37 per cent of Wii games released from January to June 2009 were not reviewed, according to Jesse Divnich, director of analyst services at Electronic Entertainment Design and Research.
While he said that all consoles showed a rise in the number of unreviewed games compared to the same period in 2008, Divnich told Industry Gamers that the Wii had the most significant increase, up 12 per cent year-on-year. In comparison, Xbox 360 games not reviewed grew from zero to three per cent, and PS3 games from two to nine per cent. The analyst noted that unreviewed titles across the three platforms were all casual-targeted games.
Divnich said that the average review score for Wii games had jumped from 60 to 66 per cent in one year. “Does the data debunk the theory that Wii games are improving? No, not necessarily,” he argued. “Wii games are improving. It is just coming at the cost of not reviewing the increase in casual and low-budget titles. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will likely trend a similar statistic in the years to come, as the increase in their installed base and the expansion of their demographics, due to price cuts, will likely draw in more developers who release casual and low-budget titles.”