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NPD Software Sales for Dec. 06

The hardware sales have just been reported and things didn't go as expected for the Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3. But that's that, and we must move on to software sales. The December NPD chart details three categories of software sales: Top 10 Console Specific Games of December 2006, Top 10 Franchises/Games of December 2006 (I.E. All versions of Madden combined into one), and Top 10 Games of 2006.

The top, non franchise/multi-platform, selling game for December was the Xbox 360 epic Gears of War. It went on to sell an additional 815.7k copies after selling over a million in November. Guitar Hero continues to show its strength, as the sequel sold just 10k copies shy of Gears of War, coming in with 805k copies. But of course, when you combine sales of Madden NFL 07 across all consoles, EA's juggernaut franchise sold a combined 1.9M discs in December 2006 alone. Call of Duty 3 was the next best selling game with 1.1M copies pressed and sold. Interestingly, Nintendo's Zelda on both Wii and GameCube amount to over 1M copies sold, but the game was left out of the second list.

And as far as overall sales in '06, the PS2 iteration of Madden NFL 2007 went on to sell 2.8M and made its way to being the highest selling game of 2006. New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS trails in a fairly distant 2nd place. And just like that, the anticipation has come and gone. Enjoy the full top-10 charts below, fellas and gals.

Top 10 Video Games (Multi-Platform Not Combined) - December 2006
1. 360 Gears of War - Microsoft 815.7 K
2. PS2 Guitar Hero 2 w/guitar - Activision 805.2 K
3. PS2 Madden NFL 07 - Electronic Arts 737.1 K
4. GCN Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Nintendo 532.9 K
5. WII Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Nintendo 519.2 K
6. PS2 WWE SmackDown VS. RAW 2007 - THQ 484.5 K
7. NDS New Super Mario Bros. - Nintendo 427.5 K
8. 360 Call of Duty 3 - Activision 410.8 K
9. NDS Yoshi's Island 2 - Nintendo 407.2 K
10. PS2 Call of Duty 3 - Activision 365.3 K

Top 10 Titles - December 2006 (Multi-Platform Combined)
1. Madden NFL 07 - Electronic Arts 1.9 mm
2. Call Of Duty 3 - Activision 1.1 mm
3. Cars - THQ 874.0 K
4. Need for Speed: Carbon - Electronic Arts 871.6 K
5. 360 GEARS OF WAR - Microsoft 815.7 K
6 PS2 Guitar Hero 2 w/Guitar - Activision 805.2 K
7. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - LucasArts 792.3 K
8. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 - THQ 731.6 K
9. Tony Hawk's Project 8 - Activision 713.9 K
10. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - Activision 642.9 K

Top 10 Video Games - Annual 2006
1. PS2 Madden NFL 07 - Electronic Arts 2.8 mm
2. NDS New Super Mario Bros - Nintendo 2.0 mm
3. 360 Gears of War - Microsoft 1.8 mm
4. PS2 Kingdom Hearts II - Square-Enix 1.7 mm
5. PS2 Guitar Hero 2 w/Guitar - Activision 1.3 mm
6. PS2 Final Fantasy XII - Square-Enix 1.3 mm
7. NDS Brain Age: Train Your Brain - Nintendo 1.1 mm
8. 360 Madden NFL 07 - Electronic Arts 1.1 mm
9. 360 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter - Ubisoft 1.0 mm
10. PS2 NCAA Football 07 - Electronic Arts 1.0 mm

1/11/2007 Arnold Katayev

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