Wow. We did not see that coming. Reports are confirming that, despite some middling reviews, Epic Mickey has solid over 1.3 million units in the US, becoming one of the most successful 3rd party Wii games in recent history.
Previous high-profile third party titles had struggled on Wii, such as Dead Space: Extraction and Red Steel 2, and we suspected that Epic Mickey may have found it difficult – but it seems to have surpassed all expectations.
We think it’s great – Epic Mickey was almost like the last big shot for third party titles on the Wii. If a game with the gargantuan Mickey Mouse license behind it couldn’t sell on Wii, almost nothing outside of first party titles, it seems, would be able to shift units.
Congrats to Junction Point Studios – we’re glad that an ambitious, well-made third party effort was the one to pull it off.