Sound the trumpets! Gather the villagers! The king of sales, Wii Play, has just been dethroned by Treyarch and Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops!
According to the market research company NPD, Black Ops has sold 13.7 million units in the United States alone, across Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, Wii, and DS platforms. Check out the top ten best-selling games of all time, provided by NPD:
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
2. Wii Play W/ Remote
3. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
4. Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock
5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
6. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
7. Mario Kart w/ Wheel
8. New Super Mario Bros
9. Wii Fit
10. Call Of Duty: World At War
Activision owns five out of ten of these games, and four out of ten of them are Call of Duty titles. This has to be boosting Activision’s ego by some huge number, and we all know what that means: more Call of Duty and less original content.
Still, I congratulate Activision on their success, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that I hope Activision spends at least some of their profits on new, riskier IPs. But who are we kidding? This is Activision we’re talking about.