Sega Shying Away From Mature Wii Titles

Poor sales of MadWorld and House of the Dead: Overkill shook Sega's resolve over mature titles for the Nintendo Wii, but it took an EA title to

In late June of last year, Sega was fully prepared to continue gambling on mature Wii titles. In an August interview, comments from Sega West boss Mike Hayes suggested a wavering resolve, indicating that while "hardcore" titles were still a possibility, they wouldn't necessarily be M for mature games. In the most recent edition of the 1UP podcast, Sega studio director Constantine Hantzopoulos says the publisher will "probably not" release further mature games for Nintendo's platform, thanks to EA's Dead Space Extraction.

"Look at Dead Space. We were stunned. That was my litmus test. Basically, it's like, okay, you got EA, who can put all the marketing muscle behind this, an established franchise that scored quite well on 360 and PS3. They should be able to actually hit this out of the park, right? We get numbers, real numbers aside from NPD, and I'm like, 'Woah'."

And that pretty much puts the final nail in the coffin for mature Wii games. With Dead Space Extraction selling only 9000 copies in the first month of release, it seems the message is clear - the market just isn't there.

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    Goodbye Nintendo... once I get Silent Hill Shattered Memories, that'll be the end of you

    that and my GF kicks my ass at Wii Bowling

    I think the only reason any mature games are on the Wii at all is because they were released early when developers thought the Wii was for everyone. If you look at the games out on the wii in the first year it actually had a few mature titles (even Mahunt 2). But year after the first year the amount of titles for older players dropped sharply, the Wii just isn’t that kind of system. I’m glad that Sega have finally figured out that this is the best movie for them, I appreciate the fact that they are trying but what’s the point?, they could sell much more copies by putting Sonics name on anything.

    The next generation of consoles will be the big test for Nintendo. If casual gamers get over it, it's very unlikely that people who game for a hobby will be interested in much that Nintendo will have to offer.

    Of course, if casual gamers stay around as a market, then Nintendo will just keep wallowing in money while Sony & MS ape them.

    Great now there will be even less to play on the pos Wii.

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