Guinness World Records 50 Best Franchises

Recently, Guinness World Records came up with a list of the 50 best video game franchises. Voted upon by gamers, make sure to check out some of these if you have not yet.

“We decided to take a different approach with this list than we did in the previous edition,”  said a spokesperson for Guinness World Records. “Instead of asking developers, industry insiders and journalists to rank their favorite titles, we approached a different kind of expert: the players themselves! We are confident that this ‘top 50’ more accurately reflects the tastes of the average gamer and not just the critics.”

  1. Halo
  2. Call of Duty
  3. The Legend of Zelda
  4. Guitar Hero
  5. Metal Gear
  6. Super Mario Bros.
  7. World of Warcraft
  8. Gears of War
  9. Super Smash Bros.
  10. Grand Theft Auto
  11. Pokémon
  12. Resident Evil
  13. Fallout
  14. Half-Life
  15. Sonic the Hedgehog
  16. Counter-Strike
  17. Runescape
  18. FIFA
  19. Kingdom Hearts
  20. Final Fantasy
  21. Pac-Man
  22. Madden NFL
  23. The Sims
  24. Tomb Raider
  25. WWE Smackdown Vs. RAW
  26. Rock Band
  27. LittleBigPlanet
  28. Saints Row
  29. The Elder Scrolls
  30. God of War
  31. GoldenEye 007
  32. Bioshock
  33. KillZone
  34. Skate
  35. Left 4 Dead
  36. Need for Speed
  37. Chrono Trigger
  38. Gran Turismo
  39. StarCraft
  40. Ratchet & Clank
  41. Pong
  42. Tom Clancy’s…
  43. Star Wars: Battlefront
  44. Battlefield
  45. Diablo
  46. Lego Batman
  47. Mario Kart
  48. Burnout
  49. Crash Bandicoot
  50. Pro Evolution Soccer
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December Hardware Sales

The following are the hardware sales from the month of December of 2009:

  • Wii — 3.81 million
  • DS — 3.31 million
  • PlayStation 3 — 1.36 million
  • Xbox 360 — 1.31 million
  • PSP — 654,7000
  • PlayStation 2 — 333,2000

“December marks just the fourth month of the year where the industry saw an increase over last year,” said NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier. “January and February were both up, and since the decline that began in March, only September experienced growth. The big sales this month, particularly on the hardware front, is a positive move for the industry headed into what will hopefully be a recovery year in 2010.”

With the Wii starting to add a lot of new features and also starting to promise a bunch of upcoming cool things, it is pretty self explanitory that the Nintendo Wii had the number one sales spot in the month of December. It is weird to see that the Nintendo DS is out selling both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. I guess the “console on the go” concept really attract in a lot of buyers. Also it is good to see that the PlayStation 2 is still getting a good number of buyers even considering there is a newer version.

December 2009 Software Sales

The following are the top 10 software sales from the month of December of 2009:

  • Wii — New Super Mario Bros., Nintendo, 2.82M
  • Wii — Wii Fit Plus, Nintendo, 2.41M
  • Wii — Wii Sports Resort w/ MotionPlus, Nintendo, 1.79M
  • 360 — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision, 1.68M
  • PS3 — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision, 1.12M
  • Wii — Wii Play w/ remote, Nintendo, 1.01M
  • Wii — Mario Kart w/ wheel, Nintendo, 936,100
  • 360 — Assassin’s Creed II, Ubisoft, 783,100
  • 360 — Left 4 Dead 2, Electronic Arts, 728,500
  • DS — Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Nintendo, 656,700
  • “The best-selling game of the month was New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which also captures the third spot on the annual top 10 list for 2009,” said NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier. “6 of the top 10 games totaling 20.8 million units for the year were on the Wii platform as compared to 4 last year at 19 million units.”

    The Nintendo Wii had a very good month in December with six of the top ten best selling games being Wii games. Three of the top games were for the Xbox 360 and there was only one game on the top ten for both the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo DS.

    Have you played any of these ten games? If you have, which ones were your favorites?

    New Releases for the Week

    This weeks releases include a great variety of different games. If you are a big PlayStation 3 gamer then you can look forward to the co op shooter game by Electronic Art’s “Army of Two: The 40th Day” and also to get you pumped up for the upcoming olympics you can try “Vancouver 2010: Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games.” For Wii, you can give the interesting game by Konami, “Walk It Out,” a try. For the Xbox 360, along with the two games coming out for the PS3, the HD remake of Serious Sam is going to be released. There are also a couple other games coming out this week.

    The following games are the games which will be coming out in ths upcoming week for the gaming consoles of the PlayStation 3, the Wii, the Xbox 360, the PlayStation Portable, the Nintendo DS and the PC:

    PlayStation 3

    • Army of Two: The 40th Day
    • Vancouver 2010: Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games

    Wii

    • Walk It Out

    Xbox 360

    • Army of Two: The 40th Day
    • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter  (Xbox Live Arcade)
    • Vancouver 2010: Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games 

    PlayStation Portable

    • Army of Two: The 40th Day 

    Nintendo DS

    • Daniel X 
    • Sands of Destruction

    PC

    • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter 
    • Twin Sector

    Be sure to check out any of these games that you may be interested in!

    Anticipated Titles of 2010

    As the year of 2009 comes to an end, we see that it had a lot of good games be released. Many people have recently started to look ahead to the upcoming year of 2010. There are a lot of prospected games that many people are eagerly awaiting. There will be games to be released for the Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox 360.

    The games that all of these people have been looking forward to are as follows:

    • God of War III
    • Heavy Rain
    • Crackdown 2
    • Super Mario Galaxy 2
    • Rock Band 3
    • Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty
    • Super Street Fighter IV
    • Splinter Cell: Conviction
    • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
    • Mass Effect 2
    • Dead Rising 2
    • Gears of War 3
    • Fallout: New Vegas
    • Metroid: The Other M

    I believe that the year of 2010 is going to be a huge year for the gaming world. The competition between companies and developers is really heating up which will, overall, lead to the release of more games and other different money spending opportunities.

    Be sure to keep an eye out for any new information regarding these games or when they will be coming out. What games are you awaiting for the year of 2010?

    November Hardware and Software Sales

    Here are the hardware sales for the month of November:
    • DS — 1.70M
    • Wii — 1.26M
    • Xbox 360 — 819,500
    • PlayStation 3 — 710,400
    • PSP — 293,900
    • PlayStation 2 — 203,100

    Due to the Christmas season, I believe the hardware sales are going to continue to increase for a little while as there are many kids with these consoles on their Christmas list.

    “All hardware systems realized an increase over October but one would expect that from seasonality alone,” said Group analyst Anita Frazier. “More positive economic news combined with ‘frugal fatigue’ could positively impact industry sales during these last weeks of the holiday season.”
    The following are the software sales for the month of November:

    1. 360 — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision, 4.20M
    2. PS3 — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision, 1.87M
    3. Wii — New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Nintendo, 1.39M
    4. 360 — Assassin’s Creed II, Ubisoft, 794,700
    5. 360 — Left 4 Dead 2, Electronic Arts, 744,000
    6. Wii — Wii Sports Resort, Nintendo, 720,200
    7. Wii — Wii Fit Plus, Nintendo, 679,000
    8. PS3 — Assassin’ Creed II, Ubisoft, 448,400
    9. 360 — Dragon Age: Origins, Electronic Arts, 362,100
    10. Wii — Mario Kart w/ Wheel, Nintendo, 315,000

    It obviously was not a surprise as to which game was going to come out on top.

    “While this year’s top-selling item bested last year’s by 283%, it couldn’t make up for softness elsewhere,” said Frazier. “The top 50 games this year sold 5% less units than did the top 50 last year.”

    New Releases for the Week

    As you know, the last couple weeks of the year are going to consist of a pretty steady stream of games coming out. The reason for this is obvious. It is the holiday season so most developers and producers are looking for a way to make the most money. Games are being released for the PlayStation 3, the Wii, the Xbox 360, the PlayStation Portable, the Nintendo DS and the PC. While there are not any really big titles coming out this week, there is a pretty good amount of games being released this week. Check out any of these games for yourself to keep you from being bored or pick one up as a christmas gift for one of your friends.

    The new releases for the upcoming week are as follows:

    PS3

    • James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game
    • MX vs. ATV Reflex
    • Rogue Warrior

    Wii

    • James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game
    • Rogue Trooper: Quartz Zone Massacre

    Xbox 360

    • James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game
    • MX vs. ATV Reflex
    • Rogue Warrior

    PSP

    • MX vs. ATV Reflex

    DS

    • James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game
    • Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
    • MX vs. ATV Reflex

    PC

    • Dirt 2
    • James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game
    • Rogue Warrior