December 2007:gerg said:The last thing I remember was that there had been something like 10 million downloads of Virtual Console games by February 2008.
Very non-recent, unfortunately.Well, the current state of affairs is that the Virtual Console saw over 10 million downloads by the end of last December.
"Stretch the most literal meaning"? How is interpreting "should explain the difference" (that's the exact quote from the article) as "should explain the difference" stretching it to the most literal meaning? I don't disagree that the WiiWare version of Bomberman likely haven't performed well relative to the others, I just think you're being a bit fussbudgety here.ethelred said:Nothing about that quote, or Hudson's general pessimism about moving games on WiiWare, should encourage a reading of that quote which suggests that the fraction of copies the WiiWare game has sold versus the XBLA game exactly aligns with the difference in time, meaning that if the XBLA game ceased selling and the WiiWare game continued selling at the exact same pace it would catch up in a year's time (to use one of Josh's favorite devices). You can probably stretch the most literal meaning of those words to come out to something like that, but that would be the most tendentious reading one could possibly imagine. So... it doesn't really shock me that this is the reading you're going with.
Based on what? You have Hudson saying they're not very successful, and then Telltale Games and 2D Boy saying they're very successful. Other developers mentioned by Nintendo as successful are Frontier, Tetris Online, WayForward Technologies, Capcom and Aksys. This is nowhere near enough data to draw such conclusions from.ethelred said:But Hudson is one of the biggest publishers on the platform... I don't think there are many successful WiiWare publishers in general.
See gerg's post. It's better than nothing I suppose, but that comment is lamentably vague. Unless his "sources" are Nintendo, Sony and MS themselves (and I don't think they'd give up that information), it's not a sufficient answer. He also seems to be comparing WiiWare alone to PSN and XBLA, discounting the Virtual Console altogether.ethelred said:Mike Edery, the former manager of the XBLA platform, commented on that: