The excellent people at Gamasutra received some great information from NPD Group -- the top five console titles of 2009 by platform. The numbers do not include limited edition or collector's edition versions of the games. Let's take a look at the best-selling titles of 2009, followed by some commentary.
Sony's top three was pretty predictable, but slots four and five were a bit surprising. In a very short amount of time, THQ's UFC: Undisputed has put the market in a kimura arm lock. I'm pretty surprised that Sony's baseball game did so well -- it's a good game, but I didn't think baseball titles were that popular. As a baseball fan, this makes me happy. What make me sad is that inFamous didn't crack the list. I'm a big fan of Sucker Punch and was hoping its latest game would sell like crazy. Hopefully the second half of 2009 will be kind to inFamous.
For the top five Wii and Xbox 360 games of 2009, hit the break (please)!
Nintendo's list was topped by first-party games -- shocking, I know. EA Sports Active taking the fourth slot isn't a shocker either, but I wasn't expecting LEGO Star Wars to make the list. It's interesting that the Wii's list is the only one that has games from 2007 on it. Is it because of its large casual base that doesn't necessarily care about the latest? Or is it just a lack of quality content? I'd wager that it's more of the former and a bit of the latter.
Microsoft's list was mostly predictable too. UFC's beat the crap out of the competition. I'm incredibly happy that Halo Wars made the cut. Ensemble Studios' swan song is a great game that's a sterling example of how real-time strategy can work on a console. I'm still bitter that Microsoft idiotically shut down this great development house, but I'm pleased that it went out with a bang.
What do you think of the top five of 2009? Anything surprise you? Leave a comment and let me know (please)!