With the launch of thousands of highly engrossing video games, the last one decade has been phenomenal for the gaming industry. The decade witnessed the launch of many video-games that were sold in millions, making the gaming industry as one of fastest growing sector of the economy. According to a report by the PricewaterhouseCoopers, it is expected to become a $68.4 billion industry by 2012. It was equally aided by the rapid growth in the information technology-enabled world media that helped in making them a rage.
However, the driver behind the success of these games was their ability to keep the users hooked for hours, as you would read below. Here we are presenting you a list of some of the best selling video games of the last decade.
Games like tennis, Baseball, Golf, Bowling and Boxing were always considered to be outdoor events. But the Wii Sports makes it possible to play them with the help of a remote controller even while sitting in the living room. It gives the users flexibility to construct their own team players as well as the opponents in the form of Mii caricatures and control the game as they would like. Not only this, the easy to use interface of this highly popular game allows anyone to start playing at any point of time.
Much like the Wii Sports, the Wii Play allows the users to play fun games like shooting, billiards, air hockey, Mii matching game, cow-riding race, table tennis rally and tank battles with the help of a remote control. Success in these artificial games depend on the mental and physical reflexes of the player and is not just an idle game that you can play sitting back at home. However, the easy to use interface allows anyone to start playing.
Developed by Ninetendo EAD, this video game is a real-time artificial pet raising simulation exercise that could be played by everyone, irrespective of the age. This game was released in the year 2005 and became a hit among all the video game lovers, especially the pet lovers. It can be played in both the single player and multi-player mode.
New Super Mario Brothers
Launched in 2006 by the Nintendo, the New Super Mario Bros. video game is woven around the story of the protagonist Mario as he indulges into several fights to rescue the Princess Peach. This side-scrolling platform video game provides an engrossing interface to the players and keep them hooked for hours. The new game provides various power-ups to Mario to complete his quest that is spread over eight worlds. It was the first game launched by the Nintendo to be part of the main Mario series that begun in 2002 with super Mario Sunshine.
With over 25 million sales within the first few months of its launch, the Wii Fit is one of the most successful video game launched in the last decade. The reason for its success, perhaps, lie in its ability to aid an already health conscious generation of the world. It is a kind of brain training for the body that starts with a registration and creation of an artificial Mii persona of the user. The game then takes through basic body exercises and engages the user for achieving any chosen health objective over a period of time along with fun.
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
Launched in 2004, this action packed video game was one of the most fastest selling video game launched in the last decade. It sold over 20 million copies in the first year in the game crazy market like the UK and the US. The game is woven around a hypothetical story of San Andreas’ Carl Johnson who is forced to become a gangster to save his family in the 90s. The producers has reworked the design to make it a more riveting experience for the users as compared to the earlier Grand Theft Auto(GTA) series games. Not only this, it features one of the best soundtrack ever composed for a video game.
Pokemon series video games have ruled among the children ever since its launch. Launched in 2000, the new Pokemon Gold and Pokemon silver were the second generation of this series. Published by the Nintendo, this role-playing game was an instant hit among the children all over the the world. It featured more additions, including a new region called Johto, to the earlier version of the Pokemon series.
Launched in 2006 in Japan and in 2007 in other countries, the PokÃ©mon Diamond and Pearl were the fourth generation role-playing video game of the Pokemon series. The game is woven around the adventures of a boy Ash Ketchum from the town of Pallet as he moves through the Sinonh region and attempts to become a Pokemon master.
Mario Kart Wii
Launched in 2008 by Nintendo, the Mario kart Wii was the sixth edition of the popular Mario kart series. It is a racing video game that can be played with a remote control which supports the intuitive steering by the user. The new game has thoroughly integrated online modes, more number of courses, motorcycles instead of the go-karts provided in earlier versions and can be played by anyone. Also, this multi-player game features a new fun trick system.
Gran Turismo 3: A Spec
The Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec has been one of the best selling console game of the last decade. First launched in 2000-01, this racing game has continued to catch the imagination of all video game lovers. The format of this game include many racing events, championships, licensing tests and the players are expected to win all of them for a successful completion. The new version of the game allow the players to virtually drive almost 150 popular world cars and keep them engaged for a very long period of time.