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Mortal Kombat X sales fuel a strong 2015 start for Warner Bros.

A handful of WB's publishing bets seem to be paying off this year, as a new report based on NPD Group data suggests the company has published 3 of the top 10 best-selling games of the year to date.

A handful of Warner Bros.' publishing bets seem to be paying off this year, as a new report from Fortune based on NPD Group data suggests the company has published three of the top ten best-selling games of the year to date: Batman: Arkham Knight, Mortal Kombat X and Dying Light.

More intriguing is that one of those three games, Mortal Kombat X, holds the number-one spot on NPD's chart, placing NetherRealm's latest fighting game above notable sellers like Minecraft and The Witcher 3. 

These figures are limited by the NPD's focus on U.S. retail sales data, and don't accurately reflect the state of the global game market. Minecraft would probably be a lot higher in the charts, for example, if the NPD's report included digital sales data. 

Still, it's interesting to note the strong sales performance of both Mortal Kombat X and Arkham Knight; the former launched earlier this year with a controversial microtransaction scheme, while the latter's PC version was so badly plagued with technical problems that Warner Bros. pulled it off Steam shortly after release and has not yet reinstated it for sale.

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