While researching a summer gaming guide (for my other job), I realized this summer was bad ... really bad. A confluence of events -- next-gen development, Microsoft's fall focus, general summertime slumps -- all conspired to make the task at hand fairly difficult. Luckily, I'm not the only one who's taken notice.
MTV's Stephen Totilo took a look at the problem and managed to dig up with some interesting explanations:
- Valve's Doug Lombardi blames Europe, saying, "In Europe, roughly half the continent closes from mid-July until the end of August while everyone enjoys extended vacations, the likes of which are completely foreign to Americans."
- Analyst P.J. McNealy says, "This year you have the launch of the PlayStation 3 and the Wii this fall," continuing, "So a lot of the game development focus is on those platforms. And if you're Microsoft, you'd rather fire your big guns in October and November to thwart some of those sales."
- There are some games that come out in the summer: football games. EA's Christopher Erb explains, "NCAA is the fourth best-selling game in the U.S. of all genres ... people stay out of its way. I think that's true for both Madden and NCAA."
- June 5: Big Brain Academy
- June 5: Magnetica
- June 11: Nintendo DS Lite
- June 26: Sudoku Gridmaster
- Aug. 28: Star Fox DS
- Sept. 18: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
- Sept. 25: Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
- Oct. 9: Clubhouse Games
- Oct. 30: Pokemon Ranger
- Oct. 30: Children of Mana
- Sept. 25: Baten Kaitos Origins
- Oct. 9: Super Paper Mario
- Sept. 18: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team