Nintendo’s losing Japan, tables prepare to turn
Oh yes, here it comes, here it cooomes!
The japanese seem to be turning the other buttcheek to Wii, at long last. It’s the beginning of the end , i can smell it.
A Japanese report has revealed that, while Nintendo’s Wii may be dominating sales charts around the world, almost three quarters of the install base hasn’t picked up a Remote in a long time.
Hamamura also said that Wii hasn’t seen a second big hit at the level of Wii Sports, and cited figures that suggest 67 percent of Wii owners haven’t used the system of late
Well it’s sad, truly is. But the great thing about it, and why i’m borderline rejoicing, is cause this is the wake up call Nintendo has been in need of ever since they’ve turned their sales around. A better metaphor might be ‘the pin to their head balloon’. Dudes are arrogantly complacent, aint no doubt about that.
Wait, there’s some more, and this part’s much more telling.
You heard from the gaming public above, now let’s see what the other end of the game exchange (the developers) thinks. In big-deal Jap paper the Nikkei’s piece titled ‘Software Houses Miscalculate Audience, Demand For Wii’, Tomoyuki Kawai channels the extremely valid concerns of the japanese industry’s pros.
Firstly, Nintendo’s getting all the business. What is this, 2002 (2001? 2000?1999? 1998? 1997? 1996?)? Nintendo’s been the best poised to gauge the demand from early on and give the “core” what they want (Prime, Galaxy, etc). So even though Nintendo’s been driving up sales industry-wide, they’re the only ones benefitting from it, not their ‘very important to us’ 3rd parties. Does that sound like an industry saved or an industry tyrannized?
Must be the reason why only big names like EA and Ubi have been able to commit to the Wii platform. Too many other 3rd parties have had flop titles (good and mediocore in quality) in the wake of Nintendo’s 1st party stuff, and have experienced no increased sales in comparison to last year, thusly having a bad Wii taste in their mouths and a reluctance to develop anything else for the white rhombus.
Moreover, the author seems to believe that Japanese sales of Wii have peaked, and like the poll in the first part of this post implies, gamers are not using their Wiis all that often nowadays. One president of a development studio is quoted in the article as saying:
“People bought it out of curiosity, and it’s likely a lot of them haven’t used it.”
That’s a guesstimate, sure, but it’s not hard to see why he’d go there. For the past 2 months, Wii sales in Japan have been plummeting. Maybe there’s something to that poll, after all.
Somebody put Jack on suicide watch.