Top selling games of 2010 according to kalahari.net – Sony is dominating

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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.

Rank Title Platform
1 Starcraft 2 – Wings of Liberty PC
2 FIFA 11 PS3
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
15 Singstar: ABBA PS2
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
20 Heavy Rain 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

Gavin Mannion

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