Disappointing sales plague Wii version of the game

It's certainly no surprise that EA's newest Madden release Madden NFL 10 is selling like hotcakes at retail, but it seems this sales success doesn't include the Nintendo Wii version of the game. Although the game has sold nearly 2 million copies since its launch two weeks ago, the Wii version of the game has only sold a mere 67,000 copies to date.

It seems EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich thinks that it's last year's Wii version of Madden NFL 2009 All-Play's fault for the poor sales, stating "I believe many diehard Madden fans, who transitioned from the Playstation 2 to the Wii, made their yearly Madden purchase in 2008 and realized that the Wii could not offer the same experience they have grown accustomed to (online play, realistic graphics, in-depth team management)."

Of course it's also been speculated that some of the blame can also be laid off on the Nintendo Wii console's unique motion control system as well, since so many Madden fans have grown used to playing the games using a more traditional gamepad controller.

No matter what the actual reason is, this can't be good news for EA, who make a lot of their revenue from the legendary football video game series. Perhaps EA should offer both the new motion controls, as well as a more traditional control system, for those who'd rather make use of it. It certainly couldn't hurt at this point. We'd love to hear what you think about the whole thing.

[source videogames.yahoo.com]