Sega tried to go against the grain and tap the Mature-rated games market on Nintendo’s Wii, but “MadWorld” and “House of the Dead: Overkill” probably won’t see Wii-based sequels following unimpressive sales numbers from EA’s “Dead Space Extraction.”
“Look at ’Dead Space.’ We were stunned,” studio director Constantine Hantzopoulos told the 1UP podcast. “That was my litmus test. Basically, it’s like, okay, you got EA, who can put all the marketing muscle behind this, an established franchise that scored quite well on 360 and PS3. They should be able to actually hit this out of the park, right? We get numbers, real numbers aside from NPD, and I’m like, ’Woah’.”
Hantzopoulos spoke proudly of trying out M-rated games on the Wii, which he considered to be a risk. But that adventurous optimism has now past, as he responded to the question of whether or not more M titles would be forthcoming with “probably not.”
“I have to say that it was a space that was open and we took a gamble on it,” he said. “We did some research, it said there was an audience out there.”
Adult Wii owners may be collectively sighing not only at Sega’s diminished ambitions, but at the implications Hantzopoulos’ statements have for M-rated game on the Wii broadly. “MadWorld” was a bold stab at a new artistic vision for a Wii game, even if it was too bloody for younger audiences.
Would you like to see more M-rated titles on the Wii? Do you agree with Hantzopoulos’ perspective on the market? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.