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"Third Party Games Don't Sell"

Posted by Damien McFerran

Killer 7 and No More Heroes director voices his concerns about the current state of the Wii software market

Goichi Suda (AKA Suda 51) has claimed that third party software is failing to find an audience in Japan while Nintendo's own games steal all the limelight.

We reported not long ago that Suda's No More Heroes was a bit of a flop in Japan. In a recent interview he had this to say:

Whilst the sales weren't as high as I hoped, other titles for Wii aren't selling so well either. Only Nintendo titles are doing well. This isn't just because of the current situation in Japan, as this is happening outside Japan. Actually I was very surprised about the reality about Wii, because before I was making this game, I wasn't expecting that Wii would be a console targeted only for non-gamers. I expected more games for hardcore gamers. The reality is different to what I expected.

His comments echo other statements from within the industry. Clearly 2008 is going to be a testing time for companies that wish to develop for the Wii.

[via computerandvideogames.com]

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DamoAdmin

#2

Damo said:

Well you would be if you spent months of your life creating a game and it took over twenty minutes for someone to buy a copy at the official launch! :D

Masterless

#3

Masterless said:

The thing is when a Nintendo game comes around you'll more than likely me interested in buying it. The games they release aren't that frequent but when they come around I know Nintendo has spent time on them. It's all about reputation.
I don't know about this No More heroes game, other than it graphically it looks BAD (I know that doesn't define a game but at least try) or even the company. All they need to do is make a good game, a game that Nintendo themselves would be proud of and then have the big N say "we endorse it" and they woulnd't have anything to complain about.

Excuse my writings I have had a little liquid full of evil gremlings called alcohols.

motang

#4

motang said:

Well I hope that changes, as more third party support the better it is. I think we all know that from the N64 and GC era.

DazzaAdmin

#5

Dazza said:

At the end of the day its just sour grapes isn't it? If third parties made killer apps like RARE did in the days of the N64 then I have no doubt they'd be flying off the shelves.

I commend Grasshopper for trying something a bit different but a game like this is never likely to achieve mass market penetration is it? Like Killer7 it is very niche. Maybe they need to think about making a game with little fairies or something next time? :-p

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