VGChartz Top 25 software sales 2008 - NewsVGChartz Staff , posted on 22 January 2009 / 26,577 Views
2008 was a great year for gaming. It saw the release of highly anticipated games like Grand Theft Auto 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, Super Smash Bros Brawl and Gears of War 2. The chart below shows the top 25 softare sales for 2008. One thing is for sure: Nintendo had an amazing year.
The chart contains seperate SKU's only. Check VGChartz next week for the Top 25 best selling games of 2008 per title.
Mario Kart Wii is the best selling game of 2008, well sort of...
|1||Mario Kart Wii||Wii||Nintendo||13.64m|
|4||Super Smash Brothers Brawl||Wii||Nintendo||8.31m|
|5||Grand Theft Auto IV||X360||Take Two||6.64m|
|6||New Super Mario Brothers||DS||Nintendo||5.53m|
|8||Grand Theft Auto IV||PS3||Take Two||5.25m|
|9||Mario Kart DS||DS||Nintendo||4.76m|
|11||More Brain Training||DS||Nintendo||4.48m|
|12||Gears of War 2||X360||Microsoft||4.14m|
|13||Call of Duty: World at War||X360||Activision||4.13m|
|14||Pokemon Diamond + Pearl||DS||Nintendo||3.97m|
|15||Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games||Wii||Sega||3.97m|
|16||Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games||DS||Sega||3.85m|
|17||Metal Gear Solid 4||PS3||Konami||3.75m|
|18||Super Mario Galaxy||Wii||Nintendo||3.34m|
|19||Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare||X360||Activision||2.88m|
|20||Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G||PSP||Capcom||2.70m|
|21||Lego Indiana Jones||X360||LucasArts||2.62m|
|22||Gran Turismo 5: Prologue||PS3||SCE||2.50m|
|23||Guitar Hero: World Tour||Wii||Activision||2.39m|
|24||Call of Duty: World at War||PS3||Activision||2.39m|
Wii: 8 (7)
Seeing the recordbreaking sales of Nintendo's Wii it's no surprise that Wii Sports is on top of the list, the bundling of the game everywhere in the world except for Japan and South Korea all but ensured the game the top spot on the list even before 2008 started. To give the best selling retail game a little bit more shine and because Wii Sports will probably be the most sold game for every year it's bundled with the Wii, we give Mario Kart Wii the number 1 spot. It's important to note that Lego Indiana Jones (Xbox360), Metal Gear Solid 4 and Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3) all have benefited from heavy bundling with the hardware. The difference with Wii Sports is that these games also saw very significant non-bundled unit sales.
We don't know the conitions under which LucasArts and Konami have their games bundled with the Xbox360 and Playstation 3 respectively, but it's clear that bundling has an enormous effect on the sales of a title. It also automatically increases the awareness for the series, which could benefit future releases in the series.
Nintendo the big winner
It is obvious from this list that Nintendo has strong dominance over the videogame market. Of the 25 best selling games of 2008, 15 are released on a Nintendo platform and 11 are published by Nintendo themselves, among which the top 4. Actually the whole top 10 is Nintendo except for the two SKU's of Take2's blockbuster game Grand Theft Auto 4.
If a year ago anyone would have predicted that Grand Theft Auto 4 wouldn't have been the highest selling game of the year he'd probably be laughed at. But two Nintendo titles managed to outsell the combined sales of the highest reviewed game of the year. In my personal gamer opinion, I'm glad to see that Mario Kart Wii sold slightly more than Wii Fit. I highly applaud Nintendo for the innovative fitness game, but a "gamers game" defeating the Oprah hype feels like a good thing. Nevertheless very impressive numbers for Wii Fit, a game that costs $90.
Wii Fit made retail revenue of $1.17 billion, something only two other games have ever managed to achieve; Guitar Hero III and World of Warcraft (if we count the subscription fees).
Third party success and dissapointment
Take2 and Activision also had great years. Take2 sold almost 12 million copies of Grand Theft Auto 4 and Activision's core franchises Guitar Hero and Call of Duty are present in the top 25. Call of Duty even managed to make it with three games. Two SKUs of World at War that released towards end 2008 made it, but even more surprising might be the presence of the 2007 release Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on Xbox360. Call of Duty is without a doubt one of the biggest franchises now and for 2009 we expect Modern Warfare 2 to perform at least as well as Call of Duty 4, which sold over 10 million copies on all platforms combined. With the franchise slowly growing on Wii there's a strong chance it might even outperform it.
Where there are winners, there are losers. Major software houses EA and Ubisoft both haven't got a game among the 25 best sold games of 2008. Both had a significant dominance in the PlayStation 2 era, but don't seem to have a good grasp of the current situation yet. Last year Ubisoft had a big hit with Assassins Creed but this year's big holiday title Prince of Persia didn't perform as well as it should have. EA definitely tried to bring new content to all systems with Dead Space and Mirror's Edge, but neither were the break out hits EA expected.
Monster Hunter saves Japan and PSP
Another observation is that worldwide the difference between the two HD platforms isn't as big as often suspected, at least as far as blockbusters go. Sony's Playstation 3 has 4 titles in the top 25, while Microsofts Xbox360 has 6, despite the latter having the name to have far superior software sales.
Japan is definitely still relevant as a software market. Capcom's PSP title Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G reaches the 20th place in worldwide sales on Japanese sales alone. This title is also the only PSP title in the chart.
Despite often being in the shadow of the consoles as far as media attention goes, Nintendo DS had very impressive software sales over 2008. Nintendogs, New Super Mario Bros and Brain Training are excellent examples of evergreen software. The games have such tremendous "legs" that their weekly average gets them massive yearly sales, despite the lack of a release boost.
In 2009 VGChartz will remain the number one place for the latest sales data from around the world.
Read [url=http://news.vgchartz.com/news.php?id=2752]here[/url] for an in-depth look at software statistics for 2008.
Many thanks to Jacob Mazel.