Call of Duty: Black Ops becomes best-selling game in US history

Call of Duty: Black Ops has surpassed Wii Play to become the best-selling game in US history. This is according to the retail number crunchers at NPD who reported the hugely popular FPS had once again taken top spot in February, carving itself a place in videogame history in the process.

At last count, Call of Duty: Black Ops is reported to have sold 13.7 million copies stateside in the four months since its November release. This number is a combination of sales across all platforms including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii and Nintendo DS.

The new top 5 best-selling US games list now stands at:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
2. Wii Play W/ Remote
3. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
4. Guitar Hero III Legends Of Rock
5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Before the great fanboy riots of 2011 begin, it's important to remember these are US numbers, and not representative of Nintendo's iron-clad hold worldwide. Call of Duty: Black Ops is also a multi-platform title, giving it a considerable retail advantage over Wii Play.

Not that we're making excuses; Treyarch deserves the honor. We just don't want any blood shed over a few measly statistics. At least, not on our property.

[Source: IGN]

Mar 11, 2011

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  • mentalityljs - March 15, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    My gawd people, the story was AWEFUL! I still haven't beat the campaign because I lost interest, and I'm the type that'll play through the campaign b4 even touching MP. Not in this case. It wasn't even a decent continuation of where WAW left off. Cheap thrills and a back and forth plot that was more confusing than a rubix cube. The most enjoyment I've got out of this game is playing online with friends. Other than that, it's a hacked pos just like it's predesessors. Can they please make a patch for the knifing already!
  • Sharkbot - March 14, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    @Fraught Yeah all the Mario games are also accounted for sales worldwide. Mario is bigger than Jesus in Japan, along with Pokemon. @EwoksTasteLikeChicken That really doesn't count, it's like saying Solitaire is the highest selling game, it comes with the dam computer. And yeah there is lots of hate because it didn't work on Day 1 for some people, big whoop. They made a mistake on one of the most anticipated games ever. It works now so stfu and put away that anti-fanboy pride.
  • majorlynch - March 14, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    Lot of pointless hating going on. The game had a good story, great action and taught you a few things about the era it was in. It came with extensive multiplayer, loads of weapons and perks and great voice acting. Can't ask for more then that.
  • chriszewski - March 13, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    I don't see this as any great revelation. COD:BO is the only game Activision did any marketing for last year and they had the largest entertainment launch because of it. I will reserve judgment as to whether its a good or bad thing for another time, but it certainly isn't any surprise. Word on the street is that it's also the best selling PS3 game, but i haven't seen any real #'s to go with the claim. IMHO Black Ops is a solid game on its own from a SP standpoint. I don't really like Zombies but everyone on my friends list thinks its the tits as its hard to coax them into partying up for some MW2. I didn't like the MP in Black Ops mostly because of the spawning, which is erratic at best in most gametypes (and aside from the spawning i have no other complaints), so i haven't been playnig the MP much.
  • aaron171 - March 13, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    this is wrong on so many levels. COD does not deserve to be the best selling game in history. the last REALLY good COD game was Modern Warfare 1. After that, Treyarch decided "hey, people liked MW1, lets just keep all the same gameplay and unbalanced multiplayer and add a different skin to it". COD used to be okay, but i much perfer Medal Of Honour reboot. It might've been short, but it was much much better than the garbage that is Black Ops.
  • mentalityljs - March 12, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Blops and I have a love/hate relationship. I'm willing to bet Homefront will make it's way to number one in due time.
  • MattoMcFly - March 12, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    Fraught, I had similar reservations, but this is for the US only - and I think everyone realizes that Pokemon and Wii (everything) rules the day in Japan. Also, NPD did not start tracking video games until the 1990s, and this is their announcement. If anything, it's a very interesting 'state of games' stat
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - March 12, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    You know what's bullshit? I was reading in Guiness World Records that Wii sports is the best selling game of all time, since it came with the Wii.
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - March 12, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    I think It's possible that Black and White might make that list. How many copies have they sold so far?
  • TerminX - March 12, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    No gaming industry, no. Nonononononononono. ..Why?
  • WeinerlessSteve - March 12, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    Water is the most popular beverage of all time too but I prefer a Strongbow. If you like flavorless beverages more power to you.
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - March 12, 2011 7:10 a.m.

    The only reason i'm really pissed about this is that Black ops is okay. its not a gleaming gem of ingenuity, it doesn't push limits and re-write the rules. it doesn't make you think or even need to feel, its just mindless drone-like repetition. it's just a solid shooter with a familiar name slapped on. something as mundane as that dose not deserve to be treated as though a golden bastion of pure awesome.
  • Fraught - March 12, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    Wait, in America. Well, some of them should still trump Black Ops IN AMERICA, right? ...right? I don't really WANT to believe Black Ops has sold the most.
  • Fraught - March 12, 2011 7:07 a.m.

    Am I really the only one who has a problem with their saying it's the "best-selling game of all time", when WikiPedia clearly tells me that Super Mario Bros. on the NES sold about 40 million copies, SMB. 3 sold 18 million, Super Mario World 20 million, and Wii Sports 75 million (even if it WAS packaged with the Wii), and the game, mentioned in the article - Wii Play - is pegged at 27 million. Tetris on the Game Boy is 35 million, Pokémon Red and Blue 23 million (so 11.5 million separately, though they're, like, y'know), New Super Mario Bros. on the DS 26 million, Brain Age 18 million, Mario Kart DS 17 million. The Sims with 16 million and TETRIS AND ANGRY BIRDS ON PHONES 100 AND 50 MILLION RESPECTIVELY WOOOOOOOO! Okay, I'm sounding kind of like a confrontational asshole now. But the "At last count, Call of Duty: Black Ops is reported to have sold 13.7 million copies stateside in the four months since its November release" made me think that...did the author of the article mean fastest-selling, rather than best?
  • mcom234 - March 12, 2011 6:30 a.m.

    The article title screen should intead read: Creative, New, Innovative games don't matter here in the gaming world, this rehash land baby!
  • UberNoob - March 12, 2011 5:04 a.m.

    *Cuts wrist*
  • spideralex90 - March 12, 2011 5:04 a.m.

    Wait. I read that wrong, most preordered in THQ's history. sorry. Should be epic still.
  • spideralex90 - March 12, 2011 5:03 a.m.

    Modern Warfare trumped Black Ops in every way. But neither deserve the praise they've gotten. Battlefield's were it's at. Also Homefront, most pre-ordered game ever. Should be epic.
  • Crimmy - March 12, 2011 4:39 a.m.

  • celticsfan645 - March 12, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    Black ops was an incredibly fun game. The AI may have been a little buggy, but only once did it require me to restart a level. It MP is no BC2, but its nor suprising it sold as well as it did.

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