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.