U.S. Top 10 Best Sellers of the Last Nine Years

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npd-logoEver wondered what the top selling games were for the last 9 years? Check it out.

BEST-SELLING US GAME SOFTWARE: JAN. 2000-AUG. 2009

RANK / TITLE (YEAR) / PLATFORM(S) / UNIT SALES

  1. Wii Play with Remote (2006) / Wii / 11.1 million
  2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (2007) / PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 / 10.3 million
  3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) / PS2, Xbox/ 9.8 million
  4. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) / DS, PS3, Xbox 360 / 8.5 million
  5. Wii Fit with Balance Board (2008) / Wii / 7.9 million
  6. Madden NFL 07 (2006) / GC, GBA, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360
  7. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) / PS2, Xbox
  8. Madden NFL 08 (2007) / GC, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360,
  9. Call of Duty: World at War (2008) / DS, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
  10. Halo 2 (2004) / Xbox

That’s a surprising list to say the least. Where’s GTAIV which sold for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Where’s Halo 3? I would have liked to have seen the rest of the list since I’m curious how many of the storied franchises fared.

Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero & Band Hero Coming

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More Guitar Hero this year.

Guitar Hero 5 is self explanatory, but the other two new franchises could use a bit of explaining. And here I go:

  • DJ Hero will use the new turntable controller and situate itself within the “hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance” music genres.
  • Band Hero is confusing the moniker used to describe what will essentially be “Guitar Hero for kids”. Expect “Top 40” hits styled music.

With music game revenue down 36% for the first quarter of 2009, it’ll be interesting to see if these new franchises will spark interest with new audiences. I personally haven’t played a single one of these music games and I don’t intend to.

November NPDs – Two Million Wii’s Sold!

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Hardware

  1. Wii – 2.04M
  2. DS – 1.57M
  3. Xbox 360 – 836K
  4. PSP – 421K
  5. Playstation 3 – 378k
  6. Playstation 2 – 206k

Software

  1. 360 – GEARS OF WAR 2 – 1.56 million
  2. 360 – CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR -1.41 million
  3. WII PLAY W/ REMOTE – 796K
  4. WII FIT – 697K
  5. WII – MARIO KART WII – 637K
  6. PS3 – CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR – 597K
  7. WII – GUITAR HERO WORLD TOUR – 475K
  8. 360 – LEFT 4 DEAD – 410K
  9. PS3 – RESISTANCE 2 – 385K
  10. WII MUSIC – 297K

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