As if we needed the clarification, but Nielsen has once again proved the popular theory that the Wii simply isn't geared towards gamers, but rather…everyone else.

According to Nielsen's State of the Video Gamer study (yeah, that's the actual title), Wii owners use their console far less than PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 owners. Edge reported on the study, which showed that those who have a Wii only used it 6.8% of the time they could've been using it. We assume the study measures a participant's free time, and then, how much of that free time they spend playing on their video game system. This is in stark contrast to the PS3's "Active User Percentage" of 10.6% and the Xbox 360's percentage of 10.2%. The Wii was also trailed all other machines – save the GameCube – in the "average usage days" category; it only tallied about 5. The PS3 and 360 were used 6.8 and 7.1 days on average, respectively. Nielsen also looked at the average number of play sessions on any given day, and the Wii was behind here as well, coming in at about 1.78 sessions, as opposed to 2.42 for the PS3 and 2.15 for the 360. Obviously, one must also note that the multimedia capabilities of the PS3 and 360 means people would probably use it more than the Wii for a variety of purposes. But the results are hardly surprising, and further disproves any remaining archaic beliefs that the the PS3 "has no games."

We could also add that most of the Wii games aren't exactly titles you spend a great deal of time with, and are often best suited for multiplayer. You can't always have a bunch of friends around to play, and given the stale software selection, you probably have no crazy urge to play many new titles. Just a possible theory to explain the stats, that's all.

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GHill4Life
GHill4Life
11 years ago

I've really tried to like my Wii. Mario Galaxy was a great game….and that's about it.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

I'll see your SMG and raise you:

Metroid
Zelda
Super Smash Brothers
No More Heroes
House of The Dead Overkill
MadWorld

Godslim
Godslim
11 years ago

and those all suck lol

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Have you played them?

Listen, I'm a Sony guy. The PS1-3 have been my preferred gaming systems these past three gens, but that doesn't mean the other consoles don't have good games.

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

Metroid, Zelda, and Smash Bros. are all top-tier games, I don't care who you are.

That being said, they all could have been done on the Gamecube. God, the Wii is a waste of EVERYTHING.

-Arvis

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I love me some Zelda, sadly it's not a system seller for me. Maybe one day when the Wii is being given away free as a doorstop.

Jonesy555
Jonesy555
11 years ago

Seriously, Wii has had some good games. Smash Bros is always great fun, MadWorld is awesome, and No More Heroes is definitely one of my favorite games of all time…I just prefer my PS3 over my Wii.

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

Yeah but the Wii isn't really a console. Those games aren't actually good. It's just that there are no games so when a new game which is even half decent comes out it's treated like the holy grail because you all know there's nothing better out there. Lack of software is just stupid. Nintendo don't even care anymore. What happened to the Nintendo that used to care about the gamers? LONG gone I'd say.

PEACE

bamf
bamf
11 years ago

I've been playing my mates Wii tonight on Mario Galaxy. Not to keen on the motion control to attack and trying to navigate a jump upside-down on the planet is a pain. It is a game if I get used to I know I couldf play through and enjoy, but its no epic adventure game that you really get into like say, Fallout 3.
Zelda would be a game I would get if I owned a Wii, but its not a system seller.
Mad World looks goodgameplay wise, shame about the B&W visuals with red paint as blood. Apparently its only 3 hrs long.
We mostly play Mario Kart but that gets boring fast, its probably only the real good multiplayer game on the Wii.

Its like Nasah says, the top Wii games which are so few considering how long he Wii has been out for, seem so much better when you match them up the the rest of whats on the Wii, which is mostly kiddie or family stuff. You have those games listed on PS3 and 360 and there wouldn't be any interest from gamers as they just wouldn't compete to the top games thats already out on PS3 an 360. Improved visuals may help gain some interest, but I just feel those Wii games are too casual.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

Fallout 3 wasn't epic! That was the most nondescript adventure game ever created.

Daedusian
Daedusian
11 years ago

completely agree with you, N a S a H!

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I am surprised the wii(powerglove+gamecube) gets turn on at all.Seriously why do people buy this trash, I was playing the other day in felt like the old days where I would play Soul Calibur with motion controls on the Dreamcast.Anyway I can't believe there is still people out there who say that ps3 has no games.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

If your trying to say the Wii has no games you are miserabley wrong. Personally i think the Wii has the most games out of all the consoles. It's just that none of them are good and nobody actually knows about them. The only reason why it has so many games is because it is very easy to develop for and pretty much any retarded game company can do it. Sure it has it's good games like Mario Galaxy and Zelda but the majority of the games are useless crap that you find in value bins a week after release.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Wait, my Soul Calibur on Dreamcast has motion controls?

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

Didn't say the wii has no games which btw it does, just said the system itself is pointless.I would have loved to see Zelda or star fox with ps3 graphics. Nintendo knew it couldn't compete with MS or Sony so they took one of their old gimmicks(powerglove)basically made it wireless and combine it with the gamecube and there's the wii.

P.S I am not insulting nintendo's franchises just their crappy machine.

LyleCapua
LyleCapua
11 years ago

😐

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

Nielsen left out that the PS3 is used far more than the 360 and the Wii, because the Xbox 3fixme gets too many errors and the Wii has no decent games. Wait till RPGs start to come out in full force, then you will see some console usage (SOTC2, FF13VS, KH3, etc..). ([:>)


Last edited by psxmax on 4/8/2009 12:56:28 PM

coldbore
coldbore
11 years ago

lol xbox 3fixme 😛

www
www
11 years ago

Lol….Xbox 3fixme indeed!

Tim Speed24
Tim Speed24
11 years ago

When I turn my PS3 on I play for 3-4 hours. There isn't a game on the Wii that would capture my interest for more than an hour.

How long can you play Wii sports?????

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

It's only fun when your drunk….

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

The 3rd 7th gen home console has yet to come I guess

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

Not suprised one bit, and I expect this total to increase as this year passes by.

Way to many killer PS3 games on the horizon..

coldbore
coldbore
11 years ago

personally, when i got my wii it was only fun for maybe 3 months, but then after that it just wasnt fun anymore, there arent even any games on the system (but yet the ps3 still has the no game title, i dont know why), all they have are metroid, resident evil, redsteel, the mario titles, and thats pretty much it. i dont even think there making any games on the system anymore 😛 but look on the bright side, at least they are all exclusives 😛

ironman505
ironman505
11 years ago

u have Fallout 3? is it good?

www
www
11 years ago

Fallout 3 is awesome! Lots of quests to complete and you can do it anyway anyhow.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Fallout 3=highly recommend.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Fallout 3 = Must buy.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Just a thought, but if one looks at the Wii and calculates $ per hour of entertainment vs the same for a PS3, how different do you think the score would be?

Just for kicks, take that active user % (the number of people out of 100 who actually use their console in a given month). Then multiply the average number of days used and the average number of sessions per day – this gives you an average figure that says for the survey period the average console was used this many times. Now multiply this by the active user % and you get – in effect – the average number of gaming sessions per period of time (whatever the survey period was). Because we're multiplying by the active user %, this final number truly represents the average number of gaming sessions per console during the survey period.

Here are the results;

Wii – 0.605

PS3 – 1.744

360 – 1.55

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the time period of survey is a month. So in effect we're saying that the average Wii owner doesn't even turn on their console once a month. Xbox 360 owners use their console about 1 and a half times a month, and PS3 owners nearly use their console of choice twice a month.

Comparing the cost of the consoles, Wii is $250, the 360 is $300 plus $50 for XBL (online play required) and the PS3 is $400. Taking the average uses per month and dividing the consol cost by it, we can get an average cost per use for each console.

Wii = $250/0.605 = $413 – Now, the Wii only costs $250, so even though it's used less than once a month, the cost per use has to peg at $250

360 = $349.99/1.55 = $258

PS3 = $399.99/1.744 = $229

Based on these figures I have to say that the PS3 represents the best value for money since on a $ per use basis, the PS3 is more cost effective than the other two game systems.

Fun with numbers…….

englishgolfer
englishgolfer
11 years ago

bl**dy hell! amazing what you can do with figures! what makes it more fun is trying to understand what you have written after half a bottle of wine….

coldbore
coldbore
11 years ago

did u just waste half of ur day trying to figure that all out, im way to lazy to figure that kind of stuff out 😛

ironman505
ironman505
11 years ago

dude,(or dudet) i cant even understand all that writeing!

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@coldbore.

Nah, I work with numbers, plus I'm moderately ADD, it's a curse. Like having a brain that's fabulous at useless trivia.

It was just a thought I followed down the rabbit hole. I had no idea where it would lead.

www
www
11 years ago

Highlander i'd like to know what you been smoking? So i can also smoke the good stuff.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I have a sneaking suspicion that the newcomers like Zeebo are going to wind up going this route. A few good games and then a ton of shovelware. Still I might pick up a Wii for my mom so she can have fun doing her yoga on it.

ironman505
ironman505
11 years ago

Coldbore im to lazy too. im to lazy, i didnt even read the whole comment:P

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

I'd play my wii more often, but its hooked up to the living room tv and someone is usually watching it when i have time to play 🙁
I have quite a few games to finish on it too.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

well this news is obvious to me, amny families have bought a Wii had a chuckle with it and leave it for another month. While the other two consoles are for people intruiged by gaming.

photo K
photo K
11 years ago

@ Highlander – great calculation, I do that same kind of math with my car and any other technology purchase.

I had a Wii, and I put about $500 worth into it. I didn't play it for months, about 8 months to be exact. So I gave it away to my friend who said she play it if I gave it to her.

I have both the 360 and PS3, and I watch videos and movies on my PS3 everyday and I play video games on it every other day for at least 2-3 hours if I'm lucky.

My 360 gathers dust since it was returned from the repairshop for getting the RRoD disease.

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

And does your friend still play the Wii?

-Arvis

photo K
photo K
11 years ago

Yeah actually, her roommates don't have steady jobs, so they have lots of time to play. They've been playing that Rabbin Rabbits game. The survey doesn't take into account those people with jobs and those who don't have jobs. If I was in college, I would no doubt play video games at least 6-8 hours a day.

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
11 years ago

There is a downside to this statistic. Sony and Xbox have gotten flak for promoting anti-social behaviour because of their immersive games and systems. These numbers could be twisted to show that Wii owners are more active in general, and do more healthy social activities instead of gaming.

Or that's at least how Fox News would report it…

Just something for you to think about.

booze925
booze925
11 years ago

i luv te fact tht i gt a ps3 n my bro gt a 360… everyone wins 😀

JasperLoons
JasperLoons
11 years ago

Can we stop saying they are winning the console war now?

They definitely won something, I'm just not sure what. Most consumers fooled into paying $250 for a $100 gimmick?

Down vote me if you want Wii fans, but I had one and got rid of it so I am entitled to my opinion. (Mario Galaxy and Zelda:TP were awesome though)

photo K
photo K
11 years ago

They all win. Sony won $600 plus from me and MS has won $200 plus from me. Winners all around.

ironman505
ironman505
11 years ago

dude, the only real good nitendo system was the nitendo 64. that system is the most fun.

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

Really wasn't a fan. Didn't have many good games either. The Nes, SNES, and I like the DS too, but it is starting to show it's age and become gimmicky too. I had one and I lost it. Was thinking about buying another, but not sure now.

smileys_007
smileys_007
11 years ago

To be honest, there isn't any Wii game that interests me. Even with Mario games and Zelda, I'm not interested on those games. I'm very much contented and happy with my ps3.

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

Its funny how i hate the wii but i own one.

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

I have both Wii and Ps3 and it just depends on my mood for that day i guess but i love
Zelda,FFCCEchoes of time,Chocobo dungeons,and rayman raving rabbids