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Major Nelson reveals top 20 Xbox Live games and arcade downloads

Well, that was entirely unexpected. How, in a year chock-full of incredible Xbox Live-enabled releases, did Yaris manage to not only be the most downloaded XBLA title of 2008, but also place first on the annual Xbox Live activity charts? We could have sworn that those accomplishments would have gone to Castle Crashers and Halo 3, respectively! What's that? They did, but we thought we'd distort the truth because we haven't made a Yaris joke in a while? Oh, thank God.

Yes, Major Nelson recently released the final Xbox Live statistics for 2008 -- Halo 3 dominated the overall Xbox Live activity chart (followed by CoD 4 and GTA IV), and Castle Crashers was the top downloaded XBLA title of the year (in front of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 and Braid). We've got both of the totally unsurprising lists posted after the jump, as well as the top Live titles from the original Xbox, the winner of which will straight-up blow your mind.

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles
(based on UU's)

  1. Halo 3
  2. Call of Duty 4
  3. GTA IV
  4. Gears of War 2
  5. Gears of War
  6. CoD: World at War
  7. Guitar Hero III
  8. Battlefield: Bad Company Demo
  9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Demo
  10. Rock Band
  11. Fable II
  12. Mirror's Edge Demo
  13. Madden NFL 09
  14. Battlefield: Bad Company
  15. Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  16. UNO
  17. Castle Crashers
  18. COD: World at War Multiplayer Beta
  19. Forza Motorsport 2
  20. Too Human Demo
Top Arcade Titles (full versions purchased)
  1. Castle Crashers
  2. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
  3. Braid
  4. A Kingdom for Keflings
  5. UNO
  6. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
  7. Fable II Pub Games
  8. Duke Nukem 3D
  9. Bionic Commando: Rearmed
  10. Worms
  12. Portal: Still Alive
  13. DOOM
  14. 1942: Joint Strike
  15. Bomberman Live
  16. Mega Man 9
  17. N+
  18. Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
  19. Marble Blast Ultra
  20. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Original Xbox Top Live Titles (based on UU's)
  1. Halo 2 (WHOOOOA!)
  2. Fable
  3. Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  4. Counter-Strike
  5. Fable: Lost Chapters
  6. Doom 3
  7. Conker: Live & Reloaded
  8. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  9. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  10. Star Wars: Republic Commando
  11. Star Wars: Battlefront
  12. Burnout 3
  13. Guilty Gear XX #Reload
  14. Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows
  15. Call of Duty 3
  16. Ninja Gaiden Black
  17. Crimson Skies
  18. MechAssault 2
  19. Call of Duty 2
  20. Rainbow Six 3

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