NPD's Top Ten U.S. Retail Games See Halo, Mario Dominate

Gamasutra: As we enter the final quarter of 2010, Gamasutra's Matt Matthews looks back at the first nine months of the year to identify the top 10 best-selling games of 2010 so far.

(Specifically, we're looking at the top 10 SKUs. SKU is industry jargon for a particular version of a game.)

While a front-loaded title like Halo: Reach leads the chart as of September 2010 (see below), supplanting New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which led in March and has fallen to second for the present, we should be mindful that evergreen titles, especially on the Nintendo Wii, can eventually pull ahead given enough time.

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eagle212830d ago (Edited 2830d ago )

Nintendo has 6 out of the top 10 and Wii has 5 out of the top 10 retail games in the USA for 2010 so far. Halo definitely did well, hats off. :)

deadreckoning6662830d ago (Edited 2830d ago )

Yeah and the 360 version of Red Dead Redemption outsold God of War 3. It gives me hope in this industry when a multiplat can outsell a high-profile exclusive. Very VERY impressive.

@number47- How the hell is my comment childish? GOW3 has been hyped up for half a decade and Red Dead Redemption virtually came out of nowhere and the 360 version ALONE outsold GOW3. Thats DAMN impressive.

number472830d ago (Edited 2830d ago )

I dont think I have to tell you the correlation between having 1 bubble, and talking smack about GOW3's sales.

But what the hell, you're a troll & you're trolling gow3 in an article where you're the first guy to do so.GOW isn't a huge selling series, especially compared to a Rockstar/Advertising blitz, that gow3 didn't have, and still made it. Keep in mind, PS3 owners bought RDR & Gow3. Not only that, but popular multiplatform games generally out-pace exclusive sales. So its not really shocking to anyone outside of you throwing GOW3 under the bus.

ick.. stepped in troll poo.

The Maxx2830d ago (Edited 2830d ago )

I think you ment to say:

"I dont think I have to tell you the correlation between having 1 bubble, and talking smack about GOW3 on N4G."

Not to mention, It may not be a good idea to point fingers at those with 1 bubble when you yourself are not too far behind... Mr. 2 bubble.

antz11042830d ago


GOW isn't a huge selling series? I bet if this said that GOW3 was the top retail game this year instead you'b be jumping up and down about it, saying its the biggest series ever.

skrug2830d ago (Edited 2830d ago )


all the other GOW series sold around 3 million each..

and if it was the top retail game this year , wouldnt it be the truth then? since it is the biggest seller this year, if this was an article about that..

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StanLee2830d ago

Nintendo continues to do well. I think the market for the Wii may have reached it's saturation point which is why we see dwindingly Wii sales but on the software side, they're doing well.

ReBurn2830d ago

Saturation for Wii had to come sooner or later, but it is still selling at a decent clip, all things considered. It isn't blowing the doors off market like it used to, but it hasn't exactly stopped selling either.

Great software was always what it needed. I just wish more developers were making it.

eagle212830d ago (Edited 2830d ago )

And another interesting point. I wondered how FIFA got in the top 5 in the USA. Now I see why. They combined all SKU's for the September NPD top 10 calculation last month (DS + PSP + Wii + 360 + PS3). NPD needs to come back to basics because that is unfair to single platform titles. Even though Halo outperformed the combined sales of Madden, it would have been pretty wack to see Halo number 2 if the combined SKU's outsold it when it was only available on 360 to stellar sales. :)


i have no idea why, but nothing pisses me off more than the financial success of halo. it just doesnt deserve the amount of sales it gets. period.

ReBurn2830d ago

If it doesn't deserve the sales, then why do people buy it?

MrMccormo2830d ago

Why do people eat McDonald's hamburgers?

antz11042830d ago

Agreed. If you don't like it, don't play. ALOT of people do like it. period.

ReBurn2830d ago

People eat McDonald's hamburgers because they like them. Which is why they buy Halo. Because they like it. That's the point.

JokesOnYou2830d ago

"Why do people eat McDonald's hamburgers?"

-wtf? uhm, I guess because its the only place to buy a hamburger in the entire world. lmfao, Its a conspiracy.


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Solidus187-SCMilk2830d ago

get that sand out of your vagina.


Woah there folks lets not forget...people were buying copies of halo wars not knowing it was an rts. Im not trying to down 360 games. Im just trying to say that there are plenty of games that are worlds above halo that dont sell half as much and its a damn shame no matter how you try and spin it

-Judge_Fudge2830d ago

of course halo and mario are on top,,its only becasue mario is family friendly and everyone and there aunts play and know about halo

eagle212830d ago

and because they enjoy it buddy. ;)