- Over 350,000 copies at $170 a pop is impressive, but critical mistakes cost them more.
No one expected Rock Band to outsell Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock this holiday season. Guitar Hero is one of the most powerful franchises in gaming right now -- period. In fact, if Rock Band sold at all it'd be a triumphant feat for the new music IP, Harmonix and MTV.
Only the hardcore are even aware Harmonix was behind Rock Band (and once Guitar Hero), so while their involvement was encouraging, it was hardly relevant to the end game. And while the $170 price tag is actually cheap given the value inside -- game, guitar, drum, microphone -- the lack of individual peripherals meant that was the only way to join in on the fun, unless you were lucky enough to realize the Guitar Hero controllers work on Xbox 360. Unless you read gaming websites, you probably didn't -- or, perhaps, wrongly assumed it did on PlayStation 3.
As it turned out, Rock Band performed surprisingly well in its first few weeks on the market, according to the NPD Group, selling 296,000 copies on Xbox 360 and 68,500 copies on PS3, making for 364,500 copies combined.
The franchise's public image has taken a hit due to the incredible frequency at which the guitars have been breaking, but Electronic Arts' typically fast and courteous...