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27 October 2006
Updated Launch Game Data
As promised in the comments, I'm making an updated post on launch game data.

The game list has been updated, with several games added that were missing. Jason Cross helpfully provided his data for the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, and Xbox 360. (Thanks!) After several emails, I think we've converged on a common list. Download this CSV of the full list of games and load it into your favorite spreadsheet if you want to play around with the numbers on your own.

Now, here are updated versions of the graphs that appeared on and here in the past few days.

Average launch game review scores, by platform:
Maximum/average/median/minimum review scores, by platform:
Number of launch games, by platform:
Average number of sources providing reviews for each launch game, by platform:
One key difference is that the number of outlets reviewing the Xbox and GameCube is now about equal. However, this makes the jump between the GameCube/Xbox launches and the Xbox 360 launch even more dramatic: from 40/41 sources to 65 sources, a more than 50% increase in just four years.

The new top 10 launch games:
  1. Halo: Combat Evolved, Xbox, 96%
  2. Soul Calibur, Dreamcast, 96%
  3. Super Mario 64, Nintendo 64, 96%
  4. Wave Race 64, Nintendo 64, 92%
  5. SSX, PlayStation 2, 91%
  6. NFL 2k, Dreamcast, 91%
  7. Call of Duty 2, Xbox 360, 90%
  8. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, GameCube, 90%
  9. Madden NFL 2001, PlayStation 2, 90%
  10. Madden NFL 2002, GameCube (!!), 90%
That's 2 for Microsoft, 2 for Sega, 2 for Sony, and 4 for Nintendo.

And the new bottom 10:
  1. Mortal Kombat Gold, Dreamcast, 56%
  2. Orphen: Scion of Sorcery, PlayStation 2, 54%
  3. Arctic Thunder, Xbox, 54%
  4. Cruis'n USA, Nintendo 64, 54%
  5. Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Nintendo 64, 54%
  6. Evergrace, PlayStation 2, 52%
  7. Shrek, Xbox, 51%
  8. ESPN Extreme Games, PSOne, 50%
  9. Total Eclipse Turbo, PSOne, 48%
  10. Surfing H30, PlayStation 2, 42%
And the count is 2 for Microsoft, 1 for Sega, 2 for Nintendo, and 5 for Sony.

As always, I invite corrections and revisions.

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--Matt Matthews at 21:10
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