Capcom has expressed its disappointment with the Wii’s increasing inability to appeal to traditional gamers, blaming it for poor sales of some of its recent titles.
The admission comes by way of an interview with Capcom France’s director general Antoine Seux, who expresses his disappoint at the pathetic sales of the latest Resident Evil title, which sold only 16,000 copies in the territory.
You also released other strong franchises, like Monster Hunter and Resident Evil on the Wii, or Bionic Commando. How did they do?
With Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, all in all the numbers weren’t too bad, but we won’t lie, they were inferior to what we had hoped for.
After three weeks we have a total of 16,000 units sold. We feel like there is a clear problem with that game’s style on the Wii, where clearly gamers have moved on to something else.
Only two years ago, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles was a very big success on the Wii, but Wii customers have moved to games with a wider audience. It’s a disappointment.
We are far from the “classical” target of today’s Wii.
Two years ago, we still had gamers on the Wii, people loyal to Nintendo who – it seems – have deserted this console in favor of the new generation.
Capcom is said to be focusing its future efforts on the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms.
Nintendo itself has repeatedly acknowledged that its game line-up has fallen apart, and it is painfully obvious to most observers that “serious” games have been the most affected, with the bulk of the console’s dwindling top sellers coming from the “casual” camp.