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Nintendo's core userbase for Wii is still really small, says Wada


Marvelous Entertainment's Yasuhiro Wada has weighed in on Nintendo's core user to casual user ratio, and says that the company needs to focus on its small core userbase to help the games market grow.

"The Nintendo market is pretty humongous right now but I think that's primarily because of all the light users, the casual users," he told Gamasutra. "The core userbase for the Wii is really still small. One of the things that Nintendo is trying to do, like with the Motion Plus, is try to make it more advanced and more friendly to the gamer-gamer.

"But it's still not enough because Sony and Microsoft are starting to do the same sorts of technology. In those cases they are still weak, but I think it's really important to have more core titles such as Zelda and other titles from Nintendo to grow that core market area, so the whole market can grow as well."

Wada goes on to state that while Marvelous creates plenty of games for Nintendo consoles, it is only bound to those platforms due to not using HD during the development process.

"It’s not like we really are in love with Nintendo, we’re in love with making good games. Some of those just happened to appear on all those Nintendo platforms. We're in love with all the other platforms as well, so we orient any game to whichever platform.

"A lot of different companies are going to HD-heavy platforms, meaning their technology isn't really so advanced that they can really utilize it. And because of that the idea part doesn't have to be that solid but the technology is enough for people to play. I don't think that Marvelous is at that level of technology yet, so that's why we have to really fight with our ideas game planning and game design.

"At a certain point we will reach that place and we can advance to multiple platforms and different other venues."

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