Monday, November 15, 2010

Reggie puzzled by poor Metroid Other M sales

From NintendoEverything...

“We believe that it could be, should be a million unit title. We’re not going to get there, not through the holiday. And we are doing a lot of thinking as to why. Because it’s a great game. The consumer reaction because of the quality has been strong. We’re doing a lot of thinking about why we didn’t get there. I think the marketing was strong, advertising was very good, the social media we did was very positive. [Other M is] getting close to half a million.”

Following the comments above, Reggie also discussed the reaction to the portrayal of Samus…

“First off, [I have] nothing but the greatest respect for the development team. Mr. Sakamoto [co-creator of Metoid] did a wonderful job. His partnership with us in promoting the game was stellar. Team Ninja [is] absolutely fabulous. I’m not going to sit here and criticize a style of the game, but have I read the same feedback that said, broadly, that the portrayal of Samus felt different than how the player in the past had internalized the character? I’ve heard and read the same feedback. Do I think it’s warranted or not? I’m not quite sure yet… I don’t yet believe that that is the driving factor to the performance of the game.”

Lastly, Reggie was asked if Metroid has a future…

“I certainly hope so. I’m a passionate fan of Samus and the Metroid series.”

That sounds like a really hypocritical excuse for what people see as a better-than-average game. Did they not know what made Metroid Prime sell? I know they're all trying to go in a different direction, portray Samus as a more colorful character with emotions, etc., but in doing that they took away what made Metroid Metroid, in the fans' point of view. When fans are pissed, nothing saves a game from being damned. Even if they're being nitpicky/unreasonable/whiny, it's not good to displease the majority. Then there's the argument that game creators aren't bound to the whims and fancies of game fans, because simply, they don't owe them anything. Except maybe by wallet. Your thoughts?

Critics giving Other M bad reviews didn't exactly help the game sell either.

Me? I haven't had a chance to try the game yet, but hopefully I will soon. Very soon.
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