The numbers are in and there's no getting around that it was a record year for video game sales in the US.
Non-PC hardware and software totalled $18 billion, which also does not include online revenue. The big hits this year were, of course, the DS and Wii, although the 360 and PS3 really did do quite well.
On the software front Halo 3, Wii Play, Call of Duty 4, Guitar Hero III, and Super Mario Galaxy round out the top five games of the year.
For all of the nitty gritty details, you can go here.
What I find shocking is that of the top 10 best selling games, none are really great games. Of course, this is my opinion, but Halo 3, Assassin's Creed, Wii Play, Super Mario Galaxy, and Mario Party 8 were all kind of "meh" games.
This just goes to show that the bigger the ad budget, the better the game will sell...despite its merits.
On the bright side of things, there were some truly spectacular games last year like BioShock, Portal, Zack and Wiki, Mario Strikers Charged and Zelda: Phantom Hoursglass.