It's been a year of big hitters and big sequels, with the first half of the year's sales being dominated by Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 managed to top Black Ops, however, with an impressive USD$775 million in sales in the first few days (an entertainment industry record), as well as being the first entertainment product ever to cross the threshold and clear USD$1 billion.
This came in spite of a worthy opponent in the form of Battlefield 3, which sold through 5 million units worldwide and sold in 10 million in its first short while on sale, making it no slouch.
Skyrim did a solid dash as expected, with 7 million units being sold worldwide, and in spite of being a new IP, the locally-developed L.A. Noire managed 4 million.
On the hardware tip, this year has also seen the lacklustre launch of the Nintendo 3DS, which was blamed on a lack of high-demand software from journalists across the globe. This may have proven true, as the release of Mairo Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land later in the year were closely followed by the news that the console broke a record by reaching 200'000 units in only 37 weeks.
For the UK numbers of the year, click here.
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