Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Was America’s Second Best-Selling Game In February

By Ishaan . March 10, 2011 . 4:29pm

Capcom have reason to be happy — Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds was the second best-selling game in the U.S. in the month of February, following Call of Duty: Black Ops, which retained its #1 spot. The NPD Group revealed that Black Ops is now the best-selling game in U.S. history, having outsold Wii Play (note that Wii Sports isn’t counted as it came bundled with the Wii system).

 

Retail sales of console software in February were up 2% over last year. While there were less games released in February 2011 as compared to February 2010, the top 10 games for Feb ’11 outsold the top 10 from Feb ’10 by 6%, owing to to more significant games being released during the month.

 

Overall, the console segment of the market was up 12% in dollar sales across hardware, software, accessories, and game cards. Meanwhile, portable sales declined by 27%, and the NPD Group point to the Nintendo 3DS to facilitate growth in the portable market, starting next month.

 

The top-10 software sales chart for February 2011 was as follows:

 

Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3, 360, PC, Wii, DS Activision Blizzard
02. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds PS3, 360 Capcom
03. Just Dance 2 Wii Ubisoft
04. NBA 2K11 PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2 Take Two
05. Dead Space 2 PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts
06. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party PS3, 360, Wii Majesco
07. Bulletstorm PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts
08. Killzone 3 PS3 Sony
09. Michael Jackson: The Experience Wii, PSP, DS Ubisoft
10. Mario Sports Mix Wii Nintendo

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  • M’iau M’iaut

    * The NPD Group revealed that Black Ops is now the best-selling game in history, having outsold Wii Play. *

    Don’t go blaming Victorique-san now!

  • http://twitter.com/mangeezer jerry

    Shame it couldn’t knock down that crapheap blops but Capcom must be mighty pleased

  • http://twitter.com/Ale598 Ale598

    Why is Black Ops still selling?

    • malek86

      Apparently it’s not just Nintendo games that have legs.

      This can be taken as a sign that legs aren’t actually related to game quality. Or that they are. You choose.

    • http://twitter.com/mangeezer jerry

      It’s just the latest cultural phenomenon, nothing to do with quality

    • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

      Because the game is not bad, and not just that, is what is “in” if you know what i mean,… i know so many people that ask me if i have call of duty and look me weird when i tell them i dont have it, that if i get it, it would be after many games i would prefer to get first…
      And i still personally prefer Resistance over call of duty

      • http://twitter.com/Ale598 Ale598

        Lol same thing happens to me I almost never talk about the games I like with my gamer friends because they don’t know about them.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

          I’m usually the one my friends turn to when they want suggestions for stuff they might like, since they only know the games they see commercials for.

      • Guest

        It’s not great either. Especially compared to other FPS. Certainly not deserving #1. Only FPS I’m looking at is Deux Ex and Duke Nukem (for the lulz)

  • Zero_Destiny

    Maybe I’m crazy but I would of liked to see Dragon Quest VI at the top of the list. :( So Call of Duty is number one now? I wonder how long it’ll stay up there. I mean WiiPlay isn’t all that old either. Seems like games are going to be “dethroning” each other a lot nowadays. I guess the business is just a lot bigger now. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

      We would have to live in a completely different universe for that to ever happen.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Now if only I could find a GumiShip and be able to travel to THAT universe. Sounds like a utopia lol

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

          You know, and this is something that I remember saying to my ex the first time she played Kingdom Hearts around me (I was in the middle of another game, so she did Kingdom Hearts first, with me trying not to pay attention, so I wouldn’t be spoiled), I am not sure I’d trust the structural integrity of something called The GumiShip. lol

          • Zero_Destiny

            What?! Are you kidding me. Gumi’s are both delicious and structurally sound. Have you’ve been living under a rock all this time. Plus as an added bonus they can heal your wounds and restore your tp. lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

            Well, hey, if you want to test that theory, make a working boat out of gummi bears. lol. If you can make that work, I’ll…why, I’ll say, “Oh, look at that, a boat of gummi bears.”

          • Ren

            @Charles
            If he made a boat of gummi bears I would fly to his place just so I could eat it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

            @Ren – Actually, I’d probably eat it too. See, this is why the GumiShip wouldn’t work. We’d be in the middle of some vortex to Hollow Bastion or something and then suddenly, we’d all be sucked out into the vacuum of space because the ship would just be too yummy looking to resist.

    • SolidusSnake

      I would have liked to see Radiant Historia at the top of the list, it certainly deserves to be #1. Not a fan of most of that list, though Bulletstorm was great, and I intend to play Dead Space 2 sooner or later, since the first one was quite good.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Radiant Historia :D I’m going to buy it tomorrow with Pok√©mon!!! Pay day baby can there be any better day of the week (well two-weeks lol).

      • alundra311

        I love Radiant Historia. Definitely deserves to be in the #1 spot in many lists.

  • malek86

    “The NPD Group revealed that Black Ops is now the best-selling game in history, having outsold Wii Play”

    It’s kind of outstanding that it did so in four months. Of course, on two platforms, but still. I might not like the game much, but there is no denying just how far along the series has come. At this point, I wonder just how long it will take for the franchise to lose steam. If you think that people still buy Mario after 25 years, it might be a very long time…

    • SolidusSnake

      It’s gone from easy kills with trench gun, to easy kills with M4, to easy kills with Colt Commando. Not that every first person shooter has to reinvent the wheel or anything, but damn. People won’t keep buying it forever, though. I don’t know how long it will take but sooner or later the series will go the way of Guitar Hero.

      • malek86

        But something else will take its place. I mean, first it was Doom, then it was Quake, then Half-Life, then it passed to consoles with Halo, and now it’s COD.

        Looks like the FPS genre is here to stay. I, for one, don’t mind this. When done right, FPS is pretty much my favorite genre.

        • SolidusSnake

          Don’t get me wrong bro — I’m a bit of a shooter guy myself, in fact I started playing with Knee Deep in the Dead on shareware. I was talking about COD specifically. It’s just that, well, all the games since Modern Warfare have pretty much been identical, and the WW2 games weren’t exactly ground-breaking either. That’s not necessarily a problem if the series is fun, but for me COD got old quite some time ago.

          I can certainly see the appeal of COD, since it’s so basic that any guy who’s never touched a shooter before can grab a 360 controller and start getting headshots, plus the war movie type campaign stories have a broad appeal, but sooner or later the novelty will wear off, maybe another genre will become the next fad, or maybe the average Joe Gamer will move on to a different style of shooter.

          I’d like to see the genre loosen up, stop taking itself so seriously, and learn how to have fun again. Bulletstorm was a huge step in the right direction imo, and hopefully Duke Nukem Forever, Serious Sam 3, and Warhammer40k Space Marine will deliver the goods.

          On the other hand, if Activision is willing to take some risks with CoD and change up the formula, they might be able to get a bit more mileage out of the series. But that’s not really the style. They’ll probably keep pimping out nearly identical games until everyone gets sick of them, just like they did with Guitar Hero.

          Mario has stayed relevant because it kept reinventing itself. Mario, Mario 2, Mario 3, SMW, Yoshi’s Island, Mario 64, Mario Sunshine and Mario Galaxy are all very different, then you’ve got the quality side games like Mario RPG and Mario Kart that kept the brand name alive while giving gamers new experiences. When I play Black Ops I don’t feel that I’m getting any new or greater experience as opposed to either Modern Warfare titles, so there’s really no reason for me to care about it. I think a lot of the sales are being driven by people who are discovering the series and genre for the first time, but once they go through one or two identical sequels they may not be so excited any more.

  • ElTopo

    Fighting games are back in a big way thanks to big Capcom titles like this. This is really a great time for video games, almost every genre is represented in some way on a current platform.

    But seriously, Michael Jackson the Experience? That’s a game? Zumba fitness? Just Dance 2? Over other great games that came out? Casual crowd… buy better games…cmon.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvyMizuhashi Garyuu

      LOL It can’t be helped. Casual games like Just Dance sell well to the point that even old people buy them. :P Casual games have that sort of advantage, but of course, sales are not the same as the quality of a game, at least for the hardcore crowd.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      The thing to remember is why these games are selling like they do. They are priced and merchandised not as games, but as commodities smack dab in the middle of the busiest aisles at WalMart and Target. Right there along side the $5-10 mass produced movies are the $10-25 mass produced games. Honestly its brilliant sales methods on the part of the middleman companies who supply the big boxes with the product.

      Those are titles that need no sales assistance or someone asking ‘what is this’? Call of Duty is the same — a brand name — folks know what they are getting, just like they know what they are getting when buying that mega box of Tide.

  • Jenova2212

    Stupid Americans shooting things, making it to #1. What a surprise. What’s next? Toriyama, Kitase and Nomura destroy Parasite Eve? Again?

    Gaming is dying…no matter which direction you look at, it’s always the people with talent that get saturated with crap. I couldn’t think of a genre more stale than the first person shooter. And JRPGs are following close behind.

    Anything else…either leans towards one or the other. If it doesn’t…no one gives a damn about it.

    This is NOT how you progress gaming…

    • Zero_Destiny

      I’m an American and I have yet to play a single Call of Duty game in my life. Besides I don’t think the gaming Market is dieing. It’s definitely reforming itself but I don’t think it’s dieing. Though I do feel that RPG’s might be in trouble since so many try to become action-esque. Plus they take so long to develop and cost a lot to make. But I doubt we’ll ever lose out completely on “old-school” RPG’s. Besides the gaming market has made some great strides and has shown some really inventive thinking in both games and the hardware. I don’t think the industry hasn’t stopped making progress in the slightest. :)

    • SolidusSnake

      I thought your schtick was bitching about Nomura? Glad to see you branching out into other pursuits.

      • Jenova2212

        I like to think that I have variety.

        Everyone has an equal chance to get on my bad side.

    • Suicunesol

      You mean it isn’t growing the way you want it to.

      I’m not a fan of FPS’s either (I suck at them). But no matter how you look it, Call of Duty has still sold xx million or so copies. That is no indication of a dying industry.

      Not to mention that this game was probably the most advertised game I have ever seen. In my city, there were billboards (that would usually be reserved for big budget films) and bus advertisements of Black Ops all over the place. There is no doubt that Call of Duty sold this much because of the publisher’s huge advertising campaign that most games usually don’t have.

      • Guest

        “dying” in the sense of creativity.

    • FireCouch

      Dense as a brick.

    • Guest

      Yakuza of the End :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

    The fact that Wii Play and Black Ops are the top two best selling games in history does nothing to change my belief that in general, people are really, really stupid.

    • Testsubject909

      You don’t want to see the rest of the world outside of the gaming culture then… You’ll fall into deep depression.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Sometimes just looking at the internet is enough to make me despair. lol
        [http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h436/Zero_Destiny/DESPAIR.jpg?t=1299806327]

        • Ren

          Shameless meme is shameless.

          • Zero_Destiny

            [http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h436/Zero_Destiny/DESPAIR_2.jpg?t=1299819622]

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

        There’s a reason I don’t watch tv and don’t listen to the radio. Canceled my cable last year and haven’t missed it. I was waiting for the Playstation Network to get HBO shows, since that was the only reason I was even keeping my cable for a while.

    • rock1644

      I don’t think it’s right to base people’s intelligence on what forms of entertainment they enjoy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

        Stupid people like when things go boom. Ever been around either someone who is really dumb or…ever watch a baby? They’re so easily amused. You put your hands over your eyes and pretend you disappeared and they’re happy for hours. It’s the same thing. It’s why most things that are popular are crap. See, some people get it wrong and think that things are crap because they’re popular. That’s not true. If something is good, something is good, doesn’t matter if millions love it or just five people. It’s still good.

        But the majority of people are stupid, so they gravitate to simple things that are easy to digest in their tiny little peanut brains.

        • [The Hunter] Doomrider

          Come on people, no need for the high horses… (I say this in a totally not antagonistic way)

          It doesn’t really have to be one or the other exclusively. People can enjoy good, thoughtful fun and they can also enjoy stupid, mindless fun. I enjoy Xenogears and Vagrant Story, for instance, but I also enjoy Modern Warfare and Gears of War. I love Oldboy and The Godfather, for instance, but I also enjoy Transporter and… I don’t know, some stupid ass action movie. I won’t even go into music territory… Granted, I’m definitely not a role model for intelligence, but I think you get my point =P

          Maybe the people that only enjoy things that are more “mainstream”, so to say, don’t really pay as much attention to entertainment (games/music/movies and the like) as many of us on Siliconera do and don’t want to dedicate more time to broadening their tastes. So, they usually go for the stuff that is more easily accessible. That doesn’t make them stupid, does it?

          Also, I responded to your post but I’m talking in a general manner, hope you don’t feel offended =P I just found “Stupid people like when things go boom” to be kinda harsh…

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Macsymetz/626530819 Stephen Macsymetz

            He should feel offended. Hes just another random nerd on the net hating on the mainstream to seem edgy and cool. He needs to grow up and consider that maybe other people can like things he doesnt and he cant attack them for it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

            The only thing I’m offended by is your keyboard’s lack of apostrophes.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Val-Vieira/1174083080 Val Vieira

            You hit the nail on the head. His only comeback is a comment about your grammar and yet his level of grammar is hardly anything prideful or high-tier. When people go about calling others stupid, then the least they could do is to try not to appear stupid at the same time. It was fine when all that Charles presented was his opinion, but it’s another matter now that he strayed into poor elitism territory.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

            @Val – why am I supposed to have a further comeback to him? A random nerd on the net is calling another random nerd on the net “a random nerd on the net.” We’re all just random paragraphs of text here. His opinion means as much to me as my opinion means to him, so the only thing worth pointing out was that he wasn’t using proper punctuation. Otherwise, don’t really care.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

            Oh, it’s pretty hard to offend me. No worries.

            As for being harsh, though…well, I do many things very well. Being subtle has never been one of those things. ^_^

        • http://www.facebook.com/jstack Jon Stachewicz

          The second best selling game after CoD was literally about people in skintight suits fighting anime robots and cat girls. Does this work for you?

          • raymk

            Well that’s not the best game ever its just the 2nd best selling game in the u.s in feburary. So his point still stands and yours doesn’t work as mvc3 is no where near the best selling game ever. I’ve played call of duty and I even have MW2 but hate it but love codwaw. See COD black ops is just a bad game for even the FPS genre and to see this many people go out and buy it is just stupid. Why didn’t codwaw or halo 2 pull those numbers? they are far better games and hell even halo reach is better than the last 2 cod games and I don’t even like halo that much,gears of war is my game.

          • Guest

            Brand name + Word of mouth + marketing + sheep herd = great sales

    • FireCouch

      Ignorance =/= stupidity.

      • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

        Exactly, most people dont know there are better stuff, even if it takes a little more time to get into them.

        I mean, call of duty is pretty much press start and 5 minutes later you are alreayd shooting people :P

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

          Cowcowcow pretty much sums it up. I wouldn’t view them as stupid if they just didn’t know about the broader spectrum of games. It’s that they’re willfully ignorant. They don’t want to open their minds to new things. I know. I’ve tried to introduce a few of them. Not just to videogames, but to certain movies, tv shows, music. But they don’t want to move past American Idol, NASCAR, and, yes, Call of Duty.

          Everybody had to start somewhere. Those of us who are into more eclectic things all started with more popular things. But the fact that we branched out is what separates us.

      • Guest

        The only thing is….it is forced ignorance. For example, there are plenty of people I know that if I said “hey try Xenogears” they’d be like NO wth is that and just gravitate to what they know instead of keeping an OPEN mind. Hence why people feel those people who do that are stupid (ie reall….stubborn) instead of just simply ‘ignorant’.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvyMizuhashi Garyuu

      Ah, this world would be so perfect if it didn’t have stupid people. :P

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tien-Ron/100001474007360 Tien Ron

        lol would it really?

      • Guest

        Taking advantage of stupid people is how how smart people continue to make money

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

        I don’t know. I’m not fixing the sewers. lol

    • Wiccan1109

      I think generally video games are created so people can unwind and relax, or entertain themselves. Granted there are some aimed at people with higher intellects, they dont do so well. I dont think its because /everyones/ stupid, but i think they’re just lazy, if they can avoid a mental challenge they will. The simple fact of the matter is that sex and violence is what sells media to men, you put a gun in his hand and maybe flash some half naked cat girl and his brains gonna be sending him all sorts of positive response, and he’ll pay money for that.

      Sadly, people as a mass /are/ stupid, everyone knows this. The media has been exploiting it for generations and the only people denying it are the ones who still think the world is in a good place right now. People follow eachother, they like the biggest thing, they emulate things they cant conceive alone and they take pleasure from the media in two ways; Whats sexy and whats bad ass. On the other hand, you have the people who stand up in those crowds, turn the other way and walk towards something different. i definitley dont think it makes them better, being different isnt always a good thing and chances are they’ll probably be alone, but its part of life. When you find someone or something that isnt part of this huge popular mass, it makes it more enjoyable, because god knows fanboys can make you hate anything.

      • Guest

        But the greatest people in the world were the ones that didn’t follow the crowd…

        • Wiccan1109

          I agree, but i didnt really want to offend anyone. I think just because you aren’t one of the ‘greatest people in the world’ and follow mainstream that it doesnt make you less of a person than someone who walks a different path and conceives original ideas. (something not only rare, but difficult in this era since anything that becomes universally great leads to popularity and then becomes the mainstream itself lol)

    • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

      Or the fact that casual gamers just happen to like those kind of games.

      Yeah I too don’t like seeing the likes off Call of Duty: Black Ops, Just Dance 2, Zumba Fitness: Join the Party and Michael Jackson: The Experience represent your top ten (I feel the UK list is just as worse if not more) but that’s due to some elitism and slight bitterness (It irks me when friends make fun of what I’m playing).

      The list just highlights the continuing trend that casual gaming is becoming bigger while hardcore gaming is somewhat on the wane. Though an argument could be made that CoD games have now become a hardcore experience, it’s a game that appeals to masses more then say Final Fantasy. This includes dumb parents that allow their under 18 children to play it ^_^

      I can see your fustration and share your pain. But it is also unfair to say that in general people are stupid. Well that or I have way too much faith in gaming humanity.

    • Aoshi00

      Have to say that’s a rather immature and arrogant statement and such negative statement gets so many “likes”… I have many friends who play a variety of games including Call of Duty Blk Ops, I don’t think they’re stupid. They don’t call me stupid for play the same ol’ JRPGs either, people have different taste, sometimes I’m in the mood for other games, sometimes I could be in the mood for FPS (even though I’m not very good at it). For Wii Play, people probably wanted an extra remote.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        And a person who claims to have never fragged buddies senseless and then talked crap about it — I will say it — lies like a rug. Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Halo, GTAIV, Conker’s, Duke Nukem, or Doom; any of those sound familiar? The concepts remain the same — and yes so might the game play — only the avatars have changed.

        The Wii sports games really aren’t that far removed from Mario Kart or Smash Brothers. It’s still you against your friends or the rest of the world. But when you were called a stupid n00b while playing those, it was not because of the game itself, but because you tried to flying leap Samus and fell right into her screw attack.

        • Aoshi00

          I dunno.. GTA4/Red Dead Redemption, Alan Wake, and Halo felt pretty different to me.. just because there are guns doesn’t mean they’re the same games.. different setting, story narrative, chars, worlds, gameplay mechanic, etc.. just like you can’t say two RPGs are the same just because they’re turn based or platformers are the same going from left to right w/ a different skin.. If we’re so intolerant of people liking shooters, can we blame them for not liking JRPGs? I hope everyone would be more open and don’t think they’re more superior.. I have friends who play mostly shooters (Dead Space 2, CoD, etc) but they play other games too like Heavy Rain or Mario Galaxy, it’s just that shooters are main for them, I’m the other way around I play other games more but occasionally play shooters, Bioshock, RDR, Alan Wake (I just wish I’m better at it) It’s like people could be saying why are you playing the same DQ or Tales games over and over, each installment is the same.. I could see why people like different things..Wii Play wasn’t that great, but people got it for the remote (the remote was $40 and game was $50 just like Fling Smash now), that’s why I got it anyway, the mini games were like the extra. Wii Sports was fun and Sports Champion for Move now is like a more accurate ver of it..Saying people who like shooters are stupid is stupid though. I watch all kinds of movies too, I could go watch King’s Speech and also be interested in seeing Battle LA w/ my friend, they don’t need to be exclusive.. and I could watch Gnomeo and Juliet.. I’m playing Gyakuten Kenji 2 and Red Dead at the same time..

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Yup, your post was just the best place I could find to post something more than don’t call them idiots, not claiming that was your side of the fence. Broad spectrum gaming was always supposed to be what set out type of gamer apart from newer breeds, since we were gaming from times you took whatever you could get to play. And then found a way to enjoy it.

            I’m not going to hold the CoD franchise against anyone; they are giving that customer what they still want. There was that window right around Christmas some seemed to be souring on Black Ops, but I’d expect that was because the release season after CoD was again left so barren, folks were looking for a jolt from a new drug.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

        You know it’s not about what I like or dislike. If the most popular band on earth was Dream Theatre, who I can’t stand listening to even though they’re all much more technically proficient musicians than I’ll ever be, the last thing I’d do is say that it was proof that people were stupid. There are some dumb things that I like as guilty pleasures. And then there are some intelligent things (such as the music of Dream Theatre) that bore me. It’s about having a balance in your life.

        The majority of people don’t have that balance. They’d rather just turn their brains off in everything they do. It’s not just the one factor. If someone who spends all day reading Moliere tells me that when he stops reading and deigns to play a videogame, his favorite game was Black Ops, I certainly wouldn’t think of him as stupid, I’d just question his taste in games.

        Black Ops’ popularity is a symptom of a problem, not the problem itself. If the same people also played more intelligent games, I wouldn’t be of this opinion. You can balance the “things-go-explodey” videogames with the “deep story and intricate gameplay” videogames. But the majority don’t do that. The average Call of Duty fan is the same person who makes lolicon jokes when you tell them you enjoy Japanese roleplaying games and who says that the story in Metal Gear is confusing. They prefer Call of Duty for the same reasons they prefer Michael Bay over David Lynch. It’s junk food for the mind and anything more would be beyond their ability to digest.

        • Aoshi00

          I wouldn’t say shooters are mindless and explosion, it’s a genre. Some people like to watch indie films and nothing commercial, I don’t particularly think they are smarter or have better taste. A lot of shooters have interesting and decent length single player campaign and a lot of replay value in multiplayer mode, not to mention high production value. They always buy the next CoD just like RPG fans never miss the next Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest. By the same logic, they always question why JRPG fans always like to play the same Dragon Quest or Tales games too, having the similar commands to choose from, attack, magic, item, level up, etc, repetitive and mundane, following a certain formula. I don’t see people liking one kind of game over the other having better taste. Like DQ and Tales are decent games, but they’re not my kind of thing, but I can see why people like them (I’m playing Graces F right now, but my friend likes it much better than I do), just like I could see what people like FPSs, I don’t play them as much because I can’t aim very well and I have a better grasp w/ 3rd person shooter.

          Still, it’s very arrogant to overgeneralize CoD or the FPS genre as dumb. Just like those people clump all JRPGs together as archaic and boring. You’re just sounding like a hypocrite. It sold well because it’s the newest Call of Duty, just like FF13 was the newest flagship Final Fantasy, regardless of quality. And Wii Play was a bargain w/ a remote bundled w/ 10 mini-games. There’s really nothing stupid about both of them selling extremely well.

          Sure, some people play certain games over others, there’s only so much time for entertainment, not everyone could play everything. Some people like to buy a new MLB or NFL game every year, or racing games, those genre are fun to them and they play nothing else or have no time to play time consuming story driven RPGs/dungeon crawlers, I don’t see anything wrong w/ it, to each his own. If you think what they play are dumb, don’t complain when they say the same about your interest. FPSs or sports games or racing games have the advantage of pick up and play, more convenient to the majority of people, and they could be played w/ friends, where as RPGs are mostly single player and require many hours of investment, hence more for the hardcore gamers, but they are fun to different people in different ways. After all, we play games for fun, to relax, and to entertain ourselves.

    • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

      It’s just mainstream, what reaches more people fastest with the best way. like for example, stuff really complicated but cool like uhh…. the anime death note? won’t be never as famous as more simple mainstream battle oriented stuff as one piece, or naruto or dragonball

      • Guest

        Many people like “instant gratification”. Less thinking, less reading, more playing. CoD pretty much grants that.

    • http://myfigurecollection.net/collection/ashgail Ashgail

      I don’t mind CoD, because as history puts it, the one thing that Activision does best is killing franchises, like what happens with Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero. They even shut Bizarre Creations down. It’s only a matter of time before CoD bites the dust.

    • ToSeektheChosen

      They were fooled by the media, this world is an idiot’s parade. -_-

  • MikeyN0

    That can’t be right… Firstly, Wii Play isn’t the best selling game to begin with. It’s Wii Sports. Do you mean Wii Sports instead?

    Secondly, NPD tracks sales data only in America right? So if Black Ops was to take over ‘Wii Sports’ – it’d be only in America right? Because, according to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_video_games#Wii there is no way Black Ops could have sold 75.66million+ units.

    • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

      Wii Sports doesn’t count since it came bundled with a console

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Yes, this is only for America. And no, they don’t count Wii Sports because that’s basically the amount of Wii systems sold in the U.S. Wii Play is next in line. I’ve updated the article to make mention of that. :)

  • darkfox1

    Black Ops Best Selling game in the US? Dissapoint

  • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

    WHAT ABOUT TETRIS? >8[

  • PrinceHeir

    such a sad day :(

    games like Radiant Stories, 999, Killer 7, Okami and others can’t even sell that kind of amount. yet COD easily beats it record every year.

    oh well buy what you want i guess. i’ll be supporting games like Yakuza 4, Dark Souls, No More Heroes Paradise, Catherine and so.

    • kylehyde

      I understand how you feel, is sad that many of those awesome games doesn’t have thet sales that deserve, but meanwhile they are there for giving us joy then we could be happy and as you say we have to support them.

      Also, not all is bad for them, I read today that 999 is being re-stocked again. Also we have to be optimistic that some of them doesn’t need big sales for generate enough money for recover the invested on them.

      • PrinceHeir

        but still don’t you wish those games deserve more sales? sure people can buy whatever they want. but there’s no denying those game offer each unique experience. while COD has been recycling every year.

        the saddest part is people still keep buying those.

        oh well i just hope more developers pursue new and innovated games instead of rehashes of the last game.

        hell yeah i just hope they also make a similar game on the 3DS :)

      • Guest

        I wish Spike would bring over Danganropa. It sold well in Japan.

        Also I’d like to try out Steins;Gate in English since it gets so much hype. 428 too

  • Draparde

    i can see how black ops could be fun, but ive never been one for fps, let alone a real life based one. gimme red faction, or better yet….and rpg and i’ll be happy xD

    on another note i wonder how March’s sales will look, considering the tons of games being released.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

    Totally explains why so many kids around my school want to see that crappy battle for LA movie.

    They just like explosions.

  • Yui

    Oh, you guys!

    I hate to be the one to point out that you’re quantifying every single negative stereotype relating to internet-using gamers, but you are. Attacking the intelligence of others for not liking what you like? Calling games that are more relevant to the current cultural paradigm bad solely because they’re relevant to the current cultural paradigm and you don’t like that? Cheapening your own statements by using ad hominem?

    C’mon, I believe in you! We can do better than this, right? We’re better than this, guys. I know it. ;_;

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tien-Ron/100001474007360 Tien Ron

    why is everyone so disspointed because they favortive game isn;t the best selling one so what if black ops is the best selling who cares just move on i mean i know most of you are voicing your opinion but really just seems like gerenal hate because (it’s just a shooting game) i don;t even play shooting games but i know why people buy it it’s just fun thats kinda what games are lol

  • z_merquise

    Son of a Dick! People here looked depressed because of the list.

    Here guys, you can watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE_msAKWdOs. Just to lighten things up.

    The video simply poked fun at the “realistic”, self-serious, mega-budgeted, over-hyped and overrated military first-person-shooter games (specifically, Call of Duty series) but what made it funnier is that it’s the truth.

    Anyway, I’m glad that Bulletstorm really sold well. If you ask me, that game is and always be way better than CoD: Black Ops or any popular military FPS games. Think of it as a combination of Madworld and various old-school, over-the-top FPS games like Doom and Duke Nukem and a dash of humor then you got Bulletstorm.

    • SolidusSnake

      USA is dominate

    • https://twitter.com/RaiohV ShinkaRaioh

      I bought Bulletstorm, but haven’t played it yet…well now after reading that, I’m looking forward to it! :D

  • http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2704923 Buntar0

    Call of Duty the best selling game bugs me. Not because it’s an FPS game, but because of the way the series depicts war and mass murder.

  • ToSeektheChosen

    Black Ops: The most overrated game in history.

  • http://flailthroughs.blogspot.com Flailthroughs

    Many, many people enjoy games I do not like!? Why is this even permitted?

  • http://twitter.com/SatoriSatya Satori Satya

    I call shenanigans on those numbers.

    First of all, that 13 million figure comes from the COMBINED SALES of Black Ops in 5 different platforms – PS3, 360, Wii, PC, DS. They bundled all the sales from all the versions from Black Ops and yet they disqualify Wii Sports because it came bundled with the Wii?! Fuuuuuuuuuuu…

    And seriously, how the hell can the Wii or DS versions be considered the same game as the other 3 versions? The only thing they have in common is the title.

    Now, say what you will about Wii Play, but this game (yes, game) earned 2nd place selling on ONE single platform, the Wii.

    Which has more merit.

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