Analyst: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Could Sell 2 Million This Year

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With high marks coming in for Rockstar's first outing on the Nintendo DS, the just-released Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, analysts are expecting portable gamers to grab up several million copies of the title by the end of the year.

"If the title's subsequent reviews are consistent with the initial critical response, 'Chinatown Wars' would be the highest rated title on the DS to date," said Cowen Group analyst Doug Creutz. Creutz expects that the game will see sales of 2 million units this year, according to Gamasutra.

"The highly-rated release supports our belief that Take-Two has, pound-for-pound, the highest-quality development talent in the industry," added Creutz.

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    March 17, 2009 4:38 PM

    I honestly don't think it will even break a million. I mean how many people here will buy this for their DS? Those who have ds's, myself included, don't want to play 'adult' games on their portable. If they did they'd have a psp.

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      March 17, 2009 4:41 PM

      what? what kind of logic is that? why not play an "adult" game on the ds?

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      March 17, 2009 4:50 PM

      I bought it. I've been looking forward to it after I saw some gameplay videos.

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      March 17, 2009 4:52 PM

      You sir, Fail!
      This whole pathetic notoin that Nintendo is for "kids," and "real," "serious" games choose the PS3/PSP/XBox360 is such a load of bollocks.
      A game is a game, a platform is a platform, a game that works well on a platform and is a great game will sell regardless of the perceptions a few dweebs still hang onto.
      And GTA Chinatown rocks, probably the best use of the DS hardware since Zelda...oh wait, I'm sorry, that's a "kid's" game, isn't it...how could I possibly play and enjoy both?!

      Loser...

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      March 17, 2009 4:53 PM

      I'd buy it, GTA 1/2 were awesome, and this looks to be that but better.

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      March 17, 2009 4:56 PM

      hehe nice try. what a stupid post.

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      March 17, 2009 5:09 PM

      I agree a bit with this post. I have both a DS and PSP and I have absolutely no desire to buy this game. I have the 2 GTA games for the PSP and they are amazing. This looks like it pales in comparison.

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        March 17, 2009 5:22 PM

        although I hate myself for linking to metacritic:

        LC stories - 88 - http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/psp/grandtheftautolibertycitystories
        VC stories - 86 - http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/psp/grandtheftautovicecitystories
        Chinatown Wars - 95 - http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/ds/grandtheftautochinatownwars

        Not like 88 is a bad score but 95 is exceptional, I have no idea why you wouldn't want to buy it especially if you have an affinity for GTA games

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          March 17, 2009 5:54 PM

          yea, and GTA IV is currently sitting at a score of 98 on metacritic - that said I think it's one of the most boring, limited, and poorly designed sandbox title to date.

          I bought GTA IV on the "review" hype that was flowing in the week leading up to it's release. Lesson learned - oh and scores don't mean shit.

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            March 17, 2009 6:24 PM

            The Metacritic formula gives more weight to the big sites that are dependent on selling ad space to the publishers, and on getting exclusive previews and advance copies. Gamerankings isn't perfect but it's better than Metacritic.

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              March 17, 2009 6:42 PM

              I prefer metacritic but the preference doesn't really matters as they take the scores from the same places..

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        March 17, 2009 5:31 PM

        naw, the DS game is better because of the stylus. It adds a lot. The PSP games are just inferior versions of the console games. They're redundant.

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          March 17, 2009 7:12 PM

          Inferior? I thought VCS was great. Some hilarious stuff in there. For a handheld GTA game, they were amazing. Full blown GTA in a handheld. Huge city, tons of missions, and it looked pretty damn amazing for a PSP game.

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          March 17, 2009 7:13 PM

          and because of the stylus? Assembling a sniper rifle adds to the game? O_o

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      March 17, 2009 5:18 PM

      I'm buying it, it looks awesome

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      March 17, 2009 5:22 PM

      I'm not sure how well it will sell either, but right now I'm enjoying it more than GTA4. I hope it sells, seems like a good game. And drug wars > cell phone and play dates as far as distractions form the main story go.

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      March 17, 2009 5:30 PM

      You're goddamn right, sir! Why do these game companies make adult games for my children's toys! Soon I can't even use it as a baby sitter! Oh the Humanity!

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        March 18, 2009 10:05 AM

        sarcasm apparently. :) The nintendo ds is not a toy of course. It can be used as one though. That's the strength of it.

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      March 17, 2009 5:33 PM

      Never post again.

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      March 17, 2009 5:34 PM

      I too don't understand this post. I want to play good games on my DS - I don't care if they're rated E or M.

      I could see an argument that the DS is maybe not a logical fit for a GTA game because so many owners are kids, but that's just an argument for why it can't sell 10 million on the platform. 2 million seems in reach.

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      March 17, 2009 5:48 PM

      At least 100 million DS units have been sold worldwide. They only need 2% to buy this to hit that 2 million number.

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      March 17, 2009 6:25 PM

      Lol Wut?!

      I almost want to buy a DS because the game looks so awesome.

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      March 18, 2009 1:23 AM

      This will finally be replacing Advance Wars series on my DS.

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      March 18, 2009 5:20 AM

      That's bullshit and I don't even own a DS but a PSP.

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      March 18, 2009 10:02 AM

      Not true. The DS is not just a kiddie system. The reason the DS is so popular is because it is also popular with older audiences. In fact, I know more adults with a ds than kids. Just personal experience of course.