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Project Natal: First (Drunken) Impressions

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00000178-d1b3-dd43-a17e-f7bbc61e0000 Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 have between them a ton of ginormously successful, and completely awesome games. Despite this, it's no secret that Wii has completely kicked their nearly-combined asses (67 million Wii consoles sold worldwide, compared to 39 million 360s and 33 million PS3s) - for 5 years running, neither have ever been able to best their Magical Plumber Overlords. Of course, that hasn't stopped them from feverishly trying to devise a means of scraping off some of that sweet, sweet Nintendo scrilla.

So what's the secret of Nintendo's power? The brilliant-in-retrospect decision to stop competing with their, ahem, competitors, and go almost exclusively after the casual gamer demographic with a cheap price tag and fun-but-easy-to-play games? Maaaybe, but Sony and Xbox are also betting that the Wii Interface has something to do with it, and both are coming out with their own motion controller later this year1 - Xbox's novel idea is Project Natal, a motion sensor that promises to turn your entire body into a game controller.