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Nintendo: Third-Party Games Not Selling on Wii is a False Assumption

Gamedaily.biz writes: "Nintendo of America's VP of Corporate Affairs, Denise Kaigler, has "set the record straight." She says the idea that software isn't selling on Wii is a false assumption that's been spread around.

For as long as the Wii has been on the market, industry pundits and journalists have pointed to low software tie ratios and sluggish sales of third-party games on the platform. Nintendo is getting increasingly annoyed by this perception, however. With 19 third-party titles that have sold over 400K units in the U.S. and a few that have gone on to be blockbusters, such as Guitar Hero III and Mario & Sonic, Nintendo feels it's about time that people start thinking differently about how games sell on the Wii."

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KeiZka3417d ago

It's a false assumption fanboys are keen to cling on. "But but but 3rd party can't sell on nintendo consoles!"

Palodios3417d ago

Umm... I don't know if you noticed, but this does not prove anything. First of all, this chart INCLUDES 1st party games. Meaning if Nintendo sold 60 million, and 3rd party sold only 1 million, we would not be able to tell from this chart.

Second of all, the Wii has sold more consoles during the first 19 months. What, the Wii with 24 million consoles sold more games than 14 million Ps3s?
Third of all, because of the wiimote bundles, it includes Link's Crossbow training, Wii sports (in Japan), and Wii Play.

The chart isn't as great as it seems. Really!

Palodios3417d ago (Edited 3417d ago )

Hell, if you don't believe me, let's do the math, with some numbers according to Wiki (I know its somewhat unreliable, but let's just use it as reference)
Wii Play (11.51 million)
Mario Kart Wii (6.42 million)
Super Mario Galaxy (6.1 million)
Wii Fit (5.27 )
Mario Party 8 (4.86 million)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (4.85 million)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (4.52 million)
Super Paper Mario (2.28 million)
Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (2.26 million)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (1.82 million)
Mario Strikers Charged (1.77 million)
Link's Crossbow Training (1.71 million)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (1.31 million)
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (1.25 million)
Red Steel (1 Million)

Yeah, so, Nintendo has sold well over 55 million in just these games alone. Not to mention the 3.4 million for Mario and Sonic at the Olympic games, which is technically a Sega game, I think, plus all the copies of Wii Sports sold in Japan, and all the copies of non-huge selling nintendo games, that's a lot of games. Keeping in mind the lack of reliability of Wikipedia, and that the Wii has been out 20 and a half months rather than 19, but it still seems to show that a very very large majority of wii games, are in fact sold by nintendo.

madjedi3416d ago (Edited 3416d ago )

edit damnit didn't read close enough sorry

i agree

The graph that they provide is totally useless, since it is third party sales we are discussing. If nintendo/websites really wants to show that it is a false assumption show me a chart with third party only sales.

As for third party sales being bad on the ps3 lol, sorry no but since third party sales make the 3/4 of games sales(roughly) on both the ps3 and 360. I am sure a majority of third parties arent having problems selling on the ps3, taking into account game quality ect.

@balance last i read cod4 has sold over 9 million between pc ps3 and 360

KeiZka3416d ago

Le sigh... At the same time, certain companies (like THQ and Midway) are actually getting a profit out of Nintendo console (something that is quite unheard of as of late).

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BrotherNick3417d ago (Edited 3417d ago )

3rd party can, but it has to be different than what's on the other consoles. Something that not just the core gamers can play, but also casuals. GHIII is a good example.

Voiceofreason3417d ago

I disagree. Core games would have no problem selling on Wii if dev's put the same amount of work into them. GH3 is a prime example. It was pretty much the same game for WIi as PS3 and 360. People took notice and bought it. Can you name off any other core franchise thats been on Wii that had the same effort put into it that failed to sale? I cant. It's all been rushed ports so far. GH4 will get killer sales on Wii because it has everything offered on any other console.

BrotherNick3417d ago (Edited 3417d ago )

GHIII sold because people knew it wasn't gimped is totally wrong lol...it sold because it was a game both sides of the spectrum can play and still have a good time. Most people don't care about the features we do. Nobody I know who plays GHIII on wii means to play online.

SCThor3417d ago

even the PS2 version looks the same than Wii's.

Core gamers demands great graphics+gameplay+superb-physi cs(ragdoll efects i.e.)+fun, and wii games only cover 1 or 2 point of that equation.

Voiceofreason3416d ago

I noticed that both of you that disagreed failed to give any kind of example to prove me wrong.

forum_crawler3416d ago

Those same gamers also demand anti-aliasing!!!

oh wait, you can't get that on consoles...

Nope, to get the best you play on a PC, that is where the pinnacle of excess is...

BTW: I have a wii, and I have bought several 3rd party titles. So I don't care what fanboys think. 3rd party games do sell on the wii, but they have to be good games to sell well. Nintendo dominates because they make the best games for the console. Period.

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Voiceofreason3417d ago

They made up all this stuff about poor Wii sales with no proof at all. Nintendo coming out and showing they are arong will only cause them to totally ingore the truth and keep spouting the same BS they have been for 2 years. Or they'll go from talking about poor Wii game sales to well it should sale better just look at the price of the Wii and its games.. E3 is a prime example of this. People complained about low 3rd party support and lack of VC. Nintendo showed at E3 they were working on fixing just that, Of course nobody noticed it. They found new hate material and moved on. Never bothering to aknowledge the things Nitnendo did right but the few they did wrong.

solidjun53417d ago

it said First + Third party. That's not an inference to say that 3rd party games are selling if the graph indicates both parties. I mean what percentage are from 1st party and what percentage are the sales from 3rd party. Even if they are third party, do the 3rd party games have 1st party characters in it? Ala..,Mario and Sonic in the olympics. Well we'll see if/when Nintendo provides that information.

Voiceofreason3416d ago

Yes I saw the graph. I also have more knowledge of Wii sales then you do it seems. Since half of their million sellers are 3rd party.I also find it amusing that people are quick to talk about a lack of 1st party titles for Wii but when a graph pops up showing decent sales those same people are quick to point to 1st party games...The proof that 3rd part games sale on Wii is out there, but most fanboys are just going to ignore it. Even THQ is seeing the most success on Nintendo platforms but they must just be making all that up because the haters know more than than anyone else that Wii games dont sale.

pwnsause3417d ago

More gamedaily spam? you guys cant get enough of gamedaily, dont you?

Zerodin3417d ago

If the numbers were in Sony's favor?

jack who3417d ago (Edited 3417d ago )

lol it said 1st + 3rd party sell.... edit n does this inlucd all the free wiiplay,spots games?

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