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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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A 10-year veteran of scribbling about video games, Alec primarily writes for Rock, Paper, Shotgun, but given any opportunity he will escape his keyboard and mouse ghetto to write about any and all formats.