Red Dead Redemption may have been a veritable blockbuster hit, but other big hitters failed to make an impact at retail. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has noted that several high-profile games all failed to hit 200,000 in unit sales.
These titles include Alan Wake, Blur, Prince of Persia, Lost Planet 2, Skate and movie-game adaptations Shrek and Iron Man 2. Additionally, UFC 2010 saw sales down 60% compared to its predecessor; even Super Mario Galaxy 2 performed “well below” the first game.
This is scary in the fact that these games have cost millions of dollars to make and that they won’t be making almost any profit. Pachter notes that these results “reinforce the notion that the video game industry is in a state of persistent secular decline.”
In a brief announcement, Activision announced Shrek: Ogres and Donkeys on the DS. Set for release this Fall, this E-rated game will feature the triplets of Shrek & Fiona along with Donkey & Dragon’s offspring, offering players the chance to train, play and explore with these new characters.