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. As a note all sales figures are retail only.
This week we will be looking at the top 10 selling Microsoft games (Updated through the week ending September 21). Last week we looked at the top 10 selling Sony games (Updated through the week ending September 14) and the week before that the top 10 selling games Nintendo games (Updated through the week ending September 7).
Looking at the top 10 bestselling Microsoft published games six were released in the 2000’s and four were released in the 2010’s.
The six titles released in the 2000’s, Halo: Combat Evolved (XB), Halo 2 (XB), Halo 3 (X360), Halo 3: ODST (X360), Gears of War (X360), and Gears of War 2 (X360), sold a combined 45.54 million units or 7.59 million units on average per title. The four titles released in the 2010’s, Kinect Adventures! (X360), Halo: Reach (X360), Halo 4 (X360), and Gears of War 3 (X360), sold a combined 44.37 million units or 11.09 million units on average per title.
The top 10 bestselling Microsoft games have sold a combined 89.91 million units. The top title, Kinect Adventures! (X360), has sold more than 20 million units. However, it is bundled with every Kinect. The top two titles have sold more than 10 million units and the entire top 10 has sold more than five million units.
Looking at sales by platform two titles are for the original Xbox, while eight are for the Xbox 360. The Two Xbox games, Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, sold a combined 14.92 million units or 16.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The eight Xbox 360 games sold a combined 74.99 million units or 83.4 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.
The top 10 selling Microsoft games as a graph really shows how bundling games really boosts sales of games. Also the Halo and Gears of War franchise are the two most important for Microsoft. The Gears of War franchise was developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft.
The top 10 selling Microsoft games was done last year as well which included sales through the end of April 2012. The top 10 has sold an additional 9.12 million units. The main difference is that Halo 4 (X360) is now in the top 10, since it wasn’t released a year ago. It knocked off Forza Motorsport 3 (X360) out of the top 10. Other than that the order of the games has remained the same.
Here are the sales outside the top 10: The top 13 titles sold five million or more units and the top 29 titles sold more than two million units. The top 49 titles sold more than one million units and the top 77 titles sold more than 500,000 units. In total Microsoft has sold 219.84 million games.
Microsoft has sold 78.62 million Xbox 360’s and 24.64 million Xbox’s.
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