The UK's best-selling games of 2010

Per-format charts for the UK's most successful games

Call of Duty: Black Ops has earned the distinction (and accompanying mountain of cash) of being the UK's best-selling game of 2010, but when the charts are broken down into formats Activision's shooter is a little less omnipresent. Here's what did best on the major traditional gaming platforms last year...

Note these figures are purely for retail: digital distributors such as Steam, XBLA and Blizzard's store are not covered, and neither are social or mobile titles.

Nintendo Wii:

  • 1. Just Dance (Ubisoft)
  • 2. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo)
  • 3. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
  • 4. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo)
  • 5. New Super Mario Bros WII (Nintendo)

While other publishers didn't get much of a look in, Nintendo's traditional first-party dominance clearly not going anywhere, it has at least been a fantastic year for Ubisoft on Wii.

Sony PlayStation 3:

  • 1. Call Of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
  • 2. FIFA 11 (EA)
  • 3. Gran Turismo 5 (Sony)
  • 4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)
  • 5. Assassins Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

The third-parties clean up here, but it's possible Gran Turismo 5 would have placed higher had it been released earlier in the year - and not suffered all those infamous delays.

Microsoft Xbox 360:

  • 1. Call Of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
  • 2. FIFA 11 (EA)
  • 3. Halo: Reach (Microsoft)
  • 4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)
  • 5. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

Similarly, only one-first party title in the top five here, and otherwise the 360's a mirror of PS3.

Nintendo DS:

  • 1. Professor Layton And The Lost Future (Nintendo)
  • 2. New Super Mario Bros (Nintendo)
  • 3. Art Academy (Nintendo)
  • 4. Pokemon Soulsilver (Nintendo)
  • 5. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo)

Five for five on first-party titles - will the 3DS prove any easier for third-party publishers to earn the big money?

Sony PSP:

  • 1. FIFA 11 (EA)
  • 2. LittleBigPlanet (Sony)
  • 3. Gran Turismo (Sony)
  • 4. Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (Ubisoft)
  • 5. FIFA 10 (EA)

Familiar brands dominate, but clearly Sony's a bigger publisher on its handheld than its core console.


  • 1. Football Manager 2011 (SEGA)
  • 2. Football Manager 2010 (SEGA)
  • 3. The Sims 3 (EA)
  • 4. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Activision-Blizzard)
  • 5. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Activision-Blizzard)

Home-grown studio Sports Interactive manages the unlikely feat of keeping the twin titans of Blizzard and EA's Sims at bay - twice. Were digital sales also covered by Chart-track, it's possible some of these might appear in the all-formats top ten. It's also worth noting that Cataclysm places fourth based on just three weeks on sale.

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Latest comments (6)

Borja De Altolaguirre EMEA Licensing Coordinator, Konami Digital Entertainment11 years ago
Very interesting to see how PS3 and Xbox360 are sharing the same rankings, except for the 3rd position, which goes for their respective exclusive IPs (GT5 and Halo Reach, respec.)
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Aodhan O'Donnell11 years ago
Interesting but i'd have liked to see the actual figures (or even close estimates).
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Tony Johns11 years ago
Nintendo, Ubisoft, EA, Activision, Microsoft, Sony, SEGA and Rockstar.

I would consider that unless if you are any of those high profile companies with a fair bit of publicity and history behind you, other companies woulf struggle to sell well in the business.

It is sad that not even Square Enix and even Capcom or Konami ever made it that high.

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Thiago Vignoli Creative Director, Fan Studios11 years ago
1. Football Manager 2011 (SEGA)
2. Football Manager 2010 (SEGA)

This not make much sense to me. Football Manager sell so much in England? Get two versions in 1o and 2o?
This is a new information.
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Alex Kelly Studying MEng Sports Engineering, University of Bath11 years ago
Football Manager is released on a cycle to match the European football calendar, which runs between late August and June. Football Manager 2010 thus understandably has lower sales than 2011 despite the latter only being released in November, because the launch sales of 2010 will not count.

One possible explanation for high sales of 2010 is the patching cycle, which concludes in February, so some may have waited for the final patch to be released before purchasing.

Either way, Football Manager is a superb game without parallel in its genre.
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Adam Yaure Studying MSc Games Programming, University of Hull11 years ago
@Tony Don't forget this is UK ranking
Square Enix is Call Of Duty: Black Ops's publisher in Japan,
Capcom and Konami are definitely among the top there with their monster hunter series and World Soccer Winning Eleven aka PES instead of Fifa.

I never understand why Football Manager sells so well lol

It will be nice to have stats for Steam and XBLA as well
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