XBLA has been good to all of us this generation, and 2012 was its biggest year yet. But which games were the biggest and what kind of money are we talking. Well XBLA Fans has the details on the top 10:
- Minecraft – 4,997,000 units/$97,388,000
- Trials Evolution – 1,002,000 units/$14,298,000
- The Walking Dead – 2,615,000 units/$10,277,000
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 273,000/$3,973,000
- Castle Crashers – 252,000 units/$3,778,000
- Gotham City Impostors – 258,000 units/$3,698,000
- I Am Alive – 245,000 units/$3,609,000
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD – 226,000 units/$3,261,000
- Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – 206,000 units/$2,903,000
- Trials HD – 203,000/$2,799,000
Minecraft’s numbers continue to blow minds, and The Walking Dead’s sales are especially impressive when you consider that it is available on every other platform known to man, too. I don’t know if you knew this, but people apparently like Trials. So much so that 2009’s Trials HD still makes the list alongside the 2012 release of Evolution. That’s above critical hits like Fez, Mark of the Ninja, and Spelunky. “What does criticism matter?” asks the middle finger of I Am Alive and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. Finally though, 2008’s (!) Castle Crashers keeps on assuring The Behemoth that it can keep taking its time with Battle Block Theater.
I’d be surprised if 2013 has near the amount of revenue for XBLA as 2012 did as the downloadable space has more marketplace’s than ever, and almost all of them are friendlier for developers than Microsoft’s trend setting shop.