Goozex’s most requested games on Nintendo systems are ‘M’

Goozex, the game trading service, has released their list of the most requested games in 2009. The ten games across all platforms are fairly predictable, mostly being AAA titles released in 2008 or early in the year. Where things get interesting is in the nitty-gritty details, especially when it comes to Nintendo’s consoles.

The most requested game on the Wii wound up being MadWorld, while the DS saw Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars topping its list. House of the Dead: Overkill made the Wii list as well at #8. In a time when developers and publishers are questioning the value of producing Mature-rated content for these platforms and using these specific games as examples of failure, this info raises some interesting questions.

Why are so many Goozex users after these games while they rot on store shelves? Does this represent the demand for the titles that was anticipated by their publishers? I’d be very interested to see some deeper user metrics to see how it relates.

Goozex lies within odd psychological territory. When you make use of it as intended, you’re essentially saying, “I want to own this game, but I don’t want it enough to go to a store when I’ve already bought these other games.” It’s a stronger emotional commitment than a rental but has a lesser financial one. Yet, at the same time, I’ve requested games totally on a lark with little to back up the impulse simply because the investment is so small.

I don’t know if anything could really be derived from these results, but it’s an interesting mental exercise. To check out the the all of the most requested games in 2009, both overall and broken down by console, move past the jump for the list.

[Goozex]

Overall Top 10 Most Requested Items on Goozex in 2009:
1. Left 4 Dead
2. Fallout 3
3. Killzone 2
4. Infamous
5. Resident Evil 5
6. Fable II
7. Call of Duty: World at War
8. Gears of War 2
9. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
10. Batman: Arkham Asylum

Top 10 Most Requested Xbox 360 Games in 2009:
1. Left 4 Dead
2. Fallout 3
3. Resident Evil 5
4. Fable II
5. Call of Duty: World at War
6. Gears of War 2
7. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
8. Batman: Arkham Asylum
9. Prototype
10. Halo 3

Top 10 Most Requested PS3 Games in 2009:
1. Killzone 2
2. Infamous
3. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
4. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
5. LittleBigPlanet
6. Resistance 2
7. Batman: Arkham Asylum
8. Demon’s Souls
9. Resident Evil 5
10. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Top 10 Most Requested Wii Games in 2009:
1. MadWorld
2. Punch-Out!!
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
5. Super Mario Galaxy
6. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
7. Mario Kart Wii
8. The House of the Dead: Overkill
9. No More Heroes
10. Super Paper Mario

Top 10 Most Requested DS Games in 2009:
1. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
2. New Super Mario Bros.
3. Scribblenauts
4. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
5. Chrono Trigger
6. The World Ends with You
7. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
8. Pokemon Platinum Version
9. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
10. Mario Kart DS

Top 10 Most Requested PSP Games in 2009:
1. God of War: Chains of Olympus
2. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
3. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
4. Resistance: Retribution
5. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions
6. Dissidia Final Fantasy
7. Star Ocean: Second Evolution
8. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
9. Killzone: Liberation
10. Patapon

Top 10 Most Requested PC Games in 2009:
1. Fallout 3
2. The Sims 3
3. Dragon Age: Origins
4. Borderlands
5. Crysis
6. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
7. Call of Duty: World at War
8. Mass Effect
9. Gears of War
10. Far Cry 2

Conrad Zimmerman