Pachter: There’s loads of “shovelware” and “crap” out there for Wii

Friday, 8th January 2010 21:40 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Michael Pachter has told Gamasutra that with Wii’s “cheap and novel” gameplay, it was no wonder the console was such a big hit in ’07 and ’08.

However, high sales of the system also produced unwarranted expectations from Nintendo and publishers alike, creating a market overwrought with “a lot of crap” and “shovelware”.

“The housewives who thought Wii Fit looked like fun, the grandmas who thought that Wii Sports would be a fun thing to play with their grandkids, and the 20-somethings who only wanted to play Guitar Hero or Rock Band… none of them people who you’d call ‘gamers’,” he said.

“They are not buying much more software. They bought what they wanted and don’t feel the need to buy more – nor are they aware of what other Wii games are out there. They’re oblivious.

“Wii publishers need to concentrate on fewer games but games of higher quality. There is just too much shovelware around — like the $15 games in the end-cap bargain bins at Target. Companies like Majesco just spin them out non-stop and there are tons of them.

“They aren’t helping anybody keep their lights on.”

A recent GameFly “new release” listing has Nintendo at 145 titles for Wii, compared to 62 new titles for PS3, and 72 for Xbox 360. Comparatively, current ESRB ratings show 1,415 titles for Wii, 957 for 360, and 696 for PS3, in total.

“How many of those [Wii games] do you think cost more than $5 million to develop? Probably five,” stated Pachter. “And how many cost over $3 million? Probably 100. The problem is that they’re so easy to make. I think there are three Wii cheerleader games on the market. There’s a lot of that crap around.”

Even if a Wii game becomes a bestseller, says Pachter, it is unlikely to create the sort of franchises that make PS3 and Xbox 360 games profitable. Instead, he suggests that third-party publishers either spend less money on Wii games and have lowered expectations or spend enough funds to make a quality experience for everybody.

“The real question is what is Nintendo going to do about the fact that their third-party software isn’t moving since theirs is a royalty model and less content isn’t good for them,” he concluded. “They need to do something to encourage the third parties to create more, not less, content.

“Otherwise, Nintendo is going to lose all its third-party royalties and, well, they can’t afford that.”



  1. Dannybuoy

    For once I agree with the guy

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Dannybuoy

    For once I agree with the guy. Edit: double post WTF. Dam iPhone

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Wakkum

    There’s loads of “shovelware” and “crap” out there for Wii, news at eleven.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Redh3lix

    Does this make news? I’m sure 90% of Wii owners know this by now.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Anders

    I enjoyed that he pointed the finger at Majesco while speaking of shovelware. Totally true, of course, with few exceptions. But still.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    Without wanting to accidentally defend the Wii… there’s loads of shovelware and crap out there for every platform. The Wii just has more because like the PS2, it’s the king of the swingers with Joe Average.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. The_Deleted

    This man is so on the pulse he blows my mind. Next he’ll be telling us the 360 had issues.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Neolucifer

    People are quick to accuse 3rd party devs of pushing shovelware , but unlike in the past , nintendo itself set a trend already .

    Wii fit hardly qualifies as a game and quality product , nor does Wii Music … wii sport is a game but of dubious overall quality of production .

    Nintendo does produce AAA titles , but only sequels and traditional games . Many of wich barely need the wiimote and use it as a gimmick .

    Before some get offensive , let’s take an honest look here … smash brawl , zelda , mario kart and a few others , hardly need and benefits from the wiimote .
    Out of their first party line up , besides the sports series , i can mostly think of metroid really needing and using it to its advantages .

    #8 5 years ago
  9. fearmonkey

    I remember when Mark Rein came out and said the same thing, before the Wii was released. Everyone jumped all over him, and he was right!

    #9 5 years ago
  10. frostquake

    HAPPY NEW YEAR..2012..YEAH WE ALL GONNA DIE!!! But the Wii will survive, like the little cocker-roachey it is!!
    Being desperate..GASP!! for a good Wii title I have bought some of this Crap-ola…and boy did I regret it.
    I have NEVER broken a gaming disc out of anger or called a company to threaten and sue them for a non-playable game..TILL NOW!!! Damn the Wii… Yes there is CRAP CRAP CRAP on all consoles..but HOLY FREAKING JUNE BUGS…it is really bad on the Wii.
    I bought Saint by UFO for the Wii at Target for $14.99. OMG it is horrible. Returned it 3 times before getting the disc to work, then half way through the game..Blue Screen of Death..Wait I thought that was only for PC’s..Nope now you get the thrill of I’m Blue on your Wii!!
    Called the Company…Was told Yeah they know it is a broken crappy game…but they were rushed to put it out. They told me they didn’t expect an Adult to actually play it, but that a Grandma would buy for a kid, who just wouldn’t complain. Of course I whipped out my Staff of Doom and Arcane and put a level 900 Hex of Earthly Damage on them…and told them I would never remove it until they stopped putting POISON on the market…They just laughed and said if you Think Saint is bad wait to you see the other 15 games were going to launch in 2010… DOUBLE SIGH!!

    #10 5 years ago

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