Apple is no stranger to breaking a few records. It seems like Apple breaks all of its own records at every Keynote the company holds. But the company is also capable of a Guinness World Record or two, and has been awarded just that for the iPhone 4 and its App Store. Even App Store residents Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies got in on the record-breaking action.
The iPhone 4 was awarded a Guinness World record for being the fastest selling, ahem, portable gaming device, ahead of the Nintendo 3DS and Sony’s PSP. The iPhone 4 sold an astonishing 1.5 million units on its launch day on June 24, 2010, in comparison to the PSP, which sold 200,000 on its launch day.
The App Store was named most popular application market place and largest downloadable video game store with almost 300,000 apps including nearly 38,000 games, as of September, 2010. Those apps were downloaded over 6.5 billion times since the App Store’s launch in July 2008. Here’s what Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records Gaming Editor, had to say in the press release.
“The release of the iPhone has not just changed the mobile industry, but the video game world too,”…”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.”
Angry Birds was awarded the title of “Top Paid-for App Store Game in Most Countries” while PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies was named “Fastest-Selling iPod/iPhone Strategy Game” with over 300,000 downloads in its first nine days on sale.
In addition, the iPhone was also awarded the accolade of “Largest Launch Line-up of Any Gaming System.” Although the iPhone has a head start — being a phone and all — the records are still extremely impressive. Maybe it would be a fairer reflection if the iPhone wasn’t referred to as a portable gaming system and instead compared to its direct competition, but the truth is that the iPhone 4 is a portable gaming system, and we are seeing household names such as Electronic Arts invest more and more in the marketplace by snapping up iOS developers around the world.
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