There are hits, there are mega-hits, and then there are the top ten ten million selling games of the millennium, a new list compiled by the good and helpful folks at VideoGamesBlogger.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by two companies, Rockstar and Nintendo, which between them claim seven of the ten entries on the list. Activision's Call of Duty 4, which was reported yesterday to have broken ten million units sold, didn't make the list, coming in just behind Blizzard's World of Warcraft. The full list of top-ten ten million sellers released since 2000:
10 - World of Warcraft: 10 million since 2004
9 - The Sims 2: 13 million since 2004
8 - New Super Mario Bros.: 13.14 million since 2006
7 - Pokemon Gold and Silver: 14.1 million since 2000
6 - Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: 14.17 million since 2007
5 - Grand Theft Auto III: 14.5 million since 2001
4 - Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec: 14.89 million since 2001
3 - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: 17.5 million since 2002
2 - Nintendogs: 17.79 million since 2005
1 - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: 21.5 million since 2005.
The growth in popularity of videogames with mainstream audiences is evident in the growing number of ten-million-sellers released in recent years, as well as the number of relatively new titles that will soon achieve the mark. Four releases, three of which haven't even been on the market for a year, are rapidly approaching the ten-million sales figure: Wii Play, which has sold 9.23 million copies since December 2006, Guitar Hero III with 9.5 million copies since October 2007, Halo 3 at 8.1 million since September 2007 and Grand Theft Auto IV, which has achieved sales of six million copies despite being released less than two months ago, in April 2008.