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Nintendo: "We believe Other M should be a million seller"

Gamerzines writes: "Nintendo has said it is looking into reason why action/adventure title Metroid: Other M didn't sell as well as they had hoped.

Nintendo of America boss, Reggie Fils-Aime, says Nintendo believed the collaborative effort between themselves and Team Ninja should have been a 'million unit title'."

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Parapraxis2082d ago

I'm sure it will surpass 1 mil eventually.

Elven62082d ago

The main benefits are usually to be reaped at the original price point though.

It's a shame, I haven't played Metroid: Other M but it seems like it's a pretty cool game. The ads for it were pretty cool, they felt very "Haloish" in presentation with the use of live action.

CranberryPub2082d ago

I saw quite a few adverts on TV for this in the UK and it did quite poorly if Chart Tracker is to be believed.

I'm not entirely convinced a lack of marketing was the issue (in the UK at least).

Yi-Long2081d ago (Edited 2081d ago )

... the lack of having the option to play the game with the original voice-acting.

That's MY reason for not getting it.

However, Nintendo might need to understand that their current customers aren't the same demographic that would buy an all-out action game.

The Wii isn't known for that kind of games, and the gamers that do love hectic 3rd person action-games, aren't really the ones who have a Wii.

You reap what you sow. With the Wii, Nintendo went after the casual marktet. And that's what they got. Then don't be surprised if the casual market is more excited about a new Cooking Mama than they are about a new Metroid game.

N4g_null2081d ago

Seriously yi-lon

You didnt buy it because of anime voice options not being present, really so you would rather play the story than the game. Umm your a casual gamer your self lol.

Some of the biggest selling games are action oriented.

Mario kart is down right blood thirsty
Smash brother sold crazy also.
Mario 5 keeps selling.
Another thing most casual titles that sell have arcade action elements.

Cooking moma almost bankrupted that company lol.

People didn't buy this game because they wanted metroid not a cgi movie. Most of you could not sit thur Appleseed the 3d remake with out all the cool action.

People that did not buy this game are people who bought super metroid. That game started out with you thinking your Gina die lol.

The casual market truely has ruined gaming and the true casuals want easy games online and lame movies and have no idea why people loved gaming in the past. The graphic whores do not help.

I got the game just to see how it plays and the story made me stop playing just like metal gear lol. The pacing is horrible. They have some ok game ideas but the coolness of metroid is forgotten.since that guy actualy knows how to tell a story.

Now a metriod that plays like vanqish would be sweet.

Ill be looking forward to last story

ChickeyCantor2081d ago (Edited 2081d ago )

"they felt very "Haloish" in presentation with the use of live action."

You mean, federations in space? Aliens?! Sci-fi??

*facepalm*

"You reap what you sow. With the Wii, Nintendo went after the casual marktet. And that's what they got. Then don't be surprised if the casual market is more excited about a new Cooking Mama than they are about a new Metroid game."

You do realise that Metroid games never sold as fast as other games right?

"I got the game just to see how it plays and the story made me stop playing just like metal gear lol. The pacing is horrible. They have some ok game ideas but the coolness of metroid is forgotten.since that guy actualy knows how to tell a story. "

The game actually gets better, story wise Metroid was never that impressive. I mean the presentation of it.
In the past it was all just text on a screen.
If you play on, you know its pure Metroid. ( cept for the little backtracking)

Active Reload2081d ago (Edited 2081d ago )

Yeah, Nintendo games can be the poster child for games with "selling legs".

trikster402081d ago

You kinda contradicted yourself there bud.

"People didn't buy this game because they wanted metroid not a cgi movie."

So you bought the game. Why did you quit playing it? "I got the game just to see how it plays and the story made me stop playing just like metal gear lol."

So you bought it for the ACTION and quit playing it because of the STORY. Per your words, "so you would rather play the story than the game. Umm your a casual gamer your self lol."

People didn't buy the game because it sucked. Period. Horrible reviews didn't help either.

Theonik2081d ago

I didn't buy the game due to the controls and voice acting. I might get it in a few months when it'll cost me 10 pounds.

Darrius Cole2081d ago

I think Yi-Long is correct.

I don't own a Wii, nor am I a Metroid fan. But I own a PS3 and a 360 and Metroid is the only game on the Wii that appealed to me.

The fact is that lots and lots of CRAP games sell a million copies on name recognition because they are sequels to known franchises. The word is that Metroid:Other M was actually a GOOD game. I saw some ads for it, so it had advertising. Further still, the Wii is at about 70 million units sold. If Other M didn't sell one million that can only mean that the fanbase is not on the console.

Good game + Large enough installed base + Good Advertising = Good Sales

Other M not reaching one million can only be because the actual installed base for it is actually small.

Yi-Long is right, Other M does not appeal to people who normally buy Wii's.

Elven62080d ago

sidar: No...in the way the ads conveyed story and just the overall action theme. The Halo adverts that are live action use similar themes and it's the closest one can really relate it to when looking at game ads.

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Smacktard2082d ago

I hope it doesn't. The game, while fun, was really lacking, and was only a shell of what it should have been. It was nothing compared to the Prime series. It didn't have the love, the funness, or the dedication to detail that the Prime series has in spades. It's a real shame, seriously.

ChickeyCantor2081d ago (Edited 2081d ago )

You hope it doesn't?
That basically means a lower budget for their next metroid game.

" It was nothing compared to the Prime series."

Why are you comparing it to the prime series?
Come on, usually you say brighter stuff than that.
You can't even move in FP view.

If anything you should compare it to fusion and super metroid.

TOO PAWNED2082d ago

Meh Nintendo just make another Mario remake and sell it to same 10 million mo..ns

Knushwood Butt2081d ago

@ Yi-Long

You nailed it. Nintendo drank their own kool-aid and think they can have their cake and eat it.

Hell, even Metroid Prime 2 on the Gamecube, which most people seem to hate, blew away the sales of Other M.

Next Reggie's going to be having a hard think about Kirby's Epic Fail.

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turok2082d ago

metroid as a franchise was always a slow seller.

CranberryPub2082d ago

Very true but I think Other M showed a significant slump in sales compared to the Prime series (the exception being MP2: Echoes).

turok2081d ago

wut i said applies to all metroid games. i dont remember a metroid game that sold well to begin with. the prime series isnt that well off either. heck i bet it was similar sales if comparing sales during first 6 months since launch.

hatchimatchi2082d ago

true.

metroid has never been Nintendo's strongest seller. Awesome series but it's always been in the shadow of Zelda and Mario.

EvilTwin2082d ago

Metroid just has never been a huge seller. And this game is a very curious beast. I think it's probably the most ambitious experiment in game design this gen. Name another third-person action game that goes from "normal" behind-the-back 3D, to sidescrolling, to arena-style battles with melee, a FPS perspective, and lighter Prime-ish scanning. And that's in like one minute and thirty seconds of gameplay. It's constantly shifting.

Super Metroid was never as big as Mario or Zelda, either. Give Other M a year on the market, and I bet its sales will be about what Prime 2 and 3 have sold LTD.

AWBrawler2082d ago

I'm confused too. Other M was a great game

EvilTwin2082d ago

Not sure how you got so many disagrees...

Other M was great. If you loved 2D Metroid, this was the game you were waiting for since 1994, IMO. The most vocal critics didn't seem to really review the gameplaly; they reviewed the cut scenes.

N4g_null2081d ago

Your right the story made me feel like I was playing ninja gaiden on the xbox because of it's Story. The stories sucked in that series when it went 3d.

I'm starting to winder is 3d only for pixar type stories? I can think of many failed mature cg movies yet pixar makes hit after hit.

The more gaming becomes like movies the more it will be judge like a movie. I really though I could over look the bad but a little voice kept saying you have work to do and this is sucking lol.

Hey but I love my job even when we have bugs to fix.

Genecalypse2082d ago

Leave it to Nintendo to think even a terrible an unneeded approach to a good series would sell millions on name alone.

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