Nintendo first party mini games like resort and wii sport have completely outsold zelda and metroid. in other words the smaller cheaper games outsold the bigger more costly games. A 2D mario game completely outsold mario galaxy.
I don't think it's fair to compare the original Wii Sports to it, because in most countries, it comes with the consoles. And how do you know how much NSMBWii cost compared to Mario Galaxy? Even if it did coss less, it's still a quality game, same as most Nintendo First party games(bar Wii Music).
Even Wii Sports Resort must have had alot of time and effort put into it, and I doubt the R&D costs of the Wii Motion+ cost less than $5,000,000.
I think it's more that quality games sell than games made with less effort, games people slag off as shovelware such as Carnival Games are actually pretty well made and fun. I admit, there is quite alot of shovelware, but there are things that people won't try just because someone's opinion says it's not very good.
Btw: I'm not having a go at you, just sharing my thoughts.
Anyway, there is a certain miss-conception that there is a 'casual audience' which people think means 'likes to play games without depth'. I'd Say this game is pretty generic from reading your review James, although, it does look pretty well made aswell, which you also mentioned. But I guess no matter how much dev's cover things up with great animation and visuals, if a game is as repetitive and generic as this sounds, there's no fun factor to appeal to it.
Good Review .
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