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 Black Ops  Leads 2010-2011 U.S. Sales With 15M Units
Black Ops Leads 2010-2011 U.S. Sales With 15M Units
November 8, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty: Black Ops has sold close to 15 million new retail copies in the U.S. through September, nearly three times as much as any other title has sold since the beginning of 2010.

The data from industry tracking firm NPD, revealed as part of a Ubisoft earnings report, measures total new retail sales in the U.S. from January 2010 through September 2011.

Black Ops had sold over 12 million copies in the 2010 holiday period after its November release, according to NPD reports from the time.

Ubisoft's Just Dance 2 is the second biggest seller for the period, with over 5.25 million sales for the year, while Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood snuck into the 11th position with 3.14 million sales.

EA's Madden NFL 11 was the third biggest seller with nearly 5.2 million sales in the period, while Take-Two sports title NBA2K11 finished sixth with 4.2 million.

Nintendo catalog titles New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Fit Plus continued to sell well during the period with 4.23 million and 3.58 million sales, respectively.

Pokemon titles Gold/Silver and Black/White also made the top 10 with 3.94 million and 3.58 million sales respectively. Black/White was the only 2011 release to appear on the list of top sellers.

A full list of the top-selling new retail titles in the U.S. from January 2010 through September 2011 is included below:

1Black OpsActivision Blizzard14,983,459
2Just Dance 2Ubisoft5,245,480
3Madden NFL 11EA5,195,251
4Halo: ReachMicrosoft4,746,560
5New Super Mario WiiNintendo4,231,423
6NBA 2K11Take 24,202,926
7Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilverNintendo3,943,889
8Red Dead RedemptionTake 23,877,037
9Wii Fit PlusNintendo3,577,800
10Pokemon Black/WhiteNintendo3,581,789
11Assassin's Creed: BrotherhoodUbisoft3,141,187

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Lyon Medina
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No Gears of War 3, wow that was the only surprise.

Lyon Medina
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Yeah your right, to short of a time frame.

Isaiah Taylor
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I'm still interested in what the sales are for MW2. I'd bet it's still in the top 20 from this past fiscal year.

Colin Rowsell
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Well, it's not 'more than three times as much as any other title', is it (14.98 vs 5.25)? And even acknowledging that NPD numbers don't include digital downloads, where's Cataclysm? It's been widely reported as selling over 5 million copies.

Tom Baird
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I think you just answered your own question. If 40% or more of those copies were digital then it's not going to show up here.

Adam Bishop
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This is a list of best-selling console games.

Kyle Orland
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Right you are, Colin. I've changed "more than three times" to "almost three times." Thanks for the catch.

As for Cataclysm, the prevalence of digital downloads for that game likely affected the results, as others have said.

Harold Myles
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Doesn't this article conflict with a previous gamasutra article that stated Red Dead Redemtion sold 12m copies in the same time period.

Checking vgchartz for Red Dead has higher numbers than what is posted here.

4.5m for 360, plus 4m for ps3.

I guess the difference is explained by restricting it to U.S. sales?

And then possibly the difference between shipped and sold?

Kyle Orland
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The 12M number is worldwide shipments -- I'm sure the UK and Europe and Japan make up a good chunk of that 12M. That number also includes roughly 2 million sales of Undead Nightmare discs, which I don't think are counted here. Also, you can download the full version of the game on Xbox 360 (not sure about PSN), which would not be in this count.

Remember, these are just new U.S. retail sales.

Kyle Orland
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Oh, and you really shouldn't cite VGChartz for anything other than a laugh.

Eric Geer
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Shipped vs Sold----Lifetime vs Time period---US vs World

EDIT: Damn! Kyle you beat me to it!

Harold Myles
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I agree that vgchartz can't be trusted with new Releases. However, overtime, as more official numbers are released, vgchartz tends to 'correct' their numbers. I feel fairly confident in vgchart numbers for big titles that have been out for a while.

BTW- Sorry for making you defend your article. It just had a few discrepancies I had to work through and make sense of.

Rey Samonte
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Wow, I'm surprised RDR didn't sell more.

Jose Striedinger
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From 4th down...all beaten by DICE's Battlefield 3 in the first week :3

Tom Baird
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This is only if you are comparing worldwide sales of battlefield against US sales of other games, which, to be honest, isn't very fair at all.