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at 7:15PM PST on December 23, 2007.
RE: Wii analysis - Bonus Round
Also (as an add-on to my comment right before this one), I would like to point out that it is not the quantity of hardcore titles on the Wii, but rather the quality that third parties are putting out hardcore titles at and whether those hardcore gamers that want to own Wiis are able to get their hands on one. The past year of games for the Wii hardcore games that have been just subpar and sometimes atrocious (e.g. Far Cry, Red Steel, Medal of Honor: Vanguard, Call of Duty 3, Soul Calibur Legends, etc. - I included examples from numerous developers/publishers to show that its a problem with most of the third party on the Wii).
Next year will see the release of at least 25 hardcore titles that we know about as of now (so most of those are for the first half of 2008) and the question is not rather the Wii will be getting hardcore titles, it will be rather the hardcore titles the Wii will be getting are of good and great quality. This past year has seen more subpar quality hardcore games than good or great quality hardcore games (and this fact applies mostly to those titles coming from third parties). Another problem for hardcore games on the Wii applies to both all game developers/publishers: publishers and/or developers of hardcore games are not promoting those hardcore games as much as they promote other titles including titles for other systems. Nintendo was called out for not promoting Metroid and has been called out for only advertising to casual gamers. I cannot really remember much promotion for any third party hardcore game on the Wii in the past year at all.
The problem for hardcore gamers are not that there are not hardcore games on the Wii (though the number is obviously still trying to gain some speed), but rather (at least) the following list: quality of hardcore games, originality of hardcore games (Ubisoft was really guilty at launch with their port heaven), and promotion of hardcore games by their publishers/developers.
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