Originally Posted by confidenceman
Look again at those sales charts for Wii games. Almost all of those top-selling games are published by Nintendo. The Wii was a major "failure" for most third-party publishers which is why many didn't invest a lot of money or time into their Wii games/ports. And among the small handful of successful third-party titles, Japanese publishers generally had better luck with Wii releases than Western publishers.
I still have no clue how you can look at those numbers and call Japan a "distant third" or a "miniscule" games market. It's nonsense. That only makes sense if you're talking about the 360 or Vita. You yourself cited numbers that showed the 3DS selling in equal numbers in Japan and the US.
OMG. I even explained the 3DS numbers and you still deny it. Americans don't buy dedicated portable gaming devices. They buy smartphones, iPods, tablets, laptops, etc. to get their portable gaming fix. There were 5 million 3DS units sold in Japan. Over the same time, there were 40 million iPhone devices sold in the US and the US alone (if you go worldwide, it'd be 70+ million). And that's not counting the legions of Android devices.
And before you say that people buy smartphones for calls and not for games, look at the dollar numbers spent on gaming on the iPhone. It's past the 3DS. Even if all 40 million devices only had 1 game purchase, that's still more than the 3DS which depends on high game prices and high attach rates. And considering that games are so much cheaper on iOS, it's amazing that more money has been spent on iOS gaming than 3DS gaming.
But even though Americans don't buy dedicated portable gaming devices, they still buy more than Japan which mostly buys dedicated portable gaming devices.
And I never said Japan's marketshare was minuscule. I said Japan was a very distant third and everyone after that was minuscule. People were saying that there were big sales in South America, Africa, Australia, etc. C'mon, people.
As for third party... Of course, Nintendo titles dominate. That's the way Nintendo is. Sure, they would've liked more third-party support but they have never bent over backwards to accommodate third parties. They have always been hostile to third parties. In the past, that was okay because the third parties had to crumble to Nintendo's demands in the NES/SNES/N64 days as Nintendo was the dominant player. It wasn't until Sony came in with the PSX and treated third parties like royalty while also making fees and development so much smaller.
But if you look at third party titles, the Just Dance series from Ubisoft rivals CoD in sales. Zumba Fitness (another third party title) dominates as well.
If people just stop talking out of their *#% and use real numbers (and not the fake VGChartz), their arguments would make more sense.
but to get back on topic! E3 is practically here! I just read that a new Gears of War will be announced! good times.