Piracy Has 'Collapsed' Wii and DS, Says Namco

By Jeff Mattas, Jun 10, 2010 6:00pm PDT In a recent interview with industry news site MCV, Namco Bandai's Oliver Comte expressed growing concern that the software market for Nintendo's Wii and DS has "collapsed" due to widespread piracy and a slew of "very bad" titles.

"[The Nintendo] DS is the most successful platform ever, but all my kids' friends at school have a DS with an R4," explained Comte, who servers as the company's vice president of sales, marketing, and publishing. "They have 100 games for no money."

"The average quality of a game on DS and Wii is very, very bad," he added. "In the mind of the consumer today, to buy a DS or Wii game is to buy a game that isn't very good."

Among Namco's releases for the DS and Wii, one finds such titles as Pac-Pix (DS), National Geographic Panda (DS), Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked (Wii), Muscle March (Wii), Klonoa (Wii), and We Cheer 2 (Wii).

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  • I made an account here just to say this, but I am sick and tired of seeing people state that the most popular console at any time always has the most shovelware without also noting the counterpoint: that historically consoles become the most popular of their gen - and STAY there - precisely because they also have the highest concentration of fantastic games as well. The reason the Wii sucks is not because it has all the shovelware but because it lacks the balance of good games that have always been the mainstay of the best systems.

    For example

    SNES - LOTS of shovelware! Also Megaman X series, Castlevania 4, F-Zero, Pilotwings, Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Contra 3, Mario All-Stars, Mario Kart, Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past (STILL one of the best games ever made!), Star Fox, Super Metroid

    PS1 - Just as much crap was put out on this system as well. Also Final Fantasy 7-9, Final Fantasy Tactics, Xenogears, Vagrant Story (Square was REALLY strong this generation!), Crash Bandicoot series, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Marvel Vs Capcom, Resident Evil series, Metal Gear Solid, Armored Core, Twisted Metal 1 & 2, Destruction Derby

    I mean, those were off the top of my head. I'm sure I'm missing lots of games that were instant classics when they came out. What the hell does the Wii have in terms of quantity of good games compared to those 2 systems? Yeah, the most popular console ALWAYS has the most shovelware. They STAY the most popular of their gen by also having more fantastic games than the others.