12 Biggest First Week Launches In Gaming History

The video games industry has expanded a whole lot since its revival back in the 80s with the inception of Nintendo’s popularity in the home console market with the NES. Just look at the 7th console generation and you’ll see what we’re taking about.

Each of the five systems this generation- Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS and PSP- has sold in access of 70 million units each, with the PS3 and Xbox 360 quickly touching the 80 million mark, the PSP in the high 70s, the DS having crossed the 150 million mark and the Wii about to get to the 100 million mark.

But while the hardware department has definitely grown by what must be a momentous percentage- with approximately 465 million hardware units sold in the last 7 years if you only consider the 7th gen systems (the ones mentioned above)- its the software department that has had an unexpectedly bloated growth.

Mario and Pokemon and other such far-reaching franchises have had impressive sales in the hundreds of million before, yes, but recent times have seen people coming out and striving to get their favourite new games as soon as they launch.

So here is a top 10 list of the biggest first week launches for all video games in video gaming history. Of course, you should note that this list doesn’t include games that were bundled with consoles (such as Wii Sports and the like) and is only talking about the games’ first weeks on sale. We re-iterate, this article is not representing the all-time sales of any of the games mentioned.

With those formalities out of the way, let’s begin! Read, enjoy, and have all the heated discussions you want in the comments section below.



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  • ObsessedGeorge

    This COD situation has to stop. It has become a joke. David Cage is right. Innovation is dead because of all these Call Of Duty games…

    • mqm4141

      You saw the numbers. Sadly it will never stop.

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