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    Should There Be A Wii Seal Of Quality?

    They are the professional analysts whose job it is to research, keep track of, advise their clients, and opine to the media about the gaming business. Analyze This cuts right to the chase.

    Rather than reporting on a subject, and throwing in quotes by analysts to support or refute a point, Gamasutra offers up a timely question pertaining to the business side of the video game industry and simply lets the analysts offer their thoughts directly to you.

    Each person's opinion is his own and will (probably) not necessarily agree with their fellow colleagues'.

    Even over a year after its release, the Nintendo Wii is still in huge demand -- and difficult to find on store shelves. But some commentators are now vociferously claiming that the selection of Wii game titles contains a large number of underwhelming, if not downright lackluster titles, especially those from third-party publishers.

    This change is allegedly tied to Nintendo being more permissive about the publishers and titles it concept and manufacturing approves, especially compared to rivals Microsoft and Sony. In fact, some third-party titles that look to have been rejected by SCEA for American PlayStation 2 release are now turning up on the Wii.

    We asked Jesse Divnich of The simExchange, Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan Securities and Ed Barton of Screen Digest:

    Are you concerned about the long-term prospects of the Wii, if Nintendo manages to meet consumer demand for it this year?

    Should Nintendo bring back the "Nintendo Seal of Quality" (or an alternative game approval method) to enforce more stringent standards for third-party Wii games?

    Are there any upcoming Wii titles for this year that you believe will help the system -- besides the Nintendo franchise titles (e.g. Super Smash Bros. Brawl)?


    The third-party publishers have failed capitalize on the gap between the large demand for quality Wii games and the supply of them.

    2007 was a good example of this gap, as we had millions of Wii consumers screaming for more quality titles, but had third-party publishers porting over games like Need for Speed, NBA Live and Manhunt 2 -- all with lackluster quality and sales performance.

    Lately, industry professionals and the general gaming community have suggested that Nintendo bring back its "Nintendo Seal of Quality."

    People have forgotten why Nintendo introduced the seal in the first place: to stop piracy and to inform consumers of any extremely low-quality titles. Once piracy wasn't an issue and game quality began to evolve, more and more titles were receiving the seal, diluting its significance.

    Believe it or not, back in the 80's, a lot of gamers made purchasing decisions based solely on the box art and the description on the back.

    Fortunately, technology has evolved and we now have numerous media outlets (magazines, gaming community web sites) that have taken the place of needing a "Seal of Quality." It is unlikely any poorly developed title will fool consumers -- shame on Manhunt 2 for thinking otherwise!

    I believe we won't see a huge influx of quality third-party published Wii titles until 4th quarter 2008. Until then, a few third-party titles can occupy our time: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Rygar, No More Heroes and Sega Superstars Tennis.
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    what does it mean by bring back the nintendo seal of quality. it never left. i think that they have to raise their standards, but i dont think they need a name change. but if they did reject crappy game they wouldnt earn enough money. there will always be crappy games that help nintendo earn enough money to make the good games that people actually buy.

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    i buy generic often if it is matches the product. i do the math and bargain hunt... I bought my wireless sensorbar for $6 AFTER shipping... why pay $20 for Nyko? my sensor bar has 6 bulbs... nyko has 4... if the generic isn't justified then i buy the known name.

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    brings tears to my eyes when remembering teh seal on nes games. htey should bring it back and show theird parties thtat we care.




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    Quote Originally Posted by vashivihan
    brings tears to my eyes when remembering teh seal on nes games. htey should bring it back and show theird parties thtat we care.

    is the the official nintendo seal the same as that?

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    yeah its the original



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    Quote Originally Posted by thas
    is the the official nintendo seal the same as that?

    they removed the part about "quality" in 2003. now it's just the "official nintendo seal" which basically just means that the game is a legally licensed game, it doesn't mean that it was well made to any standards anymore.


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    Quote Originally Posted by smyth
    they removed the part about "quality" in 2003. now it's just the "official nintendo seal" which basically just means that the game is a legally licensed game, it doesn't mean that it was well made to any standards anymore.
    yeah that was the worst that could happen. nintendo basically said that it doesnt care about nintendo players playing third party crap on systems. i would rather play nes than licensed ******* crap



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    hmm in france there still is an original nintendo seal of quality on every wii game and even the wii box maybe its different in the US!!

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    They should atually start bringing back requirements for games to be made by 3rd partys. Some of the games are more the less worth 5$ and are total rubbish.
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