I don't know about the Wii pastel puke shelf thing. I really like the case art of most of the games I own, such as Dawn of Discovery, A Boy and his Blob, Broken Sword, de Blob, Cursed Mountain, Madworld not to mention all of the Nintendo first party stuff that mostly has great case art. Upcoming games like Fragile and Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom have great art that caught my eye and made me want to find screenshots and videos.
My problem with yours is that it looks like it belongs with Monster 4x4, Paws and Claws Pet Vet and Alien Monster Bowling League, i.e. terribly generic looking shovelware that, judging from their current prices, didn't even sell that well to the casual crowd.
Maybe lose the focus group next time, hire a passionate artist and instruct him to make an interesting piece of cover art that looks clean and stylistic while still featuring the visual cues needed to let people know what your game is about.
And yeah that video was terrible. I watched it after making my first post and was pretty appalled. Most of us respect firefighters for what they do, but many folks are tired of the 9/11 flavored aggrandized hero-worship, which is exactly what that video appears to be channeling.
The actual gameplay does look surprisingly solid though. I saw a quote from IGN that said your game is varied and it certainly looked that way. The graphics are kind of primitive, but like you said you only had so much to work with and you're on the Wii.
I might track down a copy on Ebay and based on my experience give your next effort a shot when it's out.
There's something about not judging a book by it's cover isn't there? Seriously, I'm all for dazzling cover art in regards to sales. But this is the stuff hidden gems are made of. So, the soccer moms out there who bought Wii Music probably won't pick this up for their kids.
But the savy gamers who actually read game reviews before making their purchases are going to see the surprisingly stellar reviews about the "Little Developer That Could" (sorry, don't mean to sound patronizing), and be impressed with what they were able to accomplish.
I've bought so many games over the past couple weeks, I was going to hold out on this one. But upon looking around Gamestop.com and other retailers on the web, there don't seem to be many copies out there.
Anyone remember that Firefighter FD18 game for PS2? Anyone seen it in a store lately? Or see how much it costs? I wouldn't be surprised if this game is very hard to find after the initial stock runs out. These are niche games, people. Finding one that's done well is rare enough. Needless to say, I placed my order.
Oh, also, +50 points for having Spike from Buffy/Angel in this game! Too bad he won't be British, I'm sure, haha.