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Capcom – RE: Darkside Chronicles sales are a “disappointment”

Tuesday, 5th January 2010 21:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

RE Darkside Chronicles

Capcom France’s Antoine Seux has told Gamekult (thanks, Nintendo Everything) that it was very disappointed with Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles sales.

Seux said he feels Wii users have “moved on” from hardcore games, causing a lack of publisher support in 2010.

“As for Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, absolute figures are not too bad, but we’re not going to lie, they are below what we hoped,” he told the site back on December 23. “After three weeks we are a total of 16,000 units sold.

“One feels that there is a problem very clear on this style of game on the Wii, where gamers are obviously moved on. Here we can see, the customer of this console has turned to something of a much broader audience.

“It is a disappointment.”

Difficult core sales on Wii have dogged not only Capcom, but, as has been well documented, Sega, EA and Rockstar have all fallen foul of the logic trap that there’s a large hardcore gamer audience on Nintendo platforms.

Sega admitted this week it was to pull back from core Wii development, saying it would “probably not” produce any more “mature titles” for the system.

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11 Comments

  1. bxsentinel

    well gee how about you take the game off of rails and make a traditional resident evil. maybe they just might have better results in game sales. I think people have had enough of all these rail shooters…

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    That’s what was going through my mind as well. Rails is so 1976. :-D

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    Blame the genre if you want, cant say any other non-Mario/Zelda related core games on Wii have done decently either though.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. bxsentinel

    @ gekidami

    very true but i cant even really think of any other games that even stand out. which to degree means that these developers are taking shortcuts. put it this way the wii is no less powerful a system than say the ps2 gamecube or the first xbox and yet all those systems have some great games, so the developers can certainly do alot better. but they would rather take the easier route with on rail games and piss poor ports which is really to bad…

    #4 5 years ago
  5. nadc

    Onrails shooter or not a big company like capcom selling 16000 units in total just shows how the nintendo gamer has now changed.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Anders

    Adding to that, a lot of the non-Mario/Zelda stand-out titles are ports of older games. Okami and Resident Evil 4, for instance.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Perhaps the Wii gimmicky point and shoot wiggle/waggle is just wearing off.

    To me, that’s an arcade experience that should cost no more than $30 tops and fits the downloadable gaming category imo.

    I’d only “settle” on a game like this if there were no other true RE titles available on the system.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. ruckus

    Wii gamers – Capcom games are a “disappointment”

    Wii gamers have told VG247 that they are very disappointed with Capcom games.

    A Wii gamer said she feels third party publishers should “move on” from core titles on the Wii, if all they are going to produce are unimaginative, inadequately developed games which lack proper funding and publisher support.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Hunam

    I agree with Capcom. I barely touch the Wii these days and have not bought games I’d have snapped up in a second if they were on 360/PC. The Wii is for Nintendo games and the occasional sonic game.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. McLovin85

    I’m thinking that the Wii has finally ‘done its job’. By that, i mean it has encouraged the tradional ‘non-gamer’ to buy the console to see what gaming is all about (and what it’s quirky gimmick is all about). They liked what they were playing but felt they now wanted more so they end up buying a PS3/360 and then don’t look back.

    Of course Wii sales are still good, but they are starting to drop off (sort of) and with Natal and PS3 Wand coming out this year, it’s going to be a real test for Wii. They will need to really impress this year at E3 and bring out some stellar games (that will most likely all come from Nintendo).

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Blerk

    I don’t really agree that most Wii owners move on to other machines. I think what this indicates is that traditional Nintendo-agnostic gamers have quickly gotten bored of it and moved on, not the majority of the audience which appears to be entirely happy with either Nintendo’s own output or the plethora of ‘non-traditional’ software.

    All that said, the figures for DC are pretty surprising – the original did pretty well, didn’t it? Either ‘gamers’ have moved on en-masse over the last year or there’s a general lightgun-fatigue setting in. I have to admit, I don’t find lightgun games appealing in the slightest.

    #11 5 years ago

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