Would you be surprised if we told you that Black Ops II was the best-selling game of 2012? No? We weren’t surprised to hear that fact either. I think we all knew that despite the fact that Black Ops II launched late in the year, it would be the biggest game of 2012. NPD group has recently offered up its details on the top games of 2012 confirming our suspicions.
The company tracks the top 10 retail games sold in the United States for the entire year of 2012. There are a couple caveats to information offered up by NPD on video game sales including the fact that the company doesn’t track software sold with consoles, used game sales, or digital downloads. The numbers represent only retail boxed copies sold in stores around the country.
As I mentioned, Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the top game of 2012. The second place spot went to Madden NFL 13. The third-place spot went, unsurprisingly, to Halo 4, which is impressive considering it’s an Xbox 360 exclusive. The number four position went to Assassin’s Creed III.
Rounding out the top five was Just Dance 4. Filling out the remainder of the top 10, in order, are NBA 2K13, Borderlands 2, Modern Warfare 3, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and FIFA Soccer 13. Interestingly, overall sales for the game industry as a whole were down 22% in December, which is traditionally the biggest video game sales month of the year.