Poor, poor Wii-owning Resident Evil fans. All you guys want (I think) is a properly numbered RE title on your little miraclebox, and Capcom keeps throwing you downgraded, light-gun scraps. Personally, I really like light-gun games, but I can see how that might eventually get a little old. Ironically, it was during a media preview for Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles (an on-rails light-gun game that covers the events of RE 2 and Code Veronica) that Wii owners got a sliver of hope for Resident Evil 5 Wii.
At the event, British gaming magazine gamesTM asked Darkside Chronicles producer Masachika Kawata whether or not Resident Evil 5 would ever come to the Wii. He seems to disagree with Takeuchi about the difficulty,replying:
Oh. Bummer. Here's the dramatic plot twist, though:
Cavia (Bullet Witch, Nier) is currently collaborating with Capcom on Darkside Chronicles, apparently handling the graphics. While Kawata is right -- Darkside Chronicles certainly looks very nice on the Wii -- I don't even see why it's an issue. If Resident Evil 5's gameplay can be replicated perfectly with the Resident Evil 4 engine, there's no reason not to port the game, even if it takes a hit in graphical quality. Since the Wii Edition of RE4 was the best selling version of the title, I'd bet my grandmother's glass eyes that Capcom would make a profit.
The lovable Jonathan Holmes certainly thinks that RE 5 could succeed on the Wii; do you?