It was a system seller - millions of systems - but doesn't meet the modern definition for "Triple A title" - a term which only really started appearing in the CD-ROM game era, which is rather more modern than the Game Boy. AAA is mostly about budget - the rest is fluff. and Tetris had a low budget.
I believe a "system seller" is sometimes considered the best kind of game. The best ROI.
I mean I don't know if Mario would be considered AAA or not, but it certainly is a system seller.
while many other games have cost many millions but flopped...
so if a game (or film) costs like 200 million and flops is that considered AAA or not ?
I mean hey remember Water-world with its AAA budget?
Someone else mentioned this, but the game engine is the easy bit.
Paying 50 artists to work 80 hours a week for 3 years creating content for your game is the expensive part.
That's why all these smaller-budget games try to go a different direction than AAA titles, by having an interesting stylized look, often 2-D or fixed perspective, to draw players in, rather than trying to become a more realistic-looking 3D game.
Even if they succeed looking good with the engine in one scene, the limited amount of assets would quickly get repetitive and highly noticeable.
Last edited by smitty3268; 06-15-2012 at 10:24 PM.
AAA doesn't mean anything if you judge it solely by the budget. And when I say AAA I mean quality since I don't give a rat's ass how much they spent creating a game. That's why I played Call of Duty and stuff alike - because it's sophisticated and cool. There's nothing like this in the Bundle and since they have big budgets lately they can probably try to create and/or ship such a title. I'm sure you can create a good title with under a million $. There are good free engines like doom3 and whatnot, so you don't really have to create a game from scratch.
Um.. so maybe what you mean by sophisticated and cool is about the graphic quality? For me, it's half true. The plot must be OK too. Or the game have something unique. I'm OK with mediocre graphic quality but have an OK plot & uniqueness.