David Cage, creator of Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy/Farenheit (Depending on your region), has stated that the American marketing teams are not interested in anything that lacks guns and guts.
Cage, in a recent interview, said that as his games are not what the percieved target market likes. Heavy Rain, much like all of Cage’s games, was rather cerebral, and is more about analysing a story, and choosing the right path. Explaining his theory, he said the following:
“The games I make don’t include a gun. Very often, American marketing departments have a problem with this. They have this image of their market being gun-loving rednecks. It’s completely wrong.”
This does follow the trend, as Cage’s first two games were renamed for the US market, and it is easier to make an appealing advert for a game with lots of explosions and guns rather than an atmospheric, story-telling game. Is Cage right, or just making excuses?
(Source: Develop )
For anyone European who wants to play Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s latest acid trip: Child of Eden but also doesn’t want to pay £50 for it, this news may be of interest to you. First of all, the PS3 version now has a release date. The game will be out in the United States on September 20th and in Europe on September 23rd. What is more likely to be of interest to some people is that while the American version will be $49.99 (The same as the US version), the UK version will retail £19.99, half the price of the UK Xbox 360 edition. What’s even better is that if you get the game through Amazon UK or Play, The games comes with an extra discount at £14.99 (And you get a free T-Shirt if you pre order from Play). Either way, if you can’t wait till late September then the Xbox version is still avaliable from any major gaming retailer. Whether the games works better with the Move or Kinect is unknown although speculation probably points to the former (whether it’s worth the price difference is another story).
In a message on Nintendo’s European website, they confirmed that the recently announced Mario Kart Wii pack and Nintendo Select line would be arriving in Europe on May 20th. As far as the bundle packs go, the Mario Kart bundle pack will contain; A white Wii console, A Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuck, Wii Wheel and a copy of Mario Kart Wii. As an additional item of interest, Nintendo also confirmed that the price of their Wii Sports Resort bundle featuring a black Wii console instead of a white version and a Wii Sports/Wii Sports Resort double pack instead of Mario Kart Wii will be recieving a price drop (The price drop remains unknown at this point in time). So far five games have been confirmed for the Wii Select line; Wii Sports, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Mario Strikers Charged Football and Animal Crossing: Let’s go to the City! No dates have been confirmed for the US release yet however considering Nintendo’s current release strategy, more news should come out soon regarding the US release.
The NPD Group has released their lists of the best selling new Wii and DS games for 2010, and they show strong performances of third party titles across both systems. The list only includes titles that launched last year.
Most of the games on this list are indeed third party games, although Super Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and all three DS Pokémon games released this year in North America (HeartGold, SoulSilver, and Ranger 3) all made the list as well.
You can check out the top 10 best sellers for both the Wii and the DS after the jump.
In their first two days of being on sale, DS games Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver have sold nearly 1.5 million copies. In many locations in Japan, the games are sold out.
Hopefully by this weekend I’ll receive my copy of Soul Silver so I can give you guys an unboxing and some impressions.