Have you played Zack and Wiki on the Wii? If the sales numbers are a hint, the chances are you haven't. This is too bad, since not playing this game is going to wind up hurting the Wii library. In an industry as fast paced as video games, a title has approximately two weeks to prove itself. If the sales aren't up to par, the space is quickly replaced with a game that will keep the retailer profitable. Already, Zack and Wiki has been removed from many retailer shelves.
This is also a shame, since the game is a solid, challenging, and overall enjoyable video game. The downside to not owning Zack and Wiki is more than just missing out on a great game, it might just hurt the Wii's future library. Developers and Publishers are keeping a watchful eye on the success of Zack's first venture. If the game sells well, more companies can take faith in the idea that Wii customers include people who will enjoy a full length game. If sales don't pick up enough steam to be considered a successful entry into the game market, developers around the world will know to stick to their current formula; The Mini Game Madness Collection.
Capcom claims that Zack's first adventure, The Quest for Barbaros' Treasure, boasts over 30 hours of gameplay as well as over 30 bosses and enemies. Don't let the cell shading or the 'E for Everybody' rating fool you, this game is not for the young ones. Zack and Wiki is a puzzle solving game with stages so difficult it will have your local Mensa member going back to their house in fear of your new style, waggle controlled console. Humorously animated death scenes, numerous interactive functions for the Wii Remote, and a hot, sexy, banging, female nemesis that is destined to swipe, steal, or strip Zack of all treasure he finds. She does this by blowing up his airship, capturing his partner, or by interfering with planned treasure hunts. Someone should let her know that the most successful way to get a manís treasure is by dating him.
The point is this. Third parties are going to stop creating full fledged adventures if we don't go out and buy them. Capcom are more than deserving of our money with Zack and Wiki. A common complaint of any Nintendo console library since the N64 has been the lack of third party support. With such an onslaught of crappy, shoddily put together video games, customers searching for a Wii title are forced to dig through the selections presented to them and hopefully find a title that provides 50 dollars worth of joy. Capcom takes the time to develop a game that's a solid platform puzzler, infuse it with a cell shaded look, throw in some humor and challenges, and it goes ignored by customers. My New Yearís resolution is to buy more full length third party games, and support the industry I have grown to love. Vote with your money, and let the industry know you are interested in new, original games... and pick up Zack and Wiki: Quest for BarBaros' Treasure.