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Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure screenshot
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure screenshot

US lifetime to date sales of four Capcom Wii titles have been revealed, including Resident Evil 4, Umbrella Chronicles, Zack & Wiki and Okami.

As reported by IGN, NPD data shows that brilliant point and waggle puzzler Zack & Wiki has sold a paltry 116,600 in the US and wonderful Zelda-like adventure game Okami has struggled to a disappointing 165,900.

Conversely, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles has sold an OK 398,800, and Resident Evil 4, the Wii port of the GameCube original, has sold an impressive 759,000.

The sales figures are particularly depressing when you consider just how great both Zack & Wiki and Okami are. The figures also go some way to explaining why a sequel to either title is unlikely.

The case of Okami and Zack & Wiki reinforce the widely held belief that third-party Wii games struggle to sell on Nintendo's motion-sensing console.

Capcom will hope its upcoming Wii exclusive Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, due out on February 27, bucks the trend.

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CheekyLee

Forgetting of course that Okami was released on the PS2 two years before the Wii version, and that it sold even LESS on PS2.

Here's an idea ; Try advertising your games if you want people to buy them. At the time Zack & Wiki was released I was a student on a Computer Games Production course. There were other people on the course, some of them huge Nintendo freaks, who had no idea what the game was.
Posted 12:48 on 11 February 2009
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pblive

It's advertising and brand awareness. Zack & Wiki is great, but only a small percentage of Wii owners will know this or want to take a risk on a game like this, that doesn't describe what it is in the title.

Compare that to Resident Evil, which is more widely known, and you're bound to see a difference.

Capcom should have advertised Zack & Wiki better, that's all.
Posted 12:45 on 11 February 2009
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CrustyJockStrap

real shame for Zack & Wiki and Okami, some people don't know good games if they hit them in their face.
Posted 12:44 on 11 February 2009
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Torgen

The case of RE4 and REUC undermine the widely held belief that third-party Wii games struggle to sell on Nintendo's motion-sensing console.
Posted 12:39 on 11 February 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 30/11/2007
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Survival Horror
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: BBFC 15
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