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Exclusives Watch 2008 Rev. 1.1

Welcome to the (hopefully) final revision of QSF5.com’s ‘Exclusives Watch 2008’. It’s the year end wrap up with most if not all the exclusives accounted for. It started out as a curiosity and we’re pleased by the results and the questions that they helped answer.

Who had the most exclusives? Who had the most quality exclusives? Who had the most downloadable exclusives?

Remember, the data may not be 100% accurate! So if any of keen eyed gamers out there spot something, please let us know! If you have questions or concerns, please check out the F.A.Q. for more info on why we’re doing this and exact criteria used to compile our data. And here’s a quote from our F.A.Q. of something very important:

We’re making this list out of curiosity, if fanboys/fangirls and other fanatics are going to use it in their console wars, feel free to do so. Just keep it off our site.

Quantity of Exclusives

Quantity of Exclusives




Taking a look back at 2008’s ‘by-the-numbers’ exclusives race, Nintendo and its highly successful Wii platform was the standout leader with over 100 titles. Microsoft followed with just under 70 while Sony trailed at a distant third with about 30. The total number of downloadable exclusives for both Nintendo and Microsoft were quite close with approximately 40 for each platform. Sony and its PlayStation Network offerings followed with about 30 exclusive downloadable titles. When it came to third party exclusive support, Microsoft and Nintendo were feeling the love with many publishers developing titles exclusively for their respective platforms. Sony wasn’t nearly as fortunate with only a handful of retail disc and downloadable exclusives.

Closer Look


Looking at the disc based games of 2008, Nintendo held a commanding lead over the competition. A vast majority of the exclusives for Nintendo were from third parties who were obviously looking to cash in on the platform’s success. For Microsoft, they could tout the fact that it held the current title for “Most High Definition Exclusives” in 2008 with 24 disc based exclusives versus Sony’s 15 — not much of a margin, but still worth noting. As for first party support, all three platform holders were putting out a comparable effort.


In the downloadable games space, third parties were flocking towards WiiWare and XBLA. The WiiWare third party support was especially impressive considering the service launched earlier this year. Sony, on the other hand, was pushing its downloadable service on their own with first party exclusive titles like Siren: Blood Curse and PixelJunk Eden. The lack of exclusive third party support for the PSN is a bit of a mystery and concern, however as you will see below, it was clearly quality over quantity for Sony.

Quality of Exclusives

Quality of Exclusives



Using MetaCritic as a guide, we were able to give the number of exclusives a bit of context. “Just how many Nintendo Wii exclusives are worth owning?” “Is it really quality over quantity for Sony?” We finally have the numbers and evidence, folks. Each of the platform holders had roughly the same amount of “favorable” exclusives with Microsoft edging out with about 25. When it came to exclusives with “mixed” receptions, Microsoft and Nintendo lead the way with about 30 and 38 respectively. As for the platform with the most “unfavorable” exclusives? That title belonged to Nintendo with approximately 17. Sony’s had only two “unfavorable” blemishes with “Go! Sports Skydiving” and “Novastrike” which were both released on PlayStation Network. Titles marked “N/A” means that MetaCritic is awaiting more reviews before a rating can be fairly assigned. Sony had a handful of “N/A” titles, but they were tagged to games which were released in late December; where reviews have slowed to a crawl for the holiday season. On the other hand, Nintendo’s high number of N/A titles is damning . A vast majority of these titles can be considered shovelware that reviewers have ignored. It’s a bit of a concern when reviewers don’t even want to take the time to rate the game.

Closer Look


Breaking down the exclusives by format yielded some interesting results. Did you know that not single disc based PS3 exclusive received an “unfavorable” rating on MetaCritic? That’s something to be proud of. In fact, only three titles were given “mixed” reviews which included SOCOM: Confrontation, Haze and SingStar ABBA. Microsoft’s trio of “unfavorable” games included Atlus’ “Operation: Darkness”, “Zoids Assault” and “Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon”. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo lead the way in the “unfavorable”, “mixed” and “N/A” categories.


Microsoft boasted the largest amount of “favorable” downloadable titles, but it also lead the with most “mixed and “unfavorable” games. Nintendo’s WiiWare service sprouted and grew quickly, but why haven’t the reviews followed suit? Sony have managed their PSN output well by keeping their ratio of quality games as high as possible. It’s a commendable effort.


Microsoft Xbox 360 Platform

Retail Disc Exclusives

Quality Share



Game Publisher Release Date Rating
Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of DoomMicrosoft Games Studios8-Jan-08
Culdcept SAGANamco Bandai5-Feb-08
Lost OdysseyMicrosoft Games Studios12-Feb-08
Ninja Gaiden IIMicrosoft Games Studios3-Jun-08
Operation DarknessAtlus24-Jun-08
Too HumanMicrosoft Games Studios19-Jul-08
Spectral Force 3Atlus29-Jul-08
Tales of VesperiaNamco Bandai26-Aug-08
Infinite UndiscoverySquare Enix1-Sep-08
Viva Pinata: Trouble in ParadiseMicrosoft Games Studios2-Sep-08
Zoids AssaultAtlus9-Sep-08
Guilty Gear 2: OvertureAksys Games30-Sep-08
Tenchu: Shadow AssaultFrom Software8-Oct-08
Fable IIMicrosoft Games Studios21-Oct-08
Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3Konami21-Oct-08
Scene it? Box Office SmashMicrosoft Games Studios28-Oct-08
Gears of War 2Microsoft Games Studios7-Nov-08
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & BoltsMicrosoft Games Studios12-Nov-08
You’re in the MoviesCodemasters17-Nov-08
Naruto: The Broken BondUbisoft18-Nov-08
LipsMicrosoft Games Studios18-Nov-08
The Last Remnant *Square Enix20-Nov-08
Destroy All Humans! Path of the FuronTHQ1-Dec-08

* – Timed Exclusive

Downloadable Exclusives

Quality Share



Game Publisher Release Date Rating
Omega FiveHudson Soft9-Jan-08
Chessmaster LIVEUbisoft30-Jan-08
Poker SmashVoid Star Creations6-Feb-08
Undertow: Path of the ElectChair Entertainment5-Mar-08
TiQalMicrosoft Games Studios26-Mar-08
Mr. Driller OnlineNamco Bandai2-Apr-08
Rocky and BullwinkleMicrosoft Games Studios16-Apr-08
Lost CitiesSierra Online23-Apr-08
Wits & WagersMicrosoft Games Studios7-May-08
Assault Heroes 2Sierra Online14-May-08
Sea Life SafariSierra Online18-May-08
Ticket to RidePlayful Entertainment Inc25-Jun-08
Golf: Tee it UpActivision9-Jul-08
SchizoidTorpex Games9-Jul-08
Coffeetime CrosswordsKonami16-Jul-08
Go! Go! Break SteadyMicrosoft Games Studios23-Jul-08
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2Activision30-Jul-08
BraidNumber None Inc6-Aug-08
Fable II Pub GamesMicrosoft Games Studios13-Aug-08
Galaga LegionsNamco Bandai19-Aug-08
Castle CrashersThe Behemoth27-Aug-08
Shred NebulaCrunchTime Games Inc3-Sep-08
Pirates vs. Ninjas DodgeballGamecock Media Group3-Sep-08
Gin RummySierra Online3-Sep-08
RocketBowlD3 Publisher10-Sep-08
Shotest ShogiMicrosoft Games Studios10-Sep-08
Domino MasterMicrosoft Games Studios17-Sep-08
War WorldUbisoft1-Oct-08
MLB Stickball2K Sports8-Oct-08
Beat’n GroovyKonami8-Oct-08
Crazy MouseUltizen Games15-Oct-08
Vigilante 8: ArcadeActivision5-Nov-08
A Kingdom for KeflingsNinjaBee19-Nov-08
Dash of DestructionMicrosoft Games Studios17-Dec-08

Nintendo Wii Platform

Retail Disc Exclusives

Quality Share



Game Publisher Release Date Rating
Samurai Warriors: KatanaKoei15-Jan-08
Furu Furu ParkMajesco Games17-Jan-08
Endless OceanNintendo21-Jan-08
One Piece: Unlimited AdventureNamco-Bandai22-Jan-08
No More HeroesUbisoft22-Jan-08
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of MirrorsSquare Enix19-Feb-08
Sega Bass FishingSega26-Feb-08
Super Smash Bros. BrawlNintendo9-Mar-08
Cocoto Magic CircusConspiracy Entertainment12-Mar-08
Worms: A Space OddityTHQ18-Mar-08
WWII AcesDestineer21-Mar-08
OctomaniaConspiracy Entertainment31-Mar-08
MiniCopter: Adventure FlightAksys Games11-Apr-08
Summer Sports: Paradise IslandDestineer15-Apr-08
Emergency MayhemWarner Bros.15-Apr-08
Battle of the BandsTHQ21-Apr-08
Target: TerrorKonami22-Apr-08
Mario Kart WiiNintendo27-Apr-08
Boom BloxElectronic Arts6-May-08
Deca SportsKonami13-May-08
We SkiNamco-Bandai13-May-08
Wii FitNintendo19-May-08
Emergency HeroesUbisoft27-May-08
The Monkey KingUFO Interactive30-May-08
BlastWorks: Build, Trade, DestroyMajesco Games11-Jun-08
Big Beach SportsTHQ24-Jun-08
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s DungeonSquare Enix8-Jul-08
Sports PartyUbisoft11-Jul-08
We Love Golf!Capcom15-Jul-08
Order Up!Green Screen22-Jul-08
Mario Super SluggersNintendo25-Aug-08
Kidz Sports: Crazy Mini GolfData Design Interactive26-Aug-08
Twin Strike: Operation ThunderDestineer9-Sep-08
Active Life: Outdoor ChallengeNamco-Bandai9-Sep-08
Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2Konami16-Sep-08
Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked!Konami23-Sep-08
Wario Land: Shake It!Nintendo29-Sep-08
Harvest Moon: Tree of TranquilityNatsume30-Sep-08
We CheerNamco-Bandai30-Sep-08
Deadly CreaturesTHQ6-Oct-08
Game Party 2Midway6-Oct-08
Boogie SuperStarElectronic Arts14-Oct-08
Kidz Sports: American FootballDestineer15-Oct-08
Wii MusicNintendo20-Oct-08
Carnival Games Mini Golf2K Play20-Oct-08
Circus GamesUbisoft21-Oct-08
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2Tomy21-Oct-08
Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009Majesco Games21-Oct-08
Pirate Quest BlackbeardActivision28-Oct-08
TV Show King PartyUbisoft28-Oct-08
Ultimate I SpyScholastic Inc29-Oct-08
Solitaire & MahjongCrave Entertainment30-Oct-08
Block PartyActivision4-Nov-08
Big League SportsActivision11-Nov-08
Animal Crossing: City FolkNintendo17-Nov-08
Castlevania: JudgementKonami18-Nov-08
Rayman Raving Rabbids TV PartyUbisoft18-Nov-08
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New WorldNamco-Bandai18-Nov-08
Cooking Mama: World KitchenMajesco Games18-Nov-08
Cake Mania: In The Mix!Majesco Games24-Nov-08
Skate City HeroesZoo Games24-Nov-08
Championship Foosball505 Games25-Nov-08
AMF Bowling World LanesBethesda Softworks25-Nov-08
My Fitness CoachUbisoft2-Dec-08
Family Party: 30 Great GamesGame Factory2-Dec-08
Summer Sports 2: Island Sports PartyDestineer18-Dec-08
Word Jong PartyDestineer18-Dec-08

Downloadable Exclusives

Quality Share



Game Publisher Release Date Rating
LostWindsFrontier Dev.12-May-08
TV Show KingGameloft12-May-08
V.I.P. Casino BlackjackHigh Voltage Software12-May-08
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as KingSquare Enix12-May-08
Defend Your CastleXGenStudios12-May-08
Star Soldier RHudson Soft19-May-08
Critter Round-UpKonami19-May-08
Family Table TennisAksys Games26-May-08
Dr. Mario Online RXNintendo26-May-08
Toki ToriNintendo2-Jun-08
My Pokemon RanchNintendo9-Jun-08
Block Breaker DeluxeGameloft16-Jun-08
GyrostarrHigh Voltage Software23-Jun-08
Magnetica TwistNintendo30-Jun-08
SPOGS RacingD2C Games7-Jul-08
Major League Eating: The GameMastiff14-Jul-08
Pirates: The Key of DreamsOxygen Interactive21-Jul-08
Wild West GunsGameloft4-Aug-08
My AquariumHudson Soft1-Sep-08
Groovin’ BlocksEmpty Clip Studios8-Sep-08
PotpourriiAbstraction Games15-Sep-08
Plattchen: Twist ‘n’ PaintBplus22-Sep-08
Bomberman BlastHudson Soft29-Sep-08
Art Style: ORBIENTNintendo29-Sep-08
Midnight BowlingGameloft6-Oct-08
MadStoneRiverMan Media6-Oct-08
Art Style: CUBELLONintendo13-Oct-08
Tetris PartyNintendo20-Oct-08
Home Sweet HomeNintendo3-Nov-08
Alien Crush ReturnsHudson Soft3-Nov-08
BoingzReal Arcade24-Nov-08
Sudoku Challenge!Digital Leisure24-Nov-08
Pit Crew PanicHudson Entertainment1-Dec-08
Space Invaders Get EvenSquare Enix1-Dec-08
Hockey Allstar ShootoutBig Blue Bubble8-Dec-08
Bruiser & ScratchSteel Penny Games8-Dec-08
Big Kahuna PartyReflexive Entertainment15-Dec-08
Tiki TowersRealNetworks22-Dec-08
Pool Revolution: Cue SportsHudson29-Dec-08
Maboshi’s ArcadeNintendo29-Dec-08

PlayStation 3 Platform

Retail Disc Exclusives

Quality Share



Game Publisher Release Date Rating
Hot Shots Golf: Out of BoundsSCEA18-Mar-08
Gran Turismo 5 PrologueSCEA15-Apr-08
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the PatriotsKonami12-Jun-08
Disgaea 3: Absence of JusticeAtlus26-Aug-08
Buzz! Quiz TVSCEA23-Sep-08
MotorStorm: Pacific RiftSCEA28-Oct-08
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALS ConfrontationSCEA14-Oct-08
SingStar Vol. 2SCEA28-Oct-08
Resistance 2SCEA4-Nov-08
Valkyria ChroniclesSega4-Nov-08
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja StormNamco Bandai4-Nov-08
SingStar ABBASCEA2-Dec-08

Downloadable Exclusives

Quality Share



Game Publisher Release Date Rating
PixelJunk MonstersSCEA24-Jan-08
Go! Sports SkydivingSCEA7-Feb-08
NovastrikeTiki Games Inc5-Jun-08
Siren: Blood CurseSCEA24-Jul-08
PixelJunk EdenSCEA31-Jul-08
Ratchet & Clank: Quest for BootySCEA21-Aug-08
*The Last GuySCEA28-Aug-08
Jeopardy! (2008)SCEA11-Sep-08
Wipeout HDSCEA25-Sep-08
Linger In ShadowsSCEE9-Oct-08
Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle CarsSCEA9-Oct-08
Crash CommandoSCEA18-Dec-08
Savage MoonSCEA23-Dec-08

Frequently Asked Questions

Quantity of Exclusives F.A.Q.

  1. What’s the point of this article? Isn’t it just ammunition for list wars?!
    The goal of this article is to find exclusives that can only be found on specific gaming platforms. We’re looking to find games which we cannot find on any other platform for the year 2008. We’re making this list out of curiosity, if fanboys/fangirls and other fanatics are going to use it in their console wars, feel free to do so. Just keep it off our site.
  2. What do you mean by ‘exclusive’?
    According Dictionary.com, the word ‘exclusive’ means ‘limited to the object or objects designated’. The aim of this article is to find all the exclusives for each of the specified consoles. If the game appears on any other platform, including the PC, it will not be counted. We are looking for games which were made for a particular console in the year 2008.
  3. What about ‘timed exclusive’ games?
    If a game’s exclusivity window ends within the year 2008, it will not count. This year’s example would be Rock Band 2 which will debut on the Xbox 360 first in September, but will launch on other platforms by the end of 2008. If a game is announced as a timed exclusive with no specific launch date set for other platforms, it will count as an exclusive for that console until further notice.
  4. What platforms and regions are being covered?
    North American Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 platforms are being covered for this article.
  5. What’s the period being covered and why?
    January 1st, 2008 til December 31st, 2008. We’re curious to see how many publishers will put exclusives within a given year and it would be quite arduous to accommodate for future titles.
  6. Are remakes counted?
    Yes. Most remakes are counted since they offer substantial changes over the original.
  7. How about rereleases?
    No. Most rereleases are not counted as the core game itself usually remains intact with subtle improvements.
  8. Do you only count games with firm release dates? What about ‘to be announced’ and to be ‘determined games’?
    Along with games with firm release dates, we’ve also included games which were announced for 2008 releases. Even if the publisher gives a vague “2008 release” window: we’ll count it. As time passes and the year draws to a close, we’ll be weeding out the unreleased games. Obviously, we’ll remove games which have been pushed outside of the 2008 window.
  9. Where are you getting all this exclusives info from?
    Our sources include IGN.com, Gamespot.com, Wikipedia.org and just about any other website which may have the necessary information.
  10. Hey, wait a minute, should/shouldn’t be there! What should I do?
    Feel free to post a comment and point us in the right direction. With justified proof, we’ll add or remove the specified game.

Quality of Exclusives F.A.Q.

  1. Where did the ratings info come from?
    The ratings come from MetaCritic. We’re using MetaCritic’s score ranges (red, yellow, green and grey) to determine how the exclusives were received by the critics
  2. What’s up with the grey?
    The grey represents games which have not been rated yet. If a game has been released for some time and critics have not weighed in, that’s not a good sign. As more games are released, the amount of grey should diminish. With the final revision for 2008, there should not be any games with grey.
Change Log

Change Log

We’ll be keeping the list of changes made to the exclusives here: Thursday, August 6th, 2008 – Rev. 0.1

  • Initial release

Sunday, September 7th, 2008 – Rev. 0.5

  • Moved Major League Eating: The Game to Wiiware
  • Removed Wild Earth: African Safari since it came out on PC as well.
  • Removed TRON from XBLA
  • Added Tekken 6 to PS3
  • Added Ikaruga to XBLA
  • Added Savage Moon to PSN exclusive.
  • Added Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars to PSN
  • Added GTI + to PSN
  • Red Baron Arcade to PSN Sept. 18
  • Removed Rapala Fishing Frenzy from Wii as it is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 as well.
  • Added Death Tank to XBLA
  • Removed MLB 08: The Show since it’s on PSP and PS2 as well.
  • Removed Echochrome since it’s on the PSP as well.
  • Added My Aquarium to WiiWare
  • Fixed a bunch of dates
  • Overhauled layout

Tuesday, December 29th, 2008 – Rev. 1.0

  • Updated with the rest of 2008’s worth of exclusives

Monday, April 13th, 2009 – Rev 1.1

  • Updated charts
  • Updated scores
  • Removed rereleases (thanks to phosphor for helping me establish rereleases vs remakes)
  • Updated the presentation

8 Responses

  1. ben
    | Reply

    How about? the wii sucks balls. The games are terrible. Someone tell me a good game that has come out this year on wii? dont say smash bros cos its exactly the same as melee on the gamecube. Terrible system. the biggest regret i have apart form buying the wii was not selling for double its prie a week after its launch.

  2. Mashimato
    | Reply

    I love list, can you do one on the international release scene since the games industry is an international industry. I would love to see games on the list that are released elsewhere, unfortunately that would change all your data since the PS3 has more exclusives worldwide for their system compared to the other consoles including the Wii.

    For example there are 47 RPGs (2008) alone on the PS3 and that is because I can read Japanese, I wish all of them were to come to the states though some were never released state side. Including one MMORPG I found interesting from South Korea for the PS3…

    • No_Style
      | Reply

      I would love to cover all the regions, but since I lack the ability to read Japanese, it’s a tough task to accomplish.

  3. mE
    | Reply

    What the statistics aren’t recognising is that the majority of the wii “exclusives” are actually just ports of the real version given a different name and marketed as exclusive.

  4. David
    | Reply

    Are you including games that are also on the PC as 360 exclusives? I think you must be and that’s ridiculous because they aren’t exclusive.

    • No_Style
      | Reply

      Please read the F.A.Q. for the answer. We’re not including games available on PC and Xbox 360 as exclusives. If you do find a game that is like that, please point it out so we can correct it.

  5. phosphor
    | Reply

    Banjo-Kazooie – N64
    Portal: Still Alive – PC
    Ikaruga – DC
    SoulCalibur – DC

    Last time I checked..those AREN’T exclusive

    Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade
    while this specific compilation is “exclusive” to 360, all the games in the compilation are not.

    • No_Style
      | Reply

      The first four are remnants of the debate between counting rereleases and remakes. How far does a game need to be “remade” or modified before it becomes a title that can stand on its own? If I was to remove the mentioned, I should be removing Rez HD as well. But what about Vigilante 8: Arcade? Decisions, decisions.

      That Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade left me thinking for awhile, but I think I’ll just remove it as well.


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