Three Sports Games in Top 10 of 2012 Sales

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 5:15 pm


The latest sales numbers for North America are in for December and three sports games have made the top 10 not just for the month but for the entire year as well. Madden NFL 13, NBA 2K13, and FIFA 13 have closed out 2012 with strong results that pushed them into place alongside some of the top games in the entire industry. 

Madden NFL 13 came in 5th for December and finished as the 2nd highest selling video game of 2012 behind only Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Madden opened up 11% for its first month and has carried that momentum through the holidays.

NBA 2K13 landed in 7th place for December and came in 6th for the year. The game opened up 19% compared to NBA 2K11 for the first month and understandably hasn’t had the same legs as that entry or 2K12 which was just picking up steam as the league returned from the lockout. Still 2K13 should should be the top selling sports game for the next few months.

Unexpectedly it was FIFA 13 finding its way to a 10th place finish for both the month and the year. That is remarkable considering the highest selling sports series in the world still finds itself largely overshadowed in North America. In a matter of only a few years it has gone from not placing in the top 10 even in release month, to breaking through that barrier and placing in several months, to now being one of the top selling games overall in the region.

Last year Madden NFL 12 was the only sports game to make the top 10 in December and the only one to make the top 10 for 2011. Having three in this time around is not only due to their growth but that the entire field of competition was somewhat weaker as the industry is sputtering upon coming to the end of the generation. Still there’s a lot for EA Sports and 2K Sports to celebrate with these results.

  • Cruush

    The three most deserving games to sell that much too so thats a good thing and sends the right message.

    • Amen_Ra

      MAdden sold a lot off hype, me included. It was once again a lackluster game

    • Amen_Ra

      I wouldn’t consider those 3 games the most deserving

  • Keith.

    I bet if you take 2k12’s sales from January-June 2012 and combine them with 2k13’s numbers from October-December 2012, it’d be neck and neck with Madden for the year. And 2k hasn’t had to resort to fire-sale $25-$35 prices to get it done.

    • nqq

      except for how 2k13 was $25 everywhere on black friday. and not sure why 2k13 should get 2k12 numbers counted in unless madden 12 numbers get added to madden 13. doing neither would make any sense.

      • Keith.

        Madden barely sells after Christmas — 2k13 will be in the top 10 until June, just like 2k12 was. That comparison makes more sense than comparing M13 to 2k13, since one came out in August and the other in October.

        • nqq

          madden came out at the END of august. 2k13 at the BEGINNING of October. 5 week span and youre acting like its a full 3 months smh. the gap from 2k to madden is several million in sales and that time period doesnt explain that.

          • Keith.

            Several million? Lol. Not even by EA’s numbers…lol. Vgchartz shows them a few hundred thousand apart.

          • Distorted

            “VGchartz shows them a hundred thousand apart.”

            Dude, VGChartz though.

          • Keith.

            VGChartz may not be perfect, but it’s darn close. I don’t have time to do it now, but I’d bet if you look at the top 10 games of the year from NPD and VGChartz, there’s going to be a lot (if not entire) overlap between the two.

          • Distorted

            I don’t think that’s a good barometer to find out how good a charting site is. I feel like even CNN could predict the Top 10 Selling Games of the Year.

          • Keith.

            NPD doesn’t even provide numbers sold. Using NPD, we have no idea how many copies each of the top 10 sold. VGChartz gives a hard number for each. If VGChartz were that far off, don’t you think EA would sue for the miserable numbers shown for TW13, NCAA, NHL and GS2? C’mon now — be honest with your answer.

          • Amen_Ra

            So what charts are you using?

          • Distorted

            NPD. If I have to look at charts, always NPD. They are slower with updates but generally always more accurate in terms of infromation. information

      • CJ

        In fact I can STILL find 2k13 for $30.

        2K does the exact same serious of promos as EA, essentially.


  • It’s a little sad that the top two selling video games have so many haters. I guess some people get resentful of success. But somebody must like those games for them to sell so well.

    I know that sales are not the be-all end-all of video games (well, to the suits they are), but if they really were as terrible as the Metacritic users scores make them out to be (4.4 for COD, 5.9 for Madden), they would sell a lot less. But instead it just makes all this bashing look silly.

    I hope EA and 2K take some of this money and push to make the games even better next year.

    • Sorry B.c. but your thinking is way off. Sales are not a direct indicator of quality, and it’s been proven time and time again that consumers will buy bad products. If any industry has proven that true, it’s the video game industry. Look at how many broken games, systems, and peripherals have made big sales numbers.

      • But I would say to you that there are also a lot of people who complain about good products, especially gamers, where a lot of them come of as spoiled, entitled, nitpicking whiners. It’s one thing to offer constructive criticism, but I have seen tons of guys who seem to want to just tear everything down.

        I agree with you that a lot of junk sells – the Wii, Kinect, all that motion control garbage which doesn’t work and just drives people crazy. Endless piles of shovelware – yuck. But I think Madden and COD are special – they are so popular that some people just want to hate them down, whether their complaints have any merit or not. I trust the review sites/magazines a lot more than fan opinion on those games, because of all the baseless hate – but ultimately, I’m just going to play what I want.

    • RandomGuy

      Buyers remorse. Just because people bought the game doesn’t mean that they like it.

  • MoneyMayweather

    Will this mean? Publishers and developers will start producing more sports games? now that we’ve proved with our Dollars that a college Basketball is needed badly in the market and would sell if 2k made it. There is a money to be made with college basketball especially if 2k made it. I hope so because I will continue to purchase sports games if the Developers bring more sports game to market like sixth gen. I purchased madden NCAA FIFA nba 2k13 and tiger woods. and looking to get NHL 13 when it goes on sale. because I can now and I bought all these new and from retail. Please Pasta urge 2k to make a college hoops game at least for next gen I really miss it and I’m doing my part

    • Not only does college basketball not sell enough, but no one is going to make one as long as the player likeness lawsuit is still pending.

  • Keith.

    I think it’s pretty interesting that EA had 3 of the top 10 titles for the year, and yet it was downgraded by 2 prominent stock analysts this week, i.e., by Sterne Agee on Monday and by Piper Jaffray today. What do you think that says, Pasta?