Sega Giving Up On ‘Mature’ Wii Games

Tepid Sales of Mature Titles on the Wii Cause for Concern at Sega

January 4, 2010 – In an interview during the 4 Guys 1UP Podcast, Sega of America studio director Constantine Hantzopoulos suggested that Sega would no longer be trying to make mature titles for the Nintendo Wii. Saying, “That begets the question, you know, are we gonna do more mature titles for the Wii and it’s like…probably not.”

Sega put out numerous more mature game titles in 2009 for the Nintendo Wii in an attempt to placate the traditional gamer audience which had been calling for a focus on games to rival those on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Sega put out titles such as Madworld, The Conduit and House of the Dead: Overkill but saw limited success on the platform.

Thought it wasn’t a Sega title, Hantzopoulos referenced the poor sales performance of Dead Space: Extraction, which was one of the most critically lauded games of the year on the Wii and was a direct tie-in to the successful game from Visceral studios on the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game, featuring intense action sequences and stunning graphics on the Wii platform was a commercial dud. Hantzopoulos said that Dead Space: Extraction was a litmus test for the potential of mature titles on the platform, suggesting that there’s little to no gain for companies who invest in mature titles on the Wii.

House of the Dead: Overkill barely cracks the current top 75 titles on the Wii platform on and the only other ‘mature’ title in the top 75 is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex, which comes in at no. 42 despite carrying the Call of Duty name.

Source: 1UP via Joystiq

House of the Dead: Overkill and other 'mature' Sega titles faltered in 2009.