Nintendo has become the undisputed champion of videogames in this decade

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I would have never expected seeing a headline such as this in the early 2000’s when the GameCube was tanking and the Xbox was merely an annoyance to the allmighty PS2’s domination.

But my haven’t things changed, VGChartz have put together their list of the 50 best selling games of the 2000’s and while we still have close on two years to go I don’t expect to see a major shift in the standings.

Nintendo as a publisher has published 9 out of the top 10 games and 15 of the top 20 titles, TakeTwo make a gallant effort with 3 titles in the top 20 with Sony taking the last 2 spots, just knocking Microsoft’s Halo 3 into 21st spot. But that is guaranteed to outsell Gran Turismo 4 on PS2 in the next 2 years so we could possibly give Microsoft this one.

The top 20 list is after the break but to point out the obvious flamebait first up… the PS3 has a single title in the list and it’s all the way down in 44th place, the 360’s top title is in 21st and has 4 in title and the Wii’s top title is top of the list (Wii Sports) and in total the Wii has 9 titles in the top 50.

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World Sales in 2000-2009

Publisher

Platform

Debut

Sales

1

Wii Sports

Nintendo

Wii

Nov-06

44.50m

2

Wii Play

Nintendo

Wii

Dec-06

22.70m

3

Nintendogs

Nintendo

DS

Apr-05

22.09m

4

New Super Mario Brothers

Nintendo

DS

May-06

18.47m

5

Wii Fit

Nintendo

Wii

Dec-07

17.89m

6

GTA: San Andreas

Take Two

PS2

Oct-04

17.78m

7

Brain Training

Nintendo

DS

May-05

17.33m

8

Pokemon Gold/Silver

Nintendo

GB

Nov-99

~17.00m

9

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

Nintendo

DS

Sep-06

16.79m

10

Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire

Nintendo

GBA

Nov-02

15.40m

11

Mario Kart Wii

Nintendo

Wii

Apr-08

15.38m

12

Gran Turismo 3: A Spec

Sony

PS2

Apr-01

14.87m

13

Mario Kart DS

Nintendo

DS

Nov-05

14.56m

14

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Take Two

PS2

Oct-02

14.20m

15

Brain Age 2

Nintendo

DS

Dec-05

13.87m

16

Grand Theft Auto III

Take Two

PS2

Oct-01

11.60m

17

Animal Crossing: Wild World

Nintendo

DS

Nov-05

10.67m

18

Pokemon Yellow

Nintendo

GB

Sep-98

~10.60m

19

Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green

Nintendo

GBA

Jan-04

10.49m

20

Gran Turismo 4

Sony

PS2

Dec-04

9.65m

Source: VGChartz

It hurts my gaming pride to see Nintendogs so high on that list…

Last Updated: April 8, 2009

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Lupus

    How can you count two games that are bundled with necessary equipment? It’s not like people would honestly actually buy Wii Play by itself.

  • Lupus

    Not sure why they count games bundled with the console and periphals, I mean who would honestly buy Wii Play by itself. Even Wii sports by itself is not so good. Sigh times are a changing this is the error of the casual gamer who likes virtual dogs over virtual hookers 😉

  • Lydon

    I really don’t see how they can count bundled games as sold games. Any console maker could by that logic give away a number of games with their consoles and have more places in the list. It makes no sense.

  • I agree with all 3 of you but even if you remove Wii Play and Wii Sports Nintendo still have the top title and are still completely dominant

  • darthdad

    “Nintendo still have the top title and are still completely dominant”
    That is like saying Toyota have been dominant in the car market for the past ten years. I drive a Toyota, but would much rather drive a Ferrari. 😉

  • I think even Toyota would be ashamed to be compared to Nintendogs 😉

    And yes we are allowed to mock it as it made them stinking rich so the last laugh is on us 🙁

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