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.

 

RankTitleSystemPublisher
01.Call of Duty: Black OpsPS3, 360, PC, Wii DSActivision Blizzard
02.Just Dance 2WiiUbisoft
03.World of WarCraft: CataclysmPCActivision Blizzard
04.Assassin’s Creed: BrotherhoodPS3, 360Ubisoft
05.Donkey Kong Country ReturnsWiiNintendo
06.Epic MickeyWiiDisney
07.Madden NFL 11PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2Electronic Arts
08.Michael Jackson: The ExperienceWii, DS, PSPUbisoft
09.NBA 2K11PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2Take Two
10.Need for Speed: Hot PursuitPS3, 360, Wii, PCNintendo

 

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 a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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