Top 10 Best-Selling Video Games of 2009 and 2010

Sony Corporation (SNE), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), and Nintendo Co., Ltd (NTDOY) have been competing in the gaming arms race since 2001, during the sixth generation of console gaming (also known as the 128-bit era). It was a simpler time, and also Sega Corporation (SGAMY) still made hardware.

Sixth generation, from left: Sega Dreamcast, Sony's PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Microsoft's Xbox

We are currently in the seventh generation, and the video games are more successful than ever. During the recession of 2007-2009, the industry posted record-setting total sales of $21.4 billion in 2008 (the best year the video game industry has ever seen, ever) and $19.66 billion in 2009. Further proof that gaming is a rock to be clung to in our roiling sea of economic uncertainty.

Rankings:

2009

#Rank Title Platform(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s)
#1 Wii Fit Wii Nintendo EAD Nintendo
#2 Wii Play Wii Nintendo EAD Nintendo
#3 Pokémon Platinum Version Nintendo DS Game Freak Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

#4 Mario Kart Wii Wii Nintendo EAD Nintendo
#5 Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 Capcom Capcom
#6 Killzone 2 PlayStation 3 Guerrilla Games Sony Computer Entertainment
#7 Call of Duty: World at War PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii Treyarch Activision
#8 Resident Evil 5 PlayStation 3 Capcom Capcom
#9 Halo Wars Xbox 360 Ensemble Studios Microsoft Game Studios
#10 Street Fighter IV PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Dimps/Capcom Capcom

Source.

The best-selling video game of 2009. No joke.

2010 (Thus Far)

#Rank Title Platform(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s)
#1 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii Nintendo EAD Nintendo
#2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS Infinity Ward Activision
#3 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 EA Digital Illusions CE Electronic Arts
#4 Final Fantasy XIII PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Square Enix Square Enix
#5 Wii Fit Plus Wii Nintendo EAD Nintendo
#6 God of War III PlayStation 3 Santa Monica Studio Sony Computer Entertainment
#7 Pokémon SoulSilver Version Nintendo DS Game Freak Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
#8 Wii Sports Resort Wii Nintendo EAD Nintendo
#9 Mass Effect 2 Xbox 360 BioWare Electronic Arts
#10 Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS Game Freak Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

Source.

As of now, the best-selling game of 2010. Over 14.7 million copies sold.

SNE is currently trading at 26.87; 2.95 (9.9%) lower than it was 6 months ago.

MSFT is currently trading at 24; 6.45 (21.19%) lower than it was 6 months ago.

NTDOY is currently trading at 38.46; 4.24 (12.39%) higher than it was 6 months ago.

Stock Chart: SNE, MSFT, NTDOY

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