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Analysis: Where Now For M-Rated Wii Games?

Gamasutra: What's the current state of the mature game market for Nintendo's Wii console? As part of Gamasutra's NPD U.S. console retail analysis for August 2009, we're looking at one particular upcoming M-rated Wii title.

As interest builds for Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the publisher is keeping an eye on the Wii market and experimenting with better, albeit dated, support. In early August a port of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the Wii was announced, due simultaneously with its sequel on other platforms.

We think this will be an interesting title to watch. It carries a strong brand name, has been given the support of a prolific developer (Treyarch), and will likely benefit from all the market publicity surrounding the launch of the sequel. It is also a title rated M (for Mature) by the ESRB, putting it in a category of Wii software for which the sales environment has been considered difficult.

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EvilTwin2893d ago

Why the heck is MadWorld the measuring stick for "mature" titles on Wii? It's a six-hour long, old-school brawler with black & white visuals and a heavy rap soundtrack. Of COURSE it sold niche numbers. It's a niche title.

The Wii version of RE4 sold just fine. Ditto Umbrella Chronicles.

No More Heroes sold well enough to warrant a sequel.

World at War moved a million copies or so.

HotD:Overkill turned a profit and Sega is happy with it.

COD4 will probably sell about as well as W@W. Established IP's sell better, anyway.

[And there's no reason to bring up T-rated titles like Conduit, as T-rated titles do just fine on Wii -- Twilight Princess was rated T, after all.]

Gr812893d ago

As far as M rated games sales on Wii goes, it is probably the only title that can be used to try to give this article credibility, lol.

As you said there are many more successful M rated games on WIi than non successful M rated titles on Wii. But let's not go there right? It would delegitimize this persons article.;)