What Were 2010’s Top Ten Best-Sellers In The U.S.?


The list of the top ten best-selling games in 2010 in the U.S. offers little in the way of surprises, given that every item on the list is part of one explosively popular franchise or another, but here it is anyway for the curious:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3, 360, PC, Wii DS Activision Blizzard
02. Madden NFL 11 PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2 Electronic Arts
03. Halo: Reach 360 Microsoft
04. New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii Nintendo
05. Red Dead Redemption PS3, 360 Take Two
06. Wii Fit Plus Wii Nintendo
07. Just Dance 2 Wii Ubisoft
08. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PS3, 360, PC Activision Blizzard
09. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood PS3, 360 Ubisoft
10. NBA 2K11 PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2 Take Two


Total consumer spend on physical game-related content in the U.S., which includes portable, console and PC game software, generated revenues of $10.1 billion, a 5% decline over the $10.6 billion generated in 2009, according to the NPD Group.


However, 2010 also saw increased spending on on used games, full-game digital downloads and downloadable content, mobile gaming apps, and social network gaming.

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.