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Guitar Hero: World Tour And Rock Band 2 Sales Battle

From the start of 2008, we knew one of the year's biggest battles would be between Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2, although we figured there'd be no real "loser" in this war. And as it turns out, one has taken the early lead so far, but both are doing pretty damn well.

According to GameSpot, it's World Tour that - perhaps unsurprisingly - dominates the sales charts with over 534,000 units sold in the U.S. in October. The newest installment in the super popular franchise sold 191,049 on the Xbox 360, 182,845 on the Wii, 96,657 on the PlayStation 3, and 63,462 on the PS2. Activision has a monster of a series here, and they know it; World Tour generated $67.3 million thanks to these sales, and we're just getting started. In comparison, Rock Band 2 tallied 238,128 units, but with a much more even split across both available platforms: 119,569 copies of the 360 version and 118,559 of the PS3 version. The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed sequel generated $26.7 million in the month of October, and remember, the Wii and PS2 versions aren't out until next month, so that's going to make the competition closer.

As for the dark horse, the competitor who dared to take on the two Goliaths and emerge victorious like David...things aren't looking so hot. Konami's Rock Revolution only sold a mere 3,000 units last month, although the Wii version didn't come out until last week, so that may help the number a lot when we see November's results. Even so, all early indications are that most all music aficionados are making a tough choice between Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2, and they're just saying, "...Rock Revo-what?"

Related Game(s): Guitar Hero: World Tour, Rock Band 2

11/17/2008 Ben Dutka

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Troy Powers
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:30:24 AM
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Yeah, but how do GHWT's first week sales compare to RB2's first week sales. You wouldn't really expect a game that has been out a couple months to sell as well as a new release.

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EddPm6
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:48:39 AM
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I think whats really hurt the rockband sales is availability. i walk into my local walmart and there is a small section for RB2 with one box for ps3 and one for 360. Then the Guitar Hero section is much bigger with multiple boxes for each console. Then again i dont really expect ( and i dont think anyone should ) that the games section of walmart should realy know how to order, or know anything about games at all.

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caliblue15
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 12:06:44 PM
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Ok, everyone keeps reporting this but its really hard to put software of GHWT against RB2.

1. GHWT has a software/guitar bundle for only $100.

I work at Best Buy, and that is ALL I see walk out the door. I have never seen a full bundle walk out, where as Rock Band everything is seperate and you pretty much need the bundle. ($60 game, $70 guitar)

2. It has the brand power, and most people (casual gamers) do not know that Harmonix left the franchise therefore believing it is the same game.

/end of rant

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Daedusian
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 12:10:14 PM
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Lol @ Rock Revo.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 1:37:19 PM
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Rock Revo is absolutely terrible. I've had it for a while...and my God is it bad. All of the songs are covers. And they're HORRIBLE covers. :'(

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Arvis
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 3:36:50 PM

Serious question: WHAT... the HECK... was Konami THINKING!?

-Arvis

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LightShow
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 4:12:02 PM

well, someone had to try, if only to prove its impossible to break into this sector.

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Jed
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 9:39:44 PM

I saw a video of chop suey for rock revo, and it was absolutely horrible.

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 1:51:20 PM
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In my opinion GHWT is by far the better game, except for the track list. It just feels so complete. I'm not surprised it's selling so well. I would recommend getting the game disc of RB2 tho, if you have the full GHWT. That'll give the complete package.

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LightShow
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 4:09:54 PM
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I prefer Rock band for the overall cleaner look (GH reminds me of wooden panelling, RB of stainless steel and glass) and the track list. Rock Band has a very even split across all sectors of rock, While Guitar Hero seems to lean heavily to the heavy metal (pun intended). I tend to like Just about any music, but the heavy stuff gets boring, FAST. Remember playing War Pigs? Ya, pretty much...

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whooka
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 8:27:30 AM
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I agree Guitar Hero availability is much greater, at least where I live, then Rock Band. When i went to buy Rock Band 2 the first store I went to had absolutely none of the instruments for it. I called my local GameStop asking if they had the stand alone Rock Band 2 guitar (I had bought one of those Nyko guitars compatible with both GH and RB and it came with crappy batteries that leaked and destroyed the thing only a month after i got it) and they told me they didn't and it hadn't even shipped yet. I decided to stop in the GameStop and pick up the RB2 game disc and as soon as I walk in the door I see a stack of Rock Band 2 guitars, but they are knobheads at most of the GameStops i've been too.

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EddPm6
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 2:37:20 PM
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i will nver buy from gamestop ever again. its my personal mission to stop people from going there becasue they all think that they know whats going on in the gaming industry cause they work there, and really they dont have a f-in clue.

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