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'siron-clad holdworldwide. 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.


Mar 11, 2011

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