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GoldenEye is proof of Wii "core" market

Nintendo: Bond revamp is a hit.

Activision's GoldenEye 007 revamp is doing great business on Wii, Nintendo has claimed, proof that there is a healthy market for core games on the system.

Nintendo's UK communications chief Rob Saunders told MCV, "The sales of GoldenEye show that these titles can and do perform well on Wii.

"The idea that Wii owners are only after smaller mini-game compilations or first-party titles isn't true. A good quality title, supported well by both publisher and retail, has just as much chance of performing well as any Nintendo title."

The Eurocom-developed Bond shooter scored a solid 7/10 from Eurogamer's Simon Parkin last month and entered the UK charts at number 13, five places above its HD counterpart, Blood Stone.

We're not sure that quite qualifies as a smash hit but Saunders is right - it has performed better than most recent high profile third party core games.

Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 limped into the UK charts at 34 earlier this year, Rising Star's No More Heroes 2 couldn't even manage the top 40 and EA's on-rails shooter Dead Space: Extraction sold dismally.

The next third party to try its hand at a beefier Wii experience is Disney Interactive with Warren Spector's Epic Mickey, out on 25th November.

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