Retail Success Eludes GTA: Chinatown Wars

A case of the right game on the wrong platform?

It might be the highest-rated game in the history of the Nintendo DS, but critical success hasn’t translated into commercial victory for Rockstar’s GTA: Chinatown Wars.

The game failed to make the top 10 or 20 best-selling games for the month, and has sold well below the 200,000 copies that Rockstar was hoping for. In fact, only 88,000 copies have been shifted since its release in March.

Industry experts are citing the game’s lacklustre performance as proof that mature titles simply don’t have a chance on the ‘kiddie-friendly’ DS.


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