GTA 5 top-selling game in 2013 in US, Call of Duty: Ghosts leads December -- NPD

The NPD lists out the top selling games in the US for December and for all of 2013.

The NPD released December sales data on both the top-selling games for December 2013 in the US and overall for 2013 in the US:

December 2013 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms including PC)

  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, NWU, PC)** -- Activision Blizzard
  • Battlefield 4 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC) -- Electronic Arts
  • Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)** -- Ubisoft
  • Madden NFL 25 (360, XBO, PS3, PS4) -- Electronic Arts
  • NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)** -- Take 2 Interactive
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)** -- Ubisoft
  • Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)** -- Take 2 Interactive
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, 3DS, XBO, PS4, NWU, PSV, PC) -- Warner Bros. Interactive
  • FIFA 14 (360, PS4, XBO, PS3, PSV) -- Electronic Arts
  • Skylanders SWAP Force (WII, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS, XBO, PS4)** -- Activision Blizzard

Annual 2013 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms including PC)

  • Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)** -- Take 2 Interactive
  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, PC, NWU)** -- Activision Blizzard
  • Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO) -- Electronic Arts
  • Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, PC) -- Electronic Arts
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)** -- Ubisoft
  • NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)** -- Take 2 Interactive
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, NWU, PC)** -- Activision Blizzard
  • Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)** -- Ubisoft
  • Minecraft (360) -- Microsoft
  • Disney Infinity (360, WII, PS3, NWU, 3DS) -- Disney Interactive Studios

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

Console hardware sales are up 50% over December 2012; the Xbox One sold the most home consoles overall in December, as reported earlier today, but the PlayStation 4 sold more cumulatively during Microsoft and Sony's launch period. Video game software sales for the year are down 17% percent primarily because of "the poor performance of November launches in December 2013," according to the NPD report.

Take 2 Interactive was the top game publisher in 2013, because of the success of Grand Theft Auto V, BioShock Infinite, and the NBA 2K franchise. The NPD writes, "Grand Theft Auto V ranked as the top game in 2013 (based on units sold), and after four months of sales is within striking distance of surpassing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as the highest selling game within the Grand Theft Auto franchise."

The NPD also stated that, "For the fifth year in a row, the standard 360 version of Call of Duty was the top-selling [version of that game] for December." The absence of best-sellers like Pokemon X/Y and The Last of Us is attributed to those games' platform exclusivity; it's worth noting that Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are distinguished as separate games by the NPD.

Game controllers, point/subscription cards, and "interactive gaming toys" were "the top 3 accessory types in 2013 based on revenue" according to the NPD. And despite competition from Disney Infinity, December 2013 was the best month ever for Skylanders Interactive Gaming Toy sales on a dollar basis.”

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Hurvl
Hurvl

BF4 is pretty high on that list despite all the bugs and other wtfisthisshit-ness. CoD managed to outsell GTA V in December, but at least they didn't get to be the most successful title of 2013. Fun/odd to see Minecraft in the annual sales list.

deadpen
deadpen

So did they count the $10 next gen upgrade as "new" sales for CoD?

quidditch3
quidditch3

Still playing GTA Online it the only reason I still have a 360 after I bought my xbox one, I really wish Rockstar would announce that they are releasing a next gen version already!!

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

Just playing it and there are actually many good reasons for play GTAV - golf and tennis.


But just heard a classic Trevor line as they talk about bank scores "You generic goon, what was your first bank score??"

19James89
19James89

GTA V was only good for one reason and one reason only: Trevor M*therf*cking Philips. 


Where is Bioshock Infinite? Blaaaaaaah outrageous.

ecurl143
ecurl143

I'm surprised that Aliens Colonial Marines isn't in that list somewhere?

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

Can we have an article addressing "Net Neutrality", Gamespot?

001011000101101
001011000101101

People still have taste. A very slight hope for the future of gaming... very, very slight. 

gamergath
gamergath

Its a sad thing that the Last of Us isn't here


mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

2 cods omg, who buys the garbage  and no Mario wth is wrong with America lol

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

No indie games on the list?

Obvious, because they are all a huge piece of shit.

Activision and EA rules!

forneverbdocked
forneverbdocked

Good thing nobody cares about digital sales. Steam, UPlay and GOG are a joke.

mr_enlightened
mr_enlightened

Funny, The Last of Us is not on this list, must've sucked

DefconRave
DefconRave

COD, the golden goose that refuses to die lol.


Glad ACIV made the list, great game.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Lol physical retail for PC? Why even include that then no one buys physical copies of PC games anymore.

DIGN
DIGN

Woot, CoD: Ghosts is the best Game of all time! It definitely beats The Last of Us and Battlefield 4, I've seen so much innovation in Ghosts. From the new Dog and Fish AI to fully destructible maps (This is a first in FPS games!) No doubt technical advancement of the year as well.

-s3r6i0-
-s3r6i0-

@19James89 I think Trevor's whole gimmick was about shock value. I didn't find him humorous or interesting, I actually found him kinda tasteless. I felt the developers relied to much on him just being a psychopath and nothing else. The mission with his mother, the way he wakes up wearing a fruity dress and the way he yells like he's purposely trying to bust open his larynx. He was strange, unpleasant and tasteless. 

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

@gamergathI'm playing through that right now and I gotta say, what was all the hype about? I was expecting something a lot better. The opening sequence was awesome, but then when the game really started....bleh..

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@gamergath Why? The story was good but the entire game was one massive linear corridor. Once you've played it, it is over. Nothing more to experience. People tend to want more from their games these days. 

I mean personally I love a great story but there has to be something there that keeps me playing. Variety of environments and story or character development, an online mode. Anything. Running down the same 5 hour long corridor over and over again on each play through is straight up boring. 

Why do you think COD is still so popular? Because it gives people massive amounts of fun and gameplay for relatively little cash. Buy the game and can get 60 hours plus of gameplay. The only thing COD is guilty of is repetition and the fact that there is nothing in the new games that I couldn't have done in the old games.

GTA V might be in a similar boat overall where once it is over, it is pretty much over but include an online mode in it and have a massive sandbox world to mess around in and suddenly it is much more than just a linear story.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

@gamergath   PS community is comprise of kids just see the xbox community they are really hardcore and true gamers. PS3 had a various AAA titles but couldn't sell well  while X360 just had a minecraft. Xbox comunity supported it a lot that is why it is in the top ten list. if TLOU could be Xbox exclusive u can easily imagine how many units it would have sold out and the conclusion is Xbox gamers support exclusive titles but PS gamers dont.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@mariokart64fan I agree with the COD addiction, I refused to buy a game after MW3 and I only got that one because of the Soap/Price story.

Mario on the other hand has been just as copied and pasted as COD has in my opinion. Been the same multitude of platforming levels since the start, except now it isn't a side scroller. I was sick of that in the 90s. 

That to me means Mario has been doing the same thing over and over even longer than COD has.

freek33
freek33

@mariokart64fanmillions and millions of people buy COD that why they are in the top 10. No need to worry though, nobody is forcing you to buy or play them so chiiiilllllllllll Whinston!

monza1966
monza1966

@Diegoctba EA has ruined my favorite games...Dead Space, Mass Effect, Need for Speed...etc

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Diegoctba The majority of the indies I've tried have been shit. Being cheap isn't an excuse for having 1 hour worth of game and then an infinite amount of repetition.

sonystark
sonystark

@Diegoctba You like EA? What is wrong with you?

                  And of course indies wont make it, they dont spend millions on advertisement

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@forneverbdocked UPlay yeah, but Steam? GOG is awesome if you are into older games (one reason I'm not an avid buyer on it).

Steam is awesome simply on the back that it is so cheap. My problem is it is a PC platform. Put Steam into a console and everything would change. Everything!

ratchet200
ratchet200

@mr_enlightened So, because it's not on the list, it's bad? Then CoD must be the greatest game of all time then.

Necrusher
Necrusher

@mr_enlightened The GOTY is not even on the list...good try Naughty Dog.

roman4545
roman4545

@holtrocks actually im still looking for Starcraft 2 Collectors Edition.... physical retail... duh... 


no one = everyone wants one

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@DIGN im struggling with COD :GHOSTS and best game of all time, in the same sentence. Because it just isnt.


is this sarcasm?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@DIGN 

If you are some high profile journalist that just tweeted that, Activision would just quote you outright - sarcasm or no. ;)

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

Did it sound like I was asking a big-headed fruitbox? Because if I was, I'd expect you to be there front and center. This time, I'm asking Gamespot...*smh*

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@3dmatrixgamer Haha I'm no die hard PS fan but the last time I was on Xbox Live with party chat disabled, there were plenty of kids on it. Trust me I am now deaf to all high pitched noises as a result.

monza1966
monza1966

@sonystark@DiegoctbaGone Home was a pile of crap in almost everyway. I was waiting the whole time for something cool to happen, but no, it's about immaturity.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

@sonystark@Diegoctba

I played and i hated! I had to punch a Steam employee to have my money back. For me the best game is Battlefield 4.

sonystark
sonystark

@Diegoctba @sonystark No its not! Have you played The Stanley Parable, Gone Home?! 

They are very good games, with a different styles of gameplay style that offers new types of experiences .