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Red Steel 2 fails to capture retail success

TVGB: "Despite numerous gameplay improvements and positive word from critics, Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 did not weather its first week at retail well. The sword-swinging sequel made its entrance on the UK's all formats sales charts at the disappointing 34th spot, leaving us wonder as to the franchise's future."

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ClownBelt3102d ago

Drop the Wii. It's all about the other two systems.

wohoo3102d ago

I'll agree with that. It would probably sell more as downloadable titles on XBLA/PSN. Same for Dead Space Extraction.

Carlton Banks3102d ago

Now Imagine if its name was Red Steel 2: Mario's Return, instant success.

Anon19743102d ago

For the love of god, why?

Edit: Wait. I guess it did break over a million. Few games ever reach that milestone, let alone mature games for the Wii. I guess that warrants a second go.

Cheeseknight283102d ago

If I wasn't so busy playing other hack-n'-slashes on the PS3 and 360, like Bayonetta and God of War, I would have bought Red Steel. That, and if I had the money.

Maybe it'll get cheap fast, like every other third-party game released in the past few months.

HolyOrangeCows3102d ago

I feel bad for third party developers who keep trying to bring hardcore titles to the Wii. They just can't seem to win.

sikbeta3102d ago

@HolyOrangeCows

Third Party Devs not only FAIL with Hardcore/mature Games, also the non-hardcore games sell crap too, labeled as Shovelware cuz they are and don't have a known Character like Mario and such, there are a bunch of games that sell well on the wii, like "just-dance" whereas the majority of games, hardcore or not sell crap and sink, is time for Third Party Devs to Moven On, they FAILED, so is better for them to Fully jump into making games for the HD consoles

ReservoirDog3163102d ago

In all honesty, it's just kinda really expensive to support a 360, PS3, Wii and PSP.

So if push comes to shove, PS3 comes first (online friends). Then 360. Then Wii. Then PSP.

That being said, I never liked the art style of RS2. So I never really thought of getting it.

rexus123453102d ago

marketing an completely unrelated game as a sequel to a garbage game did not help. They could at least come up with a new name, Mad Cowboy Samurai or something

mastiffchild3101d ago

I haven't got it yet-even though I will-purely cos I'm too skint after buying GOW3 and Yakuza3 this week! I WILL be supporting Ubi on this one, though, as it looks both a great game and like they really put some effort into it.

I think the first, shoddy, but OK in bits and bobs first game sold so well because of the lack of anything else to get if you wanted a bit of mature action at Wii launch, though, and that's not the case these days. Now competition from the other consoles is more serious and there IS more choice in the library of Wii games.

I normally think that a demo could have helped sales of third party Wii games too-but this time with it being the only action game, that I can think of, to support Motion Plus that might not have helped that much(though Sports Resort MUST have got a few units out there!). Who vcan say just why mature games seem to be stalling on the Wii. RE4 did fine and WaW sold well after a slow start -which MUST now be Ubi's hope with RS2 or we may see a port to either or both HD console come the eutumn. Who knows, but it's got to nbe getting frustrating that these devs cannot seem to catch a break even when they put in the effort to make the most of what Wii has to offer. RS2 seems to tick every box you'd want it to and yet again we have some awfully slack sales for the game.Pity.

N4g_null3101d ago

You know what devs are getting feed up with you HD guys. All the pats on the back and you still can't get mario sells unless your MW2 or halo or GEARS OF WAR.

I heard a few people actually saying F the HD crowd. Maybe it was because so many there where laid off because the HD crowd could not support their game.It think you guys are going to bbe left with a few pubs and devs on the HD front pretty soon. People are going to retreat to the hand held again it seems. Unless the economy picks up. Whos buying a 3dHDtv this year? LOL

I mean you look at this and you can understand why MH3 and kingdom hearts is going to the wii. The HD guys just want MW2 and halo and the PS3 guys want to act like uncharted is untouchable lol. The FF13 sales are horrible so is GOW3 seriously only 3 million? WTF... those are your best games!

I always wonder how the PC crowd would react to console games and I see fully now. They don't give a F. And viceversa. Gaming is not a team sport stop acting like it them against us. Good luck with that.

PirateThom3101d ago

And Devs are also saying F the Wii, because they can't pull Nintendo numbers....

Difference is, the HD consoles have developers attention, Wii does not.

Millah3101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

Sometimes its hard to justify shelling out 50 bucks for a Wii game, a game that has last-gen graphics, when there are games for 10 dollars more on PS360 that are technically much more advanced and modern. The game on Wii really has to be amazing and standout to justify purchasing it. Thats why Nintendo games always sell, because they usually are fantastic and standout from the pack of shovelware. I think if maybe devs brought the price down to 40 dollars it would help sales, Wii technology is last gen after all so budgets can't be all that high.

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Kamikaze1353102d ago

Red Steel 2 looks like an amazing game, but most Wii owners only want casual games and 1st party titles. Why are developers wasting their time? I think Red Steel 2 should have been a PS3/360 game with Move and Natal coming out this Fall.

RememberThe3573102d ago

If Ubisoft wants to make their money back, they have to port it to Natal and Move.

Rock Bottom3102d ago

Have you guys seen Red Steel 2?

Doletskaya3102d ago

Its almost a waste of time,efforts and money for third parties to develop games for Wii.All Wii owners want are games from Nintendo.They don't even care about or pay attention to other games,let alone buying them.

Titanz3102d ago

It can kill third party success.

Mahr3102d ago

The more likely obstacle to Red Steel 2's commercial success is the commercial success of Red Steel 1.

Rocket Sauce3102d ago (Edited 3102d ago )

I was so excited for the first Red Steel, I bought it the day it came out...I'm not falling for that one again.

ChickeyCantor3101d ago

@rocket

Not falling for it?
Sounds like you dont even know what you are talking about.

The first one was rushed due to the release of the console.
This one got plenty of time and got polished 100x more than the first one.

Falling for what? your own ignorance?

OhReginald3102d ago

..with the playstation move controllers and online support and HD graphics.