ChartSpot: December 2009

Zelda: Spirit Tracks barely misses the top 10 as Scribblenauts, New Super Mario Bros. DS, and Mario Kart DS return to top 20; The Sims 3 dominates PC best-sellers.


The NPD on Thursday wrapped up a difficult year for the gaming industry with the release of its December 2009 US retail sales figures. In addition to better-than-expected sales figures that saw the industry's total revenues for the month up 4 percent, the NPD released a top 10 chart for non-PC games thoroughly dominated by Nintendo.

Link's latest missed out on the top 10, but not by much.
Link's latest missed out on the top 10, but not by much.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii led the charts with 2.82 million sold, the first of a half-dozen Nintendo titles in the top 10. Today, the NPD Group released the rest of its top 20, further solidifying Nintendo's strong performance for the month.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks had a strong December debut, taking the 11th spot on the charts, followed closely by the DS version of New Super Mario Bros., originally released in May of 2006. The last Nintendo-published title on the list, Mario Kart DS, is another of the company's evergreen titles, as the 17th-best-selling game of December 2009 first arrived in stores in November of 2005.

If that weren't enough Nintendo on the sales charts, the Sega-published Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games on the DS and Wii finished 13th and 14th, respectively.

Electronic Arts (Madden NFL 10 for the 360 and PS3) and Ubisoft (Assasin's Creed II, Just Dance) each scored a pair of entries in the back half of the top 20, while Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's sleeper hit Scribblenauts returned to the charts in 16th place.

What's Simlish for
What's Simlish for "cash cow"?

Over on the PC charts, the dominant force was EA. The publisher had the two best-selling computer games of the month, with The Sims 3 and The Sims 3: World Adventures taking first and second, respectively. Other installments from the popular life simulation series took another three spots in the top 20, with a compilation for the franchise predecessor Sim City also making the list at 18.

EA's chart presence wasn't limited to the Sims' success. The publisher's latest role-playing game, Dragon Age: Origins, was the fourth-best-seller on the PC charts, followed at five by the EA-published, Valve-developed Left 4 Dead 2.

Activision-Blizzard also made up a significant chunk of the PC charts, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 finishing in third and three different World of Warcraft games in the top 10.

1 / 3 / New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Wii / Nintendo / Nov-09 / 2,820,000
2 / 7 / Wii Fit Plus / Wii / Nintendo / Oct-09 / 2,410,000
3 / 6 / Wii Sports Resort / Wii / Nintendo / Jul-09 / 1,790,000
4 / 1 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / 360 / Activision / Nov-09 / 1,630,000
5 / 2 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / PS3 / Activision / Nov-09 / 1,120,000
6 / 11 / Wii Play (w/ Remote) / Wii / Nintendo / Feb-07 / 1,010,000
7 / 10 / Mario Kart Wii (w/ wheel) / Wii / Nintendo / Apr-08 / 936,100
8 / 4 / Assassin's Creed II / 360 / Ubisoft / Nov-09 / 783,100
9 / 5 / Left 4 Dead 2 / 360 / Electronic Arts / Nov-09 / 728,500
10 / 14 / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / DS / Nintendo / Sep-09 / 656,700
11 / ** / The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks / DS / Nintendo / Dec-09
12 / ** New Super Mario Bros. / DS / Nintendo / May-06
13 / ** Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games / DS / Sega / Oct-09
14 / 12 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games / Wii / Sega / Oct-09
15 / 20 Madden NFL 10 / 360 / Electronic Arts / Aug-09
16 / ** Scribblenauts / DS / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Sep-09
17 / ** Mario Kart DS / DS / Nintendo / Nov-05
18 / 8 Assassin's Creed II / PS3 / Ubisoft / Nov-09
19 / ** Madden NFL 10 / PS3 / Electronic Arts / Aug-09
20 / ** Just Dance / Wii / Ubisoft / Nov-09

1 / 4 / The Sims 3 / Electronic Arts
2 / 3 / The Sims 3: World Adventures / Electronic Arts
3 / 1 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision
4 / 2 / Dragon Age: Origins / Electronic Arts
5 / 5 / Left 4 Dead 2 / Electronic Arts
6 / 11 / The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / Electronic Arts
7 / 9 / World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard Entertainment
8 / 7 / Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy / Her Interactive
9 / 10 / World of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard Entertainment
10 / 6 / World of Warcraft / Blizzard Entertainment
11 / 12 / IGT Slots: Texas Tea / Masque
12 / 13 / Mumbo Jumbo Assortment / Mumbo Jumbo
13 / ** / The Sims 3 Collector's Edition / Electronic Arts
14 / 19 / Spore / Electronic Arts
15 / ** / Hoyle Card Games 2010 / Encore
16 / ** / Bejeweled 2 with Peggle / PopCap Games
17 / 20 / The Sims 2 University Life Collection / Electronic Arts
18 / ** / Sim City Box / Electronic Arts
19 / 9 / Borderlands / 2K Games
20 / ** / Zuma's Revenge / PopCap Games

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lol...not one rhythm game

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Wii's doing good, DS has better stuff but isn't doing as hot. Why? Better marketing for Wii stuff then DS stuff, I've seen commercials for Wii Fit and Wii Sports Resort, but never Mario & Luigi 3. And all commercials I saw for Mario & Sonic showed Wii gameplay.

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I can understand why nintendo is doing so well, its the holidays and family affairs and nintendo lends itself well to family togetherness, Everyone can participate and have fun.

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ugh. 2 of the top three games arent hardly games at all. theyre activities for kids or families. i hate how nintendo's gimmicky crap makes so much money, when fantastic games like rachet and clank are way undersold.

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NSMBWii deserves it good sales, IMO. I desperately need to get AC2 sometime...

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and they said nintendo was losing sales..pfft, im glad MW2 aint #1, to me it was one of the most overrated games ever..i have 6 hours into it, 4 for campaign, and 2 for multiplayer, stopped playing it when BFBC2 beta came out and i realized shooter games are better without predator missiles

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I don't get these numbers... With more people buying PS3's wouldn't it make sense that the PS3 would push more software? O well, nice to know that a DS post toped the charts (I own the ds game and bought the wii game and their is no difference) good job nintendo.

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Spore is still selling im in shock..Dragon age is up there good to see...People still buying sims 2..Wondering why sims 3 is pretty good game it its own right..Even though the expansion pack sucks, hated it..

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@aaronfhff123 i agree with u for the most part i would of loved a longer campaign with the gore of world at war but the game is still good and plus most ppl played it for the multiplayer and im one of those ppl

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mario kart ds still in the top 20 when it was released in nov 2005!

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Sims 3 + Zelda Spirit tracks + New super mario bros Wii = :D

Avatar image for aaronfhff123

MW2 could have been good if it had a good and long campaign with the bullet wounds and gore of W@W. But IW obviously didn't care about upgrading the game they just wanted to make a flashy game with no substance that would sell to millions.

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Mario Kart DS the game that refuses to die. wow, just wow.

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Nintendo domination of the Top 20 in December. It would not be surprising if most of the Nintendo-published games reappear in the Top 20 for January.

Avatar image for Richardthe3rd

While I am deeply satisfied that SM Wii beat out MW2 this month, this list is sad. It's pretty telling of what the industry put out this year of any interest, and it looks pretty slim compared to 07 and 08; 07 being one of the most exciting years in a while. TL:DR: try harder industry.

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The fact that Just Dance even came close to top 20 makes me sad

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Everything looks good except MW2, but eh whatever. Not surprised at mario, god damn thats alot of games sold.

Avatar image for nate1222

Yeah, MW2, blah-blah-blah... And New Super Mario Bros Wii outsold both PS3 AND 360 versions combined! Goodie...

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Uh I want to puke every time I see MW2 even on a list it's gross. Oh damn there's a video of it too on the bottom of the list. How nice thanks Gspot for that.

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lol like 7 related mario games in that list sick.

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yeah AC2! :O

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mw2 ftw

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i am soo sick of nintendo and their games that the update every new console and all the lemmings that jump off the cliff for the newest rehash of a 20 year old game such as mario, zelda, metroid, punch out, smash bros, and hey were is teris 2010

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surprise surprise nintendo #1,2,3

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Nintendo on top as always.

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woohoo dragon age^^

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