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post Apr 17 2009, 12:35 PM
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According to gamesindustry.biz there was estimates of up to 2 Million copies being sold in the US, but that has been slashed down to 500,000 due to the poor sales it has been getting. This is also a shock since the recent release of the new Nintendo DSi and GTA Chinatown Wars coinciding, so does the market for the DS not have space for GTA?

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"Despite a strong critical reception, Take-Two's GTA: Chinatown Wars sold a very disappointing 89,000 units in March, well below our more recent 200-250,000 estimate and far below the 400-450,000 we thought the title might sell upon its release," wrote Doug Creutz.


Does this show us then that the DS is not the way forward for the GTA Franchise?


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post Apr 17 2009, 12:42 PM
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I really wanna get this game but haven't had the time. tbh I think DS owners just aren't the same as the GTA crowd.


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post Apr 17 2009, 01:50 PM
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Don't they know we're in a recession?

Two years ago, I might have picked this up on the credit card (with a new DSi); but times have changed.

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post Apr 17 2009, 02:31 PM
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Not surprised. People who buy things like the DS and Wii......well, they're not exactly GTA people.






They're a bunch of fags

If I had a DS (more like, if my sister bought a DS) - I'd get this game, it looks pretty good and the hotwiring minigames look fun
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post Apr 17 2009, 02:44 PM
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duh, there's not a huge "mature" market to sell to on the DS... most of the DS owners are kids and, it appears that most of these kids have good parents who aren't buying their little timmy a violent video game...

now, this game may be critically acclaimed, and looks like a lot of fun to play but, that doesn't mean parents will run out and buy their kids a drug selling simulator... this game has found its target audience, it just so happens that market is relatively smaller than they hoped...

i don't think this should make them consider never making another game for the DS though... this is still a great place to take the GTA series but, they're gonna have to wait a couple more years on sales before their market expands to these very kids getting older and more "mature"...


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post Apr 17 2009, 03:49 PM
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I personally think there just aren't enough people who play DS.
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post Apr 17 2009, 03:52 PM
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Agreed. I own a DS and don't play...


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post Apr 17 2009, 06:00 PM
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to be fair the average ds owner wouldnt be a gta fan and the average gta fan probably wouldnt be a ds owner!

of course theres some overlap, but in the case of overlap some gta fans probably wouldnt want to go back to a technically inferior gta

a good example would be gta on a wii, the average wii owner probably wouldnt want gta (other to see what the hype is about) and the average gta fan wouldnt want gta on a wii (feature wise it wouldnt be great) hell i would imagine there are a lot of people who like gta style games that wouldnt want a wii not out of the fact the wii isnt technically a good console, but because the wii doesnt tend to have many action games

either way im not suprised at the new's, but i dont think its down to gta chinatown wars being a bad game (i havent played it so i wouldnt know)
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QUOTE(bOnEs @ Apr 17 2009, 09:44 AM) [snapback]1496507[/snapback]
i don't think this should make them consider never making another game for the DS though... this is still a great place to take the GTA series but, they're gonna have to wait a couple more years on sales before their market expands to these very kids getting older and more "mature"...


Noooo, they should not make any more DS games.
When that crowd grows up in a few years, they'll stop playing with their handheld nentindos. Why?
Nintendo markets most of their stuff for kids. Its pretty smart since there is a fresh supply of kids comin round every year,
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post Apr 17 2009, 09:36 PM
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QUOTE(Stoic Marney Eater @ Apr 17 2009, 02:50 PM) [snapback]1496496[/snapback]
Don't they know we're in a recession?


The computer games market is one of the few markets to do well during the recession. So that's not the reason.


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post Apr 18 2009, 04:32 AM
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QUOTE(bobs99 @ Apr 17 2009, 08:00 PM) [snapback]1496576[/snapback]
of course theres some overlap, but in the case of overlap some gta fans probably wouldnt want to go back to a technically inferior gta



and when it comes about the overlap you speak about, well, gtacw runs like a charm on an emulator. so whoever doesn't feel atracted by the multiplayer can simply play the game on a pc. so bye-bye sales.


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post Apr 18 2009, 02:26 PM
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Ive got GTA CW but I didn't pay for it, i simply downloaded it and put it on my r4. its free and easy. it takes less time to download it than it would to go and buy it (if I had the money) i wouldn't pay £25 for this game but im happy to get it for free


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post Apr 18 2009, 04:48 PM
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Personally, the DS is the least thing on my mind, in terms of gaming. But i know there is a mass audience for it. Mostly 6-12 year olds, but that has always been the way in nintendo's hand held sector.
GTA is for the mature audience, and it just doesnt translate well on the DS. Don't get me wrong, i'd love to play it, but i just dont have the money for a hand held game, when i can pay a fraction more for a full console game.


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post Apr 18 2009, 10:33 PM
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i wouldnt buy a DS for this... I did buy a PSP mainly for GTA LCS but i was able to play more games i liked and used it as a mp3 player... i cant really see myself doing anything else with a DS


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post Apr 18 2009, 11:23 PM
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QUOTE(Kamahl @ Apr 18 2009, 11:33 PM) [snapback]1496895[/snapback]
i wouldnt buy a DS for this... I did buy a PSP mainly for GTA LCS but i was able to play more games i liked and used it as a mp3 player... i cant really see myself doing anything else with a DS

You could use your DS as a MP3 Player if you wanted? Or a Camera, all that 0.3 Megapixel of goodness.


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post Apr 19 2009, 12:07 AM
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QUOTE(marney6 @ Apr 19 2009, 12:23 AM) [snapback]1496904[/snapback]
QUOTE(Kamahl @ Apr 18 2009, 11:33 PM) [snapback]1496895[/snapback]
i wouldnt buy a DS for this... I did buy a PSP mainly for GTA LCS but i was able to play more games i liked and used it as a mp3 player... i cant really see myself doing anything else with a DS

You could use your DS as a MP3 Player if you wanted? Or a Camera, all that 0.3 Megapixel of goodness.


hey my DS hasn't even got a camera on it, ive got an original in light blue, I don't use it much so don't mock me. I like to refer to it as the blue brick.


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Wow, that sucks. Sober yet R*? Release that shit on the big boys from now on. It's marketably sound, see.


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post Apr 19 2009, 01:43 AM
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I finally have a portable GTA. Unless they add the right amount of buttons to the PSP, I'm fine with portable games from here on out.


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post Apr 19 2009, 02:28 AM
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I guess I was one of the few people which actually got the game. Not really surprised that sales were poor, like many people before me said DS is just not the ideal platform for GTA.


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Isn't this the second hand held game? And the last one didn't sell well either, if I remember right.


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