That's right. Global Star's, "Carnival Games" has sold over 1 million copies world wide according to VG Charts' estimates. This makes it Wii's 18th best selling game.
Described by IGN as, "Midway between mediocrity and misery", and Gamespot as "...overpriced... half baked minigames", it really is sad that 1 million gamers have paid $US40 for this game.
It has constantly been repeated on these forums that when people buy these games they are giving the developers the wrong message, the message that Wii gamers want to play badly implemented minigames. But maybe this isn't the wrong message. When quality games are struggling to sell a couple of hundred thousand and break even, games like Carnival Games are becoming gold mines for its makers.
We, as gamers, have been saying for over a year that casual gamers should stop buying these sorts of games and start buying what more knowledgeable gamers classify as "quality" games. But these gamers who research every purchase for hours and anticipate games for months before release are no longer the majority. If gamers who actually go to games forums, or game sites, never buy a Carnival Games-esque title again in their lives, it is not going to affect the developers. They will continue to pump out their cheap money printing games.
It really does seem to me that Wii Games sales are based on their box-arts more than their content. There are many mini-game collections that are better than Carnival Games but it is the only one (except Mario Party 8), to sell One million copies. Look at its box art. It is colourful. It is bright. It is quite attractive. And it sells 1 million copies. Sad.
As much as I have been worried about the future of gaming, I always know there will be more companies making games for the more traditional gamer base. Companies like Nintendo. I know we have already got games like Metroid and Super Mario Galaxy but what more have we got to look forward to in the year. Super Smash Bros Brawl and Mario Kart. That's it. They are the only AAA+++ high quality titles that we can "trust", that we can be assured of their quality.
You might say that there are always the other consoles, with their more traditional gamer base, but you can't blame Microsoft and Sony for making their next consoles more suitable for these Carnival Gamers. They are a huge market.
Yes, this was a rant, it initially wasn't supposed to be, so I hope it all makes sense.