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Call of Duty Bookends 2014’s Top Selling Games

by Eric Frederiksen | January 16, 2015January 16, 2015 10:30 am PST


Call of Duty was this year’s best selling game. I hope you’re not surprised.

The NPD Group, which tracks retail game sales, released its list of the biggest games at retail:

  1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC)
  2. Madden NFL 15 (Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3)
  3. Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  5. Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  6. Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)
  7. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  8. Watch Dogs (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
  9. FIFA 15 (Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Wii, 3DS, Vita)
  10. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)

There aren’t really many surprises here. With one exception, all of the games came out on four or more platforms. Annual games pepper the list, and games that originally released in 2013 make up a solid third.

One surprise is that last year’s Call of Duty debacle, Ghosts, is in the top 10 at all. The biggest surprise, though, is that Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. made it nearly into the top 5 despite being on a pair of struggling consoles, suggesting that just about everyone with a Wii U or a 3DS owns a copy of the game.

For comparison, last year’s list included Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, two Calls of Duty, Madden 25 and NBA 2K14. This year’s list is more the same than it is different, but at least there are two new properties (even if one of them is Watch Dogs) and Nintendo made it in.

With Watch Dogs at #8, though, we can be sure Ubisoft is hard at work on a sequel. I just hope it’ll learn some lessons from the Assassin’s Creed series – take a year off like the team did between the first two games, and then make sure what you’re releasing is a buggy mess.

These sales helped contribute to a $13.1 billion year, up from $12.94 billion in 2013, with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One now outselling their previous generation counterparts by 65 percent since launch. December 2014 showed the new consoles up 13 percent over last year.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...