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Sega finished with mature Wii titles

Monday, 4th January 2010 11:37 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Sega’s revealed in the latest 4 Guys 1UP podcast that it is done with developing mature Wii titles.

Never saw that coming.

Constantine Hantzopoulos of Sega of America said that low sales of Madworld and The Conduit has made the company rethink about its strategy for the console.

“Are we going to do more mature titles for the Wii? Probably not,” said Hantzopoulos.

“I have to say that it was a space that was open and we took a gamble on it. It’s like, ‘Wow, there’s no mature games on the Wii. Is there an audience out there?’ We did some research, it said there was an audience out there.”

The Conduit moved around 150,000 units in its launch week , while Madworld only sold 66,000 units in March last year.

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  1. Blerk

    The audience obviously isn’t out there, then. At least not for this type of game on the Wii. I have access to a Wii, but I have to admit to not buying anything at all for myself.

    Edge’s headline for this story was “Sega to release less mature Wii games”. Which I read the ‘wrong’ way and was most amused. :-D

    /awaits Sega Fart Simulator

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Dannybuoy

    WOO! More mini games from Sega then

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    I’m amazed it’s taken this long. If GTA can’t crack Nintendo formats, nothing can.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Freek

    The thing is though, both Madworld and The Conduit weren’t exactly good games.
    We’ll never know, but perhaps if somebody made a more mature game for the Wii that was really high quality it might sell.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. evilashchris

    Madworld was excellent!

    They should have made more PC wallpapers with that girl with the stripy stockings on mind. Phwoar!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    Madworld was quite decent, its low sales cant be put down to a lack of quality. By the looks of it for a game to sell well on Wii it either needs a gimmick or needs to be atleast based off a franchise people recognise. Madworld didnt fit in either.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    I thought Madworld would have done decently.

    It is a fantastic game. I hope they will do a sequel somehow. Maybe not the Wii as such, maybe the PS3. Gem could be a factor.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. deftangel

    I did my bit and bought Madworld. Pretty decent game.

    I think the problem is expectations. The gamers who would want to play a game like Madworld on the Wii also have either a PC, Xbox 360 or PS3. These platforms are arguably better for ‘mature’ titles. Madworld’s control scheme was actually reasonably well thought out but did the Wii controls *add* anything? Probably not.

    The one I really thought would break out was Chinatown Wars, which is an excellent little game. It had little to no marketing though for some reason so it’s less easy to pin down whether it could have ever succeeded on the DS.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Bulk Slash

    House of the Dead Overkill was really good, it’s a shame we won’t be getting a sequel to that.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Retroid

    He also said that the games were on a slow burn (unlike most on PS3 & 360), that they were initially worried but they are still doing numbers on them and they will make their money back.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Hero of Canton

    It’d help if publishers didn’t just shunt these games out on Wii with absolutely no marketing when they’ll happily spend megadollars on PS3/360 titles.

    And MadWorld wouldn’t have sold on any console, but it was on a real hiding to nothing on Wii. Black-and-white, hyper-stylised, hugely Japanese in structure if not in content? It’s a niche title whichever way you spin it.

    Overkill didn’t do bad numbers, and it’d be disappointing if we didn’t see a sequel to that.

    As for the Edge headline, surely it should be FEWER Mature Wii games? It’s no surprise you read it the wrong way, Blerk. ‘Less mature’ does indeed suggest the games are going to be…well, less mature.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Quiiick

    Violence, blood & gore = mature.
    … NOPE!

    #12 5 years ago
  13. bxsentinel

    how about these companies stop making so many on rail shooters and actually give the wii a game with a little more substance instead. then maybe they might breath a little life into these terribel third party sales. i mean come on who would rather play dead on rails like the wii or have the ability to play it like the xbox and ps3 do. i know the system dosent have the process power that those systems do but they certainly can do better then what they have done!

    #13 5 years ago
  14. NiceFellow

    Worth nothing that Sega mature titles on HD consoles haven’t, so far as I know, sold that much better – i.e. the mature games they’ve put out haven’t sold bucketloads on any console.

    Clearly though the market for mature titles on Wii is smaller than PS3/360, just as the market (currently) for family fun titles is less on PS3/360 than Wii.

    I mean, this is all pretty obvious – Look at sales of CoD games on HD consoles vs Wii, then look at sales of Mario and Wii Sports titles vs Banjo or LBP. The demographic split couldn’t be more obvious.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Hunam

    No house of the dead overkill sequel then :(

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Mafro

    Hero hit the nail on the head.

    #16 5 years ago