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Best Selling Games of 2008

Filed under: Video Game Business
Posted by Lunabean on January 21, 2009 1:39 PM
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It seems there is a bit of a discrepancy over the top selling games of 2008, with the NPD numbers and MTV numbers coming in quite differently.

The difference is due mainly to the fact that the NPD numbers are console-specific while the MTV numbers have combined all sales for "x" game across all of its platforms.

Here are the top 10 best selling games of 2008 according to NPD:

1. Wii Play w/ remote - Wii – Nintendo – 5.28 million
2. Mario Kart Wii w/ wheel – Wii – Nintendo – 5.00 million
3. Wii Fit w/ balance board – Wii – Nintendo – 4.53 million
4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Wii – Nintendo – 4.17 million
5. Grand Theft Auto IV - Xbox 360 – Take-Two – 3.29 million*
6. Call of Duty: World at War - Xbox 360 – Activision – 2.75 million*
7. Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360 – Microsoft – 2.31 million*
8. Grand Theft Auto IV - PS3 – Take-Two – 1.89 million*
9. Madden NFL '09 - Xbox 360 – Electronic Arts – 1.87 million*
10. Mario Kart - DS – Nintendo – 1.65 million

* Includes Collector's, Limited, Legendary, and Bundled Editions

And, here are the top 5 best selling games of 2008 according to MTV:

1. Wii Play 5.28 million
2. Madden NFL '09 5.25 million
3. Grand Theft Auto IV 5.22 million
4. Mario Kart w/ Wheel 5.00 million
5. Call of Duty: World at War 4.63 million

So, you can see that in the MTV numbers GTA IV has 5.22 million, which is pretty much the NPD numbers of X360 (3.29) and PS3 (1.89), which equal 5.18 million. I do wonder, however, in the case of Madden if the MTV numbers include the DS, PSP, and Xbox releases (yes, there was an original Xbox release of Madden '09). I don't consider those the same game, really, as the X360, PS3, and Wii versions. I guess, for that matter, the Wii version is its own game, as well.

In the end, the two things to take away from all of this is that 2008 saw another record breaking year for video game sales and that the Wii is kicking ass.

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