Wii Play top selling title of 2008

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Not only is Nintendo the undisputed champion of hardware sales – it seems its software is causing cash registers to whirr in a frenzy too. According to NPD’s end of year figures, five of the top ten selling games of 2008 were from the Japanese giants. Other juggernauts include GTA IV – which sold a total of 5.18 million copies – and the 360 version Call of Duty: World at War, outselling the much anticipated 360 exclusive Gears of War 2 (which is sure to make CliffyB Cliff Blezinski cry into his morning cup of coffee.)

We all know of course that Wii Play is nothing more than a demo bundled with a wiimote, and shouldn’t really be included. Somewhat surprisingly, not a single PS3 exclusive made it in to the top 10. Where are Resistance 2 and LittleBigPlanet?

Click through to see the 10 top selling games of 2008.

Annual 2008 Software Sales

  1. Wii Play (Wii) — 5,280,000
  2. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) — 5,000,000
  3. Wii Fit (Wii) — 4,530,000
  4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) — 4,170,000
  5. Grand Theft Auto 4 (360) — 3,290,000
  6. Call of Duty: World at War (360) — 2,750,000
  7. Gears of War 2 (360) — 2,310,000
  8. Grand Theft Auto 4 (PS3) — 1,890,000
  9. Madden NFL 09 (360) — 1,870,000
  10. Mario Kart DS (DS) — 1,650,000


Last Updated: January 16, 2009

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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