Last week, NPD Video Game Industry Analyst Mat Piscatella shared the top ten best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch in North America. Apart from Ubisoft's title Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, there were no other third-party games featured.
To make up for this, he's now revealed North America's top ten best-selling third-party games of all-time on Nintendo platforms. It's mostly dominated by music and rhythm games, but the Mario & Sonic series is also featured a few times over. Unfortunately, no figures were attached.
1. Guitar Hero World Tour – Activision
2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock – Activision
3. Just Dance 2 – Ubisoft
3. Just Dance 3 – Ubisoft
4. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – SEGA
6. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga – Warner Bros. Interactive
7. Rock Band – MTV/EA
8. Just Dance 4 – Ubisoft
9. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games – SEGA
10. Rock Band 2 – MTV/EA
Refocusing on Nintendo exclusives, we have a list of the best-selling portable games of all-time within the United States. It's dominated by Mario and Pokémon:
1. New Super Mario Bros. DS
2. Mario Kart DS
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Super Mario 64 DS
5. Pokémon Blue
6. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
7. Pokémon Yellow
8. Pokémon Red
9. Super Mario 3D Land
10. Mario Party
Are these the games you expected to see? Which ones do you own? Tell us below.
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And all of Xbox best selling 3rd party games start with GTAV, followed by CoD filling the next 9 spots. PS is similar only difference being #2, #3 and #6 being Guitar Hero III, GTA:SA and RDR2.
Back in the day, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Just Dance on the WIi used to sell like 3-5 million copies apiece in the US alone. That's not to mention that the music games were $80+ since you needed a plastic instrument to play them, which works pretty nicely in a revenue-based chart ranking.
Mario & Sonic used to be a huge as well. I'm interested to see if this year's 2020 entry can revitalize the franchise as much as what Super Mario Party did for the Mario Party last year.
I can't be the only one that ruined a touch screen or two with the Guitar Hero: On Tour games.
"Are these the games you expected to see? "
I expected Dance Dance Revolution / Beatmania IIDX / Guitar Freaks & Drummania / Sound Voltex, not Guitar Heroes or Just Dance.
Ah, Star Wars The Complete Saga and Mario&Sonic were some of the games I wanted to get for my Wii back then. Yet somehow I ended up getting the DS versions of both.
I don't regret it, though rough, the Lego game is very accurate to what makes those games fun, and the MS game was a huge ride seeing both franchises together.
I'm guessing you'd see more Pokémon on that list without counting each Pokémon version as a separate game. There's got to be at least one more pair since Red/Blue that would make it, combined.
Outside LEGO starwars, never played any of that stuff. And I am OK with that.
It’s revenue based? Now it makes sense.
@Anti-Matter Really? Maybe you mean "wished for", not "expected"?
Hey at least Lego Star Wars is on there. That game was amazing.
I think it's astonishing that no other Pokemon game has sold as much as Gen 1. Nintendo really needs to do something drastic to revitalize the series (tip: not super-ultra-gigamaxing or whatever that new throwaway gimmick is called.)
Honestly surprised the first M&S at the Olympics is the best selling out of all of the M&S at the Olympics, it was definitely the weakest of the bunch imo
Ah yes, the Metallica era of music games.
@Aaronnnnn on the other hand, the first winter games version (vancouver) on the DS was the best..(of all the games, the winter games were mostly better than the summer ones, maybe becasue the winter games are more 'gamey'_ But i think the first summer sold better because it was released at the height of the Wii-mania.. people looking for games.. whereas it was in its twilight at 2012 (and 2016 was for the wii u with a small install base)... shame the Peongchang olympics were just too early for a succesful switch game...
Pokemon Blue sold better than Red in the US? REALLY? I was the only kid I knew growing up with Blue. Almost everyone had Red. I would never have guessed! I never bothered to look up exactly numbers.
Just Mario Party? No DS at the end?
@westman98 I assumed it was "units" based not revenue based...
"the top ten best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch in North America. Apart from Ubisoft's title Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, there were no other third-party games featured."
Console after console, Nintendo faces the same glaring problem. It's simply amazing.
@Anti-Matter Maybe if this was the japanese chart instead of NA chart .
I forgot. 🤣
Guitar Hero was the game to go to during those days! I remember we used to save our lunch money with my friends so that we could go and play either GH or Rock Band on Wii after school. We loved those games!
How dumb to use the word "literally" in the same sentence as ALL OF THEM ARE WII GAMES. You are being redundant. If ALL OF THEM are WII GAMES then why say literally? You have repeated the same thing twice smh. Kids today with the horrible misuse of the word "literally".
It'd be interesting to see a Switch specific list, with actual numbers.
I did NOT know that the Guitar Hero games (and Rock Band even more surprisingly ) managed such insane numbers on the Wii back in the day.
But this is of course the America specific list, and I rightly wouldn't had a real sense of just how popular those games were with you guys over there.
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