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Old 04-17-2009, 12:37 AM   #1
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GTA: Chinatown Wars sells under 90,000 units in March

this is surprising: from Gamespot

Raw sales numbers shows startlingly small DS debut for Grand Theft Auto series, but Take-Two and analysts confident of game's long-term success.
Earlier this week, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research director of analyst services Jesse Divnich made headlines for predicting a lackluster US debut for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. While other analysts like Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter were predicting the game would sell around 450,000 units, Divnich shocked many by saying the title--one of the highest-rated ever released for the DS--would only sell "in the 200,000 unit range."

Though widely dismissed as overly pessimistic, Divnich's prediction appeared to be validated when the NPD Group released its March US Sales numbers today. They revealed that Chinatown Wars hadn't even cracked the software top 10, where the lowest-performing game, MLB Baseball 2K9, sold just 205,000 units. Given the hype behind Chinatown Wars, it was widely assumed to have finished just below that figure, despite the industry's overall 17 percent slump during the month.
Unfortunately, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars wasn't lagging just behind MLB Baseball 2K9--it was lagging far behind. According to raw NPD numbers provided to GameSpot by a source who wished to remain anonymous, the Rockstar Leeds game sold just under 90,000 units in the US during the March reporting period, generating slightly over $3 million in revenue. By contrast, the month's other high-profile DS debut, Pokemon Platinum, sold a whopping 805,000 units.
Speaking to GameSpot, a rep for Rockstar Games parent Take-Two Interactive expressed confidence that the game would gradually pick up steam. "We're confident in Chinatown Wars' long-term success, and believe it will continue to sell well and be profitable," said the rep.
Take-Two's sentiments were echoed by Divnich himself, who underlined the fact that DS sales don't necessarily follow the usual launch-week spike followed by a rapid decline. "It could very well bump up next month with sales of the DSi, and we are very likely going to see steady sales going out from there," the analyst told GameSpot. "It's going to sell the same month after month until the end of the game's life cycle. This is not a short term in and out situation for Take-Two, it's going to generate income for them long haul."
As an example how a high-rated DS game could generate huge revenue after a slow start, Divnich held up Mario Kart DS. When it debuted in November 2005, the game only sold 222,000 units in the US, generating only about $7.3 million. Over three years on, the game is still popular, ranking eighth place on the February 2009 NPD best-seller list with 145,000 units sold that month.
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:48 AM   #2
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I can't say this is at all surprising.

I like GTA games, but I had zero interest in this one, and the whole dealing drugs thing was quite teh opposite of appealing to me. I don't even know anyone personally that picked this game up, and I know a lot of gamers with varied tastes.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:08 AM   #3
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I got this game...kinda cool. I expected something a little different, but it still turned out great.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:13 AM   #4
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Man, this game rules so hard; it's a great game that people are missing out on and because of that we're unlikely to see a sequel.
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it doesn't need a sequel. He gets Yu jain, or whatever the sword is called, and lives happily ever after
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This game's good, I'm surprised it hasn't sold much.
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Eh, I haven't played it, but I heard it was decent. Not surprising actually, it's on a PSP after all :3
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It's on the DS. *sighs*
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DS?

Doesn't sound like something that would be on a DS...too decent

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