Zack and Wiki is a new game being developed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii by Capcom and set to launch in Europe on January 18th 2008. Despite the high praise Zack and Wiki has recieved from leading reviews such as IGN (9/10), Gamespot (8.5/10), 1UP (9/10), Official Nintendo Magaine (9.4/10) and Nintendo Power (9/10), it has failed to sell as well as low mediocre movie titles such as Transformers. To date Zack and Wiki has sold 35,000 copies in America and Japan, which as you are all aware is a very low figure. Why isn't this game selling? The Wii is calling out for new IP's and now we've got one, why is no-one buying it? Anyone care to shed some light on the matter?
Well, it seems to be selling OK. It's in the Top Ten already. You're right though, the future of the Wii and third-party development depends on its success. Trouble is, the majority of people who buy the Wii are only interested in the more obvious Touch Generation games...
Surely the reason it's failing to sell is far simpler - after being starved of any decent titles since launch, suddenly in the run up to Christmas we've had several "must have" titles like; Super Mario Galaxy, Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles, Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, Mario Party 8, Metroid Prime 3, etc etc. Isn't it just a question that everyone is either skint or simply can't justify buying any more whilst they're still playing their new ones they got for Christmas?
If that was the case, it would still be at the top of the sales charts, but is still being outsold by far less worthy titles. I think Nintendo need to do more to support third party content for the Wii, not just their own, and educate casual gamers on what else there is beyong the likes of Wii Sports.
I haven't got this game yet but will be getting it as soon as I can due to the great reviews. In response to this question about sales, I first heard about this from my 6 year old daughter who sees it advertised every Saturday morning around 9.00 on ITV. I didn't know what it was at first as she was the only person who saw the ad and it didn't help that she was calling it "Farmer Ogees Treasure"! She hadn't heard the Zack and Wiki bit and was mis-hearing the Barbaros' Treasure bit! Anyway, my main point is just to say that if they are advertising at this time then they must be targeting kids. Most of the reviews say that it seems to be quite challenging so does anyone here think it's a kids game or adult?