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.
This week we will be looking at the top 10 selling games in the year 2008. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling games in May 2013 and the week before that the top 10 selling Sonic games.
Looking at the top 10 bestselling games in the year 2008, two of the games were released in 2005, three in 2006, one in 2007, and four in 2008.
The two titles released in 2005 sold a combined 10.02 million units or 5.01 million units on average per title. The three titles released in 2006 sold a combined 38.58 million units or 12.86 million units on average per title. The four titles released in 2008 sold a combined 333.39 million units or 8.35 million units on average per title.
The top 10 bestselling games in May 2013 sold a combined 94.67 million units. One title topped 20 million units sold and the top four topped 10 million units sold. The top eight titles sold more than five million units and the entire top 10 sold more than four million units.
Eight of the top 10 titles in 2008 are on Nintendo platforms. Five of the titles are for the Wii and three are for the DS. The five Wii titles are also the five bestselling titles in 2008. One title is on the Xbox 360 and one on the PlayStation 3. These two titles are two versions of Grand Theft Auto IV.
The five Wii titles sold a combined 67.46 million units or 71.3 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The three DS titles sold a combined 14.98 million units or 15.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two versions of Grand Theft Auto IV sold a combined 12.23 million units or 12.9 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.
The top 10 bestselling games in May 2013 as a graph really shows how the Wii dominated the video game market at its peak. However, the top title, Wii Sports, was bundled with every Wii at the time.
Breaking the top 10 down by publisher eight of the titles were published by Nintendo and two titles were published by Rockstar. The eight Nintendo titles are for the Wii and DS and sold a combined 82.44 million units or 87.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.
Here are the sales outside the top 10: The top 14 titles sold more than four million units and the top 40 titles sold more than two million units. The top 116 titles sold more than one million units and the top 284 titles sold more than 500,000 units.
Nintendo had the two bestselling platforms in 2008. Nintendo sold 29.47 million DS’s, and 24.09 million Wii’s. Sony sold 14.05 million PSP’s and 10.27 million PlayStation 3’s. Microsoft sold 10.82 million Xbox 360’s.
There were 176.92 million games sold for the Wii, 108.91 million games sold for the Xbox 360 and 88.79 million games sold for the PlayStation 3. There were 155.30 million games sold for the DS and 48.08 million games sold for the PSP.
Nintendo sold 154.69 million games, Sony sold 24.10 million games and Microsoft sold 16.62 million games. Electronic Arts sold 64.73 million games, Activision sold 53.94 million games and Ubisoft sold 47.32 million games.
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