What sells a console? Is it strong reliable hardware? Is it a powerful graphics processor? Is it huge amounts of ram? Well if this generation is any indication, none of this matters. But one thing surely does. The games. Below the surface the 360 and PS3 have a lot in common and the odd ball Wii tends to sell fine with lacking software support.
The truth is the Wii is unique in it’s high sales of units and the lacking library is odd. Usually a game console needs a strong library with a few exclusives to push that system above the others. Thus this is a list of games from this generation that can or should push consoles. Many, if not all, should be in each respective console owners collection. Some may not seem like system sellers to everyone but in one way or another are of interest to console owners.
First off there’s the Wii. The Wii’s collection is the most unique. With motion controls you can do just about anything. Which gives developers an unheard of amount of creation and experimentation. But the truth is many just don’t deliver. Here are some that not only deliver but hit the nail on the head.
Super Mario Galaxy, Quite simply the best game on the Wii. With fluid motion controls and a small learning curve, you’ll be in the heat and enjoyment of this game in no time at all. Any Nintendo consoles success depends on a good Mario game, and frankly the GameCube didn’t have one… and it suffered. Mario Sunshine? Really? Come on. But Mario Galaxy is a hit, a must own and an all around enjoyment. By far this game hits the mark for any age, any person who wants some fun, any person who bought a Wii.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, So the Wii didn’t really need a launch title hit, as the console itself was a hit, people gobbled them up. But it had one, Zelda. Most people need a console to buy a game, but I bought this game before I could even find a Wii. Selling out just like the Wii itself this was the game to own at launch, and still one of the premier games of the console.
But that about does it. Not that there aren’t more good games that would be nice to play but those are the big games that can push people to buy the Wii, aside from the gimmicky faddish controls. The Wii is a good console, with a few good games but not a lot of games to push some one to rush out and buy it. Sure there’s Mario Kart, Wii Fit, Rayman Raving Rabbid, and so on, but Zelda and Mario push consoles.
Boy Sony dropped the ball on the Console Sellers at launch. Resistance was a great game, but easily over shadowed by the 360′s Gears of War (in single player atleast, multiplayer is arguable, I could write a comparison of the two, but why fill the internet with another comparison, use Google). Ridge Racer 7 was fun but just like the previous 6 with better graphics. And where there any other launch titles???? But Sony’s built a library with some titles this year, certainly console sellers.
So I’ll start with the obvious. If you pack a game in the console as a bundle, and it sells, I think you’ve got yourself a console seller. So MotorStorm, Uncharted, and Metal Gear Solid 4 welcome to the list. Motorstorm is a classic fun time, and with a sequel, an obvious success for Sony’s Playstation 3. Uncharted, wow, you just shocked gamers. You made Tomb Raider look like a chump, even with Lara Croft showing just about everything. With fantastic graphics and memorable game play you are a must own to any PS3 owner. And with the recently announced Uncharted 2, we don’t see you disappearing from our consoles anytime soon. Metal Gear Solid 4 is the most well done game this gen, while some had a distaste for the overly done movie side of the game, the superb story, unmatched graphics, and well delivered gameplay pushed this up and over the top.
2009 will start Sony off with a bang, and alot of console sales. With the widely anticipated and higly acclaimed Killzone 2 coming. This is going to move consoles and this is going to be a defining FPS. Claiming to only use 60% of the PS3′s SPU, this could show a little glimpse of what we can expect from the Cell in the future. (*** God Of War III***) Everything thus far shows nothing that’s going to slow down Killzone 2, hosting one of the least bugged betas show thus far on the PS3, this games going to shine and be a must own, and a console seller.
Sadly I can’t say that LittleBigPlanet is a console seller. With a lack of advertising and lower than expected sales thus far, the great hit has fallen short of the title. But this is a must own game for PS3 owners. It just hasn’t (yet) sold many individual sales, or shown any number spikes in PS3 sales.
Ok, ok, let’s get it out there. Halo 3, yada yada, it sells systems. Which is why we won’t see a “Halo 4″ until next gen. So until then we will see expansions and map packs, such as ODST. I think we understand the point of Halo and its impact on Xbox sales. Moving on….
The Gears Of Wars series. Before I purchased my Xbox 360, this was the series I craved. I wanted to see Gears in all its glory, and boy was it worth it. This series isn’t revolutionary, but its gorgeous and alot of fun. Sure both games have their bugs but which games don’t. This series pushes hardware, and for good reasons. No wonder the Xbox 360 gets a RROD, with graphics that hot, somethings got to give.
Fable 2, and I don’t know why. It’s a decent game, but doesn’t scream system seller. But some how it does. Maybe its release timed with a price drop caused this, who knows but Fable sales and Xbox sales did well around its release. To the RPG lovers out there, go get your slice of Fable 2.
Now I know very few people are going to agree but I know of a few consoles it pushed and it definitely had an effect on my buying my 360. Ace Combat 6. Yes, this game was at the top of my list of 360 games to must own, and I know of several gamers who call this game a system seller for them. Jumping the Sony ship and coming out looking better than ever packed with a side stick and throttle, Ace Combat 6 broke the heart of loyal Sony lovers and caused them to rethink their loyalties. While it may not be the highest selling game for the 360, it definitely had an impact on hardware sales.
My upset pick that doesn’t make the list for the 360 is a early release in 09, Halo Wars. Calm down, evil angry readers, and let me explain. Who is going to buy Halo Wars? Halo fans. Who already has a 360? Halo fans. So odds are there won’t be a spike or even a noticeable climb around the release of this game, but it will sell well, with current 360 owners.
And the biggest console seller of any system is……… drum roll please……..
The Community. What pushes a console sale more than knowing your friends from school and works are there to have fun with afterwards. Having a good strong community helps push a system. Knowing that 6 of my buddies have similar interest and own a PS3 tends to push me that way. A good online network with the backing of good online games can easily be the make or break of a console sale. Obviously Sony and Microsoft understand this with their ever growing online networks, and some how Nintendo continues high numbers despite doing just about everything wrong.
This generation has given us some of the greatest, most rewarding games of the gaming history, and their is no reason to think its going to stop now, so pick up that controller and enjoy these must owns. And if you don’t own all three consoles, I think I know what you should ask Santa for this year. Merry Christmas all and keep up those scores.