In December, New Super Mario Bros. Wii sold another 2.82 million copies to US consumers, pushing the game past the four million mark in the United States, according to the NPD Group. That's the start of good news for Nintendo.
Nintendo also sold another 2.4 million copies of Wii Fit Plus and 1.79 million copies of Wii Sports Resort last month, securing the top three spots on NPD's list of December's bestselling games. Nintendo had six of the top 10 bestselling games for the month, representing more than 9.62 million games sold across the Wii and DS platforms.
And that's just in the top 10.
The Xbox 360 had three of the top 10, with Modern Warfare 2 moving another 1.63 million, Assassin's Creed II (783.1K) and Left 4 Dead 2 (728.5K) also charting high. Modern Warfare 2 represented the PlayStation 3's only top 10 showing, another million-plus copies sold.
Here's the tally, from 11/29/09 - 1/2/10, according to the NPD Group.
01. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 2,820,000 02. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) - 2,410,000 03. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 1,790,000 04. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) - 1,630,000 05. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) - 1,120,000 06. Wii Play (Wii) - 1,010,000 07. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 936,1000 08. Assassin's Creed II (Xbox 360) - 783,1000 09. Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) - 728,500 10. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS) - 656,700
Video game software sales for December '09 totalled $US2.58 billion. That's good, but still down from December '08, which saw software sales reach $US2.77 billion.