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“Without badmouthing people, a lot of the games they’ve been complaining about are rail shooters and a rail shooter wouldn’t have sold no matter what platform you put it on because it’s a rail shooter and that’s a niche genre that had its heyday back in the Dreamcast era. Ultimately the way we looked at it was that there’s a huge audience who own Wiis, we own Wiis and we know that amongst that audience there is a sub-sect who love dark stories, thrillers, mysteries and horror movies and so the development [of Shattered Memories] was all about removing the obstacles to those people enjoying this game. If they really enjoy a good horror story, they should enjoy this so we’ve tried to create a product that has broad appeal but does something really good and unique.” – Sam Barlow, lead designer of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

I’ve definitely seen a lot of Wii owners complaining about the amount of rail shooters that have been released for the system. But the unfortunate thing with Darkside Chronicles and Dead Space Extraction is that they’re high-quality games. In the future, perhaps developers and publishers will understand that the core Wii audience simply isn’t interested in rail shooters at this point and would like to try out a different type of experience instead.


01. / 01. [PSP] Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix) – 177.405 / 623.367 (-60%)
02. / 02. [WII] New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo) – 138.683 / 3.006.169 (-13%)
03. / 00. [WII] Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Capcom) – 72.804 / NEW
04. / 03. [NDS] Friend Collection (Nintendo) – 54.764 / 2.651.045 (-42%)
05. / 04. [WII] Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo) – 42.359 / 1.516.522 (-21%)

06. / 00. [PSP] Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai) – 25.131 / NEW
07. / 00. [NDS] Last Window: Mayonaka no Yakusoku (Nintendo) – 24.668 / NEW
08. / 05. [NDS] The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo) – 22.414 / 488.731 (-54%)
09. / 09. [WII] Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo) – 22.328 / 1.691.000 (-32%)
10. / 08. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 2: Threat of the Invaders – Fire / Blizzard (Level 5) – 20.370 / 1.033.000 (-44%)

Thanks to NintenDaan for the news tip!

PSP – 71,186
Wii – 57,349
PS3 – 35,156
DSi LL – 30,418
DSi – 27,292
DS Lite – 6,574

Xbox 360 – 4,622
PS2 – 2,580
PSP go – 2,027

For comparison’s sake, here are the numbers from December 28, 2009 (last week).

PSP – 145,682
Wii – 76,772
PS3 – 61,591
DSi – 50,178
DSi LL – 45,221
DS Lite – 10,067

Xbox 360 – 5,461
PS2 – 3,092
PSP go – 2,841

Etrian Odyssey III boxart

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All-New Title Marks the Debut of the Ben 10 Franchise in the Downloadable Game Market
El Segundo, CA – Jan. 21, 2010 – Konami Digital Entertainment and Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) announced today that Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex, the latest next-generation installment for the popular Cartoon Network original series, will be available in Q1 2010 on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and on Nintendo Wiiware™. Utilizing the all-powerful Omnitrix, Ben sets forth to battle a new threat to Earth with 10 alien transformations in the franchise’s first ever-downloadable game for home consoles.

“The console downloadable gaming space is such an amazing frontier to bring content to gamers of all ages,” said Careen Yapp, VP Acquisitions and Franchise Development for Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. “We are fully supporting the online community with a Ben 10 Alien Force game that features the high-energy action and adventure from the series. With new characters and the extensive content, we believe Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex will be one of the most coveted downloadable titles this year.”