Welcome to the new ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise.
Last week we took a look at the top 10 bestselling games published by Sony Computer Entertainment and the week before that the top 10 bestselling Nintendo games. This week we will be taking a look at the top 10 bestselling games published by Microsoft Game Studios that were released on a video game console, including games that were bundled. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.
Looking at the top 10 bestselling games published by Microsoft Game Studios, all but two of them were released on the Xbox 360, and the other two games were released on the original Xbox. The top 10 is dominated by just two franchises Halo and Gears of War and the two original Xbox games are in the Halo franchise. Also the bestselling game, Kinect Adventures!, comes bundled with every Kinect, just like Wii Sports use to be on the Wii.
The top 10 games sold a combined 80.79 million units. The eight Xbox 360 games sold a combined 65.87 million units, while the two original Xbox games sold a combined 14.92 million units.
There are five Halo games in the top 10, and three of them are in the top five. Halo Wars, a spin off RTS, and the remastered Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary are the only two Halo games not in the top 10. The five Halo games in the top 10 has sold a combined 41.44 million units, while the three Xbox 360 games sold 26.52 million units and the two original Xbox games sold 14.92 million units.
All three Gears of War games are in the top 10. As a note the franchise might have been published by Microsoft it is not first party, because it was developed by Epic Games. The three games sold a combined 17.81 million units.
Taking a look at the top 10 bestselling games published by Sony Computer Entertainment as a bar graph really shows how a game, Kinect Adventures!, that is bundled 100 percent of the time helps a game sell. It has outsold the number two game, Halo 3, by 4.97 million units.
For people who are curious, Microsoft’s other big exclusive franchise Fable is just outside the top 10, with Fable III at number 11, Fable II at number 13 and the original at number 15. Also the second bestselling Kinect game is Kinect Sports at number 12.
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