调查公司在报告中称，这款音乐类题材游戏自2007年发布起，总销售额将近8.31亿美元。位列第二和第三的是《使命召唤：黑色行动》和《Wii Fit》，总销售额分别为7.87亿美元和7.36亿美元。游戏邦获悉，《使命召唤：现代战争2》和《Rock Band》并列第五。
NPD报告显示，自1995年起在美国发布的10大畅销游戏中，5款出自动视之手，包括《吉他英雄3：摇滚传奇》、《使命召唤：黑色行动》、《使命召唤：现代战争1》、《使命召唤：现代战争2》和《吉他英雄：世界巡演》。其中4款由任天堂制作，包括《Wii Fit》、《Wii Play》、《Wii Fit Plus》和《马里奥赛车》。剩下的一款是由MTV Games和EA发布的《Rock Band》。（本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译，转载请注明来源：游戏邦）
Guitar Hero tops list of best-selling games
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is the bestselling game released in the U.S. since 1995, a new report from NPD claims.
The music title has grossed sales of nearly $831 million since its launch in 2007, the research firm reported. It bested Call of Duty: Black Ops and Wii Fit, which took the second and third spots with $787 million and $736 million in total sales, respectively. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Rock Band rounded out the top five.
Guitar Hero III’s success in the U.S. gaming market comes as a bit of a surprise. In November, Activision released Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the game quickly set all kinds of sales records. In the first five days, the game generated $650 million in revenue. It made $1 billion in its first six weeks of availability. However, those figures were worldwide, and NPD’s findings include U.S. sales only. Even so, considering Black Ops was able to reach the second spot in just a few short months, it probably won’t take long for it to supplant Guitar Hero III as the top-selling U.S. game.
NPD’s findings become all the more compelling when one considers that Activision announced last month that it had discontinued the Guitar Hero franchise due to “continued declines in the music genre.”
And what a decline it has been. According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter in a research note to investors back in January, the gaming business is undergoing a “virtual disintegration of interest in the music category.” He noted that music-game sales were at their highest in 2008, tallying $1.7 billion. They fell off to $900 million in 2009 and less than $300 million in 2010. “Over the period from 2005 to 2008, video game software sales grew by 81 percent, with the music genre accounting for one third of the gain,” Pachter said in January. “From 2008 through 2010, software sales declined by 14.9 percent, and the music genre accounted for over 80 percent of the decline.”
NPD’s findings also revealed another important fact: out of the top 10 bestselling games released in the U.S. since 1995, Activision has published 5 of them, including Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Call of Duty: Black Ops, both Modern Warfare games, and Guitar Hero World Tour. Four out of the 10 titles–Wii Fit, Wii Play, Wii Fit Plus, and Mario Kart–came from Nintendo. The sole game that broke from the pack–Rock Band–was published by MTV Games and Electronic Arts. (Source: cnet)