Australia’s best sellers of 2012 come from 2011

Sometimes, international perception of Australia has us so backwards that we’re thought to ride kangaroos down the street and consider that hat with the corks as the height of fashion. But according to figures detailing Australian and New Zealand game sales for the first half of 2012, the notion of the contrary antipode might be more fact than fiction.

The NPD Group, as reported by MCV Pacific, has unveiled the ten best selling games of 2012, where only three of which were actually released in that year. The remaining seven were all games of 2011, leaving only Max Payne 3, Mass Effect 3 and Diablo III to represent 2012’s current releases. 

The full list:

1. Diablo III
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
3. Mass Effect 3
4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
5. Skylanders
6. Battlefield 3
7. Max Payne 3
8. Assassin’s Creed Revelations
9. Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
10. Saints Row: The Third

Keep in mind there’s a bunch of things this list doesn’t factor in, such as Collectors Editions, Game of the Year re-releases, and digital downloads. Still, when Australian gamers are reaching backwards for their next gaming fix, it’s either an interesting indictment on their tastes, or on the standard of games released in 2012. What’s your take?


  • Sketchkov - August 7, 2012 6 a.m.

    Just thought I'd add similar sentiments to everyone else. I very rarely buy a brand new game on release unless it's on Steam or something (and not region affected), otherwise I'll wait for the price to drop because we have to pay ridiculous amounts for games. Also, ha at the "don't you mean 40%" comment. No, we don't. I don't think anybody else realises how much more expensive games are over here.
  • RedHarlow - July 31, 2012 12:17 a.m.

    Every knows everything is upside down in Australia. They can't really play games like that, can they?
  • SpiritTemple - July 30, 2012 10:20 p.m.

    Considering we have to pay 140% more than the US for new games, are you really surprised?
  • Shadow Of Death - July 30, 2012 11:38 p.m.

    I think you meant 40% more (unless you're paying ~$120 to ~$145). But yes, a 40% markup is a bit much. Then again, the average income in Australia is higher, so it certainly offsets (if not balances out) the cost.
  • Rambo 11 - July 31, 2012 2:44 a.m.

    110-120$ is the average price for new release games across retail stores.
  • adam-winston - July 30, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    unfortunately, when new release games cost as much as they do here ($80-$120), its a little too much. many people are more than willing to wait until they reduce to a half-reasonable price.
  • Shadow Of Death - July 30, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    There is also the fact that there are still 5 months left in the year.... Fall is generally the period where the blockbusters come out. I am personally looking forward to Borderlands 2 the most. When are they going to get around to tracking Digital Downloads, I mean come on.
  • CUFCfan616 - July 30, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    Most people in Australia will wait for games to drop in price (6 months to a year) before buying them unless it's a game they really want. My girlfriend bought me a Wii last year and there's a few games I've been keeping an eye on in the shops which I haven't gotten round to importing yet. Donkey Kong Country Returns is still $79 as is Super Mario Galaxy 2 at JB Hifi. Just two examples of games 2 years old and still at full price pretty much. If you want your reason why new games aren't topping the best sellers lists, there's only one reason and it's called price gouging.

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