Top 10 in Sales - Europe: 2012 Edition

by William D'Angelo, posted on 19 March 2013 / 3,472 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

Over the next month we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in 2012 by region. This week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in Europe in 2012. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling games in the USA in 2012 and the week before that the top 10 selling 3DS games in 2012.

Looking at the top 10 bestselling games in Europe in 2012, nine of the games were released in 2012 and one was released in 2011. For the titles released in 2012 one was released in August, two in September, one in October, and five in November.

The nine titles in 2012 sold a combined 19.7 million units or 94.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The one game released in 2011, Mario Kart 7, sold a 1.08 million units or 5.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The top 10 bestselling games in Europe in 2012 sold a combined 20.78 million games in 2012. This is 8.17 million units less than the top 10 in the USA sold. No games in Europe sold five million units in 2012, however the top three sold more than three million units. Also the top four sold more than two million units. The entire top 10 sold more than one million units.

Three games are first party, one published by Microsoft and two by Nintendo and seven games are third party. The third party publishers include two Electronic Arts titles, two Activision titles and three Ubisoft titles. The one title published by Microsoft, Halo 4, sold 1.55 million units or 7.5 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two titles published by Nintendo sold a combined 2.30 million units or 11.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The two Electronic Arts titles, two versions of FIFA Soccer 13, sold a combined 6.67 million units or 32.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Activision titles, two versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, sold a combined 6.43 million units or 30.9 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The three Ubisoft titles, two versions of Assassin’s Creed III and Just Dance 4, sold a combined 4.25 million units or 20.5 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The top 10 bestselling games in Europe in 2012 as a graph shows how four titles sold well above the rest and the other six games sold pretty evenly. If you combine the sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox versions of Assassin’s Creed III it sold more than any other game in the top 10 that only has one version of the game. FIFA Soccer 13 was the bestselling game in Europe in 2012, followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Looking at the top 10 by platform four of the titles were released for the Xbox 360, three for the PlayStation 3, two for the 3DS and one for the Wii. The four Xbox 360 titles sold a combined 8.58 million units or 41.3 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The three PlayStation 3 titles sold a combined 8.36 million units or 40.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two 3DS titles sold a combined 2.3 million units or 11.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Here are the rest of the top 10 bestselling games in Europe in 2012: There were 17.07 million home console and handhelds sold for the entire year. This is a 25.9 percent drop year-on-year. This is 1.93 million units less than in the USA in 2012. There were also 144.17 million games sold in 2012. This is a 16.2 percent drop year-on-year. This is 66.99 million units less than in the USA in 2012.

The top 11 titles sold more than one million units and the top 45 titles sold more than 500,000 units. The top 136 titles sold more than 200,000 units and the top 269 units sold more than 100,000.

Nintendo sold more games in the USA in 2012 than the other two first party publishers, Microsoft and Sony. Nintendo sold 15.03 million games across its four platforms, the Wii, Wii U, DS, and 3DS. Microsoft sold 6.87 million games for the Xbox 360. Sony sold 6.01 million games for the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PlayStation Vita.

Electronic Arts was the biggest publisher in the USA in 2012, selling 25.62 million games. Activision sold 17.86 million games and Ubisoft 15.71 million games. Take-Two sold 6.68 million games, Sega sold 6.04 million games, THQ sold 4.76 million games, Warner Bros. sold 4.44 million units, and Square Enix sold 4.01 million games.

The top 100 can be seen below, or click here to view the complete chart.

Pos Game Weeks Yearly Total
1
FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Action
14 3,530,086 3,530,086
2
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
7 3,288,453 3,288,453
3
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360)
Activision, Shooter
7 3,139,094 3,139,094
4
FIFA Soccer 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Action
14 2,721,753 2,721,753
5
Halo 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
8 1,553,733 1,553,733
6
Just Dance 4 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
13 1,542,715 1,542,715
7
Assassin's Creed III (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
9 1,541,933 1,541,933
8
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
20 1,222,740 1,222,740
9
Assassin's Creed III (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
9 1,172,532 1,172,532
10
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
Nintendo, Racing
57 1,082,193 2,098,830
11
Diablo III (PC)
Activision, Role-Playing
33 1,051,813 1,051,813
12
Pokemon Black / White Version 2 (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
12 989,261 989,261
13
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
59 937,275 2,032,645
14
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
112 894,356 4,275,015
15
FIFA Soccer 12 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
66 823,339 3,991,605
16
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
60 806,592 4,659,207
17
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
61 757,732 2,112,895
18
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
60 723,922 2,256,801
19
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - A Criterion Game (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Racing
9 721,667 721,667
20
Far Cry 3 (X360)
Ubisoft, Shooter
5 717,831 717,831
21
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
110 717,731 4,112,945
22
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii)
Sega, Sports
59 713,530 1,701,168
23
Mario Party 9 (Wii)
Nintendo, Misc
44 695,722 695,722
24
Just Dance 3 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
64 684,364 3,146,843
25
Far Cry 3 (PS3)
Ubisoft, Shooter
5 679,247 679,247
26
Battlefield 3 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
62 659,546 2,386,184
27
Mass Effect 3 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Role-Playing
43 659,227 659,227
28
Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Racing
247 652,130 12,167,380
29
Hitman: Absolution (PS3)
Square Enix, Action
6 634,612 634,612
30
Zumba Fitness (Wii)
505 Games, Sports
92 632,783 2,343,535
31
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
NCSoft, Role-Playing
18 630,410 630,410
32
Borderlands 2 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
15 602,716 602,716
33
FIFA Street (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
42 602,254 602,254
34
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
60 600,228 1,758,517
35
Hitman: Absolution (X360)
Square Enix, Action
6 594,251 594,251
36
Forza Motorsport 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Racing
64 593,093 1,602,257
37
Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii)
Majesco Entertainment, Sports
58 588,935 834,949
38
Wii Sports (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
317 581,190 28,322,788
39
Resident Evil 6 (PS3)
Capcom, Action
13 576,872 576,872
40
FIFA Soccer 12 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
66 571,959 2,715,888
41
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360)
Activision, Shooter
60 561,942 4,059,687
42
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
163 537,455 6,420,513
43
Football Manager 2013 (PC)
Sega, Action
10 532,439 532,439
44
Max Payne 3 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
33 510,288 510,288
45
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC)
Activision, Role-Playing
14 500,888 500,888
46
Skylanders Giants (Wii)
Activision, Action
11 498,031 498,031
47
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
60 488,142 1,403,812
48
Assassin's Creed: Revelations (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
59 483,376 1,765,184
49
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
48 467,051 467,051
50
The Sims 3 (PC)
Electronic Arts, Simulation
187 460,967 2,591,213
51
FIFA Street (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
42 459,692 459,692
52
Battlefield 3 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
62 456,196 1,905,826
53
Resident Evil 6 (X360)
Capcom, Action
13 449,209 449,209
54
Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
63 447,315 1,401,411
55
Forza: Horizon (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Racing
10 445,972 445,972
56
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Wii)
Activision, Action
64 431,278 987,937
57
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - A Criterion Game (X360)
Electronic Arts, Racing
9 405,407 405,407
58
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS)
Sega, Sports
47 405,348 405,348
59
Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
166 401,606 7,897,312
60
Wii Party (Wii)
Nintendo, Misc
117 397,883 3,259,063
61
Farming Simulator 2013 (PC)
Focus Home Interactive, Action
10 396,266 396,266
62
Borderlands 2 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
15 392,490 392,490
63
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PC)
Activision, Shooter
7 391,556 391,556
64
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (3DS)
Nintendo, Adventure
10 377,660 377,660
65
Football Manager 2012 (PC)
Sega, Sports
63 372,750 1,088,958
66
Max Payne 3 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
33 372,740 372,740
67
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PS3)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Sports
15 370,282 370,282
68
F1 2012 (PS3)
Codemasters, Racing
15 367,698 367,698
69
New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
Nintendo, Platform
340 363,527 8,837,244
70
Mass Effect 3 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Role-Playing
43 354,619 354,619
71
Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)
Electronic Arts, Role-Playing
54 354,128 864,515
72
Battlefield 3 (PC)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
62 352,152 1,160,939
73
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (X360)
Ubisoft, Shooter
32 350,258 350,258
74
London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (X360)
Sega, Sports
27 348,035 348,035
75
Assassin's Creed: Revelations (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
59 338,552 1,395,808
76
Kinect Star Wars (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Action
39 337,633 337,633
77
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
10 336,388 336,388
78
London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (PS3)
Sega, Sports
27 335,907 335,907
79
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PSV)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
45 330,510 330,510
80
Dishonored (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
12 326,915 326,915
81
WWE '13 (PS3)
THQ, Action
9 325,357 325,357
82
Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo (DS)
Activision, Misc
60 318,123 815,357
83
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
28 309,130 309,130
84
Sleeping Dogs (PS3)
Square Enix, Action
20 308,014 308,014
85
The Sims 3: Pets (PC)
Electronic Arts, Simulation
63 307,001 820,896
86
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PC)
Activision, Shooter
60 304,847 915,079
87
Nintendo Land (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
5 304,346 304,346
88
Sleeping Dogs (X360)
Square Enix , Action
20 302,887 302,887
89
Mass Effect 3 (PC)
Electronic Arts, Role-Playing
43 297,984 297,984
90
Pokemon Black / White Version (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
96 287,914 2,786,268
91
Batman: Arkham City (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
63 285,888 1,034,830
92
WWE '13 (X360)
THQ, Action
9 283,379 283,379
93
Nintendogs + cats (3DS)
Nintendo, Simulation
93 280,842 880,061
94
Saints Row: The Third (X360)
THQ, Action
59 280,832 1,039,996
95
Saints Row: The Third (PS3)
THQ, Action
59 280,327 825,334
96
Dishonored (PS3)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
12 278,104 278,104
97
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
10 276,614 276,614
98
Kinect Sports (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Sports
112 273,855 1,481,810
99
Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
137 269,416 1,968,678
100
Anno 2070 (PC)
Ubisoft, Strategy
59 268,201 793,385

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2 Comments

zuvuyeay (on 20 March 2013)

good work,fifa rules,diablo & guild wars doing it for the PC


Salnax (on 19 March 2013)

So, basically America with Association Football.