2008 in video gaming

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2008 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games. New intellectual properties include Army of Two, Dead Space, Left 4 Dead, LittleBigPlanet, Mirror's Edge and Race Driver: Grid. Notable events of 2008 in video gaming. See also history of video games. The release dates listed in this article are the games' original release dates.

Events[edit]

Month Date(s) Event
June 28 Blizzard Entertainment announces Diablo III in Paris, France.
July 29 Game developers Joseph and Melissa Batten die in a murder-suicide.
November 13 Zeebo was announced. The console is aiming for developing countries.

Business[edit]

Month Date(s) Event
July 15 - 17 E3 2008 in Santa Monica, California, United States.[1]
31 - August 3 QuakeCon 2008 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, United States.
October 2 - 4 Nintendo conference held in San Francisco, United States and Tokyo, Japan.
December 1 National Amusements' Sumner Redstone sells his controlling stake in Midway Games
to private investor Mark Thomas, for $100,000 ($0.0012 a share), and assumes $70
million of senior secured and unsecured debt.[2]
9 Infogrames, Atari's parent company, purchases Cryptic Studios.[3]

Open to the public[edit]

Month Date(s) Event
August 21 - 24 Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany.
October 3 - 5 E for All at the Los Angeles Convention center in California, United States.
9 - 12 Tokyo Game Show at the Makuhari Messe International Convention in Mihama-ku, Chiba, Japan.[4]
Games Convention Asia in Singapore.
10 - 11 Blizzcon 2008 in Anaheim, California, United States.

Game releases[edit]

Video game platforms
iPod Platform not recognized.
Lin Linux
Mac Mac OS / OS X
NDS Nintendo DS
PS2 PlayStation 2
PS3 PlayStation 3
PSP PlayStation Portable
Wii Wii
Win Microsoft Windows
X360 Xbox 360
Xbox Xbox
Win Microsoft Windows

January-March[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s)
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3 Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon NDS
8 Brain Challenge NDS
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law PS2, PSP, Wii
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity PS2, Wii
9 Omega Five XBLA
15 CSI: Hard Evidence Wii
Nanostray 2 NDS
Nitrobike Wii
Samurai Warriors: Katana Wii
16 Rail Simulator Win
17 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games NDS
Tori-Emaki PS3
21 Advance Wars: Days of Ruin NDS
22 Burnout Paradise PS3, X360
No More Heroes Wii
Pirates of the Burning Sea Win
23 Lost Kingdoms GC
30 Rez HD XBLA
31 Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice PS3
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Japan) Wii
We Ski Wii
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E
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R
U
A
R
Y
4 Sins of a Solar Empire Win
Zoo Tycoon 2 DS NDS
5 Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles NDS
Culdcept Saga X360
Devil May Cry 4 PS3, X360
Turok PS3, X360
7 Go! Puzzle PS3, PSP
L the Prologue to Death Note -Rasen no Wana- NDS
The Club PS3, Win, X360
8 Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None Wii
12 Conflict: Denied Ops PS3, Win, X360
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic X360
Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon PS2
Jumper: Griffin's Story PS2, Wii], X360
Lost Odyssey X360
Penumbra: Black Plague Lin, Win
Wipeout Pulse PSP
14 Dream Chronicles 2: The Eternal Maze Win
18 MX vs. ATV: Untamed Wii
Need for Speed: ProStreet PSP
19 Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors Wii
Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts NDS, PSP
The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific PS3
20 N+ XBLA
21 Lost Planet: Extreme Condition PS3
Space Invaders Extreme NDS, PSP
22 Barnyard Blast: Swine of the Night NDS
25 Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Wii
Frontlines: Fuel of War Win, X360
26 Bubble Bobble Double Shot NDS
Lost: Via Domus PS3, Win, X360
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection PS2, PSP, Wii
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty PS3, Win, X360
Universe at War: Earth Assault X360
27 Blokus Portable: Steambot Championship PSP
Triggerheart Exelica XBLA
28 The Idolmaster Live For You! X360
The Sims 2: FreeTime Win
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3 Bully: Scholarship Edition Wii, X360
Major League Baseball 2K8 PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
4 Army of Two PS3, X360
Eco Creatures: Save the Forest NDS
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP
MLB 08: The Show PS2, PS3, PSP
Ninja Reflex Wii
Silent Hill: Origins PS2
5 Harvest: Massive Encounter Mac, Win
Rocketmen: Axis of Evil XBLA
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm Win
6 Yakuza: Kenzan! PS3
Rocketmen: Axis of Evil PSN
9 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (NA) Wii
10 Worms: A Space Oddity Wii
11 Buzz!: The Hollywood Quiz PS2
Condemned 2: Bloodshot X360
George of the Jungle and the Search for the Secret NDS, PS2, Wii
Insecticide NDS, Win
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters PS2
The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return Wii
12 Bliss Island XBLA
18 Condemned 2: Bloodshot PS3
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Mac
Everybody's Golf 5 PS3
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Wii
Sega Superstars Tennis NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
Target: Terror Wii
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 PS3, Win, X360
19 Deca Sports Wii
SimCity DS 2 NDS
20 Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia NDS
24 Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Win, X360
25 ObsCure II Wii
Viking: Battle for Asgard PS3, X360
26 GoPets: Vacation Island NDS
28 Dark Sector PS3, X360
Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword NDS

April-June[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s)
A
P
R
I
L
1 Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Wii
2 Star Ocean: Second Evolution PSP
8 Assassin's Creed Win
Baroque Wii
Supreme Commander X360
10 Mario Kart Wii Wii
15 Ōkami Wii
Rondo of Swords NDS
Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys! NDS
18 Legacy of Ys: Books I & II[5] NDS
21 Metal Arms: Glitch in the System X360
22 The World Ends with You NDS
Turok Win
24 Valkyria Chronicles PS3
25 King's Bounty: The Legend Win
29 Grand Theft Auto IV PS3, X360
Let's Yoga NDS
30 Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor Win
M
A
Y
1 Echochrome PSN, PSP
2 Iron Man NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Win, X360
5 Chameleon PSP
Crosswords DS NDS
The Destiny of Zorro Wii
6 Boom Blox Mobile, Wii
Speed Racer NDS, Wii
12 LostWinds WiiWare
13 Castle of Shikigami III Wii
Drone Tactics NDS
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Win, X360
15 Dark Mist PSN
Luminous Arc 2: Will NDS
17 Monster Madness: Grave Danger PS3
19 Critter Round-Up WiiWare
20 Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Win
21 Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Lin, Mac, Win, X360
23 Haze PS3
26 Cross Edge PS3
Dr. Mario Online Rx WiiWare
27 Death Jr. II: Root of Evil Wii
Emergency Heroes Wii
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars PS3, X360
Super Dodgeball Brawlers NDS
28 Mass Effect Win
30 Commando: Steel Disaster NDS
Race Driver: Grid PS3, Win, X360
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3 Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2' PSP
Kung Fu Panda NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Win, X360
Ninja Gaiden II X360
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy PS3, X360
Summon Night: Twin Age NDS
5 Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit PS3, X360
Fushigi no Dungeon - Furai no Shiren 3: Karakuri Yashiki no Nemuri Hime Wii
The Incredible Hulk NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
9 My Pokémon Ranch WiiWare
10 Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy Wii
Don King Presents: Prizefighter X360
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit PS3, X360
NASCAR 09 PS2, PS3, X360
The Incredible Hulk Win
11 Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles NDS
12 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3
13 Civilization Revolution PS3, X360
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard NDS
17 Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm X360
Supreme Ruler 2020 Win
Wacky Races: Crash and Dash NDS, Wii
18 Elements of Destruction XBLA
Fishdom NDS
19 Mario Super Sluggers Wii
20 Alone in the Dark PS2, Wii, Win, X360
Code Lyoko: Fall of X.A.N.A. NDS
Top Spin 3 PS3, Wii, X360
22 Guitar Hero: On Tour NDS
Rock Band Wii
23 Battlefield: Bad Company PS3, X360
Gyrostarr WiiWare
Top Spin 3 NDS
24 WALL-E NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Win, X360
Big Beach Sports Wii
Hellboy: The Science of Evil PS3, PSP, X360
Mega Man Star Force 2 NDS
25 Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm X360, Win
26 Disgaea DS: Prince of the Demon World and the Red Moon NDS
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World Wii
29 Guitar Hero: Aerosmith PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
30 Journey to the Center of the Earth NDS
Magnetica WiiWare

July–September[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s)
J
U
L
Y
1 Elements of Destruction Win
Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 NDS
Soul Bubbles NDS
3 Initial D Extreme Stage PS3
Nanashi no Game NDS
Unreal Tournament 3 X360
7 Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes iPod
Zen Pinball: Rollercoaster iOS
8 Civilization Revolution NDS
Devil May Cry 4 Win
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon Wii
10 Critter Crunch iOS
Resident Evil Zero Wii
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PS2
11 Dynasty Warriors 6 Win
14 Major League Eating: The Game Wii
15 Mister Slime NDS
NCAA Football 09 PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
Space Chimps NDS, PS2, Wii, Win, X360
We Love Golf! Wii
16 Double D Dodgeball XBLA
17 Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride NDS
Elefunk PSN
Tears to Tiara: Kakan no Daichi PS3
22 New International Track & Field NDS
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor NDS, PS2, Wii
23 1942: Joint Strike XBLA
Go! Go! Break Steady XBLA
24 1942: Joint Strike PSN
Siren: Blood Curse PS3
Wario Land: The Shake Dimension Wii
29 MLB Power Pros 2008 PS2, Wii
Soulcalibur IV PS3, X360
30 Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 X360
31 Fatal Frame IV Wii
Phantasy Star Portable PSP
Rhythm Heaven NDS
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U
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U
S
T
1 Race Driver: Grid NDS
4 Reset Generation Win
Wild West Guns WiiWare
6 Braid XBLA
7 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon NDS
Tales of Vesperia X360
12 Bangai-O Spirits NDS
Space Siege Win
13 Bionic Commando Rearmed XBLA
Madden NFL 09 NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360, Xbox
14 Bionic Commando Rearmed PSN, Win
19 The Cheetah Girls: Passport to Stardom NDS
Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm Win
Too Human X360
21 Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty PS3
Sigma Harmonics NDS
22 Inazuma Eleven NDS
25 Helix WiiWare
MLB Power Pros 2008 NDS
26 Digimon World Championship NDS
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Win
From the Abyss NDS
N+ NDS, PSP
The Quest Trio NDS
The Sims 2: Apartment Life Win
The Sims 2: Apartment Pets NDS
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
28 Afrika PS3
Asphalt 4: Elite Racing iOS
Captain Rainbow Wii
The Last Guy PS3
29 Spy Fox in "Dry Cereal" Wii
31 Mercenaries 2: World in Flames PS2, PS3, Win, X360
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E
P
T
E
M
B
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2 Infinite Undiscovery X360
Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise X360
3 Shred Nebula XBLA
4 Blue Dragon Plus NDS
5 FaceBreaker PS3, X360
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Win
Spore Mac, mobile, NDS, Win
Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise NDS
8 Air Traffic Chaos NDS
Lock's Quest NDS
NHL 2K9 PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
9 NHL 09 PS3, X360
TNA iMPACT! PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
Yakuza 2 PS2
11 One Piece: Unlimited Cruise: Episode 1 Wii
12 Crysis Warhead Win
13 Pokémon Platinum NDS
14 Rock Band 2 X360
15 Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition NDS
16 Armored Core: For Answer PS3, X360
Battle Fantasia X360
Crysis Warhead Win
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 Wii
Speed Racer: The Videogame PS2
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Win
Pure PS3, X360, Win
18 Dragon Ball: Origins NDS
Eternal Sonata PS3
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Win
19 Igor: The Game NDS, Wii, Win
22 Civilization IV: Colonization Win
De Blob NDS, Wii, Win
Kirby Super Star Ultra NDS
Mega Man 9 WiiWare
SimCity Creator Wii
23 B-Boy PSP
Brothers in Arms: Double Time Wii
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway PS3, Win, X360
Buzz!: Master Quiz PSP
Dinosaur King NDS
Hi Hamtaro! Little Hamsters Big Adventure NDS
Lego Batman: The Video Game NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Win, X360
Microsoft Tinker Win
Shaun the Sheep NDS
Time Hollow NDS
25 Aquanaut's Holiday: Hidden Memories PS3
Cross Edge PS3
Disaster: Day of Crisis Wii
Geon PS3
Mega Man 9 PSN
Sands of Destruction NDS
Wipeout HD PSN
World Destruction: Michibikareshi Ishi NDS
30 Silent Hill: Homecoming PS3, Win, X360
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood NDS
Tornado NDS
Unsolved Crimes NDS
Month Day Title Platform(s)
O
C
T
O
B
E
R
1 Mega Man 9 XBLA
2 Dynasty Warriors 6 PS2
Ikki Tousen: Eloquent Fist PSP
Work Time Fun PSN
5 Fieldrunners iOS
7 Bleach: Dark Souls NDS
Crash: Mind over Mutant NDS, PS2, Wii, X360
Fracture PS3, X360
Guilty Gear 2: Overture X360
NBA Live 09 PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
NBA 2K9 PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals NDS
8 The Legend of Kage 2 NDS
9 Linger in Shadows PS3
Macross Ace Frontier PSP
Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars PS3
13 Blitz: The League II PS3, X360
Cubello WiiWare
Tak: Mojo Mistake NDS
World of Goo Win, Wii
14 Dead Space PS3, X360
FIFA 09 Mobile, NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Win, X360
Rock Revolution NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
Saints Row 2 PS3, X360
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation PS3
Golden Axe: Beast Rider PS3, X360
Boogie Superstar Wii
15 Age of Booty XBLA
16 Culdcept DS NDS
Wii Music Wii
X3: Terran Conflict Win
19 Rock Band 2 PS3
20 Midnight Club: Los Angeles PS3, X360, PSP
NHL 09 Win
Dead Space Win
SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom PS2, Wii, NDS
The Naked Brothers Band: The Video Game NDS, PS2, Wii, Win
21 Bully: Scholarship Edition Win
BioShock PS3
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia NDS
Crash: Mind over Mutant PSP
Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 X360
Far Cry 2 PS3, Win, X360
Fable II X360
Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009 Wii
Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ NDS
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Win, X360
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
Transformers Animated: The Game NDS
NBA 2K9 Win
What's Cooking? with Jamie Oliver NDS
23 Prince of Persia Classic PSN
26 Casper's Scare School NDS
Guitar Hero World Tour Mac, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360
27 MySims Kingdom NDS, Wii
28 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Win
Fallout 3 PS3, Win, X360
Goosebumps HorrorLand NDS, PS2, Wii
LittleBigPlanet PS3
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift PS3
MySims Win
Ninjatown NDS
29 Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness - Episode 2 Lin, Mac, Win, X360
30 Away: Shuffle Dungeon NDS
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume NDS
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E
M
B
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3 Alien Crush Returns WiiWare
4 Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World PS2
Dragon Ball: Origins NDS
Legendary PS3, Win, X360
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm PS3
Tom Clancy's EndWar NDS, PS3, PSP, X360
Resistance 2 PS3
Namco Museum Virtual Arcade X360
5 Exit NDS
Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors NDS, Wii
7 Gears of War 2 X360
Men of War Win
Sacred 2 Fallen Angel Win
11 Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts X360
Call of Duty: World at War NDS, PS3, Wii, Win, X360, PS2
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 X360
FaceBreaker Wii
Mirror's Edge PS3, X360
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 Mobile, NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Lightsaber Duels Wii
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Jedi Alliance NDS
Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff NDS
12 Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Win, X360
13 World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Win, Mac
14 Football Manager 2009 Win, Mac, PSP
16 Animal Crossing: City Folk Wii
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe PS3, X360
Shaun White Snowboarding PS3, Wii, Win, X360
17 Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades NDS
Robocalypse NDS
Skate It NDS, Wii
18 Alone in the Dark: Inferno PS3
Cooking Mama: World Kitchen Wii
Cradle of Rome NDS
Ultimate Band NDS, Wii
Castlevania Judgment Wii
Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine NDS
Left 4 Dead Win, X360
Need for Speed: Undercover Mobile, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Win, X360
Sonic Unleashed PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
Tomb Raider: Underworld NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360
Tony Hawk's Motion NDS
Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party NDS, Wii
Naruto: The Broken Bond X360
CSI: NY (video game) Win,
19 Weapon of Choice XBLA
20 Gallop & Ride Wii
The Last Remnant X360
21 LocoRoco 2 PSP
Beyond Protocol Win
23 Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes iOS
25 Chrono Trigger NDS
Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force NDS
Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine Wii
Neopets Puzzle Adventure NDS
Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge NDS, PS2, Wii, X60
27 Patapon 2 PSP
Rune Factory Frontier Wii
D
E
C
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M
B
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1 Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon X360
2 Prince of Persia: The Fallen King NDS
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars Wii
Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi NDS
Grand Theft Auto IV Win
Prince of Persia PS3, X360
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories PS2
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure Wii
4 Everyday Shooter PSP
Rygar: The Battle of Argus Wii
5 X3: Reunion Lin
7 Prey Lin
8 Defense Grid: The Awakening Win
Hockey Allstar Shootout WiiWare
9 Prince of Persia Win
10 Meteos XBLA
PowerUp Forever XBLA
11 Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero NDS
PowerUp Forever PSN
14 I Love Katamari iOS
15 Big Kahuna Party WiiWare
17 Dash of Destruction XBLA
18 Rise of the Argonauts PS3, Win, X360
Dissidia: Final Fantasy PSP
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 PS2, PS3, X360
Suikoden Tierkreis NDS
Tales of Hearts NDS
23 Crystal Defenders iOS
Lumines Supernova PS3
25 White Knight Chronicles PS3
RIZ-ZOAWD NDS
29 MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade WiiWare

Hardware and software sales[edit]

Canada[edit]

Video game console sales in Canada (first seven months of 2008)[6]

Place Console Units sold
1 Wii 376,000
2 PlayStation 3 200,000
3 Xbox 360 154,000

Japan[edit]

Video game console sales of 2008 in Japan (December 31, 2007 – December 28, 2008)[7][8][9]

Place Console Units sold
1 Nintendo DS 4,029,804
2 PlayStation Portable 3,543,171
3 Wii 2,908,342
4 PlayStation 3 991,303
5 PlayStation 2 480,664
6 Xbox 360 317,859
7 Other 9,575

Best-selling video games of 2008 in Japan (December 31, 2007 – December 28, 2008)[7][8][9]

Place Title Platform Publisher Units sold
1 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP Capcom 2,452,111
2 Pokémon Platinum NDS Pokémon Company 2,187,337
3 Wii Fit Wii Nintendo 2,149,131
4 Mario Kart Wii Wii Nintendo 2,003,315
5 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Nintendo 1,747,113
6 Rhythm Heaven NDS Nintendo 1,350,671
7 Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride NDS Square Enix 1,176,082
8 Animal Crossing: City Folk Wii Nintendo 895,302
9 Kirby Super Star Ultra NDS Nintendo 855,427
10 Wii Sports Wii Nintendo 841,736

Best-selling video games of 2008 in Japan (December 31, 2007 – December 21, 2008)[10][11][12]

Place Title Platform Publisher Units sold
1 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP Capcom 2,507,400
2 Pokémon Platinum NDS Pokémon Company 2,125,348
3 Wii Fit Wii Nintendo 2,024,113
4 Mario Kart Wii Wii Nintendo 1,973,089
5 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Nintendo 1,808,709
6 Rhythm Heaven NDS Nintendo 1,320,047
7 Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride NDS Square Enix 1,228,014
8 Kirby Super Star Ultra NDS Nintendo 724,608
9 Animal Crossing City Folk Wii Nintendo 709,640
10 Wii Sports Wii Nintendo 694,765

United States[edit]

Video game console sales in the US (first six months of 2008)[13]

Place Console Units sold
1 Wii 3.5 million
2 PlayStation 3 1.6 million
3 Xbox 360 1.34 million

Best-selling video games of 2008 in the US[14][15]

Place Title Platform Publisher Units sold
1 Wii Play Wii Nintendo 5.28 million
2 Mario Kart Wii Wii Nintendo 5.00 million
3 Wii Fit Wii Nintendo 4.53 million
4 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Nintendo 4.17 million
5 Grand Theft Auto IV X360 Rockstar North 3.29 million
6 Call of Duty: World at War X360 Activision 2.75 million
7 Gears of War 2 X360 Microsoft 2.31 million
8 Grand Theft Auto IV PS3 Take-Two Interactive 1.89 million
9 Madden NFL 09 X360 Electronic Arts 1.87 million
10 Mario Kart DS NDS Nintendo 1.65 million
  • Based on figures from the NPD Group via IGN;[16][17] the games' publishers are listed in brackets:

Best-selling video games of 2008 in the US (by platform)a[›]

Place NDS[18] PC[19] PS3[20]
1 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
(Sega)
Spore
(Electronic Arts)
Grand Theft Auto IV
(Rockstar Games)
2 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and
Explorers of Darkness

(Nintendo)
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
(Funcom)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
(Konami)
3 Guitar Hero: On Tour
(Activision)
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
(Electronic Arts)
Madden NFL 09
(Electronic Arts)
4 Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
(LucasArts)
The Sims 2: FreeTime
(Electronic Arts)
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
5 Kirby Super Star Ultra
(Nintendo)
Spore Creature Creator
(Electronic Arts)
MLB 08: The Show
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
6 Professor Layton and the Curious Village
(Nintendo)
Sins of a Solar Empire
(Stardock)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
(LucasArts)
7 Kung Fu Panda
(Activision)
The Sims 2: Apartment Life
(Electronic Arts)
NCAA Football 09
(Electronic Arts)
8 Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
(Nintendo)
The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff
(Electronic Arts)
Army of Two
(Electronic Arts)
9 Crosswords DS
(Nintendo)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm
(THQ)
Soulcalibur IV
(Namco Bandai)
10 Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
(Square Enix)
The Sims Castaway Stories
(Electronic Arts)
Devil May Cry 4
(Capcom)
Place PSP[21] Wii[22] X360[16]
1 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
(Square Enix)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
(Nintendo)
Grand Theft Auto IV
(Rockstar Games)
2 God of War: Chains of Olympus
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
Mario Kart Wii
(Nintendo)
Madden NFL 09
(Electronic Arts)
3 MLB 08: The Show
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
Wii Fit
(Nintendo)
Fable II
(Microsoft)
4 Iron Man
(Sega)
Rock Band
(MTV Games)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
(Ubisoft)
5 Patapon
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
(LucasArts)
Army of Two
(Electronic Arts)
6 Madden NFL 09
(Electronic Arts)
Mario Super Sluggers
(Nintendo)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
(LucasArts)
7 Lego Indiana Jones
(LucasArts)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
(LucasArts)
Battlefield: Bad Company
(Electronic Arts)
8 Major League Baseball 2K8
(2K Games)
Deca Sports
(Hudson Soft)
NCAA Football 09
(Electronic Arts)
9 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
(LucasArts)
Endless Ocean
(Nintendo)
Rock Band 2
(MTV Games)
10 Need for Speed: ProStreet
(Electronic Arts)
Unknown Ninja Gaiden II
(Microsoft)

^ a: In the IGN articles used as sources, IGN lists the titles as the "Top 10 Sellers in 2008"; however, the IGN articles were published on December 9–12, 2008, so the articles might not take into account November and December sales figures, as the NPD Group did not release November's console game sales figures until December 11, 2008.[23]

  • Based on figures from the NPD Group:

Best-selling console games of all time in the US (as of May 1, 2008)[24]

Note: This list only includes games that were released after NPD started tracking video game sales data.

Place Title Units sold
1 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 9.40 million
2 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 8.20 million
3 Madden NFL 07 7.70 million
4 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 7.30 million
5 Madden NFL 06 6.70 million
6 Halo 2 6.61 million
7 Madden NFL 08 6.60 million
8 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 6.25 million
9 Grand Theft Auto 3 6.20 million
10 Madden NFL 2005 6.10 million

Other[edit]

Best-selling video games in Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States combined (January–July 2008)[25]

Place Title Units sold in Japan Units sold in the UK Units sold in the US Total units sold
1 Grand Theft Auto IV 1,582,000 4,711,000 6,293,000
2 Super Smash Bros. Brawl 1,681,000 213,000 3,539,000 5,433,000
3 Mario Kart Wii 1,601,000 687,000 2,409,000 4,697,000
4 Wii Fit 1,547,000 624,000 1,433,000 3,604,000
5 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 26,000 412,000 3,037,000 3,475,000

Best-selling video games in Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States combined (July–September 2008)[26]

Place Title Units sold in Japan Units sold in the UK Units sold in the US Total units sold
1 Madden NFL 09 1,000 35,000 2,958,000 2,994,000
2 Wii Fit 346,000 460,000 1,283,000 2,089,000
3 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 321,000 1,417,000 1,738,000
4 Pokémon Platinum 1,482,000 1,482,000
5 Mario Kart Wii 218,000 394,000 856,000 1,468,000

Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Video Game Developer Publisher Plataform Release Date Average score Number of reviews Refs
1 Grand Theft Auto IV Rockstar North Rockstar Games Xbox 360 April 29 98 86 reviews [27]
2 LittleBigPlanet Media Molecule Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 3 October 27 95 85 reviews [28]
3 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Kojima Productions Konami Playstation 3 June 12 94 81 reviews [29]
4 World of Goo 2D Boy 2D Boy Wii October 13 94 21 reviews [30]
5 Gears of War 2 Epic Games Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 November 7 93 90 reviews [31]
6 Fallout 3 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks Xbox 360 October 28 93 84 reviews [32]
7 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Ad hoc development team Nintendo Wii March 9 93 81 reviews [33]
8 Braid Number None, Inc. Number None, Inc. Xbox 360 August 6 93 57 reviews [34]
9 Rock Band 2 Harmonix MTV Games Xbox 360 September 14 92 69 reviews [35]
10 God of War: Chains of Olympus Ready at Dawn
SCE Santa Monica Studio
Sony Computer Entertainment PSP March 4 91 78 reviews [36]

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