5 games (out of dozens) that are bigger than Halo
Corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer recently claimed that “no game is bigger than Halo”. He bases this claim on wishy-washy ideas like Halo’s “size and scope” and “the dedication of the fans” and not, of course, on anything resembling facts.
Actual unit sales figures are, of course, not an exact measure of size, scope or dedication, but they are about as close as you can get, and just a quick look over some reveals that Mr Spencer has completely lost all sense of perspective and reality. A lot of games are bigger than Halo.
Even if you limit comparisons to the current generation (DS, PSP, Wii, PS3, 360) and rule out casual titles that are arguably not games, it’s still easy to find bigger games than Halo. There are more than 5, and there are many that sold a lot more than these 5. I just thought that choosing 5 games that didn’t outsell Halo 3 (which sold about 8 million) by that much illustrated the point more clearly. It’s like, Hey Phil, get real, even these are bigger than Halo…
Animal Crossing: Wild World
It’s a game about a small village, inhabited by small animals with small ambitions and a small console, but it’s still bigger than Halo.
Call Of Duty: World At War
Call Of Duty is so much bigger than Halo that even its third best selling iteration so far has trumped Halo 3 by over 5 million sales.
Grand Theft Auto IV
Remember when Michael Pachter said Rockstar delayed GTA IV into 2008 because it considered Halo 3 to be a threat? Ha! That’s when we knew he had no idea what he was talking about.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Of the two New Super Mario Bros games, the Wii version is by far the smallest, yet it’s still about twice the size of Halo on its own. Oh, but wait, Phil’s right – Mario fans aren’t really that dedicated. Suuurrre…
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Nintendo just throws together all its characters into a fun but ultimately shallow fighting game and still it’s bigger than Halo.