Top 10 Best Selling Video Games of January 2013 (USA)

The NPD Group have revealed the Top 10 highest selling Video Games sold in  America during 30th December 2012 and 2nd February 2013 (January period).  They are the following:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**

  2. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)

  3. Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U)

  4. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)**

  5. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)

  6. DMC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360)

  7. Halo 4 (360)**

  8. Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**

  9. Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)**

  10. FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP)

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

Liam Callahan, who works for NPD,  reflects upon the January period quoting

“With the exception of Capcom’s new Devil May Cry, January saw no major releases to speak of on the top ten, so 2012′s year-end hot sellers like Call of Duty and Far Cry 3 continued to top the charts. That said, new releases did fare a bit better than in past January periods.”

Some of the above figures may come as a surprise to many, with Just Dance 4 beating games such as Halo 4 and DMC, however it is important to take into account the release dates, target audiences and importantly sales of individual games being combined into groups by platform.  For those who love the game ‘Ni No Kuni’, this came close ranking at number 11 however it would have ranked number 7 if sales of individual games were not combined into groups by platform.


IGN (2013) NPD: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3 Top U.S. Sales Charts for January – IGN. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].

NPD (2013) Video Game Industry Market Research – Video Gaming Trend Analysis – [online] Available at: [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].


Snow Day, Missions and Gaming


It’s a snow day here in the United Kingdom.

The Met Office have issused a rare ‘Red’ weather warning for Wales,

‘Amber’ warning for East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, South West England, Wales, West Midlands and a

‘Yellow’ warning for Central, Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, East of England, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, London & South East England, North East England, North West England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, South West England, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber.

While we understand this does cause distributions for most civilians, here at PwnrsManual we love the snow.  Ever since I was a child I’ve loved waking up in the morning’s opening the curtains and seeing the whole garden completely covered in snow.  My sister and I would dash outside to make a snowman and have a snowball fight.  Then returning to a warm house, drinking hot chcolate and admiring our (what we thought then was perfect) snowman for days.

If, like I do, you love then snow then, like you do in gaming you have been presented with an opportunity to complete, not just one, but two missions, if you are feeling adventurous


  • Go outside and play in the snow, build forts, make snowman, have snowball fights, just make sure you have willing participants, or even go sledging if you are near hills,
  • Or, use this time to stay inside, treat yourself to your favourite hot drink (here, it’s a Caramel Mocha) and play your favourite video game, or perhaps the latest addition to your video game collection. While occasionally looking out of the window admiring the snow.

Even if you are not in the United Kingdom then why not still treat today as if it is a snow day and play your favourite game.  I know I will be spending half my day outside in the snow and half attempting to complete ‘Splinter Cell: Convicition’.  The mission has begun.


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