I was a big fan of Tony Hawk 1, 2, 3, and Underground. I think I even gave Project Wasteland a shot. I remember playing 1 and 2 on the PSX for hours wasting time and listening to a killer soundtrack. I didn't care about the realism in the game, I liked the arcade feel and the tricks. Unfortunately, the franchise has fallen on rough times since the late 1990s.
Even with the release of Skate in 2007, which sold really well, it seemed gamers weren’t that interested in Tony Hawk or skateboarding video games anymore. Ride and Shred only isolated gamers from the Tony Hawk legacy. Tony Hawk HD has sold 120,000 units on XBL so far and that’s with mixed reviews from the gaming community. When the game hits PS3/PC I'm sure those sales numbers will triple.
One of the reasons it might be so successful is that a lot of gamers who grew up with Tony Hawk want to relive those memories or they want to show their kids what made skateboarding video games so great. Fans of the series haven’t given up yet. Successful sales could lead to several things, gamers could see another Tony Hawk HD, maybe 3 and 4? Who knows, maybe it's time for a reboot of the series, go back to the roots, and make a game like Tony Hawk 1. Until then, the rest of the gamers like myself are going to grind and ollie and keep basking in the glow that is Tony Hawk HD.