Friday, November 13, 2009

Nintendo's Wii Game Sales Data: The Conduit versus Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex]

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What Happens with a Temporary Price Drop?

Almost two weeks ago, I captured the sales data on The Conduit and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex].  I captured the data, because I was really suprised to see Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex] selling at a higher position on, than The Conduit was, at that time.

Well, nearly two weeks have passed since the last post, and some interesting things have happened. 
The Conduit saw a significant price drop, from $49.99, down to $29.99.  After The Conduit's price drop, it had a brief spike on the sales chart, but fell back pretty quickly to being ranked between 600-800 in video game sales on on a daily basis.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex] kept continually climbing up the sales ranks, and has been sitting the "Top 100" for the last seven days.

On Wednesday, November 11, temporarily slashed The Conduit's price down to $18.  The Conduit's sales immediately starting rising, it crossed into the "Top 100", and soon enough, passed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex], as the picture above shows.  Not only did The Conduit shoot way up in sales, but sold out, and now The Conduit is only available for purchase through some of's 2nd/3rd party vendors.

Did the temporary price slashing by help spur continued sales for The Conduit?
I decided to watch the sales over the last 24 hours, and the picture below shows the sales rank for both The Conduit and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex] on 24 hours after the picture above.

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As the picture shows, 24 hours later, The Conduit has fallen back beneath the sales rank of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex].  I think it would be interesting to see how The Conduit would have kept performing had not run out of stock.

If you haven't purchased The Conduit, do you plan on picking it up now at the MSRP of $29.99,  or are you debating on purchasing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex]?  I myself did own The Conduit, and I'm now debating on buying Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex].
If you own both games, what are your opinions good/bad on both games?


  1. I bought The Conduit day one. It was a fun game but it was also kind of lame. All it was, was a bunch of corridors and hallways. I think I'll skip COD4 and just buy SMBWII. From the reviews Reflex doesn't look that good. I also wish Nintendo would give games the option of the classic controller for FPS.

  2. I was originally down on MW:Reflex for being a late port, but after seeing how well Treyarch ported the game, I'm tempted to pick it up as well. I think it and The Conduit are sufficiently different games (tactical squad shooter vs. run-and-gun) that they can both be enjoyed side-by-side.


  3. @Anonymous:
    Thanks for the comment!
    Right now, COD4 has a higher average of 78 out of 100, compared to The Conduit's 69 out of 100, though The Conduit currently has 69 more reviews for it's average score.
    Also, I think the option of using the classic controller would be up to the company developing the game, not Nintendo.

    Thanks for the comment also!
    I agree, both are "different" FPS games. My main issue with The Conduit was it's online play being plagued by a bug/glitch/hackers that really affected the game play.
    I enjoyed The Conduit's single player campaign a lot, even if it was very "linear". I enjoyed listening to the random radio broadcasts and finding all the hidden drudge messages.
    If HVS makes a "The Conduit 2", I'm guessing the online issues would be addressed and they learned a lot from making The Conduit, so I would gladly buy a sequel to it.

  4. to me this kind of games must be taken by Nintendo, in my case I never can play FPS game in a control of any console, I can't play Gear Of War for XboX 360 because I never can move the character with a stick, I need my keyword and my mouse.
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