With only two weeks left in the year, the NPD Group has released its list of the top 10 best-selling games at US retailers for 2009…so far. As of November 30, the biggest game product, or SKU, was the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with 4.2 million units. The PlayStation 3 edition of the record-shattering Activision game also made the list, landing in eighth with 1.9 million units.
Besides Activision, the only other third-party publisher to make the list was Electronic Arts with Madden NFL 10, which landed in ninth with 1.5 million units. Though Sony was shut out, Microsoft made the list with sixth-place finisher Halo 3: ODST and its 2 million units.
The rest of the 2009 chart entries were from one company--Nintendo. The Mario Factory churned out an assembly line of hits this year, including Wii MotionPlus pack-in Wii Sports Resort (third, 2.4 million), the DS hit Pokemon Platinum (seventh, 1.9 million units), and New Super Mario Bros. Wii (10th, 1.4 million).
That said, Nintendo's most popular game of 2009, Wii Fit, was actually released in April 2008. The balance board pack-in came in second 3.5 million units, two slots ahead of another game from last year, Mario Kart Wii (2.2 million units). Right behind it in fifth place was Wii Play (2.1 million units), the minigame Wii Remote pack-in, which has been a fixture on best-seller charts since its release in February 2007.
RANK / TITLE / PLATFORM / PUBLISHER / RELEASE MONTH / UNITS
1 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / 360 / Activision / Nov 2009 / 4.2 million
2 / Wii Fit (w/ Balance Board) / Wii / Nintendo / May 2008 / 3.5 million
3 / Wii Sports Resort (w/ Wii Motion Plus) / Wii / Nintendo / Jul 2009 / 2.4 million
4 / Wii Mario Kart (w/ Wheel) / Wii / Nintendo / Apr 2008 / 2.2 million
5 / Wii Play (w/ Remote ) / Wii / Nintendo / Feb 2007 / 2.1 million
6 / Halo 3: ODST / 360 / Microsoft / Sep 2009 / 2 million
7 / Pokemon Platinum Version / DS / Nintendo / Mar 2009 / 1.9 million
8 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / PS3 / Activision / Nov 2009 / 1.9 million
9 / Madden NFL 10 / 360 / Electronic Arts / Aug 2009 / 1.5 million
10 / New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Wii / Nintendo / Nov 2009 / 1.4 million