2009 in video games

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List of years in video games

The year 2009 saw many sequels and prequels in video games. New intellectual properties include Batman: Arkham Asylum, Bayonetta, Borderlands, Demon's Souls, Dragon Age: Origins, Infamous, Just Dance, Minecraft, Madden NFL 10, NBA Live 10, NBA 2K10, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 and Prototype.

Best-selling games[edit]

The following are the top ten best-selling games of 2009 in terms of worldwide retail sales.

Rank Title Sales Publisher Platform(s) Ref
1 Wii Sports 20,180,000 Nintendo Wii [a]
2 Wii Sports Resort 13,580,000 Nintendo Wii [2]
3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 11,860,000 Activision Blizzard PS3 / X360 / PC [3]
4 New Super Mario Bros. Wii 10,550,000 Nintendo Wii [2]
5 Wii Fit Plus 10,160,000
6 Wii Fit 8,590,000 Nintendo Wii [b]
7 Mario Kart Wii 7,550,000 Nintendo Wii [c]
8 Assassin's Creed II 6,000,000 Ubisoft PS3 / X360 [4]
9 Wii Play 5,800,000 Nintendo Wii [d]
10 Resident Evil 5 5,200,000 Capcom PS3 / X360 [5]


Month Day Event
January 29–31 Ensemble Studios, the creators of the Age of Empires series, was shut down after about 15 years of service.[6][7]
February 3–5 Crytek, the developers of FarCry and Crysis, buys Free Radical Design, the developers of the TimeSplitters series[8][9] and renames them to Crytek UK.[10][11]
4–6 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment acquires Snowblind Studios, the developers of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.[12][13]
March 10 5th British Academy Video Games Awards, honoring achievement for video games released in late 2007 and 2008.
23–27 Game Developers Conference 2009 was held in San Francisco, California
April 22–24 Square Enix fully acquires Eidos Interactive, the publishers of the Tomb Raider and Hitman series.[14]
June 2–4 E3 2009 in Los Angeles,[15] which showcased many new games as well as new motion controllers for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Sony's new iteration of its PlayStation Portable handheld was also revealed, the PSP Go is the first handheld console to forgo the use of any physical media opting instead to use Digital Download-only.[16]
July 3–5 ScrewAttack Gaming Convention at the Westin DFW in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, United States
August 13–16 QuakeCon 2009 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, United States[17]
17–21 In Sweden, Joakim Bennet announces that the video game magazine "Super Play" will be disestablished in the near future.[18][19]
17–19 Games Developers Conference Europe 2009 held at Cologne Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany[20]
19–23 Gamescom 2009 held at Cologne Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany where Sony unveiled the new version of its PlayStation 3 consoles the 120GB PS3 Slim which rebranded the PlayStation 3 using a new logo as well as a new exterior design.[20]
21–22 BlizzCon 2009 was held at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, United States whose tickets were sold out online within minutes of them being released.[21][22]
27–31 Batman: Arkham Asylum attains a Guinness World Record for 'Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever'.[23]
September 1–3 Launch of the new 120GB Sony PS3 Slim with a cheaper price which has been positively received by critics and gamers alike garnering positive reviews and high sales worldwide.
4–7 PAX 2009 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, United States.
9–13 Apple launched the iPod Touch 3G.
17–20 GCA Games Convention Asia 2009 is to be held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.
24–27 Tokyo Game Show 2009 is to be held at the Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, Japan. One of the biggest video game conventions alongside E3 and Gamescom.
October 1–4 Launch of the new Sony PSP Go which was met with mixed reviews due to its high pricing in comparison to its predecessor the PSP-3000.
23–25 Infinite Bits 2009 at the Doubletree Miami Mart Hotel and Convention Center in Miami, Florida, United States.
October 30 – November 1 International Digital Entertainment Festival 2009 (iDEF) held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton in Melbourne, Australia.[24]
November 14–16 GameOn! London at Earls Court. Exhibitors include Capcom, Electronic Arts, Nintendo and Sony Computer Entertainment.[25]
Unknown Esports organization, Team SoloMid is launched

Notable deaths[edit]

Console releases[edit]

PlayStation 3 Slim

The list of game consoles released in 2009 in North America.

Month Day Console
September 1 PlayStation 3 Slim
October 1 PSP Go

Game releases[edit]

List of games released in 2009 in North America.

Video game platforms
Lin Linux
Mac Mac
NDS Nintendo DS
PS2 PlayStation 2
PS3 PlayStation 3
PSP PlayStation Portable
iOS iOS, iPadOS
Wii Wii
Win Windows
X360 Xbox 360
Release Date Title Systems
January 5 Sandy Beach WiiWare
January 6 Bigfoot: Collision Course NDS
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero NDS
Saints Row 2 Win
January 8 Cuboid PSN
January 12 Neighborhood Games Wii
Planet Pachinko WiiWare
January 13 Deal or No Deal Wii
Mirror's Edge Win
Moon NDS
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest PS3, Win, X360, NDS
January 19 High Voltage Hot Rod Show WiiWare
January 20 Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica PS2
Imagine Fashion Party Wii
Star Ocean: Second Evolution PSP
January 21 Big Bang Mini NDS
Skate 2 PS3, X360
SimAnimals NDS, Wii
The Maw XBLA
January 26 MLB Front Office Manager PS3, Win, X360
January 27 Afro Samurai PS3, X360
Coraline PS2, NDS, Wii
DJ Max Fever PSP
January 28 Rygar: The Battle of Argus Wii
January 29 Savage Moon PS3
January 30 Jets'n'Guns Lin
February 3 My World, My Way NDS
Phineas and Ferb NDS
Tenchu: Shadow Assassins Wii
Ultimate Shooting Collection Wii
February 5 Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box Win
February 6 Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box PS3, X360
February 9 Deadly Creatures Wii
LIT WiiWare
February 10 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin PS3, Win, X360
X-Blades PS3, Win, X360
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection PS3, X360
NASCAR Kart Racing Wii
Retro Game Challenge NDS
OneChanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers Wii
OneChanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad X360
The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii
LocoRoco 2 PSP
February 11 3 on 3 NHL Arcade PS3, X360
February 12 Flower PS3
February 13 Perimeter 2: New Earth Win
February 16 Evasive Space WiiWare
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon NDS
February 17 Brave: Shaman's Challenge NDS
Street Fighter IV PS3, X360
Race Pro X360
Disney Sing It! – High School Musical 3: Senior Year PS3, PS2, Wii, X360
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride NDS
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned X360
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? PSP
February 18 Death Tank XBLA
February 19 Blue Dragon Plus NDS
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Win
Noby Noby Boy PS3
February 24 Star Ocean: The Last Hope X360
Shellshock 2: Blood Trails PS3, Win, X360
Stoked X360
Tom Clancy's EndWar Win
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand PS3, X360
Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop Wii
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix NDS, Win
February 26 Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard PS3, X360
Halo Wars X360
February 27 Killzone 2 PS3
Peggle: Dual Shot NDS
Rogue Trooper Wii
NecroVisioN Win
March 3 Brain Challenge Deluxe PSN
Empire: Total War Win
King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match PS2
Sonic and the Black Knight Wii
Major League Baseball 2K9 X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii
MLB 09: The Show PS3, PS2, PSP
Phantasy Star Portable PSP
SpongeBob vs. The Big One: Beach Party Cook-Off NDS
March 4 Watchmen: The End Is Nigh PS3, Win, X360
March 5 Flight Control iOS
March 6 Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. PS3, X360, iOS
March 9 Gradius ReBirth WiiWare
The Maw Win
Tomb Raider: Underworld PS2
March 10 Avalon Code NDS
Boing! Docomodake DS NDS
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault Win
Mana Khemia: Student Alliance PSP
Men of War Win
MySims Party NDS, Wii
MadWorld Wii
Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game Win, NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
Ski-Doo: Snowmobile Challenge PS3
March 11 Crystal Defenders XBLA
Let's Golf iOS
Peggle XBLA
March 12 Astro Tripper PSN
Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising Win
March 13 Codename Panzers: Cold War Win
Resident Evil 5 PS3, X360
March 16 Bit.Trip Beat WiiWare
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume NDS
March 17 Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure NDS
Wanted: Weapons of Fate PS3, Win, X360
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars NDS
Marble Saga: Kororinpa Wii
Resistance: Retribution PSP
Rune Factory Frontier Wii
Grand Ages: Rome Win
Suikoden Tierkreis NDS
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Win
TrackMania DS NDS
March 18 Metal Gear Solid Touch iOS
March 21 Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars – The Director's Cut NDS, Wii
March 22 Pokémon Platinum (North America) NDS
March 23 BattleForge Win
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 PS3, iOS
Dark Sector Win
Touch Mechanic NDS
March 24 WWE Legends of WrestleMania PS3, X360
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time NDS, Wii
The Wheelman PS3, Win, X360
The Last Remnant Win
Lux-Pain NDS
Major Minor's Majestic March Wii
Stormrise PS3, Win, X360
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures Win
Freaky Creatures Win
Tenchu: Shadow Assassins PSP
March 26 Mega Man 2 iOS
Worms PSN
March 27 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Win, X360
March 29 Guitar Hero: Metallica PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
March 30 TNA Wrestling iOS
March 31 Galaga Remix iOS
April 1 The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai XBLA
April 2 Dance Dance Revolution Disney Grooves Wii
April 3 Bird & Beans DSiWare
April 4 24: Special Ops iOS
April 7 Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus PSP
Hammerin' Hero PSP
Hannah Montana: The Movie NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
The Godfather Part II: The Game PS3, X360, Win
Ninja Blade X360
Elven Legacy Win
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena PS3, Win, X360
Yamaha Supercross NDS
April 8 Dragon Ball: Evolution PSP
Flock! XBLA
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix XBLA
April 9 Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor Win
Flock! PSN
Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic PSN
April 10 Braid Win
April 14 Demigod Win
Dokapon Journey NDS
The Dark Spire NDS
April 15 OutRun Online Arcade XBLA
April 16 Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child Win
April 20 Crystal Defenders R1 WiiWare
Dr. Mario Express DSiWare
Excitebots: Trick Racing Wii
April 21 Zeno Clash Win
April 22 Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 PS3, PS2, X360
April 27 Paper Airplane Chase DSiWare
April 28 Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier NDS
Velvet Assassin X360, Win
April 29 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram XBLA
Stalin vs. Martians Win
May 1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360, PSP
May 4 New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Wii
May 5 Klonoa Wii
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian NDS, Wii, Win, X360
The Destiny of Zorro Wii
Plants vs. Zombies Win, OS X, iOS, XBLA, PSN, NDS, DSiWare, Bada, Android, Windows Phone, PlayStation Vita, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Blackberry 10
May 6 Space Invaders Extreme XBLA
Zombie Wranglers XBLA
May 7 Puzzle Quest: Galactrix PS3
May 8 Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis Win, Wii, NDS
May 10 Resident Evil: Degeneration iOS
May 11 Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times NDS
May 12 Battlestations: Pacific Win, X360
Garfield Gets Real Wii
Help Wanted Wii
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust PS3
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel PS3, X360
May 14 Killing Floor Win
Pirates: Duels on the High Seas NDS
Zen Pinball PSN
May 17 Minecraft Microsoft Windows
May 18 Art Style: PiCTOBiTS DSiWare
Crystal Defenders R2 WiiWare
Punch-Out!! Wii
May 19 Bionic Commando PS3, X360
Puchi Puchi Virus NDS
Steal Princess NDS
Terminator Salvation PS3, Wii, Win, X360, iOS
UFC 2009 Undisputed PS3, X360
Boom Blox Bash Party Wii
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Wheelie Breakers Wii
May 25 Bubble Bobble Plus! WiiWare
NecroVisioN Win
May 26 Crimson Gem Saga PSP
inFamous PS3
Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past NDS
Damnation Win, PS3, X360
The Munchables Wii
June 1 CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars PSN, XBLA, Win
Mighty Flip Champs! DSiWare
June 2 The Sims 3 Win, Mac
Red Faction: Guerrilla PS3, X360
Fuel PS3, X360
Knights in the Nightmare NDS
June 4 Prey Invasion iOS
Trash Panic PS3
June 7 Total Drama World Adventure Win, PS2, PS3, PSP, NDS, Wii, X360
June 8 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
MySims Racing Wii, NDS
The Legendary Starfy NDS
June 9 Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits NDS
Virtua Tennis 2009 X360, PS3, Wii
Prototype PS3, Win, X360
Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled NDS
Miami Law NDS
Rock Band Unplugged PSP
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings Wii, NDS, PSP, PS2
Lego Battles NDS
June 10 Gunstar Heroes XBLA
June 11 Bomberman Ultra PSN
Johnny Bravo In The Hukka Mega Mighty Ultra Extreme Date-O-Rama! NDS
June 15 Eduardo the Samurai Toaster WiiWare
Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure! WiiWare
June 16 Ghostbusters: The Video Game NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
June 22 Adam's Venture : The Search for the Lost Garden Win
Art Style: BOXLIFE DSiWare
Drill Sergeant Mindstrong WiiWare
Mass Effect Galaxy iOS
June 23 Anno 1404 Win, NDS, Wii
PangYa: Fantasy Golf PSP
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360, PSP
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen: Autobots NDS
The Conduit Wii
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite PSP
Overlord II PS3, Win, X360
Overlord: Dark Legend Wii
Overlord: Minions NDS
Spore Galactic Adventures Win
June 24 Garou: Mark of the Wolves XBLA
June 25 Fight Night Round 4 PS3, X360
Battlefield Heroes Win
June 26 Blood Bowl PS3, Win, X360
June 30 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Mac, Win, NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs NDS, PS2, PS3, Wii, Win, X360
Infernal: Hell's Vengeance X360
Mega Man Star Force 3 NDS
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood PS3, Win, X360
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger PS3, X360
July 1 Worms 2: Armageddon XBLA
July 2 The Punisher: No Mercy PS3
Treasure World NDS
July 3 Virtua Tennis 2009 Win
Fuel Win
Trine Win
July 6 Asphalt 4: Elite Racing DSiWare
July 7 ArmA 2 Win
Street Fighter IV Win
Tales of Monkey Island Win
The Bigs 2 X360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP
July 8 Battlefield 1943 X360, PS3
July 13 Ant Nation WiiWare
July 14 NCAA Football 10 X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, iOS
July 15 Madballs in Babo: Invasion XBLA
July 16 Namco Museum Essentials PSN
Unbound Saga PSP
Xevious Resurrection PS3
July 20 Art Style: ZENGAGE DSiWare
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord Wii
July 21 Garfield Gets Real NDS
Little King's Story Wii
Rock Band Country Track Pack PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh:The Complete Experience PS3, X360
July 22 'Splosion Man XBLA
July 23 Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Wii
Shatter PSN
Wipeout HD Fury PSN
July 26 Wii Sports Resort Wii
Guitar Hero World Tour Win
July 27 Resident Evil 4 iOS
The Three Musketeers: One for all! WiiWare
July 28 The King of Fighters XII PS3, X360
Bionic Commando Win
July 29 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes XBLA
July 30 Puyo Puyo 7 NDS
Fat Princess PS3
Minigore iOS
Strikers 1945 Plus PSP
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Part 2 PS3, X360
July 31 East India Company Win
August 3 Brave: A Warrior's Tale PSP
August 4 Brave: A Warrior's Tale X360
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
August 6 Crystal Defenders PS3
August 7 AMF Bowling Pinbusters! iOS
Hearts of Iron III Win
Ashes Cricket 2009 PS3, Win, X360, Wii
August 8 Geared iOS
August 9 SingStar Queen PS3
August 10 Brave: A Warrior's Tale Wii
Death to Spies: Moment of Truth Win
Fossil Fighters NDS
NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits WiiWare
Still Life 2 Win, Mac
August 11 Active Life: Extreme Challenge Wii
August 12 Trials HD XBLA
August 13 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes PSN
August 14 Madden NFL 10 PS3, PSP, X360
Phantom Brave: We Meet Again Wii
Return to Mysterious Island 2 Win
Toy Story Mania! iOS
August 18 Minigore PSP
Spectrobes: Origins Wii
Wheelspin Wii
Wolfenstein PS3, Win, X360
August 19 Shadow Complex XBLA
August 21 Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger Win, X360
August 24 Metroid Prime: Trilogy Wii
Mr. Driller W WiiWare
August 25 Cursed Mountain Wii
Dissidia Final Fantasy PSP
Emergency Room: Real Life Rescues NDS
Batman: Arkham Asylum PS3, X360
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody Wii
Wizards of Waverly Place NDS
August 26 Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao XBLA
NBA 2K10 Draft Combine XBLA
August 27 Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao PSN
Lumines: Touch Fusion iOS
Modern Combat: Sandstorm iOS
Tomb Raider II PSN
August 28 The Whispered World Win, iOS, Mac OS, Linux
August 31 3-2-1, Rattle Battle! WiiWare
Konami Krazy Racers iOS
September 1 Champions Online Win
Guitar Hero 5 PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny PSP
September 2 Defense Grid: The Awakening XBLA
Yo-Ho Kablammo XBLA
September 3 AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity Win
Fate/unlimited codes PSP
September 4 Section 8 Win, X360
Venetica Win, PS3, X360
September 7 Contra ReBirth WiiWare
September 8 Ant Nation NDS
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey X360, PS3, NDS, PSP
AFL Challenge PSP
The Backyardigans: Robot Rampage Win, X360, PS3, PSP, Wii, NDS
Darkest of Days Win, X360
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 X360, PS3, PSP, Wii, NDS
Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days PSP
Muramasa: The Demon Blade Wii
Mini Ninjas Win, X360, PS3, Wii, NDS
September 9 The Beatles: Rock Band PS2, PS3, X360, Wii
Raiden IV X360
September 12 Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (Japan) NDS
September 14 Heroes Over Europe X360, PS3, Win
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story NDS
Spaceball Revolution WiiWare
Streets of Rage iOS
September 15 Bleach: The 3rd Phantom NDS
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Wii, NDS
Need for Speed: Shift PS3, PSP, Win, X360, iOS
Resident Evil 5 Win
Batman: Arkham Asylum Win
Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 NDS
NHL 10 X360, PS3
NHL 2K10 X360, PS2, PS3, Wii
Red Faction: Guerrilla Win
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 NDS, PS3, PS2, Wii, X360
Scribblenauts NDS
Wet PS3, X360
Toy Story Mania! Wii
September 16 Bubble Bobble Neo! XBLA
Shadowgrounds Lin
Sliding Heroes iOS
September 17 Madballs in Babo: Invasion Win
Switchball PSN
September 18 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs PS3, X360, PSP
Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim Win
Shadowgrounds Survivor Lin
September 19 LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias WiiWare
September 21 You, Me, and the Cubes WiiWare
September 22 Katamari Forever PS3
Fallen Earth Win
Halo 3: ODST X360
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 PSP
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection PS3, X360
Rock Band Metal Track Pack PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
Scooby-Doo! First Frights NDS, PS2, Wii, Win
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up Wii, PS2
The Price is Right: 2010 Edition NDS, Wii, Win
Aion: The Tower of Eternity Win
Spyborgs Wii
Order of War Win
September 23 The Warriors: Street Brawl Win, XBLA
September 25 Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box NDS
September 28 Arkanoid Plus! WiiWare
Art Academy: Second Semester DSiWare
Dragon Quest Wars DSiWare
Driift Mania WiiWare
Mr. Driller iOS
September 29 Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience X360
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2010 PS3, Wii, X360
Tornado Outbreak Wii, PS3, X360
Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley iOS
Beaterator PSP
Combat of Giants: Dragons NDS
Dead Space: Extraction Wii
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days NDS
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge PSP
MySims Agents NDS, Wii
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 PS3
OsbCure: The Aftermath PSP
Undead Knights PSP
September 30 The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road NDS
October 1 Canabalt iOS
Fieldrunners PSP
Gran Turismo PSP PSP
UmJammer Lammy PSN
October 4 Wii Fit Plus Wii
October 6 Game Party 3 Wii
Naruto Shippuden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising PSP
NBA Live 10 PS3, PSP, X360
NBA 2K10 X360, PS2, PS3, PSP
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising PS3, Win, X360
Spore Hero Arena NDS
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes PS3, Win, X360, Wii, PSP, PS2, NDS
Saw: The Video Game PS3, X360
October 7 Demon's Souls PS3
Lucidity Win, X360
October 8 Critter Crunch PS3
October 9 Cities XL Win
October 12 Cars Race-O-Rama Wii, PS3, X360, PS2, NDS, PSP
Dreamkiller Win
NBA 2K10 Win
October 13 A Boy and His Blob Wii
Afrika PS3
Brütal Legend PS3, X360
Half-Minute Hero PSP
Hero's Saga Laevatein Tactics NDS
Ju-on: The Grudge Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Wii, NDS
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3
MagnaCarta II X360
Way of the Samurai 3 PS3, X360
October 15 .detuned PS3
Mushroom Wars PSN
October 16 Machinarium Win, Mac, Lin
October 19 Hard-Hat Domo DSiWare
October 20 Backyard Football '10 PS2, Wii, X360
Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop NDS
Tropico 3 Win
Astro Boy: The Video Game Wii, PS2, PSP, DS
Bakugan Battle Brawlers Wii, PS2, PS3, NDS, X360
Jam Sessions 2 NDS
The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun Wii, PS2, PSP, DS
Marvel Super Hero Squad Wii, PS2, PSP, DS
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge PS2
Mytran Wars PSP
FIFA 10 PS3, Win, X360
Borderlands PS3, X360
Eufloria Win
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars PSP
October 22 Armored Core 3 Portable PSP
Trine PS3
Metal Drift Win
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus PSN
Saw: The Video Game Win
October 23 Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 Win, PS3, X360, NDS, PS2, PSP, Wii
October 26 Borderlands Win
World of Zoo NDS, Wii, Win
October 27 Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island NDS
Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure NDS, Wii
Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter NDS, Wii
Geon Wii
League of Legends: Clash of Fates Win
Forza Motorsport 3 X360
Fairytale Fights PS3, X360
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 Wii
Dance Dance Revolution X2 PS2
Nostalgia NDS
Painkiller: Resurrection Win, X360
Petz: Saddle Club PSP
Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks PS2, X360, PSP, Wii, NDS
Tekken 6 PS3, X360
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time PS3
SimAnimals Africa NDS, Wii
Ski-Doo: Snowmobile Challenge Wii
System Flaw NDS
DJ Hero X360, PS3, PS2, Wii
Torchlight Win
Madagascar Kartz NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
October 28 Inferno Pool PSN, XBLA
Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure! XBLA
October 29 Bayonetta PS3, X360
Crystal Defenders PSP
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony X360
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City X360
Hasbro Family Game Night PSN
LocoRoco Midnight Carnival PSP
Zombie Tycoon PSP
October 30 Ghostbusters: The Video Game PSP
October 31 Ninja Blade Win
November 1 Rabbids Go Home Wii, DS
November 2 Asphalt 5 iOS
Style Savvy NDS
November 3 C.O.P. The Recruit NDS
Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked Wii
Need for Speed: Nitro Wii, NDS
The Backyardigans NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
Lego Rock Band PS3, X360, Wii, NDS
Band Hero PS2, PS3, Wii, X360, NDS
Dragon Age: Origins Win, PS3, X360
Jurassic: The Hunted PS2, PS3, Win, X360
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron DS, PSP
We Cheer 2 Wii
November 4 Earthworm Jim 2 Win
Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier PS2, PSP
November 5 Numblast PS3, PSP
November 6 Maestro! Jump in Music NDS
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed -- Ultimate Sith Edition Win, PS3, X360
November 8 Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage Wii
November 9 NBA 2K10 Wii
November 10 The Backyardigans: Singing Sensation Win, PS3, Wii, X360
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Win, PS3, X360
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex Wii
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized NDS
Chaotic: Shadow Warriors NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans NDS
Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast PS3, X360
Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
Jonas NDS
Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble PSP
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Arcade Attack NDS
November 11 0-D Beat Drop Xbox 360
Ghosts 'n Goblins: Gold Knights iOS
NBA Unrivaled XBLA
WorldShift Win
November 12 Braid PSN
Frogger Returns WiiWare
Harvest Moon: Animal Parade Wii
Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands NDS
NBA Unrivaled PSN
Phantasy Star 0 NDS
Disciples III: Renaissance Win
November 15 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii
November 16 Pokémon Rumble WiiWare
November 17 Jambo! Safari: Animal Rescue NDS, Wii
Just Dance Wii
Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues Wii, X360, PS3, NDS, PSP, Win
God of War Collection PS3
Formula One 2009 Wii, PSP
Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines PSP
Assassin's Creed II: Discovery NDS
Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight NDS, Wii
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles Wii
Left 4 Dead 2 Win, X360
LittleBigPlanet PSP
Assassin's Creed II PS3, X360
Tony Hawk: Ride PS3, Wii, X360
November 18 The Sims 3: World Adventures Win, Mac
MiniSquadron iOS
NCAA Basketball 10 PS3, X360
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4 PSP
November 23 Bit.Trip Void Wii
Harvest Moon: My Little Shop WiiWare
Little Tournament Over Yonder WiiWare
Stoked: Big Air Edition X360
November 24 Gravity Crash PSN
Madden NFL Arcade PSN, XBLA
Tekken 6 PSP
November 25 Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain NDS
November 26 Solium Infernum Win, Mac
Puyo Puyo 7 PSP, Wii
December 1 Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes NDS
MX vs. ATV Reflex NDS, PS3, PSP, Win, X360
Alganon Win
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel NDS, Wii
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 Win
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game PS3, X360, Win, Wii, DS, iOS
Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero Wii
Rogue Warrior PS3, Win, X360
December 3 Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion iOS
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure NDS
December 7 Beaterator iOS
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks NDS
Magnetis WiiWare
51seer Win
December 8 Driver iOS
The Saboteur PS3, X360, Win
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game PSP
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Wii
December 9 Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles PSN
Qix++ XBLA
December 10 Frogger Returns PSN
Hyperballoid HD PS3
December 11 Angry Birds iOS
December 15 Konami Classics X360
December 16 Alien Breed Evolution X360
December 17 N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance iOS
Playmobil: Pirates NDS
December 21 Eco Shooter: Plant 530 WiiWare
The Simpsons Arcade iOS
December 22 Battle Fantasia PSN
Guitar Hero: Van Halen PS2, PS3, Wii, X360
MMA Pro Fighter Win, Mac, iOS
Savage Moon: The Hera Campaign PSP
December 23 0 Day Attack on Earth XBLA
December 26 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers Wii
December 28 Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth WiiWare

Critically acclaimed titles[edit]

Metacritic (MC) and GameRankings (GR) are aggregators of video game journalism reviews.

2009 games and expansions scoring at least 88/100 (MC) or 87.5% (GR)[27][28]
Game Publisher Release Date Platform MC score GR score
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Sony Computer Entertainment October 13, 2009 PlayStation 3 96/100 96.43%
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition Bethesda Softworks October 13, 2009 PlayStation 3 N/A 95.4%
LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition Sony Computer Entertainment September 8, 2009 PlayStation 3 N/A 94.57%
Street Fighter IV Capcom February 12, 2009 PlayStation 3 94/100 93.64%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Activision November 10, 2009 Xbox 360 94/100 93.57%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Activision November 10, 2009 PlayStation 3 94/100 93.42%
Street Fighter IV Capcom February 12, 2009 Xbox 360 93/100 93.23%
Braid Number None November 12, 2009 PlayStation 3 93/100 93.11%
Minecraft Mojang May 17, 2009 Microsoft Windows 93/100 92.79%
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Rockstar Games March 17, 2009 Nintendo DS 93/100 92.71%
Metroid Prime: Trilogy Nintendo August 24, 2009 Wii 91/100 92.35%
Batman: Arkham Asylum Eidos Interactive August 25, 2009 Xbox 360 92/100 92.34%
Forza Motorsport 3 Microsoft Game Studios October 27, 2009 Xbox 360 92/100 92.26%
Batman: Arkham Asylum Eidos Interactive August 25, 2009 PlayStation 3 91/100 92.07%
Batman: Arkham Asylum Eidos Interactive September 15, 2009 Microsoft Windows 91/100 91.79%
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City Rockstar Games October 29, 2009 Xbox 360 N/A 91.41%
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Nintendo February 11, 2009 Nintendo DS 90/100 91.01%
God of War Collection Sony Computer Entertainment November 17, 2009 PlayStation 3 91/100 90.78%
Assassin's Creed II Ubisoft November 17, 2009 PlayStation 3 91/100 90.71%
Dragon Age: Origins Electronic Arts November 3, 2009 Microsoft Windows 91/100 90.63%
Killzone 2 Sony Computer Entertainment February 26, 2009 PlayStation 3 91/100 90.56%
FIFA Soccer 10 EA Sports October 20, 2009 PlayStation 3 91/100 90.26%
Street Fighter IV Capcom July 2, 2009 Microsoft Windows 91/100 90.21%
Peggle PopCap Games November 19, 2009 PlayStation 3 91/100 89.3%
Wipeout HD Fury Sony Computer Entertainment July 23, 2009 PlayStation 3 89/100 90.8%
Persona 3 Portable Atlus November 1, 2009 PlayStation Portable 89/100[29] 90.77%[30]
Braid Number None April 10, 2009 Microsoft Windows 90/100 90.5%
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Rockstar Games October 20, 2009 PlayStation Portable 90/100 90.39%
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 Codemasters December 4, 2009 Microsoft Windows 89/100 90.29%
Assassin's Creed II Ubisoft November 17, 2009 Xbox 360 90/100 90.01%
Bayonetta Sega October 29, 2009 Xbox 360 90/100[29] 89.89%[30]
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned Rockstar Games February 17, 2009 Xbox 360 90/100 89.73%
MLB 09: The Show Sony Computer Entertainment March 3, 2009 PlayStation 3 90/100 89.6%
FIFA Soccer 10 EA Sports October 20, 2009 Xbox 360 90/100 88.98%
Empire: Total War Sega March 3, 2009 Microsoft Windows 90/100 88.87%
The Beatles: Rock Band MTV Games September 9, 2009 Wii 89/100 90%
The Beatles: Rock Band MTV Games September 9, 2009 Xbox 360 89/100 89.83%
Demon's Souls Sony Computer Entertainment February 5, 2009 PlayStation 3 89/100 89.72%
The Beatles: Rock Band MTV Games September 9, 2009 PlayStation 3 88/100 89.66%
Guitar Hero 5 Activision September 1, 2009 Wii 89/100 89.58%
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony Rockstar Games October 29, 2009 Xbox 360 89/100 89.43%
Peggle PopCap Games November 19, 2009 Xbox 360 89/100 89.33%
Shadow Complex Microsoft Game Studios August 19, 2009 Xbox 360 88/100 89.23%
NHL 10 EA Sports September 15, 2009 Xbox 360 88/100 89.14%
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 EA Sports June 8, 2009 Wii 88/100 89.11%
Left 4 Dead 2 Valve November 17, 2009 Xbox 360 89/100 89.05%
Left 4 Dead 2 Valve November 16, 2009 Microsoft Windows 89/100 88.26%
EVE Online: Special Edition Atari March 10, 2009 Microsoft Windows 88/100 88.33%
Plants vs. Zombies PopCap Games May 5, 2009 Microsoft Windows 87/100 88.32%
Football Manager 2010 Sega October 30, 2009 Microsoft Windows 87/100 88.2%
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Nintendo November 11, 2009 Wii 87/100 88.18%
Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box Electronic Arts February 5, 2009 Microsoft Windows 87/100 88.09%
Fight Night Round 4 EA Sports June 23, 2009 PlayStation 3 88/100 88%
NHL 10 EA Sports September 15, 2009 PlayStation 3 88/100 87.98%
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition LucasArts July 15, 2009 Xbox 360 88/100 87.73%
Pokémon SoulSilver Version Nintendo September 12, 2009 Nintendo DS 87/100[29] 88%[30]
Dragon Quest IX Square Enix July 11, 2009 Nintendo DS 87/100[29] 87.98%[30]
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Sony Computer Entertainment October 27, 2009 PlayStation 3 87/100 87.88%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Activision November 10, 2009 Microsoft Windows 86/100 87.84%
Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo September 12, 2009 Nintendo DS 87/100[29] 87.81%[30]
LittleBigPlanet Sony Computer Entertainment November 17, 2009 PlayStation Portable 87/100 87.7%
PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe Q-Games October 1, 2009 PlayStation Portable 86/100 87.64%

See also[edit]


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    • April–December – 14.98 million[2]
  2. ^ Wii Fit sales in 2009:
    • January–March – 4.21 million[1]
    • April–December – 4.38 million[2]
  3. ^ Mario Kart Wii sales in 2009:
    • January–March – 1.73 million[1]
    • April–December – 5.82 million[2]
  4. ^ Wii Play sales in 2009:
    • January–March – 2.07 million[1]
    • April–December – 3.73 million[2]


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