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Capcom Growing Less Keen on Wii?

Posted by James Newton

Company focusing on HD consoles in future

Capcom have developed some of the greatest games on Wii - Resident Evil 4, Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure, Okami and more - but they haven't always been greeted by the sales they deserve. Sadly it seems Capcom may be growing tired of underwhelming returns on their products, if a recent interview is to be believed.

Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back, with fewer than 16,000 units sold in the three weeks before Christmas. Speaking to French website Gamekult, Capcom France's Director General Antoine Seux had this to say:

This is the year of the emergence of so-called ‘new console generation’. The Wii is still an important part of sales, but growth is on both [Sony and Microsoft's] platforms. The Wii console is very much a family commitment… for us, Capcom, the future is the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

The "new console generation" presumably refers to Project Natal and Sony's Gem Wand controller, so perhaps Capcom feel it's fully explored the Wii Remote's capabilities and is fed up of being outsold by sports compilations and party packs. At least the console will still have at least one last Capcom hurrah, with Monster Hunter Tri scheduled for April this year in European territories.


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Mayhem said:

Coupled with the performance of Dead Space Extraction, it really is a sad state of affairs. I wonder how Tatsunoko will perform in the West...?



Bass_X0 said:

Just don't give up on VC and WiiWare please, Capcom.

And I'll be getting TvS on the first day its out.



maka said:

Another complain of poor sales for a rails zombie shooter... what if the problem is we want something else??? It's silly if they expect anything they release to be a success. There are many other types of hardcore games that they could be doing instead...

And anyway hardcore ≠ mature. I couldn't care less if they stopped making mature games, but please, keep the Megaman goodness coming!



Sean_Aaron said:

This is an exec at the European branch of the company talking about poor month 1 European sales of a title that's actually done pretty well in worldwide numbers (if VGChartz is to be believed) for a game of its kind this far into the Wii's life-cycle.

Frankly I'd draw few conclusions from his statement because I don't think that Capcom Europe does much more than local publishing.



James said:

I'd agree Sean, but "for us, Capcom, the future is the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360" sounds pretty cut and dry to me. Hopefully it doesn't spell out a party/family-friendly direction for Capcom, though Resident Evil Party would be amazing.



SanderEvers said:

A RE Party game...

Having fun with Zombies! They'll eat your brains, but you can still have fun with them

But honestly, I want A REAL RE game for the Wii and not a port from a Cube game, or a light-gun game.



astarisborn94 said:

I don't think that's the case. The game actually did decent worldwide so far, and that's just European region, so I doubt Capcom is abandoning Wii support. Beside, they had been getting better luck then most third-party developers on the Wii.



Token_Girl said:

We'll focus on the Wii, but it's a "family commitment" and the future is PS360? Sounds like Capcom's going to be entering the Babiez Poniez Partiez market. Though I doubt those games sell very well either given market saturation, but since they probably make back their cheap budget after selling like 10 games, whatever. Really, I think if T vs. C and MM10 do well, there will be a place for "hardcore" Capcom titles on the Wii.

Also, based of Nintendo's experience, I don't think the parent corporations in Japan like to tell their regional subsidiaries anything anyway. So who knows what could be in the cards.



blackknight77 said:

"Buy our games now or we pull support for your console." I'm starting think developers say these things as a scare tactic to pressure gamers. This is not the first time I have heard a comment like this. RE:DC is not doomed for failure but the Wii market is has alot of rail shooters right now and gamers can only play so many of them. If Capcom were listening they would know that many Wii gamers have been asking for another title with the same build and design of RE 4. But if they must have a huge seller than I give you permission to go ahead and create Mega Man Sports Resort But please stop trying to pressure gamers with buy now or you never get another game from us again.



Stargazer said:

Nintendo Fans Growing Less Keen on Capcom?

That's what happens when you keep releasing leftovers and get upset when they don't sell as well as Generic Sports Game 48.



outrun2sp said:

Capcom japan is where it counts, I only care about what they say.

Also agree with Maka. Proper gamers do not play on rails shooters as theres hardly any thought involved. Good for a quick fix thats all.

If squaresoft, cave, konami or snk playmore released an on rails shooter based on a more adult theme it would still be the same case that not many would buy it.



RichieTheSignPainter said:

If they make lightgun shooters that people don't want to buy then people wont buy them. They haven't really been popular for a long long time.
I think it just shows a great deal of lazyness from Capcom.
RE:4 Wii had great reviews and sales but they've done nothing like it since. Okami made them money for zero effort Ready at Dawn did the port and Clover developed the original.
Really can't imagine Zack and Wiki cost too much to develop.
Capcom are a joke! What've they done recently apart from SF4?



Ian_Daemon said:

"Zack & Wiki" is the most awesome game I've played in years. I hold all other puzzle-type games to its standard. I haven't seen a game nearly as good puzzle-wise. "Zack & Wiki" is creative and humorous with ample replay value. "Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles" is a game with huge replay value. I have yet to purchase "Darkside Chronicles", but I'm under the impression that it's great as well.



outrun2sp said:

who wants to just sit down and point a remote control at a TV.

HOTD 2 and 3 is where it ends.

Capcom is usually about depth.




I really hope that they continue working on the wii and that Monster Hunter Tri and Tatsunoko do well over in Europe. But i agree also with Tony, they need to start listening to the Fans who want more from their games rather than on rail shooters and rehashed games. New and orignal IP's would help and also more support from the core gamers would help too.



Sean_Aaron said:

I enjoy the rail shooters myself, so I'd be happy if Capcom just put out an omnibus RE: Chronicles game every other year. The rest of their IP I don't find terribly interesting outside of some 80s-90s arcade games.



blackknight77 said:

Don't get me wrong I love Resident Evil: UC and I want to try RE:DC, but what I would love to see is a new RE entry to the series and I guarentee it would sell very well. Look how much acclaim and sales are RE4 had on the GCN. Now its time to recreate that magic Capcom:) Oh and a new entry for the Darkstalkers series is needed too.



MiiMiiMii said:

Everyone seems to be concentrating on the 'we don't buy lightgun games' argument. But that's not the case - as the article suggests Capcom have also released Okami and Zack & Wiki - both games which are right up there in most sources top Wii games. Both sold poorly. Its not just that light gun games aren't working.

I don't know what to believe at the minute. On one hand we seem to get devs daily saying they are pulling back from the Wii, which is worrying. On the other hand I read an article yesterday at An Other Place comparing the most exciting 360 & PS3 games of 2010 to see which of those would win. I thought there were a greater number of Wii games to look forward to next year, rather than countless Generic Shooting Bloodthirsty Game.



Tate24 said:

Cant believe this first sega now one my favourite develop's Capcom:( this bad news am sure nintendo are blind to all this?

I was reading sumthing like capcom couldn't understand why darkside chronicles didnt sell as well as res evil 5!

well i can tell you that!
One was an on rails shooter and other was proper res evil adventure like res evil 4 on gamecube. Same goes for dead Space Extraction on one hand you got an on rails shooter and on other hand you got 360 scare fest "Dead space" adventure were u can walk around shoot stuff more freely and explore then you could on extraction! Why would they think that they could sell more? ( Dont get me wrong i own both games & there great but i do think its lazy way shoe horn games on the wii. Turning them in to on rails shooters were they would have been far better as proper adventure games/role playing games etc.)

They could of created sumthing amazing like res evil 4! and that was on gamecube and wii is suppose to be alot stronger so dont give me that. You could of created graphics & gameplay alot like res evil 4 now that would looked amazing. Its easy way make money and develop's do it all time special for wii. Develop's make it look like there takin series in new direction but sumtimes this comes at cost. Poor sales being one of them!

Thats why i didnt think they solded as well.

So dont complain because really you didnt put in the time! and effort to create sumthing hardcore gamers wanted!!!

(this is my opinion of course)



thaantman said:

RE 4 sold pretty well on wii if they had just made a port of RE 5 instead of another onrail maybe they would of had better sales. RE umbrella chronicles didn't sell to bad either that only means most of the people that brought it didn't enjoy it enough to get the sequel. I wonder if MH3 & t vs. c sells well would that change their minds



Crunc said:

On rails shooters are a niche audience type of game, and moreover, it's a rental for most people even if they do like them because such games have little to no replay value. Of course the sales are going to be down. Probably lots of people bought Umbrella, not realizing it was just going to be an on-rails shooter. They'd then be unlikely to buy a sequel!



JebbyDeringer said:

Capcom needs to wake up. Monster Hunter Tri has sold almost a million copies and that's only Japan. That's almost as much as Super Mario Galaxy and it's the highest non-Nintendo game. Umbrella Chronicles sold well but most people don't have the urge to own another RE lightgun game plus there's bound to be some confusion for the uneducated on which one is newer and which is the one they want. The RE: Archives games aren't selling well because frankly after RE4 their controls are looked at as archaic and the item management just frustrating. The games were great at the time but most gamers moved on long ago and it's very unlikely new gamers would be interested at all. Besides they cost next to nothing to re-sell on the Wii.



Draaknar said:

They all think that if a game doesn't do well in the first few weeks, its not gonna sell? I for one don't have to money buy a game as soon as it comes out. Plus there are previous releases I try to keep up on. And well, birthdays and Christmas only come once a year. They should at least wait a year and see how the sales go. I mean c'mon EA didn't even wait a few months for Dead Space Extraction to generate any sells before they marked it down for Black Friday.



motang said:

This really sucks, cause of the expanded audience Nintendo has created all the major publisher who don't make crappy mini game compilation are getting burned and I don't like that.



Arkaein said:

According to VGChatz Okami sold twice as many copies on Wii as it did on PS2 (where I believe it was a disappointment). Zack and Wiki sold better, but "only" about 370,000 units.

I doubt they lost money on either game, especially seeing as Okami was just a port of a PS2 game.



Shmavey said:

People are getting tired of ports and rail shooters, watch totsunoko vs. capcom and monster hunter 3 (both neither ports nor rail shooters) sell like hot cakes.



MasterGraveheart said:

Don't be fooled, people... Capcom NEVER cared about the Wii. It's why RE5 never showed up here, it's why we never got any kind of new Street Fighter game (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom doesn't count) when SF4 came out, it's why we never got Bionic Commando, even on Virtual Console, and it's why they didn't put ANY effort into Dead Rising: Chop 'Till You Drop. Zack & Wiki was an unexpected critical hit with them, RE4 was already proven on the GameCube, and Okami was already proven on the PS2. Capcom NEVER cared about the Wii or it's fans on the platform. Heck, even their handheld expeditions leave much to be desired. For every Mega Man ZX, we get about four Mega Man Star Force games.

But this may not be a bad thing in the long run. Capcom's quality has sharply declined this generation. Just look at how they butchered Bionic Commando's sequel. If that's what they're going to plot, they can keep themselves. As far as I'm concerned, Konami has finally taken the throne of top third party company.

If Nintendo can make it work for the Wii, why can't other companies? This is the third party companies' faults entirely, if you want my opinion.



Objection said:

I have loved both Cronicles railshooters to death (pun intended) and so I hope they continue with the series, although I'd also like to see a "real" Resident Evil as well. Hell, I think CAPCOM has done pretty good this generation on Wii, with 3 RE's (counting RE4 because it actually added useful controls and other content the GCN version didn't have, not counting the lazy RE1 and RE0 ports) Okami and Zack and Wiki (which I need to pick up.)



Varoennauraa said:

Wasn't Monster Hunter Tri a smashing succes for a console Monster Hunter...or for any game for that matter. I thought that console Monster Hunters were not particulary popular. I think, that there are enough examples, that good games sell on Wii. Twilight Princess has sold 5 million. That should be satisfying for any publisher.

I see the current hd-hegemony in gaming media as an attack towards a Wii to drive the remaining gamers to HD-Ready-consoles, so that their struggling economy would get that much needed little bit healthier. Big publishers are becoming more and more openly hostile and audacious towards Wii to strengthen the currently utterly negative image of Wii. I as a gamer, who plays al kinds of games strongly disagree with media. Wii is unique console, with too many great games and alternative gameplay to fact I think, that I should have bought only Wii in this gen, and skip the HD-Ready-generation while waiting for the Full-HD-generation. My once black, greying plastic monolith bores me, and I find its homogenous and unexciting library mostly not worth of the money.

Wiis Dead Space Extraction has now been put forth as a scare crow for developers, but while its crap, it is actually accelerating its sales. Many seem to forget that the VASTLY greater effort in game play in the original and interesting, non lightgun-Dead Space isn't a million seller on HD-Ready-consoles either, even if they have been longer in market. Much, much, much smaller budget, hurried spin-off game, that nobody wanted in a first place, might pull very handsome profit some day.

But anyway, thanks man. I'd like that game support for my Wii too, I have already gotten tired of my last gen controllers and homogenous FPS-library of HD-Ready-consoles. I know that I shouldn't keep holding my breath, but there are many games, that Nintendo will not make, that I would prefer to play with Wiimote.



Slapshot said:

Im afraid the Wii is goin to be Nintendo First Party and 3rd Party Kids games from here out with a few exceptions here and there. Gamecube all over again. Nintendo expanded the Gamer Audience in flippin masses, but sadly it looks as if very few of them care about gaming as a core hobby and instead just a casual pastime gimmick. I know prob 5 people who bought Wiis this past Christmas (older adults) and not a single one of them have bought anything but casual (Cabela Hunting, Wii Play, etc.).



Caliko said:

This lazy developer keeps sending us half backed ports and knock offs.

Wii don't need Capcom. Wii need third parties that will put hard work into its games!!



she_gamer said:

I wouldn't care either way unless they made an all new Okami game only for PS3 and XBOX... then you'll hear me howling.



madgear said:

How many on-rail shooters featuring zombies have there been on Wii now? There's Umbrella Chronicles, The House of the Dead Overkill and The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return before Darkside Chronicles was released. That's 5 very similar games all of high quality. I think it's pretty safe to say anyone looking for a zombie shooter now probably already has one of those.



AVahne said:

Monster Hunter 3 is the last good game that they'll give us?sigh, i blame all those stupid hardcores who won't buy the hardcore games that Capcom makes for them



AVahne said:

@ Caliko

have you heard of Tatsunoko vs Capcom and Monster Hunter 3? if not, then don't say anything about Capcom, they're one of the few companies out there that supported them. but now we're losing them and SEGA. no one buys the games that they make......crap i better get them before the games are pulled off the shelves and replaced by ... shovelware




Monster Hunter Tri? Tatsnuko v Capcom? Seems they are still keen to me!

Sega and Capcom need to realise that on-rail shooters are niche and lack depth and replay value; though they can be decent too obviously.



BlueFlameBat said:

I already reserved Tatsunoko vs CAPCOM. I hope that doesn't fumble in sales unless CAPCOM makes us pay to download key codes to unlock additional characters, stages, and modes that are already in the game.



Slapshot said:

@Koto.... you can blame the hardcore all you want but just because Capcom/EA release a game on the Wii and call it hardcore, doesnt mean they are going to run out and buy it. Hardcore is no on rail shooter, and No More Heros is just a foul mouth waggle fest, not a true hardcore game. Most of us dont own Wiis anymore so its no suprise the games dont sell.



brandonbwii said:

Hasn't PS3 and 360 always been their focus? They mentioned that in a statement awhile back. I don't think they were detered by anything sales wise. They're just a hardcore company. There's nothing to worry about when it comes to this statement either. They also said some negative things about DS but increased their support for that platform. Plus if this is to be believed what's there to worry about?

I always wondered why you still visit the site when you don't even have the main platform anymore. No More Heroes was a work of art in many ways. Far from my favorite game but it was no waggle fest and it was definitely hardcore. It was a game that was a satire. Poking fun of the otakus who actually by that sort of game then building a quality hack and slash around it. I never understand how so many Wii owners or former Wii owners tend to hate any sort of motion control. Then you shouldn't have bought the thing in the first place.



darklinkinfinite said:

I can't help but think that everyone (news outlets) is blowing this news out of proportion.

First off, this is an exec from Capcom France and I highly doubt that his opinion is representative of Capcom HQ which most likely is calling the shots.

Second. No one (again news outlets) seem to be questioning the numbers he's thrown out. 16k sold in three weeks? Where are those numbers from? Worldwide? Hell no. Europe? VGChartz lists 16k units sold in the third week of Darkside Chronicles' release. That's JUST in that third week, not including the first or second weeks. VGChartz traks over 70k units sold in its first week in the states and the game hasn't even been released in Japan yet. I would believe him if he said 16k units in three weeks in France alone.

Third, in the interview he seems upset that the only way to get big sales on the Wii is to support the games with massive ad campaigns like the campaigns for NSMBWii and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Really? No ... Yes you have to put huge marketing dollars behind your Wii games just like you do for Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter 4 or that EA put behind the original Dead Space, or the year of hype Activision kicked off before Modern Warfare 2.

Fourth, I fail to believe that Capcom as a whole could be upset about Darkside Chronicles' sales since it seems to be selling about as much as Umbrella Chronicles, whose success lead to the development of Darkside Chronicles in the first place. In the United States, Darkside Chronicles' sales are maybe half a week behind Umbrella Chronicles' and about a week and a half behind in Europe. Four weeks behind worldwide, but like I said, the game hasn't even been released in Japan yet.

Lastly, no, just because he's an executive doesn't mean his interpretation of the facts, or even the "facts" themselves, are accurate. We have enough crazy quotes from Sony execs to prove that their position within the company in the industry in no way make them incapable of making ill-informed and illogical statements.



JakobG said:

I picked up Okami for 20€, while Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games still costed 50€.
Stupid toddlers, messing up sales and smash hits.



Sean_Aaron said:

@darklinkinfinite: We're on the same wavelength. My thoughts exactly. I do find it amusing that items like this are taken to mean that EA, Sega, Capcom, et al are "dropping" the Wii, which clearly isn't the case based upon upcoming releases. Of course if gaming=M-rating then I'd question why you bought this console in the first place.

There's so much exciting stuff happening in the download space that really all 3rd parties could stop disc releases tomorrow and I'd be fine with that. Not like there's any shortage of 3rd party software coming to the Wii.

If the old dinosaur boxed-game publishers can't hack it then by all means make way for the indies!



JimLad said:

Yeah enough people have pointed out the obvious:
Port, Port, Down Port, Railer Shooter, Niche Game.
No Street Fighter, No Resident Evil sequel, No marketing...

"If the old dinosaur boxed-game publishers can't hack it then by all means make way for the indies!"
-I like that, the core of this industry has become too big and stale, it's time for a revolution to take us back to the golden age when the market was much more open to new ideas.
and we can start by burning down all the publishers!
(or waiting until digital distribution expands first )



Skrubber said:

16k copies of RE:DC? I understand why Capcom is dissapointed, when UC sold over half a million. I actually think piracy do play a part in this.



bbb7002004 said:

I would be more upset if Capcom was actually supporting Wii. They have what, three non-remake games out now, those being Z&W, Spyborgs and the Camelot Golf game, all of which with absolutely no advertising budget at all? Everything else has been remakes of last gen. games or strait up ports of GC games.

I also guess Mr. France Capcom wasn't paying attention to the million+ sales of Monster Hunter Tri in Japan. You know, popular games tend to sell while niche titles tend to not, after all.



Slapshot said:

@brandonbwii.... dude I sold my Wii way before I starting coming to this site. I absolutely adore my DS. To me it more true to hardcore gamers than any other system. Ive owned prob close to 100 DS games or maybe more. NL also has a great community, wich keeps me coming back. I really thought DSiWare was going on a fast track to casual nowhere but lately things are really looking up. Ive loved Nintendo for over 20 years. Always will, even if Im not crazed about their current home console.



Sean_Aaron said:

@Skrubber: except with UC you're talking worldwide lifetime sales and in this case it's 3 weeks in Europe only. The game is well into the 6-figure mark now. I don't know what the hell he's crying about.

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