Third Quarter 2008 Sales Results from Top Global Video Games Software Markets Released

NEW YORK & TOKYO & LONDON, Nov 10, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- According to recent findings from Top Global Markets, an integrated monthly report from leading providers of consumer and retail information in the video games industry, The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track Limited and Enterbrain, Inc., combined video game software unit sales across the world's three largest games markets experienced growth of 1 percent during third-quarter 2008 (July-September).

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tatotiburon3626d ago

the force is strong in Lucasarts, great numbers...forgive me but i havee to ask, where is MGS4?

Noctis Lucis Caelum3626d ago

I believe the hype for mgs4 is over.

Pennywise3625d ago

You are not in June anymore Toto.

Aclay3625d ago


This is Top Video game Software sales for 3rd Quarter 2008 (July- September) sales. Metal Gear Solid 4 came out in Q2 2008 and that's why it's not on the list.

Death3625d ago

MGS launched at the end of the second quarter. The series has always sold in the millions world wide, but it has always been a relatively small percentage of the potential user base. The first two Metal Gears sold about 7 million copies and the third sold just under 4 million. MGS4 has easily outsold the last three games when compared to it's potential userbase. MGS4 is already over 3 million in sales world wide on a platform of 15+ million. When compared to 2004's MGS3 which sold about 3.6 million copies with a launch user base of 80+ million you can see that MGS4 sales are indeed very good.


tatotiburon3625d ago

so why is wiifit in the list?...ah peniswise? we are in may then?.

According to all of you, they are counting only the games that came out from july to september? hahaha LOL

Mario Kart Wii is from april and Wii Fit from May. OWNED!

The hype of MGS4 was only for 18 days?

Why o why3625d ago

yeh, i remember the NPD reflecting that *sarcasm*. You wish you could play such a complete game.

Bladestar3625d ago

but compare to other exclusives like Gears 1,2, Halo 3 the biggest PS3 title MGS4 didn't do good enough in terms of sales... can you explain why Gears 2 which is practically a new franchise managed to sell in 1 week what MGS4 has not being able to sell since it's release? That's the true reason why MGS4 is no longer in the list... because it's hype is over... a things of the past... gone... Gears 1 sold a lot many months later... it was on the top 10 for more than 6 months... explain that too...

Why o why3625d ago (Edited 3625d ago )

easy. Because there were NO games like it or on par with it at the time. Starving people eat more

"Gears 2 which is practically a new franchise managed to sell in 1 week what MGS4 has not being able to sell since it's release?"

damn man. Any proof of that??? please dont tell me VG chartz (spelt with a z) plus like i said starving people eat more. 08 has been kinda baron for the 360.

Its the attack of the 'dot dot dot' bladestar accounts. Are those fullstops just a fanboy thing or is bladstar/MotY not too clever with his other persona's ... answers on a postcard

Man_of_the_year3625d ago (Edited 3625d ago )

tatotiburon has a point. Now Jukken...i think it is you that should be pitied...

Simply reading the article and the list would have saved you guys the embarrassment of making a poorly researched comment.

@ why o why...your comments are pathetic and are completely reaching...stop while you are ahead...oh were never ahead in the first place...

@ Well Jukken...

I didn't say "pathetic" and i didn't say "reality check"...those are both your words.

Funny how you say "Instead of focusing on the article, you resort to insulting others and calling their comments" yet it was you and the others that didn't read the article yet made the comment - and i just advised that you should next time as then you wouldn't embarrass yourselves for making comments to others that are poorly the reply you just did to me...

ultimolu3625d ago (Edited 3625d ago )

"Now Jukken...i think it is you that should be pitied..."

I think you should be pitied as well Man_of_the_Year. Instead of focusing on the article, you resort to insulting others and calling their comments "pathetic" among other things.

Very, very sad.

Why *do* they need a reality check? Please do explain yourself if you are going to demean others.

And *why* exactly does he have a point? Doesn't change the fact that MGS4 is awesome game.

Death3625d ago

Here's Konami's official statement in regards to MGS4,

Over 3 million have already shipped and that is before the crucial Holiday buying period and also on a console with a smaller userbase than the 360. The great thing about Gears is it is an established series on the Xbox 360. The millions of fans that bought the first Gears has been eagerly waiting for Gears 2. Being a shooter helps Gears tremendously and as you and I both know, the 360 has more than it's fair share of shooter fans.

Metal Gear is a niche game like an RPG is. That's not to say it doesn't have great sales potential, but the potnetial customer base isn't as broad as a title like Gears. Comparing the two isn't really very fair. Had Konami decided on a multi-platform release I think they would have done much better, but that is a discussion for another time.


DiabloRising3625d ago

Thank you Death for, once again, an intelligent post.

I love how people try to downplay a title based on sales. If you consider yourself gamers, then I'm ashamed to even be on the same site as most of you, as you are missing out on some amazing titles. Then again, I shouldn't expect anything from Xbox fanboys.

MS has you guys spouting numbers like good little PR babies. Keep it up, its pretty sad.

I don't care how much MGS4 sold, it was an amazing ending to an amazing storyline. I don't care how much Gears 2 sells, its a great third person shooter that is derivative and boring in everything but its gameplay. Scores and sales won't change that, so spout sales data all you want, I'll be too busy actually enjoying titles across multiple platforms.

shine13963625d ago (Edited 3625d ago )

this is the uk, usa and japan, 2 of those markets, the ps3 games play second fiddle to the x360.
If you compare gfk europe to uk, maybe it might show the ps3 games fairing a lot better...but to be honest, Metal gear probbably didn't have as great legs as people said it had or the list includes a couple of mega releases and games that have huge legs. Stars wars and madden and pokemon, all had their release dates in Q3, All collosal names that were bound to have huge opening audiences. Mario Kart and Wii fit have that wii effect of supply and demand. People buy the wii, then buy mario kart. I think that wii fit just caters to huge fitness and health industry. It just shows that people don't buy with as much internet informed opinions as people think.
I think wii is not just branching out to casual games, it's created a lifestyle genre that feeds on what other people want. The next unknown wii game, I think will be Wii food chef or something similiar.
edit: Also, I don't think animal crossing will sell as much as mariokart. We shall see.

ultimolu3625d ago (Edited 3625d ago )

How do you know I or the others didn't read it Man_of_the_Year? You can seriously judge us by saying we didn't read the article? I actually read it dear. I'm a pretty fast reader so I know where it was coming from. I'm pretty sure that the other people who *did* comment read it as well.

And your comment was poorly researched as well by attacking others for their opinions, not to mention blind assumptions.

Try again.

And I'm sure it wasn't my imagination when you mentioned reality check, unless you edited your comments.

Why o why3625d ago (Edited 3625d ago )

your words bla.... sorry, man of the year not ultimolu's. seems you need to attack just to get a weak failing point across. its all good anyway, im here all night

etownone3625d ago

you do have a point.

so much for Judgement Day, actually they are right in a sense because it did only last for one day.

If Wii Fit and Mario Cart is on the list, then PS3's biggest release and most hyped up game to date on the PS3 should be on the list too. Their really are no excuses.

Gears will show these kiddies how a true blockbuster exclusive sells.

Man_of_the_year3625d ago (Edited 3625d ago )

Sorry Juuken...nothing was edited in my comment. I have used the term "pathetic" but not in the comment you replied to - i have yet to use the term "reality check" as that seems like a girls use of works so i have yet to do so.

@ the other blind individuals from the sony only camp - why don't you read the comments that transpired from you and me and then maybe you will see the hypocrisy in your posts...

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pp3625d ago

So ps3 is getting its *** kicked.

sephy 9 2 53625d ago

has a lower metacritic avg than quite a few games this year. Its tied with Fallout 3 so I doubt it.

Capt CHAOS3625d ago

I even did a search for gears and the only word that came up was gearing as part of 'gearing up'.

I was bored with that article.. Top 5??? Come on, gimme top 20, console sales and more..

Capt CHAOS3625d ago

Lower metacritic score proves nothing, it's already been shown that fanboys are going on review wars between PS3 and 360. PS3 fanboys slating Gears 2 down and 360 fanboys slating LBP down.

pornflakes3625d ago

Wait until!

Yes we know, the year 2009 is SOnys year.. like 2007 and 2008!

"Wait until - Remember my Words" !


CliffyBee3625d ago

You are on par with the failness of pp

BYE3625d ago

You must have gotten it wrong, pornflakes.

You don't have to wait! PS3 is already superior.

Now, isn't that great?

ZackFair3625d ago

So much for all the hate and bad reviews!

ultimolu3625d ago

Not surprised either because it sold really well on Amazon.

BYE3625d ago

That's no evidence for quality.

Put "Star Wars" on it and people will buy it.

Chubear3625d ago

Not frikgen video games Chart that's done by a couple of guys in an apartement.