These Were The Best-Selling U.S. Games In December


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.


Rank Title System Publisher
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
06. Epic Mickey Wii Disney
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.

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.