These Were The Best-Selling Games Of 2011 In The U.S.


With 2011 over and done with, the NPD Group have released a list of the top-10 selling games (via physical retail channels) during the year. You can peruse this list below:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PS3, 360, Wii, PC Activision Blizzard
02. Just Dance 3 PS3, 360, Wii Ubisoft
03. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PS3, 360, PC Bethesda Softworks
04. Battlefield 3 PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts
05. Madden NFL 12
PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2 Electronic Arts
06. Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3, 360, Wii, PC, DS Activision Blizzard
07. Batman: Arkham City PS3, 360, PC Warner Bros.
08. Gears of War 3 360 Microsoft
09. Just Dance 2 Wii Ubisoft
10. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations PS3, 360, PC Ubisoft


A few points to note about 2011:

1. Total consumer spend on videogame-related content and hardware via physical channels was down 8% in 2011 as compared to the previous year.


2. However, the NPD Group estimate that other forms of monetization — used games, digital full game and add-on content downloads, mobile games, social network games, subscriptions and rentals — saw an increase of 7% over 2010, offsetting the drop in total physical spend to an extent.


3. The bottom line is that total consumer spend in 2011 across all categories is estimated to be down approximately 5%.


4. The Xbox 360 was the best-selling platform in the U.S. in 2011, and both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 saw increased sales over 2010.


5. Driven by Just Dance sales, the dance genre grew 66% over 2010.

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.