Developers not developing as many Wii games

While this holiday season and past month saw a solid resurgence in high quality games landing on the Wii (with the likes of New Super Mario Bros. and No More Heroes 2 be released), it appears that developers are shying back away from the system. According to a recent survey conducted by Game Developer Research, the number of developers working on the Wii has gone down since last year.

With 41 percent of the respondents saying that they made games for consoles, only 30 percent of them said that they are working on the Wii. This is down from the 42 percent that said that they were developing for the system last year. Meanwhile, 69 percent of the console developers are making games for the Xbox 360, and 61 percent for the PlayStation 3. Those numbers are pretty much equal with last year’s.

This may sound like bad news for the Wii, but looking at the year’s upcoming line-up, it seems to me like we’re most likely just losing a whole bunch of the mini-game crap that has finally slowed down sales wise. If that 12 percent loss was 10 percent shovelware and 2 percent real games, I’m fine with that.

Wii development in decline – Survey [GameSpot]

Matthew Razak