2009's bestselling games revealed

Nintendo versus Call Of Duty

According to findings from 'Top Global Markets', a monthly report from stat crunchers The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track and Enterbrain, Modern Warfare 2 was the biggest-selling game of 2009. Followed by a lot of Wii.

Here are the top five selling games of 2009:

  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Activision Total: 11.86mil US: 8.82mil Japan:2 37.5K UK: 2.80mil
  • Wii Sports Resort Nintendo Total: 7.57mil US: 4.54mil Japan: 1.54mil UK:1.49mil
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii Nintendo Total: 7.41mil US: 4.23mil Japan: 2.49mil UK: 687.3K
  • Wii Fit Plus Nintendo Total: 5.80mil US: 3.53mil Japan: 1.30mil UK: 968.3K
  • Wii Fit Nintendo Total: 5.44mil US: 3.60mil Japan: 588.3K UK: 1.25mil

"Looking at software sales performance, video game software unit sales declined seven percent for all of 2009. Still, while year-over-year comparisons show declines, the industry is still boasting significant volumes that were unseen before 2008," said Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group. "With the huge investment needed to produce software for this generation's consoles, many publishers talk about releasing fewer titles each year, which will allow their teams to better focus on maximizing the success of each title. The theory is that this will produce more high- quality games resulting in better sales. However, the year-end data from 2009 shows us that the number of titles entering the market is still growing with 778 new titles released in 2009, up from the 764 in 2008.

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So, while there has been no noticeable slow down in the number of titles launched each year, we do see some evidence of a converse relationship between the number of titles launched and the average unit sales of a title. When looking back at the past seven years, we see that 2004 had the lowest number of titles launched, yet the highest average unit sales. On the other hand, 2009 had the most titles launched and average unit sales were lower than they've been since 2005."