Mario and Friends’ Bloodbath: The Best-Selling Video Games of 2008

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In 2008, a horrible video game plague swept the globe, with only Nintendo Wii containing the right components to withstand the disaster. As a result, four out of the five best-selling games in 2008 belonged to the Wii console, and three of those four came bundled with some sort of daffy controllers. Well, not really — the PS3 was still futzing around with a master plan, and the Xbox 360 did what it could with the available titles, but when the dust settled, folks were just way more psyched to get physical, Wii style.
Mario and Friends’ Bloodbath: The Best-Selling Video Games of 2008

2Mario Kart Wii w/wheel (Wii) — 5.00 million

Okay, Mario Kart is, and always will be, legendary. So it would stand that an update to a new console AND the ability to handle an actual steering wheel landed Mario Kart in the pole position of gaming. Plus Mario does the smart thing and includes 16 of the best tracks from previous franchise installations. But perhaps the most beloved feature is the ability to play online against up to 12 competitors, from Delaware to Istanbul. Toss in extra characters, new items like the Mega Mushroom, and it’s easy to see why this title is not only the 2nd best-selling game of 2008, but also the best-selling racing game of all time (sorry Gran Turismo).

That’s that gang: a real honest-to-numbers look at what sold like hot cakes in 2008. Sure these titles raked in the most moola, but do you think the financial success was deserved? What accounted for this uptick in Wii dominance? Why not go ahead and slap together your own list of how things might have sold in an alternate, Nintendo-less, universe?

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