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Microsoft developer doubts Wii's endurance

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Microsoft's general manager of Game Development, Chris Satchell, tried his best to put on his "non-bias" cap in speaking to about his competition. The Jump In developer says he's unconvinced by Sony's online strategy and Nintendo's attempt to differentiate itself using a motion-controlled interface. Said the man: "I think the Wii is of interest [but] I'm not sure what its long term potential is ... it is getting more developer support and that's good, but I just don't know if it's going to be that compelling."

The Wii has been in homes around the world for more than a month now. It has been well received not only because its interface works more often than not, but because of its potential to change an industry that is largely believed to have stagnated over the past decade. So to objectively side with Sashel, one month is small in comparison with the traditional five year life cycle of a home console in proving Wii's methodology in the long-term. But assuming Wii can consistently prove itself moving forward, at what point will its sustainability stop being questioned?

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