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RolStoppable said:
Bodhesatva said:

I'm looking at the bigger picture here, Rol.

Again, I am absolutely not saying that Cousens is correct here. In fact, I think he's spectacularly wrong, and that these sorts of decisions will have profoundly negative financial consequences for his company.


But that's not the point here -- the point is, whether he's right or wrong, this almost certainly means less serious support for the Wii from Codemasters. And furthermore, it seems unlikely that Mr. Cousens is the only one who is thinking like this: I would bet other major figures in the industry are having similar thoughts, and this means at least some patches of the industry will be resisting movement towards the Wii.

That's kind of worrying, I mean it really seems like some 3rd parties would prefer to go out of business over giving the Wii serious support. As you can read in the article, this CEO fears that Nintendo could go sorta back to the old habits of the licensing they did in the NES/SNES days. 3rd parties generally don't want Nintendo to become dominant again for that reason I think.

Historically, Codemasters was among the first companies to pull away from Nintendo's restrictions and back Sega. For example, they released their Micro Machines games much earlier for the Megadrive and as slightly superior versions (the second game had a build in multitap in the cartridge).

Even though that's the only reason he directly hints at, I also strongly suspect that:

1) Codemasters has a good deal of financial investment in the PS3/360 platforms in terms of graphica/physics assets and any long term software projects that take years to develop
2) Codemasters have no clue how to appeal to young girls, women, or the elderly

Which would suggest that even if these companies didn't fear monopolistic tendencies like the one you're describing, it would still be an uncomfortable situation for them. Leaving the 360/PS3 quite probably means leaving behind a substantial amount of development funds. And why would they do this? Apparently, to attack a market they don't really understand and have never even attempted to cater to.