2K Games' head Christoph Hartmann is not happy with third party Wii games. According to Hartmann, game development companies are going to have a hard time because the market is weighed down with "crappy" games.
“Where people go wrong in the casual market is that, while the development costs are exploding on the casual side, they’re treating the Wii like the old PC market – making cheap, accessible games," Hartmann told MCV. "They think if they make ten titles and two are hits, they will finance the other eight...But they forget these eight crappy titles will flood the market and will lead to problems in terms of production – and upset retailers. Also, the consumer will be pissed off because they’ll be confused.”
Hartmann also said that the runaway success of 2K's Carnival Games had something to do with timing: “Had we released it last week, it would have been much tougher," Hartmann said. "There’s far too much stuff in the Wii market [now] and it’s hard to shine. While the Wii is the strongest growing console, it’s a risk not to have well known brands in your games.”
G4's own Michael D'Alonzo loves Carnival Games with a burning passion, and I will never, ever let him forget this rave review of the game he wrote.