Ever wonder why most third-party Wii games bomb when it comes to sales? This op-ed explains why.
Its simple really. The vast majority of wii owners are what i call non-gamers, for many the wii is there first console and have brought it on a spur of the moment kind of thing. Now these people only will buy one or 2 games for the wii a year top's, they are the kind who will opt for wii sports and wii fit over Zak and Wiki. You then have to mention the fact that nintendo markets these games extremely well. thats my 2 cents on it anyway
I agree, to an extent. Well, Those Are first party games (wii sports/fit). Hardcore Gamer games like Mario Galaxy, Twilight Princess, and Brawl all do Fantastic on Wii. It's been this way since N64. But more so on the Wii because 3rd party games on Wii are so low quality. It's only once in a while that we get a great Wii 3rd party title like No More Heroes and Zack and Wiki. And I also think the hype of games like Brawl kill it too. But, I'm guilty of this. I'm going to a midnight launch for the game.
maybe cause they dont advertise or put much effort into the games....now they are starting to. carnival games, resident evil, mario and sonic, etc..plenty third party games are selling
Long answer: They don't sell because they suck.
Short answer: They suck.
that was freaking funny, bubbles for you!
Is there any serious study about the Wii being a second console in the household? This is taken as granted by many so called analysts but I never heard of any hard data. I wonder if this isn't one more myth. Perhaps Nintendo got it right. We have an expanded game market and the new customers are still exploring what third parties can offer. If that's the case, I am not surprised they rely in Nintendo to get some quality games.
Two reasons: The better-quality 3rd-party Wii games (Zack and Wiki, No More Heroes, Rayman, RE: Umbrella Chronicles) receive little press and advertising; Most of the rest of the 3rd-party lineup consists of worthless shovelware (Ninjabread Man, anyone?) I own a Wii, but it's for the family, and is played two or three times a week. I have a 360 for my hardcore needs, and it is used daily.
is being made by these third party devs to break out of the stereotype of selling a risky game on a nintendo system. Lots of great 3rd party games were made for the ps2 and yet the cube (and wii) is better (tech wise) than it but gets no real hardcore love from the devs. Nintendo is not the same nintendo from the snes days. Taking chances on new IP's and marketing their product in catchy ways. I have a wii and like only the first party games mostly because they are established franchises. Sony really took the spotlight in the ps1 days by opening the doors to anyone who wanted to make a game and take chances. Nintendo is not really doing the same in that they do have lots of third party games but the devs are out for a quick buck on the wii craze spreading the nations. Go back to the drawing board and put a little more effort in the game. Make it worth the $30-40+ you are asking for it. Even port some of the stuff that made you $$ on other platforms. I think there is also to much scrutiny on the part of the hardcore crowd passing the wii off as a fad. The hardcore acceptance (or lack of) is what is keeping real hardcore quality titles from being made. Because it costs so much (time and $$) to make a quality game, it is likely the devs will focus on the 360 or PS3 because they know the hardcore gamers would prefer to see it on one of those rather than a wii. The wii will never grow into something better than it is unless it can be accepted by the hardcore gamers as an alternative to the style they know and love.
If you want deeper titles you need to go to 360 or ps3. If u want casual fun wii is the box for you. Outside of smash bros I don't see enough to buy one. Ill just play it at a friends house.
Uh...because 95% of them are awful.
That's only one reason. The bigger reason is people who buy the Wii are casual gamers. Casual gamers don't buy many games. The Wii is a horrible investment for third party developers. They'll be lucky to break even on their games.
Because they suck?
I have to admit I've been surprised by the runaway success and popularityof the Wii. I have give due respect to the console and the way it has opened up new markets in gaming with the whole family-friendly thing. But I will still remain mystified all this has continued for as long as it has. The Wii if you ask me is just not my idea of an all-round next gen-performing game machine. Nearly all the available Wii games are just too "soft"-looking and kiddy-orietntated for me. Standing up waving a remote device and swinging my arms around dont appeal to me and many other more serious (but still fun-loving)gamers. So most of these Wii games made by Nintendo just seem to catch the kids/family market group. For more serious games, which third-party devs are more common, it just dont look like the Wii is made for it technologically and demographically.
when i owned my Wii, i bought no 3rd party games. not a single one caught my eye. sucks.
well if they are putting games out that recieve scores like 0.0/10 or 1.0/10 its no wonder.. i lost my faith when i bought FARCRY VENGENCE.... i thought the reviews coulda been wrong.. but the were spot on. I am pretty much a hardcore gamer.. at least i like to think so, and my source for these games is review sites.. so i caught all the hardcore games.. and they were great.. however i think the main problem is that WII games are NOT ADVERTISED.. I see PS3 and 360 ads on TV all the time.. and once in a while a WII add.. and its all first party stuff. though recently i noticed a lot of BRAWL ads which makes me mad cause i can't play it yet!
maybe 3rd party games are selling but everyone is so caught up in the past that they can't see that Wii is selling 3rd party games! Yes the best selling Wii games usually are Nintendo made but some that doesn't stop the 3rd party games sell well too. There are 3rd party games that top in a million and there are 3rd party games that make a nice profit from the Wii.
Here's a fact: there are more 1 million third party sellers on the Wii than on the PS3. Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil UC, Red Steel, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Guitar Hero, Trauma Center and other games have past the 1 million mark.
Third party developers shouldn't expect to sell well when most of their games on the Wii suck. Make a quality game then it will sell.
cuz it cant handle the Unreal Engine
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