three months can’t begin to compare to the positive effect of the presence of universally appealing titles that everyone has been waiting for. Especially one in particular… Continue reading