Capcom speaks

Mature Wii games don’t sell. This isn’t new news, but a recent interview with Capcom also reveals that so-called ‘gamers’ games aren’t shifting either with many ‘hardcore’ gamers putting down their Wii remotes and reaching out for their Xbox and PlayStation joypads instead.

The low sales of the recent Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles on Wii, compared to Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, were used as an example. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles has only shifted 16,000 copies in three weeks whereas Resident Evil 4 sold 140,000 in the same amount of time.

“Two years ago, there were still gamers on the Wii, Nintendo loyalists who – a priori – have turned their backs on this console in favour of the next generation,” said Capcom’s French general director Antoine Seux.

This doesn’t mean that we’re only going to see mass-market tiles on Wii from Capcom; Monster Hunter Tri is out in a few months time. Seux does point out though that its success will depend on how well it will be advertised.

Matt Gander

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  • Monster Hunter is a really big seller in Japan though, so that kind of makes it mass market in a sense.

  • It sells well, true. But it’s not the type of game that the people who brought Wii Fit, Carnival Mini Games and Baby Sitting Mania are going to rush out and buy.

  • I’d probably just call those casual games, or ‘cuntertainment’, as there are a lot of mass market traditional games. FIFA and Call of Duty probably being the most mass market.

  • Yeah but they’re well known franchises and things people can relate to – football and war. If Monster Hunter is mass market then so must Final Fantasy?

  • Final Fantasy is mass market. In Japan. Admittedly that’s a pretty big caveat, but Japan’s still a pretty important market. I think the last Monster Hunter sold something like 4 million copies in Japan, which is as good as the very best selling western games.

  • I wonder how well it will do in the West? I can’t admit to ever having played a Monster Hunter game but I may well give this a go if there’s nothing more worthwhile to blow my pennies on.

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