Last week when NPD released its December 2009 US sales numbers, it declared that three of the 10 games of all time were from the Call of Duty franchise. Today, the industry-research firm released its list of top 10 domestic non-PC games to date, which reconfirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was the fourth best seller of all time. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare came in seventh place, followed by Call of Duty: World at War in ninth.
Unfortunately, NPD's number-one best-selling software "game" is a game many people don't consider a game at all. As first reported by IndustryGamers, The Wii Remote pack-in minigames compilation Wii Play is now the top-selling software game product of all time in the United States, beating out Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (second) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (third).
Though NPD did not release sales data to accompany today's top 10, it declared last October that Wii Play had sold 11.1 million units domestically. Guitar Hero III had sold 10.2 million on all platforms, with GTA: San Andreas selling 9.8 million on the original Xbox and PlayStation 2 combined. (PC sales are counted separately by NPD.) According to NPD figures, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold 8.82 million units domestically to date, with Activision reporting the critically acclaimed shooter has grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
In fifth place on NPD's all-time top 10 is Wii Fit, which was a fixture on the monthly non-PC top 10 until it was phased out in favor of Wii Fit Plus this past fall. In sixth is Mario Kart Wii, followed by the aforementioned Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Madden NFL 07 was eighth, with Call of Duty: World and War and--surprisingly--Namco Museum in 10th.
ALL-TIME TOP 10 US NON-PC GAMES
1) Wii Play (Wii)
2) Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
3) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2, Xbox)
4) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3, Xbox 360)
5) Wii Fit (Wii)
6) Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
7) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3, Xbox 360, DS)
8) Madden NFL 07 (PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PSP, DS, GC, GBA, Wii)
9) Call of Duty: World at War (PS3, Xbox 360, DS, Wii)
10) Namco Museum (DC, GBA, PS2, GC, Xbox, PSP, N64, PS3, Wii, DS, PSP, PS, Xbox 360)
Source: The NPD Group, non-PC sales through January 2, 2010.