Damn it! So much info I can't keep up
Guess it beats the contradictory side of the Gamecube though
February 2, 2007 - In a quarterly earnings conference call held Friday, THQ confirmed that it has a new WWE game in development for Nintendo's Wii console. The company also said it was very bullish on Wii as a whole, indicating that it believes the system is expanding the videogame demographic. Unfortunately, the publisher did not offer specifics on its wrestling title for Wii, but it did note that it has a large amount of games underway for the console. We've got specifics below.
THQ president Brian Farrell had this to say on the subject:
"In addition to our lineup of owned intellectual properties, we also intend to build on our licensed franchises next year. We plan to once again deliver a great lineup of WWE, Pixar, and Nickelodeon titles. For WWE, we plan to add a PS3, Wii, and DS SKU to the Xbox 360, PS2, and PSP platforms. For Pixar, we plan to publish games based on the highly anticipated film, Ratatouille across all platforms, including wireless. Like Cars, the film is scheduled to launch in North America in June followed by a rolling launch throughout the fall in Europe and Asia Pacific. Pixar Films set the standard for great animation and story-telling. Congratulations to our friends at Pixar and Disney for Cars numerous awards, including the recent Golden Globe Best Animated Picture award.
"In addition to Ratatouille, we plan to launch a sequel to Cars at holiday. Our partners at Disney and Pixar believe that Cars has the potential to be a long-term franchise and we are working closely with them on building this brand. We believe that Ratatouille, Cars II, and a growing Pixar catalog will show a strong year-over-year comparison for the Pixar franchise as a whole. We also expect strong sales from our Nickelodeon lineup led by Avatar and NickTunes. And we plan to continue to release games based on our Bratz license which has shipped more than 3 million units to date."
THQ has a whopping 11 Wii titles planned for Nintendo's system through fiscal 2008, it revealed. Said Farrell:
"Our product portfolio has always aligned well with Nintendo's platforms. Similar to our successful migration of GBA sales to the DS platform, we expect to grow our share on the Wii as we migrate our number one Game Cube independent market share to that platform. We currently have 11 Wii titles scheduled for release in fiscal 2008."
Farrell also noted that THQ is at the moment favoring Wii to PS3. "Nintendo has always been a very, very strong platform for us. I think you should be thinking about Wii as incrementally more positive for us than PS3," he said.
Meanwhile, THQ CFO Ed Zimmer offered a rundown of how well the company believes the consoles will sell in fiscal 2008, which we've included.
"Our unit hardware forecasts in North America for each platform are as follows," Zimmer said. "Xbox 360, 5 to 5.5 million units; Nintendo Wii, 5 to 5.5 million; PS3, 3.5 to 4 million; PlayStation 2, 3.5 to 4 million; DS, 7 to 7.5 million, and PSP 3 to 3.5 million. In Europe and the other PAL territories our forecast for each platform are as follows. Xbox 360, 2.5 to 3 million; Nintendo Wii, 3.5 to 4 million; PS3, 3.5 to 4 million; PlayStation 2, 2.5 to 3 million; DS, 5.5 to 6 million; and PSP, 2.5 to 3 million. On a worldwide basis we expect minimal shipments of Xbox, GameCube, and GBA."