It's probably because a lot of people feel that 'hey, we cant get WoR and play it with everything we already have or we can get RB3 and feel compelled to drop another large sum of money on plastic instruments to take up space in my living room'. That's not to say that the new instruments aren't cool additions from what I've seen, but if you're at the store, buying a new rhythm game and you see a $70 option and a $150 option...the choice is pretty simple.
You're right though, I'm sure that RB3 will fare much better in the US.
It will do much better in the US.
Here in Europe, Rock Band never got any advertising - since RB1 even. People only know GH over here and retailers almost only put GH on their shelves.
And GH:WoR did not whip it's ass. It only sold about 8k copies in Europe during the first week - which is almost as bad and even worse since GH is actually heavily advertised here.
Didn't even know it was out in Sweden. Haven't seen a single piece of advertisement for it here, but that's not unusual. And most likely, it's because the Pro-mode has been so heavily pushed to media that people immediately think that they need to put down money on an even more expensive plastic instrument than previous games have had, and that they don't want to do that.
" people do not want to spend another $100 for instruments. "Yo... that's what the stand-alone disc is for.
This doen't suprise me in the slightest. Here in the UK there has been almost zero advertising or marketing and no stores have been pushing it. The various insturments are usually pushed in a corner somewhere that no one can see them. Also the price is ridiculous, If I wanted all the instruments and the game it would cost me something like £300 upwards.
Well, the bundles are pretty crappy to be honest. I'll get RB3 next month or so, but looking at the availability, it sure doesn't bode well. 250$ for RB3 + Keyboard bundle in Denmark, as the cheapest. No RB3 + Guitar bundles at all, Drums are super cheap IF you buy the RB1 version, RB3 madcatz will run you upwards of 120$ without the game. But who wants to play Rock Band 3, with drums, when you have to buy an additional Add-on for Pro-mode. The stand-alone instruments are not going on sale until 19th November, at 120$ for a keyboard alone.
I'm not surprised to be honest, but I'm abit sad to hear that it's doing that much poorer as I prefer the franchise to that of Guitar Hero.
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