Originally Posted by jwebb1970
Unless the RE name is attached, usually. Curious to see if both Darkside Chronicles does well & whether Capcom bothers promoting it beyond IGN & Nintendo Channel vids.
Or the Call of Duty name. Should that really be a surprise? There are currently only 36 'M' Rated Wii video games in toto. Of those, only the Resident Evil games (4 for Wii and UC) have broken a million sold, it's true. But let's look at the other ones on that list:
JuOn? Alone in the Dark? Target Terror? Obscure: The Aftermath? Sexy Poker? Splatterhouse? Splatterhouse 2? Onechanbara? Tenchu: Shadow Assasins? Mortal Kombat: Armageddon? Manhunt 2? Far Cry: Vengeance, Escape from Bug Island?
DO YOU SEE A PATTERN HERE? Crap, Crap and more Crap.
Even on quality titles, they're all niche...not just for their 'M' rating, but for their approach. Madworld, No More Heroes, House of the Dead 2/3, House of the Dead: Overkill and so on.
And if they're not that, then they're remakes of PS2 games or ports of games available on the 360/PS3: Godfather: Blackhand Edition, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Scarface, both Brothers in Arms games, Dead Rising: Chop till you Drop, etc.
It's not some incredible secret why 'M' rated games don't sell on the Wii. It's because there really aren't any to begin with and those that are on the console often are cheap ports or remakes that aren't exclusives. The handful of quality games still only appeal to a certain subset of gamers. If you remove 'light gun' games from the list of 'M' rated games, you lose five of them, some of which are the highest rated on the lot.
Call of Duty: World at War isn't a port, even though it's not an exclusive...and it's sold roughly 1.2 million copies, at last estimate. You don't have to be Resident Evil to succeed as an 'M' rated game on the Wii...you just have to NOT SUCK and appeal to a broader base of gamers. I think Madworld is awesome...but friends of mine can't stand the visual style...it makes them dizzy. Madworld didn't have a chance in hell of being a million seller and I don't think Sega expected it to be. As recently as last week, Sega said they were happy with the amount of money it made (last guess put it at about 300K in sales, eventually). Was it a blockbuster? No. But it wasn't a failure, and Sega still plans to try and find a way to make 'M' rated content sell on the Wii.