GTA on the DS Sells 89K. Mature Content for Nintendo in Jeopardy?
You can file this post under the ‘not good news‘ label for both Rockstar and Nintendo. According to the NPD, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the DS sold only 89,000 units during the month of March. In case you couldn’t figure it out, that’s an extremely low number, considering Nintendo’s handheld has moved almost 30 million units. Mathematically, that number equals less than 1% of DS owners who actually own GTA Chinatown Wars, to be more specific it’s around 0.3%.
Even with the strong reviews and the sandbox game ended up getting some of the best scores on the unit, people failed to even take notice. Let us not forget that we’re talking about Grand Theft Auto here, which is already a household name. This is bad news all around and for various reasons. First, the chances of us seeing a ‘sequel’ to Chinatown Wars is much slimmer, than it was before. Which is a huge disappointment, because the game is truly awesome. But more importantly, the possibility of seeing more ‘Mature’ rated games on the DS is pretty much determined now. Most companies are going to look at releasing a M-title as a huge gamble, a gamble they will most likely loose.
Not only could this affect the DS, but the Wii as well. A few months back, Rockstar mentioned how strong sales for GTA on the DS, could influence their decision to come out with a Grand Theft Auto on the Wii. If you’re still hoping to see that, stop. Because if this was going to determine their conclusion — consider it not happening.
At the same time, this could force most publishers not even think about developing a Mature title on the Wii. With the sales for both House of the Dead and Madworld falling flat, why would anyone even contemplate wasting money on releasing a game for adults? Right now, if we want to see Mature rated content on the Wii or DS, we might have to see Nintendo publish one and maybe Wii owners will buy into the idea. If companies see that, they could follow suit. Honestly though, you don’t even need to wish for something like that to happen, because that’s not gonna go down anytime soon, if ever.