December Software NPDs: No Wonder Activision is #1
For the most part, the top 10 best selling games of November and December are almost exactly the same, save for a few small items. For the second straight month, the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty 4 was the top selling game with Super Mario Galaxy coming in at number two. Mixed into the rest is what you would expect: big new releases and Madden. Activision ended up with three titles in the top ten which makes the merger with Vivendi all the more frightening for the rest of the games industry.
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360) – 1,470,000
- Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) – 1,400,000
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PlayStation 2) – 1,250,000
- Wii Play w/ Remote (Wii) – 1,080,000
- Assassin’s Creed (Xbox 360) – 893,700
- Halo 3 (Xbox 360) – 742,700
- Brain Age 2 (Nintendo DS) – 659,500
- Madden NFL 08 (PlayStation 2) – 655,200
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Xbox 360) – 624,600
- Mario and Sonic: Olympic Games (Wii) – 613,000
I’m done talking about Wii Play at this point; I just view it as a perpetual lock for the top 10 every month until Nintendo releases a new bundle or the Wii loses steam. Super Mario Galaxy doing well is no surprise, but I was pretty shocked to see Brain Age 2 make the list. Given that the Brain and training games are more geared towards a Japanese audience, I didn’t expect to see the game sell nearly so well.
Mario and Sonic hasn’t been reviewed particularly well, but slapping those two names onto a game on a console that sells so well is bound to produce results. I’m only surprised it didn’t sell more than it did.
Halo and Madden were almost certainly high on many folks’ wishlist, so seeing them sell well in December is a given. One little somewhat unsurprising nugget: despite selling a million units in the month, the PSP didn’t have a single game on the top 10 list.
My curiosity has been piqued by Guitar Hero III’s disappearance in November on 360 (while the Wii and PS2 versions made the top 10), only to see it reappear this month with no Wii version to be seen.
That’s almost like …well, it’s like something.