The end-of-year holiday season always does wonders for the sales of games with a mainstream appeal, regardless of whether you’re looking at Japan or North America.
For example, while Call of Duty: Black Ops held on to its #1 spot in the U.S. for another month in December, games like Just Dance 2 and Donkey Kong Country Returns actually rose from #3 and #6 respectively in November to #2 and #5 in December, as games like Madden NFL 11 and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit dropped lower onto the top-ten chart.
While Just Dance 2 had Call of Duty: Black Ops blocking it from hitting the #1 spot, Donkey Kong was faced with the continued success of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and a new release in the form of World of WarCraft: Cataclysm.
Epic Mickey for the Wii appeared in December’s NPDs as well, at #6, which is quite the feat considering the competition it was up against. Ubisoft’s Michael Jackson: The Experience made an appearance, too, at #9. The game has sold over 2 million units across the Wii, DS and PSP since its November release.
|01.||Call of Duty: Black Ops||PS3, 360, PC, Wii DS||Activision Blizzard|
|02.||Just Dance 2||Wii||Ubisoft|
|03.||World of WarCraft: Cataclysm||PC||Activision Blizzard|
|04.||Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood||PS3, 360||Ubisoft|
|05.||Donkey Kong Country Returns||Wii||Nintendo|
|07.||Madden NFL 11||PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2||Electronic Arts|
|08.||Michael Jackson: The Experience||Wii, DS, PSP||Ubisoft|
|09.||NBA 2K11||PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2||Take Two|
|10.||Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit||PS3, 360, Wii, PC||Nintendo|
Note that these numbers only account for retail purchases, which might explain how Just Dance 2 beat out World of WarCraft: Cataclysm.