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Capcom: "Disappointment" over Resident Evil Wii sales

Mature game players have "moved on" from Wii, says director

Sales of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles on Wii have been a "disappointment", the director general of Capcom France has revealed.

According to Antoine Seux, sales of other mature games, such as MadWorld and Dead Rising, on the platform have also suffered as core gamers have "obviously moved on".

Speaking in an interview with Gamekult, Seux said that Darkside Chronicles had sold a disappointing 16,000 units by December 23 - lower than hoped.

The sales, he continued, pointed to a very clear problem with core gamers moving on from the Wii and its audience becoming a much broader one.

Resident Evil 4 on Wii worked well, he added, selling over 140,000 units. But as it was released in June 2007 the market "had nothing to do".

The situation has since "radically changed" he notes, with an oversupply of games in 2009. Core games are selling less and less on the Nintendo console, he suggested, with sales of MadWorld, Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop and The House of the Dead: Overkill all failing to make significant impact.

In contrast, games such as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and New Super Mario Bros "work great", he added. But the Wii market is becoming complex.

Seux's comments echo those made earlier this week by SEGA studio director Constantine Hantzopoulos.

The poor performance of EA's Dead Space Extraction - a game with plenty of marketing muscle - "stunned" the company, said Hantzopoulos, who added that SEGA probably wouldn't release any more mature games onto the Wii.

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