Red Dead Redemption Becomes Highest Selling Game Of 2010 To Date



Red Dead Redemption led the monthly software sales chart for a second month in a row in North America, according to the NPD Group’s report. With multiplatform sales of approximately 1.5 million units in May and another one million in June, Rockstar San Diego and Take Two’s hit title is now the best-selling game of 2010 to date.


Newly-released contenders in the top-ten include Lego Harry Potter and Toy Story 3, both multiplatform titles that did best on the Wii and DS respectively. This sort of phenomenon isn’t unprecedented — Ubisoft, too, reported a few months ago that movie tie-in, Avatar, sold best on the Wii.


Rank Title Sales Release Sys. Publisher
01. Red Dead Redemption 582.9K May-10 360 Take Two
02. Super Mario Galaxy 2 548.4K May-10 Wii Nintendo
03. Red Dead Redemption 380.3K May-10 PS3 Take Two
04. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 200.9K Nov-09 Wii Nintendo
05. Just Dance 174.8K Nov-09 Wii Ubisoft
06. Wii Fit Plus (w/ Balance Board) – – Oct-09 Wii Nintendo
07. Toy Story 3 – – Jun-10 DS Disney Interactive
08. UFC  2010: Undisputed – – May-10 360 THQ
09. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4 – – Jun-10 Wii Warner Bros.
10. UFC  2010: Undisputed – – May-10 PS3 THQ


The other point of interest is the jump in sales for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and possibly Just Dance, as compared to May.


NSMB Wii clearly outsold its sub-192.3K May numbers, while Just Dance rose through the charts, overtaking God of War III, Lost Planet 2, and surprisingly, Pokémon Soul Silver, which dropped out of the top-ten for the first time since its release in March.


Additionally, NPD reported the new Tiger Woods release — Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 — sold only 32% of what last year’s game sold in its debut month at retail.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.