Core games can succeed on Wii

Any game can sell well on Wii, as long as it’s supported well by publishers, Nintendo has told MCV.

The statement comes as games firms prepare to launch a core-focused Wii title every week in the run-up to Christmas.

The console has struggled to shed the stigma of being a casual-focused machine, but a resurgence kicked off last week with the critically acclaimed GoldenEye 007.

The line-up continued last week with Call of Duty: Black Ops, while this Friday (November 19th) sees the release of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit – followed a week later by Epic Mickey.

Nintendo caps this off on December 3rd with Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Many argue the Wii represents an inhospitable market for third-party publishers but Nintendo denies this is the case.

The sales of GoldenEye show that these titles can and do perform well on Wii,” said Nintendo’s UK head of comms Rob Saunders.

The idea that Wii owners are only after smaller mini-game compilations or first-party titles isn’t true.

A good quality title, supported well by both publisher and retail, has just as much chance of performing well as any Nintendo title.”

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