So let’s preface this with the obvious fact that this list is only made up of titles bought through kalahari.net and doesn’t take into consideration all the other retailers, however with kalahari.net being one of the biggest, if not the biggest, online retailer in South Africa it is fair to say this list represents a fair portion of the gaming market.
So lets get straight to the list and then we can discuss the oddities around it.
|1||Starcraft 2 – Wings of Liberty||PC|
|3||God of War 3||PS3|
|4||Call of Duty: Black Ops||PC|
|5||Red Dead Redemption||PS3|
|6||2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa||PS3|
|7||The Sims 3: Ambitions||PC|
|8||Call of Duty: Black Ops||PS3|
|9||Battlefield Bad Company 2 – Limited Edition||PC|
|10||God of War Collectors Edition||PS3|
|11||Sports Champions (Move)||PS3|
|12||Age of Empires Collectors Edition||PC|
|13||FIFA 11||Xbox 360|
|14||Medal of Honour (Limited Edition)||PS3|
|16||Super Mario Galaxy 2||Wii|
|17||Medal of Honour (Limited Edition)||PC|
|18||Wii Fit Plus (including Balance Board)||Wii|
|19||Final Fantasy XIII||PS3|
As you can see there is an obvious pattern forming here with a full 50% of the charts being held by Sony’s PS3 followed by the PC market with 6 titles, the Wii with 2 titles and a solitary single title for the PS2 and Xbox-360.
The big question is obviously now why is the 360 fairing so badly in the local market even though its console install base is comparable to the PS3?
In a word, Piracy, and in a few more words the 360 has suffered quite hard locally with the terribly delayed and mismanaged launch of Xbox Live coupled with its reliability problems early in its life cycle.
Whether the Kinect is going to help Microsoft get back into this fight locally is still to be seen but unless they can somehow stem the impact of piracy they aren’t going to be in this fight for very much longer.
On a happier note it’s great to see Sports Champions up to 11th on the list already just a few weeks after launch which shows the Move has been well accepted locally which is a testament to its abilities as well as some good pricing from SterKinekor.
And I am very happy to see Red Dead Redemption holding a lofty position in the charts as that is possibly still my top game from 2010.
But there are a fair few titles that really should be there that just aren’t, where is Mass Effect 2? Heavy Rain will drop off the charts as soon as GT5 is released and how can any chart of 2010 not have New Super Mario Bros Wii?
So does this list reflect what you expected or are you just as shocked as I was at the serious lack of Xbox 360 titles on the list and that the PS3 is outselling the PC (ignoring digital sales).
Last Updated: November 23, 2010