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NPD Top 20 Reveals Wii/DS Dominance, Single PS3 Entry

The NPD Group has given Gamasutra its full Top 20 best-selling U.S. game list for December 2008, following <a href="http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=21885">the initial Top 10</a> debuting last night, with Wii and DS games taking thirt

Matt Matthews

January 16, 2009

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After yesterday's release of the top 20 video games for December 2008, the NPD Group today gave Gamasutra an extended list showing the top 20 console and handheld titles for the same month. Software for Nintendo's platforms -- the Wii and the Nintendo DS -- took six of the top 10 positions on the chart. As shown by the extended chart, those same platforms also claimed seven more positions on this expanded list of best-selling software. Here is the full Top 20 list for U.S. console and handheld game sales in December 2008: Nintendo's Wii Music, last month's #10 title, slipped to #11 in December's chart. For reference, the #10 title in December, Animal Crossing: City Folk (also for the Wii, and also by Nintendo) sold 497,000 units. Other Wii titles in the top 20 (but outside the top 10) were Link's Crossbow Training (#17), Call of Duty: World at War (#19), and Shaun White's Snowboarding: Road Trip (#20). The Nintendo DS took three additional titles in the extended software sales rankings. New Super Mario Bros., originally launched in May 2006, placed at #12, ahead of Personal Trainer: Cooking (#13), and Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (#15). Bethesda's Fallout 3 for the Xbox 360 ranked #14 for the month, dropping two spots from its place on the November 2008 chart. Guitar Hero: World Tour for the PlayStation 2 was #17 for the second month running, and the Xbox 360 version of EA's Madden NFL 09 placed 18th on the chart, rising from its berth at #20 on the November chart. There was just one PlayStation 3 title in the Top 20 - Call Of Duty: World At War, already listed in the Top 10 at 9th place.

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Matt Matthews


By day, Matt Matthews is an assistant professor of Mathematics. By night and on weekends, he writes for Gamasutra, Next Generation, LinuxGames, and on his personal blog, Curmudgeon Gamer.

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