MGS4 PS3 Bundle Rockets Up Amazon
Many analysts and game journalists were wondering if Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots would spark a significant PlayStation 3 hardware sales surge, and that question has - for the most part - been answered. We don't yet have exact numbers from everywhere, but if the latest Amazon response has been any indication, MGS4 is a definite system seller.
First of all, the online retailer sold out of the Limited Edition MGS4 PS3 bundle almost immediately, but perhaps more telling is what happened when they managed to restock. As soon as they did so, sales of the bundle shot up 4,033%, which meant the package landed firmly up at #6 in the Video Games division for Amazon. Obviously, a whole lot of people were waiting for Konami's masterpiece before taking the next-gen leap with Sony. On top of which, if they weren't able to land this nifty package - it includes a Limited Edition copy of MGS4, a Dual Shock 3 controller, and the 80GB PS3 - it's obvious that more than a few gamers were willing to wait for a restock. It did take a while for many retailers to get more of these bundles, but as soon as they do, they're disappearing out the door.
It shouldn't have been any surprise to see Konami and Sony teaming up on this bundle in the first place; MGS4 is a massive exclusive for the PS3, and they simply wanted to remind everyone of that one simple fact. If you don't have a PS3, you can't play MGS4...and that's like some form of sacrilege if you're an avid gamer.
7/11/2008 Ben Dutka