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Finalfantasykid  +   929d ago
In the beginning of a console's life it has to be supported immensely by first party titles, to give people something until 3rd parties start to develop games.

I don't think that games are enough though. I think the biggest problem by far though is marketing. There is simply no hype for the system, and I don't think another Mario game is going to help any of that (it will for the hardcore, but not the rest of the 100 million people who bought the Wii). I think the system needs a re-launch campaign, with new ads which actually show off the system as something completely new, not just a wii with a new controller. Also I think a price drop would help as well.
SilentNegotiator  +   929d ago
Don't blame developers for not putting themselves through unnecessary risk over a new platform (that has sold terribly for several months). If Nintendo wants to sell a home console with a gimmick that people now yawn over (touchscreens) and power and online features that make people on the other side of the spectrum yawn as well (as well as developers, whom have been complaining about similar restrictions for 3 years now), they need to be paying out the kazoo to grease the wheels of support.

Otherwise, they're going to have a system of great apathy for quite some time. And even with good games, they've driven themselves into a corner with a system that won't likely ever bring out great excitement from either side of the spectrum.
rainslacker  +   929d ago
This is the way it is with every console release. However, most publishers still support fledgling systems due to the fact that it is showing them profit. There is no reason for a publisher to push out a game if they don't believe it will sell on the system, and in fact doing so is not even a good idea.

It isn't up to 3rd party to sell the system, but up to Nintendo to get that support by enticing customers into buying it.

EA's early support of the system was because they were hoping to capitalize on launch day purchases. When those fell flat, they started to disregard the system. While I don't like EA, I don't blame them for taking this route.

Right now it isn't entirely an issue of install base. It's that 3rd party companies that have released games for the system aren't seeing enough return on their investment to take more risks on the system. That could be in their approach of releasing old ports, but from a company perspective that doesn't necessarily matter. It won't be until an appreciable increase in 3rd party software sales is shown, that 3rd party support will come flocking back.

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