A new report in connection with the NPD, the official US video game tracker, has announced the top selling games by console from January through August of this year. Can you guess which ones are leading the pack?
The new report, care of Gamasutra, lists the top five games per current-gen console. With actual numbers missing, however, there's no telling what the top-selling game overall is, but it's likely Grand Theft Auto IV with combined 360 and PS3 sales of more than 10 million at present, according to Rockstar.
Just as Xbox 360 and PS3 share similar tech specs and third-party support, so do their respective top-selling games. On the Xbox 360, best-sellers include GTAIV, Call of Duty 4, Madden 09, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (exclusive), and Army of Two in that order. Likewise, PlayStation 3 best-sellers include GTAIV, Metal Gear Solid 4 (exclusive), Call of Duty 4, Madden 09, and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (also exclusive).
Meanwhile, the Wii doesn't share a single top-selling game with either Xbox 360 or PS3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl currently holds the top spot, followed by Mario Kart Wii, Wii Play, Wii Fit, and the only third-party game, Guitar Hero 3, the best-selling version of any console. What's more, every Wii game with exception to Smash Bros. features a pack-in peripheral.
"It's become clear that we've never seen quite a hardware success story like the Wii," writes Gamasutra's Matt Matthews. "Looking at the top five games on each platform this year, it seems we've never seen a software success story like this either."