Castle Crashers and From Dust are XBLA's top-grossing games of 2011

The good news keeps rolling in for Microsoft. Less than a week since COO Kevin Turner announced record earnings for the 2011 holiday season, the number crunchers at Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) have come out with a report indicating the Xbox Live Arcade broke a sales record itself thanks to the success of Eric Chahi's From Dust, The Behemoth's Castle Crashers, and Microsoft's own Full House Poker.

According to FADE's data, XBLA revenues grew by a record $144 million last year, representing an 18% uptick in overall growth. FADE attributed much of XBLA's success to its Days of Summer promotion, which included a majority of the year's top-grossing games. Although Full House Poker was ranked as the most popular title overall, both From Dust and Castle Crashers brought in the most money.

The complete top ten list, ranked by units sold, looks like this:

  1. Full House Poker (Microsoft Game Studios): 375,000 Units / $3.6 Million  ($9.66 ASP)
  2. Castle Crashers (The Behemoth): 335,000 Units / $4.6 Million  ($13.69 ASP)
  3. Fruit Ninja Kinect (Halfbrick Studios): 324,000 Units / $3.2 Million
  4. From Dust (Ubisoft): 308,000 Units / $4.6 Million ($15.00 ASP)
  5. Trials HD (RedLynx, LTD): 286,000 Units / $4.0 Million D ($13.80 ASP)
  6. Magic: The Gathering (Stainless Games): 278,000 Units / $2.7 Million  ($9.71 ASP)
  7. Torchlight (Runic Games): 272,000 Units / $4.0 Million  ($14.64 ASP)
  8. Toy Soldiers: Cold War (Signal Studios): 241,000 Units / $3.6 Million  ($15.00 ASP)
  9. Bastion (Supergiant Games): 241,000 Units / $3.6 Million  ($15.00 ASP)
  10. Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale (Bedlam Games): 210,000 Units / $2.8 Million  ($13.38 ASP)

Over and above being a high ranking performer for XBLA, Castle Crashers was reported to have sold more than 2 million copies between XBLA and PSN combined. By FADE's estimation, this makes The Behemoth's beat 'em up the best-selling and highest grossing title in the history of downloadable games.

This list follows Sony's 2011 report, which pegged Tetris and Call of Duty: Black Ops as last year's PSN heavyweights. Let us know what you think of either company's year-end download results in the comments below.


  • Lemons - January 26, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    Sweet! Castle Crashers is the f-ing shit and a really funny game. Glad many (many) other people feel the same way. News like this is good. More opportunities for them to make more great games. Congrats to The Behemoth.
  • Lemons - January 26, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    On a side note, did not realize we can once again say fucking. Fuck, that can be one god damned satisfying word sometimes.
  • birdro - January 26, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    I'm Sad not to see Trenched up there, (I refuse to call it Iron Brigade)but also happy to see Behemoth representing still after all these years Castle Crashers has been out, really looking forward to Battleblock.
  • Lemons - January 26, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    If Battleblock can be at least as good as Castle Crashers count me in. After watching that trailer I thought "well, here's a pretty good opportunity to be fucking awesome".
  • An_Awesome_Guy - January 26, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Yeah, I was surprised to see Castle Crashers up there considering it's four years old now, I can only hope that Battleblock is worth the wait. (Uh... fuckity fucking fuck, I guess).
  • Lemons - January 30, 2012 11:09 p.m.

    ^ Lol, indeed. ^
  • inkyspot - January 26, 2012 3:59 p.m.

    Pucking Awesome, I need to pick up From Dust and Bastion sometime soon.

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