What happened to Wing Island?

By Spencer . December 7, 2006 . 8:43am

Hudson’s surprise pre E3 announcement was that they were working on an unnamed “flight sim”. Nintendo fans hoped the game was a sequel to Pilotwings, but eventually the mystery title was revealed as a new property for Hudson. Wing Island uses the Wii remote as a flight yoke to pilot a group of planes. If you tilt the remote up the planes will rise and tilting the remote down causes the planes to descend. It’s a simple set up to understand and since Wing Island is the sole flying game on the Wii in Japan it should have sold decently. Instead Wing Island sold only 800 copies on the Wii’s launch weekend, meaning that only 2% of the people that bought a Wii were interested in Wing Island. Ouch. Now what if Wing Island was marketed as Pilotwings would it sell more copies?

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  • I think one of the problems is that.. well, we’ve got a launch, and in japan, they’ve got Wii Play and Wii Sports, and Zelda, and the attach rate is about 2.

    So if you’re going into buy a Wii, and the average is 2 games per person, how many people are going to get titles that aren’t wii play, wii sports, and Zelda?

    It’s njot that people don’t want to buy it. I just don’t think people want to bother buying it now when they’re already spending all their yen on the system and Wii Sports and Wii Play and Zelda.

  • gotkube

    I agree- I think (hope) that as time goes on more people will be more prepared to give other games like Wing Island a try- and if the game is good enough, ultimately purchase it. Sometimes delaying a game until the hype of the first wave of titles for a new system dies down is justified so that when people do end up getting bored of Wii Sports, Zelda, Red Steel, etc- there will be something coming down the pipe that people are genuinely interested in playing as something ‘different’. Sadly, I can’t help but think that Hudson is looking at these initial numbers and wondering why they should even bother with a port to the U.S. or Europe markets. I hope that’s not the case- I think the game looks like loads of fun.

  • Eric Fox

    I don’t think the Japanese press was terribly kind to Wing Island. Famitsu gave it a 22. Thats it’s lowest rating for a Wii launch title.

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