Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Madden NFL Proves Best Selling Game of 2006

Critical opinion of Madden NFL games year-to-year doesn’t really matter; football fans are going to eat up Electronic Arts’ latest update simply because there’s no other choice. Combine that with its release on every platform under the sun and becoming the best selling game of the year isn’t much of a stretch. What makes up the other nine, however, is a toss-up.USA Today pulled some numbers out of the NPD Group for an article on Gears of War’s recent success, as it broke sales records faster than any Xbox 360 game before it. Despite its considerably smaller userbase, Gears of War managed to grab the number four spot and Nintendo’s handheld gamble, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, took number 10.

1. Madden NFL 07 (PlayStation 2; 1.8 million+ sold)
2. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo DS; 1.5 million+ sold)
3. Kingdom Hearts II (PS2; 1.5 million+ sold)
4. Gears of War (Xbox 360; 1 million+ sold)
5. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Xbox 360; 913,000+ sold)
6. Final Fantasy XII (PS2; 895,000+ sold)
7. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS2; 860,000+ sold)
8. NCAA Football 07 (PS2; 849,000+ sold)
9. Madden NFL 07 (Xbox 360; 826,000+ sold)
10. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!/ April (Nintendo DS; 792,000+ sold)

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