Selling a million copies in the console and PC games space is a huge deal. A hair or two above five million is the watermark. Angry Birds [$.99 / Free / Lite / HD / HD Free], across mobile devices various services and even web portals, has been downloaded 250 million times. Talk about penetration.

Actually, let’s keep talking about penetration, because a new studio has announced that it’s hit the 200 million downloads threshold: Gameloft. In a recent press release, the App Store connoisseurs announced that it has served up its 200 millionth download on iTunes.

That’s a lot of games served.

I opened up with those traditional games space numbers just so you can see how much of a gap there is between these two markets. They’re different, of course. One pushes out a lot of $60 experiences, while the other 99-cent flings. Also, Gameloft is counting dozens of games’ individual sales to get this number, but the disparity is there regardless.

Gameloft is giving a special shout-out to the NOVA series, as well as the Asphalt, the Modern Combat, and the Let’s Golf franchises in the announcement, which implies that they are the actual workhorses fluffing the download number.

"We have been able to develop a truly massive fan base by offering high-quality games on the App Store," Gonzague de Vallois, SVP of publishing at Gameloft said in a brand new, congratulatory statement.

"For millions of people worldwide, Gameloft is now synonymous with amazing gaming experiences on their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad."

Gameloft has around 20 more games set to hit this year. I wonder how long it'll take before we see a "half a billion games downloaded" story? Five bucks says that we'll have one by next year!

  • Art Vandelay

    "Penetration," "flings," and "fluffing." Yes, Gameloft is the whore of the App Store.

  • Sajak

    This is a pretty silly comparison.  Any app store game just doesn't compare to a full fledged console or PC experience, let alone any other handheld game.  You get what you pay for with the app store.

    • Mr Dr Professorjr

      Really? Do you really want to compare Dead Space or BackStab from the appstore with Prince of Persia on DS?
      BackStab could damn well compete with some PSP titles. Just forget the DS until it can run Infinity Blade.

      • Snipyro

        How about no? Infinity Blade is great, yes, but it's barely a mini-game compared to a full-fledged DS or PSP game. If Infinity Blade was on the DS, I'd consider it a lacking game, minus the shiny graphics. On the iOS, it's a great casual game. Different devices, different viewpoints. But that's exactly why I wouldn't consider the iOS a proper gaming device minus the few great games like Dead Space. But those are few and extremely far between. 

      • Snipyro

        How about no? Infinity Blade is great, yes, but it's barely a mini-game compared to a full-fledged DS or PSP game. If Infinity Blade was on the DS, I'd consider it a lacking game, minus the shiny graphics. On the iOS, it's a great casual game. Different devices, different viewpoints. But that's exactly why I wouldn't consider the iOS a proper gaming device minus the few great games like Dead Space. But those are few and extremely far between. 

      • Jasonc506

        Infinity Blade is a fun addictive game. That's all it needs to be. Obviously alot of iOS games are cheap unfun trash but the same could definitely be said for the DS games. Look how many unfun games it had especially during it's earlier lifetime.

      • Snipyro

        Infinity Blade is the epitome of OS gaming, those crappy early DS games are not the epitome of DS gaming. The fact that you're comparing IB with the early DS games instead the tons of great games out there is the point I'm making. Compare IB with Pokemomn and there's a huge diffence in content. Like I said I love IB and I agree its a great casual game and doesn't need to be anything else. But I just strongly disagree with mr. Dr professor who says don't even look at the DS till it gets something as good as IB. I've played a crap load of DS games that are as good as or even much better than IB on DS, and that comment is just IMO biased.

      • Jasonc506

        What you seem to be forgetting is that the iOS games are still early in their lifetime. Infinity Blade isn't quite the best game on the iOS now and it definitely won't be later. Also I spent about 40 hours in Infinity Blade (I only spent about 28 in the last Pokemon, though it is less repetitive). I will agree with you the overall quality of all the games on the DS is slightly better than the iOS but not by much. The DS has more great games than the iPhone but the iPhone has more decent games.

      • Snipyro

        I guess it's really just a difference in opinion in the end. I understand your point, but for me personally, the quality of iOS games are far from the DS/PSP (the top quality games of course, not the crappy DS games that I admit are quite aplentiful). Case in point: I've spent about 10 hours in IB before I got tired of the same 30 minute story and gameplay over and over again. Pokemon is far more diverse and I easily invested 60+ hours in it. The thing is, I could easily name a ton of full-fludged DS/PSP games, while I'd be hard put trying to name a couple of similar games on iOS (not really counting casual games like Angry Birds, even if it is popular). 

        I guess in the end I consider them in different markets. For hardcore gamers, the iOS doesn't really satisfy yet, while it's king for casual games.

        I often grab my iPad to play some casual games, but on the other hand, for any train trip longer than 20 mins (It takes me about an hour to get to uni), I'd definitely grab my DS or PSP to give me more fulfilling gameplay. There's a market for both.

    • Anonymous

      I'm sorry, but Let's Golf and NOVA are easily on a par with their DS and PSP equivalents. Heck, they're deeper experiences than some Wii titles.

      There's a lot of shallow timewaster content on iOS, but there is on DS.

      • Jasonc506

        I somewhat agree. Hots Shots Golf on the psp is slightly better than Lets Golf 2. IMO Nova is better than any first person shooter on the PSP or DS.

  • http://www.meadiciona.com/charles_anjos Charles Albert

    Boring comparsions between regular games and mobile games markets: until when?

  • Dcmac

    I was always tough on Gameloft after I downloaded Brain Challenge on PS3 because they charged full price for the game and you needed an expansion to get a few trophies that were included in the original game.

    Gameloft sucks as a console developer, but they're the cream of the crop on iOS. After I got my iPod I learned pretty quickly, they have a pretty deep passion for being the absolute best on the appstore. Do their games blatantly copy other famous titles? Yes, but in their defence, they do it a heck of a lot better than others would do.

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