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Dec 16

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The Nintendo DS is dominating sales charts. For months it has been at the top of consoles sales world-wide, far ahead of any console of the new generation. Nintendo announced last October that it sold 50 million copies of the two-screen wonder. With a huge install-base and low development cost, it’s a great platform for publishers to focus on.

But they don’t. Publishers outside of Japan don’t seem to care whatsoever about the number 1 console on sales today. According to Game Rankings, there isn’t a single game in the top 20 best reviewed DS games that was released by a non-Japanese publisher. In fact Nintendo has published 16 out of the top 20 titles. There isn’t a single non-Japanese title that breaks the 85% average score.

Why is this? I can’t understand it. A great DS game with good production value and good marketing could be a huge hit — just look at the success of Phantom Hourglass. But North American publishers keep on making mediocre licensed games built with the lowest budget possible. A typical DS game has a budget around 1 million dollars, while the next-gen Spiderman 3 game cost more than 35 million to make. You could make a dozen AAA DS games (with a 3 million dollar budget) for the price of one multi-platform console title — and the DS has sold more than the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii combined.

This seems like an obvious missed opportunity. What am I missing here? Why aren’t North American publishers caring about the number 1 console on the market?

Dec 16

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Between traveling to Tokyo, starting a new project at work, attending the Montreal International Games Summit and preparing a presentation for an internal conference at work, I didn’t find the time or energy to update this blog in a long long while. Hopefully things will be a bit less hectic now so I’ll be able to write here a bit more.

What’s worse, there was a problem with my Wordpress installation that showed an error message every time somebody wrote a comment. The comment was still properly shown on the site, but it gave the impression it hadn’t worked. I’ve (hopefully) solved this problem today so commenting should be back to normal.