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No More Heroes Directors Says 3rd Party Wii Games Are Not Selling

Goichi Suda (AKA: Suda 51), the director of Killer 7 and No More Heroes told CVG that third-party titles on the Wii are not selling in Japan and that only Nintendo is really profiting from the Wii’s success.

Talking about the No More Heroes sales in Japan, he told CVG, “Whilst the sales weren’t as high as I hoped, other titles for Wii aren’t selling so well either. Only Nintendo titles are doing well. This isn’t just because of the current situation in Japan, as this is happening outside Japan.”

He said that he is also surprised at the casual audience that has primarily been the purchasers of the Wii. “Actually I was very surprised about the reality about Wii, because before I was making this game, I wasn’t expecting that Wii would be a console targeted only for non-gamers. I expected more games for hardcore gamers. The reality is different to what I expected”.

No More Heroes launched in Japan in late 2007 and received good reviews, but didn’t sell very well. CVG also reported that on No More Heroes’ launch day, it took twenty minutes for someone to buy a copy at a signing event, and even then it was a journalist from Famitsu video game magazine.

No More Heroes for Wii is scheduled to arrive in North America on January 22, 2008, but will it sell any better over here than in Japan? You would think the game would appeal to the Grand Theft Auto crowd, but do people that play those style of games own a Wii or are they waiting for GTA IV to come out on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360?

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  • yeshuu - January 17th, 2008 at 2:56 pm
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    i think this is a major flaw in Nintendo’s plan, because they do sell a lot of consoles, but they sell very few games, as everyone buys the Wii with Wii Sports and leave it at that. any creative games without Nintendo strapped to the side are not selling as well and the developers are getting annoyed that Nintendo has cornered the largest market who DON’T want to take a risk on any new games they haven’t heard of. this is annoying and any inklings we had of creativity on the Wii have been thrown out the window.

  • Redeema - January 17th, 2008 at 3:10 pm
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    They only have themselves to blame, though. Nintendo sells their games because they are generally known to be of a higher quality than those of third parties. That and they market their games beyond just an occasional ad in a game magazine. Maybe if they put a little bit of cash and put it into marketing, they’d have a bigger seller. It’s obvious that the audience is there and they are waiting to spend money on a good game, but if they don’t know about a good game because of a lack of hype then don’t blame Nintendo. I love how everyone immediately dismissed the Wii in the beginning and now that it’s a bona fide success they want to rush an average game to market (not that this qualifies as one) and then when it doesn’t sell well, they point the finger at Nintendo like it’s somehow their fault that their weaksauce game didn’t sell a million copies.

  • yeshuu - January 19th, 2008 at 7:18 am
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    well, they have good reason too, as if they put out a “weak sauce game” game on a “hardcore” console, they would have sold a lot (see Kane and Lynch) but yeh, i think that they didnt put enough into marketing. i only heard this mentioned on kotaku a couple of times

  • Redeema - January 19th, 2008 at 2:25 pm
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    See the post about Nintendo game sales and you’ll see that while most of the games are first party, Guitar Hero III is up there and that’s with limited availability. So, make a good game on the Wii and market it and it will sell.

  • Erickarim - January 19th, 2008 at 7:06 pm
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    how are sales of virtual console ?

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Date: January 17, 2008
Source: CVG

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