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NPD data reveals the top 20 best-selling games for every year from 1995 to 2019

Ah, how the years flew by

The gang over at NPD has shared some interesting data on game sales throughout the years. They've compiled top 20 lists for every year from 1995 to 2019 to show what the best-selling games of each year were. Check out the breakdown for each year in the gallery below.

Categories: Consoles, Portables

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This shows to me that a whole lot of modern gamers have just become sheep--much like is the case across most of "social" media these days too--and just keep buying the same thing over and over out of habit and because of the marketing and peer pressure rather than it being because those games are the best choices among all the available games or not. This is especially true of the sports games these people keep buying year over year with very little change between each.

Wow Nintendo was KILLING IT back then. They would love to see a best-seller list like this these days.

This shows to me that a whole lot of modern gamers have just become sheep--much like is the case across most of "social" media these days too--and just keep buying the same thing over and over out of habit and because of the marketing and peer pressure rather than it being because those games are the best choices among all the available games or not. This is especially true of the sports games these people keep buying year over year with very little change between each.

ridleysaria
Sun Jan 26 20 10:32pm
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Don’t be elitist, dude. I don’t like Call of Duty or sports games but wouldn’t say that my choices are the “correct” choices.

It's not being "elitist" but merely stating what seems to be the case. People can buy whatever they want, free choice and all, but I think it would be very naive to suggest a whole load of these people aren't basically being herded like mindless sheep to keep purchasing the same thing over and over and over, and in the case of football games doing so with very little change between each version. I don't think that's the action of particularly discerning gamers making choices based on much more than just being part of the crowd.

ridleysaria
Mon Jan 27 20 03:28pm
Rating: 1

No you're absolutely being elitist when you're calling people sheep. It's really nasty.

impurekind
Tue Jan 28 20 07:20pm
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It's not "elitist" when it's true. I understand that the truth hurts though.

You compared people to animals. You're not right.

There is a reason why games like FIFA are lambasted on Nintendo systems...because they dont have all the new features the other systems have, each year. Starting from that point, it is entirely contradictory to say that those games are the same or with very little change between each version. If that was the case the Nintendo system editions would actually be par with every other console.

The thing is, those game are most of the time quite well made. They introduce good and new features that the people who play them enjoy and want, and you are sorely underestimating their fanbase if you believe they would not recognize a new release from an old one if their titles were hidden or something like that. Same with Pokemon and Animal crossing, for many people they seem to be always more of the same, but for the core fanbase they are not. I for one have as much interest in thew AC as in the yearly FIFA release, but I still know the games are good and extremely popular for what they are and with good reason.

Heh. And to think that people complain about the third party support not being on Nintendo consoles when literally the same type of games keep being at top spot.

I forgot that Donkey Kong used to be a Zelda/Mario tier franchise until Microsoft bought Rare

I still feel like Donkey Kong belongs up in the Mario/Zelda/Pokemon/Animal Crossing/Mario Kart/Splatoon AAA tier of Nintendo franchises but Nintendo seems hesitant to put out new DK games

Killer Instinct outsold MK2? Rad! Should heat up the SNES/SFamicon later and give it some love...

Bu damn the trends have changed a lot the last years.

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