It's funny how we see all types of retrospective numbers of the NPD Group so late. Immediately after we have reported on some of the best selling games for Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PlayStation and other consoles, Mat Piscatella NPD has returned with another interesting estate, cutting down the best selling games for every year from 1995 to 2017. And there are quite interesting statistics here.
In the post, Piscatella breaks the best sellers for each single year, based on dollar sales and with physical and digital statements for later titles such as Call of Duty: WWII. It states that this is just based on the games and no downloadable content or microtransactions. "It's a great deal to unpack here, it's not there," he said in his tweet.
The great status that we remove from the list, which can be seen below, is dominion Call of Duty in the later years. Here's how it's running down:
- 1995: Mortal Kombat 3
- 1996: Super Mario 64
- 1997: Mario Kart 64
- 1998: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- 1999: Donkey Kong (64)
- 2000: Pokemon Stadium
- 2001: Madden NFL 2002
- 2002: Grand Theft Auto: Suburb city
- 2003: Madden NFL 2004
- 2004: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- 2005: Madden NFL 06
- 2006: Madden NFL 07
- 2007: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- 2008: Rock Band
- 2009: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops
- 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- 2012: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- 2013: Grand Theft Auto V
- 2014: Call of Duty: Senior Warfare
- 2015: Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- 2016: Call of Duty: Unspecified Warful
- 2017: Call of Duty: WWII
Yep, a good part of this list includes Call of Duty games. Even "lack" some like Unspecified War has managed to become best sellers, with millions of copies in the hands of players.
But this is not just an interesting trend with this list. Music rhythm games appear to be considered hot products for a few years. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock It has been cleared out millions of copies (and peripherals), becoming a home name for several years. And when Harmonix, the original developer behind Guitar Hero franchise, submitted Rock band A year later, he hit a secure fire for EA.
Grand Theft Auto There is also some status on the list San Andreas, Is-city a GTA V; while Nintendo has a great run in the early years with favorite favorites Mario Kart 64 a Super Mario 64. It's surprising to see Donkey Kong but, as players were not very suited to that as easy as they did Mario.
And finally, you'll see that Madden have also had a few years on the market. That series has been extracted since then FIFA in terms of global dominion, although many football fans still enjoy Madden NFL 19 This year.
So where does that leave 2019? Well, some people say Red Dead Repayment 2 is unsuitable for sales, but the holiday season is not quite there yet. We'll see how the season is overwhelming over the next few weeks!
(TheDraw a layer to Mat Piscatella for the details!)