NPD's Top Five Console Games of 2008

The Shacknews NPD tag is an easy resource to look at the state of the games industry, with weekly PC sales and monthly console sales charts showing what's popular now. But when it comes to long-term trends, it might not be so easy.

With that in mind, Gamasutra has taken a closer look at this year's NPD numbers to date and presented the best-selling five games on each current generation console. Collector's editions are unaccounted for in Gamasutra's numbers, meaning that games that sell heavily in those editions may deserve higher positions in these rankings.

The top five Xbox 360 games of 2008, through August, are as follows:

  1. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games)
  2. Call of Duty 4 (Infinity Ward)
  3. Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon)
  4. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
  5. Army of Two (EA Montreal)

PlayStation 3:

  1. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games)
  2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Kojima Productions)
  3. Call of Duty 4 (Infinity Ward)
  4. Madden NFL 09 (EA Tiburon)
  5. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (Polyphony Digital)

Nintendo Wii

  1. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo)
  2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
  3. Wii Play (Nintendo)
  4. Wii Fit (Nintendo)
  5. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Vicarious Visions)