Apple’s iPhone 4, App Store Set World Records For Gaming


Apple’s success with the iPhone 4 and the Apple App Store has earned the company several impressive records in the 2011 Gamer’s Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Analysts estimate that 1.5 million iPhone 4 units were sold during launch day, for this reason Apple has earned the title of “Fastest Selling Portable Gaming System” for its popular smart phone, as certified by Guinness World Records, the LA Times reports. Let us compare, Sony’s Playstation Portable sold just 200,000 units on its launch day, which was in 2005, while the Nintendo DS sold over 500,000 units in its first week of availability, which took place in November 2004. “The release of the iPhone has not just changed the mobile industry, but the video game world too,” said Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records Gaming Editor. “With the never-ending App Store selection and an intuitive device, Apple has created a gigantic new space for itself in the casual games genre that literally brings entertainment to users wherever they may be.”

The Apple App Store has also been awarded records for being the “Most Popular Application Marketplace” and the “Largest Downloadable Video Game Store.” Using numbers from September 2010, Guinness World Records have noted in a statement that Apple had received over 6.5 billion downloads since the launch of its App Store and hosted 259,740  application, including 61 flatulence simulators. Apple’s App Store with 37,362 games make other competitors look tiny. For example, the PC game download service Steam only offers 1,110 titles, whereas Microsoft’s Xbox Live Indie Arcade has 1,300 titles and the Japanese Virtual Console Store offers 576 games. Apple also set the record for the “Largest Launch Line-up of Any Gaming System” with the over 500 available on the first day of business for the App Store.

iOS developers also took home several world records for their work. Rovio’s “Angry Birds” game was noted as the “Top Paid-For App Store Game in Most Countries.” As of October 2010, Angry Birds was recognized as the top paid-for game in the App Store in a record of 67 territories worldwide. Rovio boss Peter Vesterbacka announced last month at the Globile Mobile Internet Conference that total downloads of the game on all platforms had reached 140 million. According to Vesterbacka, Apple “changed everything” about the mobile gaming industry with the release of the iPhone.

In the meanwhile, PopCap‘s “Plant Vs. Zombies” set the record for “Fastest-Selling iPhone/iPod Strategy Game” with more than 300,000 paid downloads in its first 9 days of being on the App Store. “Tap Tap Revenge” also scored big as the “Most Popular iPhone Game Series” with more than 15 million downloads. Apple has reportedly hired away two key gaming industry PR veterans from Nintendo and Activision in an effort to ramp up gaming on iOS.

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