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December NPD: Xbox 360 comes out on top in 2010 revenue


Microsoft has claimed the year of 2010, as a whopping $6.2 billion was spent on Xbox 360 games and accessories at retail, making it the (financial) king of consoles last year. December's NPD report also shows a 42 percent year-over-year growth for the Xbox 360 and, as expected, Kinect sales were strong, launching Kinect Sports into the top 10 for the month.

Elsewhere in the report, NPD says that total new, physical video game sales are down by 9 percent to $5.06 billion, and video game hardware is down a total of 16 percent to $1.84 billion. In fact, the only tracked category that saw year-over-year growth in December was video game accessories -- the PlayStation Move and Kinect pushed that category up 10 percent from last December to sales of $853 million.

Hit the break to see the best-selling titles of December 2010, according to the NPD's numbers. World of Warcraft's Cataclysm expansion makes a solid appearance at No. 3, and Disney Epic Mickey's status as a "core" game on console with a largely casual audience didn't hurt sales too much, apparently -- it came in at No. 6.

Top 10 best-selling games for December 2010:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops – 360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC – Activision Blizzard
  2. Just Dance 2 – Wii – Ubisoft
  3. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm – PC – Activision Blizzard
  4. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood – 360, PS3 – Ubisoft
  5. Donkey Kong Country Returns – Wii – Nintendo
  6. Disney Epic Mickey – Wii – Disney Interactive Studios
  7. Madden NFL 11 – 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP – Electronic Arts
  8. Michael Jackson The Experience – Wii, NDS, PSP – Ubisoft
  9. NBA 2K11 – 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC – Take Two Interactive
  10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit – 360, PS3, Wii, PC – Electronic Arts

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