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Lost Winds is No.1 on WiiWare in Europe

by Greg Leahy - June 21, 2008, 4:17 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Encouraging sales from Frontier's platform adventure in the face of stiff competition from Square Enix and Gameloft. Nintendo Europe planning television WiiWare campaign.

Laurent Fisher, Marketing Director for Nintendo of Europe, has revealed that Lost Winds has outperformed all other WiiWare games (including Nintendo's own Dr. Mario & Germ Buster) in Europe since the service's launch on May 20. Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Fisher noted that TV Show King and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King have run close behind Frontier Developments' acclaimed platform adventure, also deeming WiiWare's first month of activity "encouraging" overall.

Citing confidentiality concerns, Fisher did not divulge precise sales figures, but did speak to some early download trends for Europe; each WiiWare game has seen "a very constant flow of downloads", while sales relative to the installed base size have closely mirrored those in other regions. Fisher has also indicated that Nintendo of Europe is preparing a television advertising campaign to increase awareness of WiiWare beyond the reach of current press and online efforts.

Frontier is based in the United Kingdom and Gameloft, the makers of TV Show King, is based in France, meaning that two of the best selling WiiWare games in the region to date have been produced from within Europe.

The critical and commercial success of Lost Winds has led to many suggestions of a sequel. Most recently, when asked by GamesIndustry.biz whether there would be more WiiWare games coming from Frontier Developments, head man David Braben responded "I think we'd be mad not to, but we're not talking about those just yet."


vuduJune 21, 2008

Is this where we point out Lost Winds can't even manage to stay in the top 5 in the USA?  Does this mean Europeans are smarter than Americans?

Lost Winds is No.1 in Europe, gamers all over Europe wonder what to do with the rest of their 15 minute break.

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