NPD Reveals Platform-Specific 2010 New Game Charts

By Steve Watts, Feb 07, 2011 1:15pm PST The NPD group has released a more detailed list of 2010's best-selling games per platform, Gamasutra reports, featuring a breakdown for all home consoles and handheld systems. We saw a similar physical sales top-ten chart last month, but it combined platforms and included games from previous years, so these new figures give more specificity.

The full breakdown per console is below, but a few points of interest jump out at us. Now that Mass Effect 2 is coming to the PlayStation 3, both it and the Xbox 360 have only two console-exclusives listed in their top 10. Notable absences include the PS3-exclusive Heavy Rain, and any Kinect games--the latter coming as a surprise considering Microsoft's boast that the peripheral has been a commercial smash hit.

God of War was popular, appearing on both the PS3 (God of War 3) and PSP (God of War: Ghost of Sparta) lists. And though Nintendo is often called out for dominating with its first-party software, the same could be said of Sony taking 4/10 on PSP and 2/10 on PS3.

Check out the full list by platform:

PlayStation 3

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision-Blizzard)
  2. Madden NFL 11 (EA)
  3. God of War 3 (Sony)
  4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)
  5. Final Fantasy XIII (Square-Enix)
  6. NBA 2K11 (2K Sports)
  7. Gran Turismo 5 (Sony)
  8. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)
  9. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (EA)
  10. Medal of Honor (EA)


  1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
  2. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)
  3. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Nintendo)
  4. Disney Epic Mickey (Disney)
  5. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft)
  6. uDraw Studio (THQ)
  7. Wipeout: The Game (Activision-Blizzard)
  8. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Warner Bros)
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision-Blizzard)
  10. Wii Party (Nintendo)

Xbox 360

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision-Blizzard)
  2. Halo: Reach (Microsoft)
  3. Madden NFL 11 (EA)
  4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)
  5. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)
  6. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (EA)
  7. Fable 3 (Microsoft)
  8. NBA 2K11 (2K Sports)
  9. Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda)
  10. Mass Effect 2 (EA)

Nintendo DS

  1. Pokemon SoulSilver (Nintendo)
  2. Pokemon HeartGold (Nintendo)
  3. Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (Nintendo)
  4. Super Scribblenauts (Warner Bros)
  5. Toy Story 3 (Disney)
  6. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Warner Bros)
  7. Zhu Zhu Pets (Activision-Blizzard)
  8. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Nintendo)
  9. Sonic Colors (Sega)
  10. Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Nintendo)

Sony PSP

  1. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square-Enix)
  2. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Konami)
  3. Madden NFL 11 (EA)
  4. Toy Story 3 (Disney)
  5. MLB 10: The Show (Sony)
  6. NBA 2K11 (2K Sports)
  7. God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Sony)
  8. ModNation Racers (Sony)
  9. SOCOM: US Navy Seals Fireteam Bravo (Sony)
  10. WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 (THQ)

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  • I'm just going to pipe in here and say that the "8million" units are to retailers plain and simple. Half of that to actual customers maybe. They were available easily in my area from release through out the holidays and haven't sold out anywhere. I have family and friends all over the US that live in large markets where connect would sell well but they could all easily find one of over the holidays.

    I know this simply b/c they were asking me what all the hype was about. They also asked about the PS Move and thye couldn't get one as it was sold out everywhere as it was in my area. I'm not boasting for the PS Move here as I plan to get the Kinect as well as the PS Move once a title that looks interesting to me comes out for either of them. The Move having the first game I'm considering buying it for called Sorcery coming out next month.

    If they sold 4 million units and that's a big if, selling 1 game out of every 4 units sold would be 1million games and out of all the packages that were sold at retailers readily available and not sold out again I may add, you would think that one of them would've burst into the 15 which I would like to see the numbers to see if it did just that.

    The Wii has also sold a ton of units yet very little games overall for the amount of consoles they've sold and it's not suprising considering 90% of more of the games are complete crap. I still think the whole motion gaming is just a fad unless they make some games that make use of the technology instead of just being a pure gimmick.