Reggie – Wii needs stuff like BioShock 2

I like Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime – he always speaks sense. Recently, Reggie has been telling the gaming press that the Wii needs more “core games” and hopes that third-party developers will create them:

“The fact of the matter is we know we create great content for younger consumers, we know we’ve got great content for more casual players, and we want fantastic content for that more active player who loves Metroid or Zelda but maybe also wants something like a BioShock 2 to play as well. And we also recognize that we don’t create that type of content ourselves. We’re not good at it and it’s not a key focus area. We want that content on our platform, so we have to court third-party developers and encourage them to make (those games).

Developers love to create technically advanced games, and very visually stunning games, but the fact of the matter is not all of that content is selling exceptionally well either. Look at the most recent NPD results. I’m not sure how much was invested into a game like Dante’s Inferno, or how much is invested into a game like BioShock 2, but if that sales level is the best that they will do in a particular month, and it’ll fall off rapidly from there, then those games aren’t going to pay off their investment.”

There are a few “core games” out in the next few months – Red Steel 2 is due out next week while Monster Hunter 3: Tri is out at the end of April. Then there’s Metroid: Other M and Sin & Punishment 2 from Nintendo soon too.

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