Guitar Hero III is the Highest-Grossing Game of This Generation
Written Monday, March 28, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Despite Activision recently canning its Guitar Hero franchise, there was a time when music games ruled the world and according to a market research report from NPD Group, that time was 2007, as Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock has been named the highest-grossing video game of this console generation in a list largely dominated by Activision.
Apart from Harmonix's first Rock Band, the entire top ten is wholly comprised of Activision and Nintendo titles, and predictably those Acti games are instalments in both the highly lucrative Guitar Hero and Call of Duty franchises. Guitar Hero III heads up the list making $830.9 million in sales to date, while Guitar Hero World Tour also makes an appearance. Bear in mind that these are US gross figures, so Guitar Hero III cost somewhere in the region of $90-$100 upon release, whereas Black Ops cost about $60.
Of the Call of Duty games, the most recent iteration, Black Ops, is the top-grossing, while both entries in the Modern Warfare series are also well represented. And Black Ops is actually only $43.5 million behind the leader, as of February according to the US NPD data - not adjusted for inflation - which was passed on to CNBC.
Take a look at the NPD top ten highest-grossing game of this console generation:
- Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock (Activision)
- Call Of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
- Wii Fit (Nintendo)
- Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision)
- Rock Band (MTV Games)
- Wii Play (Nintendo)
- Guitar Hero World Tour (Activision)
- Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo)
- Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
- Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision)