Guitar Hero World Tour sells 3.4M in '08, Rock Band 2 hits 1.7M

NPD figures have Activision's rocker outselling Harmonix rival two-to-one in the United States last year.

Last week the NPD Group, the industry standard of game-industry research firms, released its US sales figures for 2008. However, the company's top 10 game rankings only tracked individual products, or SKU (Stock Keeping Units), sold at retailers in the US.

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As a result, it was unclear how two of the year's biggest rivals--Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2--fared against one another. Besides being multiplatform releases, the two solidly reviewed rhythm games each came in various retail configurations, such as a la carte or with one or more instruments.

Now, NPD has shared the combined US sales of both World Tour and Rock Band 2 across all platforms and SKUs. The result? The first full-band (drums, guitar/bass, and vocals) installment in Activision's billion-dollar franchise sold 3.4 million copies domestically, twice as many as Rock Band 2's 1.7 million haul. Analysts had the latter game, developed by former Tony Hawk shop Neversoft, selling nearly 1 million units in November alone.

Though the two-to-one ratio is a blowout victory in purely dollar terms, several factors play a role in World Tour's success. For one, the Guitar Hero brand is better known than Rock Band, even though the latter series is generally better received by critics. Besides being available in more retail configurations, Guitar Hero World Tour also went on sale on all platforms--the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3--on October 26. By contrast, Rock Band 2 rolled out onto its console on a staggered schedule, hitting the 360 on September 14, the PS3 October 19, and the Wii and PlayStation 2 on December 18. That means that only 13 days' worth of sales on the two latter platforms--which have the biggest installed bases in the US--were recorded by NPD.

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SlashCalliber
SlashCalliber

rock band's problem is the track list, mostly new songs, emo songs, grunge stuff. GHW on the other hand has lots of classics, heavy metal, punk rock, besides, you can do your own songs.

zone151
zone151

i prefur rockband cause of the song choices r better i would of got it if it was out b4 xmas wiv and the kit but that was a let down 4 me tbh so i got guitar hero wiv the kit and i brough rockband 2 on is own

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

RB2 did not even exist outside of the US until 7 days ago. So there is still a little margin for changes "outside of the US", but clearly GHWT is bigger down there. Hopefully this changes... when RB gets downloadable songs that appeal to European gamers for instance. You might not realize it but RB2 shipped with 98% songs that are absolutely unknown to most Europeans, even rock-addicts.

Rikufan
Rikufan

In my opoin rockband 2 is better but Gutar Hero is so much better know

nomadski69
nomadski69

Ill bet GHWT has an even bigger lead outside of the US. Not because its better (I dont think it is) but because they actually thought "Lets release the kit with the game". In the UK we are STILL waiting for the RB2 peripherals, 2 months after the stand alone games release. Not acceptable.

TheDecoy2124
TheDecoy2124

I quickly got rid of GHWT. The game sucked, my guitar was broken out of the box, and my drums broke a week later. Hard to say a games better when it doesn't work.

Murrdox
Murrdox

Aletunda, I'll echo espndave's comments. For anyone else out there who doesn't understand... Harmonix created Guitar Hero. They're the geniuses. Rock Band is what Harmonix would have made instead of Guitar Hero 3. Activision owns the "Guitar Hero" name, and made Guitar Hero 3, World tour, etc. Guitar Hero now has as much to do with the original makers of Guitar Hero as Fallout 3 has to do with the original Fallout. It's still OK for you to like Guitar Hero instead of Rock Band. I think it's a personal preference. I've played both, and honestly I love Rock Band more for a variety of reasons. I've broken 3 guitars and two drum pedals, and I STILL like it more :)

MarioMainic
MarioMainic

Yeah all i have to say is go guitar hero you rule and cant wait for gh: metallica

espndave
espndave

Aletunda, You say you heard numerous complaints yet there is no proof, and whose to say GH didn't have any complaints? And if you didn't know, GH 1 and 2 were made by the makers of Rock Band. Not the money hogging Activision which is using the GH name everywhere to fool people into buying all that they make. And I do respect your decision on GH, however you should actually play RB before you say its a better built system. No hard feelings.

Aletunda
Aletunda

guitar hero is a better built system, very much so in its hardware, ive heard numerous complaints about rock bands drum kit breaking in a day, and guitars failing to work, ive had my GH set for over a month and bashed the hell out of it and it works just as the day i got it. looking at the list of songs, rock band certainly have a lot more range with a lot more songs that are appealing to a whole range of target audiences, gh only has around 98 on the disk and most of them are second rate songs, missing out on the really good stuff but still holding a decent wrap of tracks.personally i cant stand 21st century rock and im 15, i love the classic 80's stuff and guitar hero has a heap of them. i think guitar hero is a more trustworthy brand as it has been around for longer giving it more experience in the musical gaming market and on its first debut release people really caught onto the sensation and there is a large amount of loyal fans who pretty much despise rockband souly on the fact that guitar hero was first. for me guitar hero is a better built system with a lot more quality in it, i dont think graphics are of too much fuss seeing as you hardly look at the crowd.

viewtiful_jay
viewtiful_jay

Is this really a surprise? Not that GH is necessarily a better game, but EA/Harmonix/MTV really bungled the release of RB2 in just about every conceivable way. Giving the 360 timed exclusivity (even a month) might have put off a lot of PS3 owners, who basically said screw RB and bought GH:WT instead. Then you have the PS2 & the Wii - the two largest install bases - which were basically neglected, and they BARELY got them out in time for Christmas. And, while we're on the subject of the Wii, let's not forget that Harmonix gave the Wii a late, half-assed port of the PS2 version of the original RB, with no online play, no DLC, and no way of importing RB1 tracks into RB2. I'm sure a lot of Wii owners had a bad taste in their mouth from all that, and again, decided to vote with their dollars for GH. Say want you want about Activision - at least they know how to milk ALL the platforms equally.

DaddyWarbucks
DaddyWarbucks

rb2 songs are boring i like the classic rock songs of ghwt plus im no punk kid like these teenage kiddies. im a 29 year grown man with 2 kids and when my ADULT FRIENDS come by, we wanna hear "bar music" not some new 2000's punk crap

YesIMAPS3FANBOY
YesIMAPS3FANBOY

I have GHWT and have played RB2(never RB1) at my best friends house a extensive amount . just thought I should let you guys know. I love RB2's presentation it is amazing compared to GHWT's all i have is just one humoungus set list that I have to scroll down to find a a song. But I like GHWT's instruments a crap load more but That is only my opinion i can see why some people would like RB2's better but if it was up to me I would have got RB2 lol but my mom boughtt me GHWT but hey I am not complaining still an amazing game but every one here has to admit Harmonix probably wants to jump off a bridge about now lol if only they wouldve kept the name Guitar Hero lol and just add world Tour to it so they can add all their instruments lol they missed out big time.

Furbyballistik
Furbyballistik

i personally like GH:WT much more than RB2..i dont really like the RB2 instruments either..i NEVER liked the buttons..its soo much easier to hit the solos and crazy frets with the GH guitar...the drums are much more realistic as well..only thing i dislike about the drums is the kick pad..i wish they went the RB way and made a bar for the kickpad to stay placed on..

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

good job activision...it is a pretty good game and i think its better than rock band

B1G_DADDY
B1G_DADDY

I prefer RB, tons more songs, GH is good but I really don't get the use of the strip below the buttons, it is way to complicated for me, the guitar is way to loud as well, GH has way better songs on the disc than RB2 though, I mean RB2's song kinda suck, there is 84 songs, almost all by bands noone has heard of, and there is only about 20 good songs. If you took GH's songs and RB's instruments it would be perfect.

PirateGaz
PirateGaz

i have both. i bought GH for the perephials, and i think i prefer the GH drums.....however in terms of song lists and pure presentation i prefer Rock band 2

cromwargod
cromwargod

"Does anybody know if rock band 1 and 2 is compatible with GHs drums?" I know on the 360 all the instruments work for sure, and I believe most other systems do too with some exception..

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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funnysplay
funnysplay

Does anybody know if rock band 1 and 2 is compatible with GHs drums?

otanikun
otanikun

The numbers are kinda funny really, GH is selling more, but RB isn't yet has hundreds of DLC; money money money.

savvacon
savvacon

lol... i love this fan boy type stuff... I have both so i don't care.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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Dea7htrap-101
Dea7htrap-101

Gaming Guru Guy said "The people trying to claim RB has better instruments are just flat out wrong." So you are saying the team from Gamespot are all just idiots that dont know anything? Look at both reviews and you tell me which one has better hardware

jjlinder
jjlinder

rockband 2 and rockband have better drums and singing. but i personally like the guitar from world tour better.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

rb2 owners will defend their purchase to the death even though it's clear that it is inferior to gh. ..... just like the rrod360 owners would defend the console they bought even though it's at the repair shop half the time.

Wings_008
Wings_008

am gonna get me a one of these

Gaming_Guru_Guy
Gaming_Guru_Guy

Guira Hero's instruments are twice as good as Rockband 2 instruments and the games are pretty much a draw. I own both games but bought the GH World Tour bundle because of hardware. The people trying to claim RB has better instruments are just flat out wrong. I am a expert GH player and expert RB player swo I have spent a little time with both games and hardware to know the difference.

tig1979
tig1979

Both good games, i don't own either i just go to my mates to play them, save the money :) People seem to come here slate the other game to justify why they bought the other, just get your mate to buy it and play it at his house, saves money and always played with friends is so much better

Xzakuter
Xzakuter

You know what would be really cool? If both Guitar Hero and Rock Band joined up with eachother.......haha Rock Hero!

Xzakuter
Xzakuter

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NyGin07
NyGin07

yea and how the drums turn out...lol. whatever both had stupid problems with the instruments.

mclovin401
mclovin401

i went through 3 guitars with rockband 1....SHODDY HARDWARE!!!!!!!MY GOD!!!!. that influeced my world tour purchase.

world69star69
world69star69

world tour sucks...why are people so stupid? Same thing I ask when I see people buying 360!

Dea7htrap-101
Dea7htrap-101

I dont understand why anyone would want World Tour over Rock Band other than the fact that World Tour has the Guitar Hero license. Rock Band's equipment is better, its more solid, and it has about 5x as many songs. Sorry WT unless you can get up in the 200 song mark and start releasing reliable peripherals Rock Band will continue to monkey stomp you in every way. To be fair though Guitar Hero 3 (which isnt even in the same class of game) is amazing, best single player music game of all time.

canialblasm
canialblasm

i would have prefered guitar hero, but my instrument set couldnt hold up. my kick drum does double hits every hit, and my pads just arent sensitive. i prefer most of the songs on guitar hero, but i play rb2 because the instruments are better and the game overall is more challenging

kytomasi
kytomasi

Guitar Hero is always better then Rock band. Ya Rock band was new last year but for them to think An expansion pack like Rock band 2 would actually beat GH:WT is crazy. The best songs are still the DLC which can be played on Rockband 1 so 2 isnt "NEEDED" Plus GH:WT will always be the harder and more challenging game period.

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

I really don't like how Guitar hero just has a list of songs you basically just go up a tedious list of songs that 80% of you can't stand just to get to the good ones. So you just go through and pick the songs. I like how in rock band a lot of the things you do are random and you'll get crazy songs to test you thrown in not to mention it combines dlc with regular tracks. I also felt bad cursing at my friend she accidentally failed on drums in guitar hero and stopped the song, that games just meant to strain friendships.

kerbyf3
kerbyf3

hahhahahah i love the whole guitar hero franchise to death but it need alot more download content due to the fact im going crazy without it lol but i still love it

faceman420
faceman420

World Tour definitely. The sticks bounce off the rubber service more realistically.. RB drums are wayyy too loud. You could always play RB with WT drums tho. I like both games.

heybeefcakes
heybeefcakes

which drums are better to play over all rock band 2 or guitar hero world tours?

faceman420
faceman420

GH:WT was selling cheaper than Rock Band by xmas time came. I bought a WT guitar w/ game pack myself, but sold the game new. I just wanted a good n cheap guitar since the RB2 guitar was goin for $80..

shockner
shockner

Half the people I know actually refer to World Tour as Rock Band which is kind of funny in my opinion.

msudude211
msudude211

Wow, I would have thought that RB2 won...

vinnyv120
vinnyv120

rock band 2 is so much better

blacknation
blacknation

TOOL !!!, Jimmy Hendrix are the reasons to get GHWT do u want another reason, the drums set. RB 2 is RB 1.5 no real reason to update the original RB. ¿other reason? ¡¡GH,METALLICA!!!. i want: a perfect circle, pantera, slayer, more dragon force, LACRIMOSA!!. EPICA, nightwish, ANTRAX, static x. more slipknot.