Nintendo tops Develop 100

The Mario Factory knocks EA off the top slot for most successful development studio in terms of UK sales.

It's the time of year when Develop magazine reveals which game studios the British public have voted for with their wallets. The Develop 100, an annual list, has been topped by Nintendo, which generated £129.83 million ($256.19m) in sales in 2007.

The Develop 100 showcases the top worldwide studios by the value of their retail games' sales in the UK. EA Canada, the winner last year, came in at number two with £68.78 million ($135.73m), and Ubisoft Montreal came in third with £52.17 million ($102.94m). Top US studios included Call of Duty 4's Infinity Ward (fifth with £39.6 m/$78.1m), Electronic Arts' Sims-shop Maxis (seventh with £36.84m/$72.70m), and Halo 3 ringers Bungie (eighth with £31.45m/$62.06m).

A grand total of 36 of the top 100 studios are based in the UK, including Traveller's Tales, best known for the Lego Star Wars series, at number 10 with £27.06 million ($53.40m). Others that made the grade included Rebellion--developer of Free Running--at number 16 with £20.13 million ($39.73m), Sony's London Studios (of PlayStation 3 SingStar fame) at number 21 with £16.1 million ($31.78m), and Rockstar Leeds (developer of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories) at 26 with £13.75 million ($27.14m).

Japan has a total of 19 developers in the chart, alongside 33 from the US and 12 from Canada. France has two studios, and Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Romania, and Sweden all have one each in the top 100.

The Australians also secured a place in the rankings this year, with Tantalus Interactive--the creator of Pony Friends--at number 96 with £2.79 million ($5.51m).

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sonic_xa
sonic_xa

ya i thot sonic did really well in uk....expecially olympics n secret rings..shudnt sega be there too

Slash_out
Slash_out

Lol if you make a "Pony friend" you can get into the top 100? So sad T_T... It's just so sad T_T, we need more developers so that this tragedy won't happen again !

SweetMusic
SweetMusic

Good for Nintendo! But now EA has to BUY there way to 1st via Take 2 Games.. Isn't it sad? SAY NO TO EA, TAKE 2!

nate1222
nate1222

@Leick3 The Wii doesn't need a harddrive. It has SD card slots that recognize up to 2GB each. If devs, and Nintendo for that matter, won't implement/emphasize it - then Nintendo wasted their time putting them in the Wii. The Wii has 512MB flash space as well. That's 4.512GB mem-more than enough for firmware updates, GH3 DLC, etc...

Leick3
Leick3

nintendo has the best first party games of any system, now if only they would make a wii hard drive, then they would be unstoppable

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

Decrot, do you know anthing about running a business? It would seem not. Why in the world would any company not try to make as much money as was concievably possible? Making money is the bottom line in any business, not taking baths so a small percentage of consumers can have their precious HD.

ReggieNametaker
ReggieNametaker

Nice to see Rockstar Leeds get pretty high 'cos I live near there lol

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Just another example of the power that Nintendo commands in pretty much every region. Seriously, with the Wii and the DS, I expect Nintendo to be on the top of the list for the years to come.

ocdog45
ocdog45

mario factory is off the chain

decrot
decrot

@Montrealien Damn the consumer for wanting more than what is offered. Damn the consumer for wanting a hard drive to store vc and DLC, Damn the Nintendo owner for wanting ports of RE5 or GTA.

decrot
decrot

@Montrealien Damn the consumer for wanting more than what is offered. Damn the consumer for wanting a hard drive to store vc and DLC, Damn the Nintendo owner for wanting ports of RE5 or GTA. Damn us for dreaming of an HD system that has motion control. Nintendo makes tons of money from their first party games. When Microsoft and Sony don't have the luxury of being a top software developer and making money off games like Nintendo, they still sell their systems at a loss.

Lumenadducere
Lumenadducere

Retro was only at 95? Dang. MP3 is worth more than that...

TPSISO9000
TPSISO9000

Cracks on Nintendo are funny at this point. The same people that say we should give Sony a second chance are down on the big "N". If you worked the industry (or know your history), the similarities between the PS3 launch and the N64 are significant. Nintendo went back to basics with the Gamecube, but learned the old retail saying that one bad thing can wreak everything is true. If Sony doesn't get back on track now, I wouldn't be suprised if PS4 doesn't go the safe route like the Wii did (not motion sensing, but a very modest upgrade with a focus on simplicity).

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

I'm impressed by the high number of Canadian studios...although...maybe I'm just biased/from Canada

Montrealien
Montrealien

@decrot Damn Nintendo for aproaching the videogame business wanting to make profit! damn them all to HHEEELLLLL! ANd yeah, they would Kill the Ps3 and 360! Because that`s what the videogame industry is a ring with huge Robots called Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo fighting in the sky trying to Kill eachother. As a comment from a few months ago put so well. *eye roll* *face palm* Kthxbye!

Montrealien
Montrealien

@decrot Damn Nintendo for aproaching the videogame business wanting to make profit! damn them all to HHEEELLLLL! ANd yeah, they would Kill the Ps3 and 360! Because that`s what the videogame industry is a ring with huge Robots called Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo fighting in the sky trying to Kill eachother. As a comment for a few moths ago put so well.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

With all the consolidations going on, it's hard to think that any developer would be excluded from this list. I guess the developers at least can see where they stand (in the mind of a sample of UK citizens) compared to other developers in the same industry.

decrot
decrot

With Nintendo being a top developer of games, seems like they should have beefed up the wii with better graphics and a hard drive sellling it at a loss rather than profiting off of it.

decrot
decrot

With Nintendo being a top developer of games, seems like they should have beefed up the wii with better graphics and a hard drive sellling it at a loss rather than profiting off of it. they already make a ton of loot off their games. if they did that they would have killed the 360 and ps3

zennioparty
zennioparty

I do miss the old idea of Arcades.... sad... but I guess it could not be helped. Or alas.....a company could put TONS of time into making an arcade game that was not a waste of quaters since you could die so Easily. lol, just an Idea, haha. Anyways, But yeah, i do miss the old romantic type idea of arcades.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

yah and arcades fell of the list because of nintendo. As our gamers became less socialistic in their houses playing games instead of walking to an arcade and battling out

vest816
vest816

Sure, we're having a good casual chortle at the presence of Pony Friends. Sure, we're getting a bit of an eye roll. But don't knock the childrens' games genre so quickly. These games are a cash cow, because they don't sell with flashy dazzling graphics, rock solid programming, intuitive game design, and emo-inducing epic storylines. Their selling point comes from being a safe, child-friendly game that sells at a low price. In other words, it generates this thought: "This game is cheap, won't offend me, and my daughter can play it." I guarantee, 99% of sales came from people who didn't even play the game. I believe there is a goldmine to be made in these Pony Friends type of games. The videogame market is very unfriendly to youngsters below the age of 7, either making games too violent or too convoluted for them to comprehend (inserting a key into a locked door is comparative to brain surgery for them). So if developers decide to make a game where you just ride a Pony in circles for hours on end, us sophisticated literate Einsteins scoff at it. Yet parents will still buy it. Think of it more as a toy than a video game.

Montrealien
Montrealien

shogoh said... Is there anything more fun than an opportunity to bash EA? Take that EA!! Did I miss something? I see 3 EA studios in the top 10. Just thought I would letr you all know. As for the Canada representin, hell yeah! we rock!

KingSigy
KingSigy

Nintendo's probably going to top this list for the next few years. I have no clue why, but the Wii is a monumental success. More power to Nintendo, I suppose.

Tylendal
Tylendal

Considering our tiny population, I'm overjoyed that Canada got 12 studios on the list.

HE_is_Dare
HE_is_Dare

Proud to be British? - Like hell i am!!

HE_is_Dare
HE_is_Dare

Proud to be British? - Hell Yeah i am!!

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

No matter what you think of Halo there is no denying that Bungie is a great team. I've never seen a company so supportive of their product after shipping it.

shogoh
shogoh

Is there anything more fun than an opportunity to bash EA? Take that EA!! How come Square Enix is only at 34, what?? More people bought Cooking Mama than Square Enix games? What's wrong with UK??

shogoh
shogoh

Is there anything more fun than an opportunity to bash EA? Take that EA!! How come Square Enix is only at 34?? More people bought Office Create's Cooking Mama than Square Enix games? What's wrong with UK??

Nomad0404
Nomad0404

Shows the power that Ninty still commands and why the must continue to make more money than the national mint. Although I disagree with fishnpeas1 surely the UK development houses must be targeting world wide audiences to make the big bucks (as they say in the states) as the UK market alone wouldn't be sufficiently large enough to sustain them all. And it's their not they're - sigh P

fishnpeas1
fishnpeas1

Fact is, the UK gaming public doesn't get as hyped about FPS & American sports games as the US, EA really only dominate in those two categories, the reason 36 out of the 100 devs are from the UK is that they know they're market. EA just release the same trash to every region. Gone are the bullfrog days when EA used to sell quality games. Kudos to the UK devs - may you keep releasing quality to cut through the dross.

raverrozza
raverrozza

i honestly find it hilarious hilarious how the EA hate has gone to even more extreme levels. as a mature adult all i have to say is STICK THAT IN YER PIPE AND SMOKE IT EA!!! lol

zoe256
zoe256

That's because EA sucks, and I'll bet they do even worse this year with the Rock Band fiasco.