Looks like everyone's New Year Resolution is to avoid the Wii. The Director General of Capcom France, Antoine Seux, has suggested that the opportunity for 'hardcore' games has dried up following disappointing sales of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles. This comes as Seux announces that the company will be focusing more on PS3 and Xbox 360 development.
In a lengthy and revealing interview with French website Gamekult (via our wonky translator
), Seux states that development on “the Wii was very difficult, with an oversupply [of games] and a gamer market that has radically changed. [So-called “gamer's games”] are selling less and less on the console, [be it] MadWorld
or Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop
or House of the Dead: Overkill
Capcom's recent on-rails shooter, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
, sold a total of only 16,000 units after three weeks on sale by 23rd December 2009. In contrast Seux notes that Resident Evil 4
sold 140,000 units back at its release in June 2007. The problem, he suggests, is the change in audience. “One feels that there is a problem very clear on this style of game on the Wii, where gamers have obviously moved on. Resident Evil 4
on Wii worked well, but [it was released] when the market had nothing!”
“The customer of [the Wii] has turned into something [of a] much broader audience. It is a disappointment,” says Seux, who feels that the only chance to get a game noticed on the platform is to support it with “massive advertising campaigns” such as Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
and New Super Mario Bros. Wii
It's a surprising statement from one of the most loyal supporters of the Wii. Just a few years ago Capcom had gone so far as to switch development of its long-awaited Monster Hunter Tri
from PlayStation 3 to Nintendo's platform, while titles such as Zack and Wiki
and the Okami
remake failed to grab as many gamers as the company would have hoped. Darkside Chronicles
' lack of sales is a stark contrast to the success of its predecessor, The Umbrella Chronicles
“This is the year of the emergence of so-called 'new console generation',” Seux concludes, referring to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. “The Wii is still an important part of sales, but growth is on both [Sony and Microsoft's] platforms. The Wii console is very much a family commitment... for us, Capcom, the future is the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.”
Seux's interview follows comments from Sega America's Constantine Hantzopoulos
on a price cut for Nintendo's console, whilst in the same podcast declaring an end to developing 'hardcore games' like MadWorld
and House of the Dead
on the platform. Michael Pachter today went on record to predict
a sales slump for the Wii in 2010.
What do you think? Is the Wii on the out and out? Is there more 'hardcore' life left in it? Speak out in the comments section.