Rumour: Retailers Say “No” To Wii Mini Game Collections

Rumour: Retailers Say “No” To Wii Mini Game Collections

A Gamasutra article published late last week carries an interesting rumour; namely, that two of America’s biggest retailers have told publishers they won’t be stocking any more Wii mini game compilations.

Gama’s Paul Hyman writes: “Stores like Target and Best Buy have reportedly told game publishers not to even bother approaching them with collections of mini games, which they will no longer pick up.”

If true, it’s a welcome move, though probably far too late to have any impact on the Wii’s image as a haven for cheap shovelware.

Also makes you wonder where they’ll draw the line, as some of those “collections of mini games” – like T2’s Carnival Games series – have actually sold well. Real well.

Third-Party Publishers React To Deflating Wii Bubble [Gamasutra]


  • I find this unlikely, these games make up the bulk of “value” in wii bundles. If they don’t stock them then you could say goodbye to good bundles, since the low margins of quality games releases scares away retailers from creating said bundles.

    Of course, the reverse could happen, more good games made and maybe bravely made good bundles.

    Forget EA though, they tell YOU what to stock.

    • Yes and no. Carnival games and other rubbish compilation titles sold well (cause of bundles, yes) but also because wii games drop in price about as fast as dripping tar and these “value packs” come in cheap and are the first to go cheap. Also, I’ve had a customer come in and when I showed him a quality title for wii he said, “but how many games are in it?”

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