The iPhone 4, the App Store, as well as a slew of iPhone and iPad games have just been awarded Guinness world records. The iPhone 4 won the prestigious award for being the “fastest-selling portable gaming system,” thanks to an impressive first day sales figure: 1.5 million units were sold when the device was released on June 24 2010, far more than the Nintendo DS, the previous holder of the title. The App Store has also been awarded a Guinness world record award, for being the most popular apps mall, with over 6.5 billion downloads since its launch in July 2008 (note: Guiness’s figures are a bit old, as the App Store served over 10 billion apps since its inception). The App Store also won the award for being the largest online video game store, with over 37,000 games as of the end of last year. The iOS App Store dwarfs all the other app stores, even when combined: there were less than 20,000 Android games late last year, the Xbox Live Indie Arcade offers 1,300 titles, Steam has 1,110 games, and the Wii Virtual Console ‘only’ offers 580 games. Top selling games also won awards for being the most successful paid apps ever: for instance, Rovio sold over 6.5 million copies of the iOS version of Angry Birds since the game was first released in December 2009.
“The release of the iPhone has not just changed the mobile industry, but the video game world too,”Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records’ gaming editor, said in a statement. “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.”The App Store won another award – the third in a row – for having the largest line-up of any gaming system at launch, with 145 games launched on July 10, 2008, the day the store opened to the public. [via LA Times]