Mature games on the Wii need not stay underrated; they just need the right X-factor in order to sell. This is how Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles producer sees the situation.
Masachika Kawata spoke up on the current trend of mature-themed games on the Wii largely being left ignored by the fanbase, with high-profile titles like The House of the Dead: Overkill, MadWorld and No More Heroes settling for low chart positions.
"There are good games that didn't sell obviously," he keenly observed. "You need an X-Factor. However, vice versa people won't buy it if it's not a good game."
First of all I don't think that Resident Evil was the only exception selling on Wii. There are other hardcore titles, such as Call of Duty, which were quite successful on Wii as well. People get this perception that on Nintendo Wii all there is are cutesy games. However, when you actually tr to develop a game on Wii it costs you money, it's time consuming and it's not the easiest console to deal with.
We were serious about creating and developing this particular game, and therefore the fan will accept and recognize our effort. I'm considering it a reward for our effort if you like. And also, we were lucky that we've got the Resident Evil brand, which is well-known around the world.