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Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Best-selling Game in U.S. History

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops has surpassed Wii Play to become the best-selling game in US history. According to new figures released by sales tracking firm the NPD Group, Activision’s first-person blockbuster Call of Duty: Black Ops is now the best-selling video game ever released in the U.S.

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.

Activision has yet to formally release their own Black Ops tally, but NPD puts it at 13.7 million copies sold in the U.S. (although since NPD doesn’t count Wal-Mart sales, that’s likely a bit low). That indeed surpasses Nintendo’s Wii Play, which has sold just over 13 million copies in the States since its release in February of 2007.

But it’s not entirely surprising. When Call of Duty: Black Ops was launched it smashed sales records. In the first 24 hours it had made over $350 million, and in the 5 days after it was released that number launched to $650 million. Then remarkably after a month after its release the game had taken in a resounding $1 billion.

February wasn’t just a big month for Call of Duty. Overall game sales were the strongest they’ve been in years, with revenues up 4 percent year-over-year. In any case, here’s the Top 10 in software sales for February 2011:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, DS, PC) – Activision Blizzard
  2. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (360, PS3) – Capcom
  3. Just Dance 2 (Wii) – Ubisoft
  4. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PS2, PC) – Take 2 Interactive
  5. Dead Space 2 (360, PS3, PC) – Electronic Arts
  6. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Wii, 360, PS3) – Majesco
  7. Bulletstorm (360, PS3, PC) – Electronic Arts
  8. Killzone 3 (PS3) – Sony
  9. Michael Jackson The Experience (Wii, DS, PSP) – Ubisoft
  10. Mario Sports Mix (Wii) – Nintendo

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