The Wii's viability as a core gaming machine looks shakier than ever with cult classic GoldenEye 007 failed to ignite the UK Video Game Chart this week.
Despite a high profile in media and amongst the gaming community, Activision's 2010 update to Rare's Nintendo 64 shooter only managed to debut at #13 on the GfK Chart-Track All-Formats Top 40.
Activision, for its part, has defended its performance by stating that it "has only been out for a few days, but it's already out selling last year's Modern Warfare 2
as Wii SKU for the comparable period." That's coming from publishing exec Eric Hirshberg during a conference call
Favourable previews from reputable gaming sources (including SPOnG
) and a high interest from gamers seems to have had little impact. Can it be that GoldenEye 007
isn't as important to gamers as they suggest?
Or does it simply highlight a problem that many past core games have suffered - that the Wii audience at large ignores such titles when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 may, in its eyes, do it better?
The publisher aims to improve on the apparent 007 apathy with a television campaign for GoldenEye 007
over the weekend, so perhaps sales will pick up over time. With Call of Duty: Black Ops
vying for the same kind of attention however, it seems unlikely to have an impact. What do you think? Let us know your views in the forum below.