As reported by MCV, NPD Group Australia has revealed the top ten selling games in Australia in the first half of 2012. I found the results interesting for two reasons. First off, Diablo III took top spot, despite the fact the numbers did not include digital sales and, secondly, the majority of the top 10 were released in 2011.
1. Diablo III 2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 3. Mass Effect 3 4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 5. Skylanders 6. Battlefield 3 7. Max Payne 3 8. Assassin's Creed Revelations 9. Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games 10. Saints Row: The Third
Asides from that there are no real surprises — and you could argue that Diablo III sitting on top is hardly a surprise either. Interestingly enough, when we spoke to Activision's Ben Gaetz last year, he was insistent that a majority of their PC sales came through retail. It surprised me then, and it surprises me now. If there was a more reliable way to assess precisely what the split was, I'd be interested to read it.
Top Ten sellers in 2012 so far in ANZ [MCV Pacific]