‘Duke Nukem Forever’ Takes Second Place In June Game Sales

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Duke Nukem Forever Second Most Bought Game In June

Important life lesson: Don’t get your expectations too high. Never is this more apparent than with Duke Nukem Forever. Almost a decade and a half of waiting for what was promised to be Duke’s biggest outing ever – and the title ultimately suffered under the weight of its own hype. For many the game failed to live up to their expectations – even if it could be argued that those fans expected a little too much.

Not that you could tell from the game sales, however, as the title has become the second most sold game of June 2011.

Despite numerous game reviews (read our Duke Nukem Forever review) bashing the game and stating that the title was a failure –  the Duke still went on to sell a ton of copies. According to NPD, the only title to outsell the game last month was the much-anticipated L.A. Noire with PS3 exclusive InFamous 2 coming in at third.

Another big name title, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, became the fifth most-sold title (and the most-sold on the 3DS). It was certainly a big month for old-school franchises.

Here is the full list, for those wondering:

  1. L.A. Noire
  2. Duke Nukem Forever
  3. InFamous 2
  4. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
  5. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  7. NBA 2K11
  8. Mortal Kombat
  9. Cars 2
  10. Just Dance 2

Despite some strong debuts, June wasn’t a particularly good month for gaming. It turns out that sales have gone down from last year, with the total in June of 2010 around $1.15 billion – and sales this year at $1.03 billion. Granted, there can be numerous reasons behind this – most notably lack of interest in the current summer offerings, not to mention the downturn for the Wii-sales powerhouse.

Microsoft still managed to pull some impressive numbers – the Xbox 360 is the top selling console of the month, with 507,000 units sold. Microsoft, of course, claims that the number represents twice as many consoles sold as the competition – but whether or not that’s true is up for debate.

Did you pick up Duke Nukem Forever? Why do you think the title sold so well despite its poor reception?

Duke Nukem Forever is out now for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and OnLive.

Source: NPD [via Joystiq]

TAGS: 3D Realms, 3DS, Cars 2, DS, Duke Nukem Forever, Gearbox Software, Infamous 2, Just Dance 2, LA Noire, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Mortal Kombat, NBA 2K11, OnLive, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii

  • Nick

    >Why do you think the title sold so well despite its poor reception?

    Game was great, reviewers don’t know what real games are.

  • Nick

    ^Not the same Nick.

    Reviewers were spot on with what they were talking about and I don’t want to beat a dead horse after it’s been beaten, hacked to pieces, set a fire, and had it’s ashes pissed on.

    Duke Nukem Forever may have sold well but in the end it is still what it is, a trash cans best friend.

    • iDancethroughShadows

      even the demo was crap. felt like it was half made then rushed for release. i just dont like sex in games. i guess thats why ive never liked duke.

      • Nick

        Sex in games isn’t always a bad thing, example: God of War and Overlord. I just don’t like it when sex is hammered in so much even I begin to fake my enthusiasm.

  • DarthMalnu

    I played Duke and loved it. It had a 90’s feel to it, I laughed and had fun. That’s Duke Nukem. It’s silly. I don’t think the cell phone generation would get it though… but then again, they don’t get alot of things.

  • pawn65

    LOL Duke Nukem is a mans man and they designed it that way!