NPD Clarifies: The Real List Of Top 5 Best-Selling Games Of 2008 Is…

Last week we reported that it could not yet be determined whether “Wii Play” or “Grand Theft Auto IV” was the best-selling game of 2008 in the U.S. But today we finally got the definitive Top 5 2008 list — and it knocks “GTA” to third place.


Not so fast, “Wii Play.”

We recently tried to apply the brakes on what appeared to be the premature crowning of “Wii Play” as the United States’ best-selling game of 2008. The group reporting the numbers, NPD, had not released PC sales nor presented combined sales for all versions of major games.

So, maybe, we reported, “Grand Theft Auto IV” could be the winner?

Today, NPD provided MTV Multiplayer with the numbers we needed and we can now present the definitive list of top 2008 games.

From NPD:

Top-Selling Games In The U.S. For 2008

(All versions combined. Units in millions)

  1. Wii Play 5.28
  2. Madden NFL ’09 5.25
  3. Grand Theft Auto IV 5.22
  4. Mario Kart w/ Wheel 5.00
  5. Call of Duty: World at War 4.63

A few things to note about this list:

First, in our earlier post, which didn’t include “GTA IV” PC sales,  I had the 360 and PS3 versions of “GTA IV” combining for 5.18 million in sales. So this new tally, which does include the December-released PC version seems to indicate that that version accounted for an additional 40,000 sales.

Second, “Madden” passed “GTA” on the strength of having 11 versions for NPD to tally. I had asked NPD analyst Anita Frazier which versions she included in this tally just to be sure. Check out the answer: 360 MADDEN NFL 09, PS2 MADDEN NFL 09, PS3 MADDEN NFL 09, WII MADDEN NFL 09, PSP MADDEN NFL 09, NDS MADDEN NFL 09, 360 MADDEN NFL 09 XX YEARS COLLECTORS ED, PS3 MADDEN NFL 09 XX YEARS COLLECTORS,XBX MADDEN NFL 09, PS3 MADDEN NFL 09 SPANISH ED, 360 MADDEN NFL 09 SPANISH ED.

Third, “Wii Play” came out in 2007. And, while, yes, it does come packed with a Wii remote, it does get played for more than nine hours by the average Wii owner.

Okay, “Wii Play.” You can wear the crown now.

(Of course, “Wii Sports” was packed in with the several million Wiis sold in America in 2008….)

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