Top 10 in Sales – USA: 2012 Edition

by playstationiso on March 11, 2013

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

Over the next month we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in 2012 by region. This week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in the USA in 2012. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling 3DS games in 2012 and the week before that the top 10 selling PlayStation Vita games in 2012.

Top 10 Selling Games in the USA in 2012

Looking at the top 10 bestselling games in the USA in 2012, nine of the games were released in 2012 and one was released in 2010. For the titles released in 2012 one was released in August, one in September, two in October, and five in November.

The nine titles in 2012 sold a combined 25.99 million units or 89.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The one game released in 2010 sold a 2.96 million units or 10.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The top 10 bestselling games in the USA in 2012 sold a combined 28.95 million games in 2012. The top game sold more than five million units. The top six games sold more than two million units and all games in the top 10 sold more than one million units.

Four games are first party, two published by Microsoft and two by Nintendo and six games are third party. The third party publishers include two Activision titles, three Ubisoft titles, and one Electronic Arts title. The two titles published by Microsoft sold a combined 7.63 million units or 26.4 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two titles published by Nintendo sold a combined 3.31 million units or 11.4 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The two Activision titles sold a combined 9.62 million units or 33.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The three Ubisoft titles sold a combined 6.49 million units or 22.4 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The one Electronic Arts title sold 1.90 million units or 6.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Top 10 Selling Games in the USA in 2012

The top 10 bestselling games in the USA in 2012 as a graph shows how a few titles sell well above the rest especially if you combine sales of both versions. If you combine the sales of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III they sold 10.78 million and 4.00 million units, respectively.

Looking at the top 10 by platform five of the titles were released for the Xbox 360, two for the PlayStation 3, one for the Wii, one for the DS, and one for the 3DS. The five Xbox 360 titles sold a combined 17.76 million units or 61.3 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two PlayStation 3 titles sold a combined 5.39 million units or 18.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Here are the rest of the top 10 bestselling games in the USA in: There were 19.00 million home console and handhelds sold for the entire year. This is a 27 percent drop year-on-year. There were also 211.16 million games sold in 2012. This is a 27.7 percent drop year-on-year.

The top 25 titles sold more than one million units and the top 62 titles sold more than 500,000 units. The top 207 titles sold more than 200,000 units and the top 405 units sold more than 100,000.

Nintendo sold more games in the USA in 2012 than the other two first party publishers, Microsoft and Sony. Nintendo sold 23.64 million games across its four platforms, the Wii, Wii U, DS, and 3DS. Microsoft sold 15.70 million games for the Xbox. Sony sold 9.17 million games for the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PlayStation Vita.

Activision was the biggest publisher in the USA in 2012, selling 29.19 million games. Electronic Arts sold 24.06 million games and Ubisoft 20.59 million games. Take-Two sold 15.12 million games, THQ 9.50 million games, Warner Bros. 9.11 million games, Capcom 5.35 million games, and Disney 5.06 million games.

The top 100 titles can be seen below or click here to go to the full chart.

Pos Game Weeks Yearly Total
1
6,105,481
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360)
Activision, Shooter
7 6,105,481 6,105,481
2
4,671,546
Halo 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
8 4,671,546 4,671,546
3
3,505,858
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
7 3,505,858 3,505,858
4
12,263,821
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
113 2,963,647 12,263,821
5
2,488,897
Just Dance 4 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
12 2,488,897 2,488,897
6
2,123,374
Assassin’s Creed III (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
9 2,123,374 2,123,374
7
1,904,842
Madden NFL 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
18 1,904,842 1,904,842
8
1,876,144
Assassin’s Creed III (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
9 1,876,144 1,876,144
9
1,677,317
Pokemon Black / White Version 2 (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
12 1,677,317 1,677,317
10
1,629,155
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
19 1,629,155 1,629,155
11
1,554,327
Mass Effect 3 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Role-Playing
43 1,554,327 1,554,327
12
1,509,602
NBA 2K13 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
13 1,509,602 1,509,602
13
1,509,455
Madden NFL 13 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
18 1,509,454 1,509,455
14
37,042,198
Wii Sports (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
319 1,505,305 37,042,198
15
1,407,243
Diablo III (PC)
Activision, Role-Playing
33 1,407,243 1,407,243
16
5,153,118
Just Dance 3 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
65 1,382,559 5,153,118
17
3,293,469
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
59 1,340,877 3,293,469
18
8,454,449
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360)
Activision, Shooter
60 1,279,558 8,454,449
19
1,241,499
Borderlands 2 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
15 1,241,499 1,241,499
20
2,604,601
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
Nintendo, Racing
56 1,239,347 2,604,601
21
13,487,281
Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
179 1,236,708 13,487,281
22
1,450,231
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Misc
59 1,137,096 1,450,231
23
3,145,783
Kinect Sports (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Sports
113 1,087,240 3,145,783
24
1,069,217
NBA 2K13 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
13 1,069,217 1,069,217
25
1,598,308
Forza Motorsport 4 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Racing
64 1,051,312 1,598,308
26
981,178
Skylanders Giants (Wii)
Activision, Action
10 981,178 981,178
27
13,179,779
Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Racing
244 956,729 13,179,779
28
2,844,463
Zumba Fitness (Wii)
Majesco Entertainment, Sports
111 937,049 2,844,463
29
2,181,405
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
61 930,862 2,181,405
30
3,576,146
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
60 925,795 3,576,146
31
2,017,207
NBA 2K12 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
65 925,706 2,017,207
32
1,216,119
Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii)
Majesco Entertainment, Sports
59 913,625 1,216,119
33
12,166,615
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
163 897,750 12,166,615
34
5,002,023
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
60 864,202 5,002,023
35
772,355
FIFA Soccer 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Action
14 772,355 772,355
36
770,811
NCAA Football 13 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
25 770,811 770,811
37
3,669,365
Battlefield 3 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
62 759,971 3,669,365
38
757,099
Resident Evil 6 (X360)
Capcom, Action
13 757,099 757,099
39
741,965
Mario Party 9 (Wii)
Nintendo, Misc
42 741,964 741,965
40
723,813
Nintendo Land (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
6 723,813 723,813
41
714,056
MLB 12: The Show (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Sports
43 714,057 714,056
42
700,551
FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Action
14 700,551 700,551
43
681,531
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
NCSoft, Role-Playing
18 681,531 681,531
44
673,381
Kinect Star Wars (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Action
39 673,382 673,381
45
1,061,338
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (Wii)
Activision, Action
63 660,546 1,061,338
46
646,999
Max Payne 3 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
33 646,999 646,999
47
644,123
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (X360)
Ubisoft, Shooter
32 644,123 644,123
48
635,690
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
48 635,691 635,690
49
631,629
Dishonored (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
12 631,629 631,629
50
592,000
Far Cry 3 (X360)
Ubisoft, Shooter
4 592,000 592,000
51
2,274,493
Battlefield 3 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
62 591,578 2,274,493
52
1,972,183
Batman: Arkham City (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
63 585,951 1,972,183
53
580,543
Borderlands 2 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
15 580,543 580,543
54
580,183
NCAA Football 13 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
25 580,183 580,183
55
1,810,594
Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
63 573,049 1,810,594
56
567,302
New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
6 567,302 567,302
57
563,352
Resident Evil 6 (PS3)
Capcom, Action
13 563,352 563,352
58
1,401,319
NBA 2K12 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
65 561,467 1,401,319
59
5,171,314
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
268 536,905 5,171,314
60
527,586
Just Dance 4 (X360)
Ubisoft, Misc
12 527,586 527,586
61
507,149
Skylanders Giants (X360)
Activision, Action
10 507,149 507,149
62
502,602
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Adventure
27 502,602 502,602
63
498,104
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (3DS)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
22 498,104 498,104
64
5,667,373
Grand Theft Auto IV (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
244 497,556 5,667,373
65
1,579,126
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
60 496,410 1,579,126
66
486,467
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
7 486,467 486,467
67
9,923,378
New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
Nintendo, Platform
346 484,574 9,923,378
68
479,203
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC)
Activision, Role-Playing
14 479,203 479,203
69
1,200,754
Zumba Fitness (X360)
Majesco Entertainment, Sports
111 476,458 1,200,754
70
460,260
Twisted Metal (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
46 460,260 460,260
71
446,599
Hitman: Absolution (X360)
Square Enix, Action
6 446,599 446,599
72
439,667
Mass Effect 3 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Role-Playing
43 439,668 439,667
73
438,616
WWE ’13 (X360)
THQ, Action
9 438,616 438,616
74
4,841,936
Pokemon Black / White Version (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
95 438,511 4,841,936
75
435,387
Forza: Horizon (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Racing
10 435,387 435,387
76
8,047,316
Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
169 431,681 8,047,316
77
425,853
Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou (DS)
Nintendo, Strategy
28 425,853 425,853
78
2,842,461
Red Dead Redemption (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
137 424,799 2,842,461
79
422,720
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (X360)
Electronic Arts, Role-Playing
47 422,720 422,720
80
412,578
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
27 412,578 412,578
81
6,120,992
Halo: Reach (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
120 408,705 6,120,992
82
407,023
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (X360)
Capcom, Shooter
41 407,023 407,023
83
3,997,084
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
244 406,796 3,997,084
84
2,770,292
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
168 406,062 2,770,292
85
1,878,284
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
59 405,324 1,878,284
86
1,089,196
Dead Island (X360)
Deep Silver, Action
69 400,420 1,089,196
87
399,795
UFC Undisputed 3 (X360)
THQ, Fighting
46 399,796 399,795
88
393,627
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii)
Disney Interactive Studios, Action
6 393,627 393,627
89
1,621,945
Wipeout: The Game (Wii)
Activision, Misc
132 386,939 1,621,945
90
8,546,138
Mario Kart DS (DS)
Nintendo, Racing
372 383,070 8,546,138
91
380,970
Dishonored (PS3)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
12 380,970 380,970
92
1,978,950
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
110 377,814 1,978,950
93
372,750
Max Payne 3 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
33 372,750 372,750
94
3,370,918
Gears of War 3 (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
67 372,650 3,370,918
95
2,124,753
Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
137 370,817 2,124,753
96
1,667,801
Batman: Arkham Asylum (X360)
Eidos Interactive, Action
175 367,756 1,667,801
97
365,508
Major League Baseball 2K12 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
43 365,509 365,508
98
359,863
Need for Speed: Most Wanted – A Criterion Game (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Racing
9 359,863 359,863
99
359,615
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PS3)
Capcom, Shooter
41 359,614 359,615
100
358,370
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
10 358,370 358,370

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