VG Chartz writes:
"I have heard much discussion about what is selling and what not selling this generation in comparison to last generation. I decided to do some homework and find out what is selling and why (or why not). Basically what I found were 3 main reasons why a particular franchise is or is not fairing as well this generation.
The first reason is user base. With the PS3 I am comparing a user base of 11 million to a user base of over 120 million so obviously PS3 games are going to struggle even equal their predecessors on the PS2. The Wii and 360 are a much more fair comparison I believe at this point.
The second reason is the actual quality of the game. Super Mario Galaxy has been out four months and is already statistically equal to Super Mario Sunshine. The Reason? Super Mario Galaxy is considered to be the second best game of all time, and SMS is considered by some to be a low point in the Mario franchise. Another game that would fall under this category would be Call of Duty 4. COD4 is selling like gangbusters and is showing no signs of slowing down.
The last reason is hype. Hype tends to go hand in hand with the quality, sometimes not, but it usually does. Halo 3 is not too far from surpassing the lifetime totals of Halo 2. Halo 3 is a great game but hype is what has allowed Halo to sell incredibly well even amongst the intense X360 FPS competition. "