Poor sales of MadWorld and House of the Dead: Overkill shook Sega's resolve over mature titles for the Nintendo Wii, but it took an EA title to finally break the publisher's enthusiasm for releasing adult Wii titles.
In late June of last year, Sega was fully prepared to continue gambling on mature Wii titles. In an August interview, comments from Sega West boss Mike Hayes suggested a wavering resolve, indicating that while "hardcore" titles were still a possibility, they wouldn't necessarily be M for mature games. In the most recent edition of the 1UP podcast, Sega studio director Constantine Hantzopoulos says the publisher will "probably not" release further mature games for Nintendo's platform, thanks to EA's Dead Space Extraction.
"Look at Dead Space. We were stunned. That was my litmus test. Basically, it's like, okay, you got EA, who can put all the marketing muscle behind this, an established franchise that scored quite well on 360 and PS3. They should be able to actually hit this out of the park, right? We get numbers, real numbers aside from NPD, and I'm like, 'Woah'."
And that pretty much puts the final nail in the coffin for mature Wii games. With Dead Space Extraction selling only 9000 copies in the first month of release, it seems the message is clear - the market just isn't there.