That's true I guess, but I do think the average teenager would horde the cash ready for the onslaught of masterpieces in the coming months. Black is awesome, but it's not as good as half of the games I mentioned in that post, and after TM3 & 4 were mediocre, there was probably some doubt on the franchise.DidntKnowJack said:But Black came out in June of 2001, 3 to 4 months before the onslought of fall releases and a majority of the games you mentioned. So I'm a bit surprised and saddened that it didn't sell that well. I remember reviewing that game. I don't remember what I gave it, but it was insanely high. Somewhere in the 9.5 - 9.8 range, I think. That game was a revelation to me. Insanely good.
I also remember when TM: Black and Gran Turismo 3 came out in a time where everyone said the PS2 had no games. Man, that all changed in a hurry.
But I digress... :lol
My point was really that I disagree the rating of Black is the reason it didn't sell as well as the earlier games, and that I don't think making an M rated TM today would hurt sales at all. 2001 was by a long way the most triple A packed year in gaming, it has games ten places down a GotY list that would make current releases look embarrassing.
Had Black launched a year before I am utterly convinced it'd have sold far, far better.