Guitar Hero III is #1 in All-Time U.S. Sales

For some reason, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is getting all kinds of recognition right about now. Maybe it’s due to the fact that the media is reminiscing upon the “end” of the franchise, or maybe it’s just that the game was more successful than anyone could’ve ever imagined and it’s destined to haunt us forever.

Either way, after named “The Inhuman Achievement” the most frustrating Xbox achievement yesterday, the NPD is saying (through CNBC) that Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is currently sitting atop their list of the all-time best selling games in the United States.

The list of top ten NPD games was released yesterday, and while Activision had to smile seeing the Call of Duty franchise filling up three of those spots, the appearance of Guitar Hero III at the top spot had to be slightly bittersweet. They shouldn’t worry too much, however, as they do predict that Call of Duty: Black Ops will overtake Legends of Rock for the top spot in the near future.

So far, Legends of Rock has made $830.9 million through retail sales alone, with the overall number continuing to grow with people still purchasing DLC.

Also making an appearance on the list is the original Rock Band, which was released alongside Guitar Hero III at the peak of the music game genre’s popularity, but failed to reach Legends of Rock numbers due to brand recognition since Rock Band was a new IP at the time. The list also includes >gasp!< Guitar Hero World Tour at #7.

Here’s the full list, for those interested!

  1. Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  3. Wii Fit
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  5. Rock Band
  6. Wii Play (with Wii Remote)
  7. Guitar Hero: World Tour
  8. Wii Fit Plus
  9. Mario Kart (with wheel)
  10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
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18 Responses to Guitar Hero III is #1 in All-Time U.S. Sales

  1. Kyle says:

    I thought it was a piece of crap, and the singers mouth was as big as steven tylers mouth.

  2. It's-A-Me says:

    It’s not the best-selling game. That title still belongs to Black Ops. The list refered instead to gross revenue of the games, and in those terms, GH3 is number 1.

  3. Leonardo Storti says:

    GH3 was truly one of the best GH games ever achieved, they really did get the meaning of “Legends of Rock.” Because they did get Rock Legends in the game and every artist I have encountered in that game were legends. Metallica, Kiss, Aerosmith, Queens of the Stone Age, Iron Maiden, Gun’s N Roses, Red Hot Chilli peppers, Muse, Santana and etc…there is no doubt in my mind that it’s highest selling point was because of the setlist it truly was legendary not to mention the new revolutionary gameplay, battle system, graphics and difficulty.

    Sadly, they somehow lost that view with later GH games, though I have found alot of good ones in the later games, but it did not quite feel the same. Plus they started adding bands that most of us do not ever want to see for example: Nickleback, Papa Roach…well I’ll be honest those are the only ones that come up straight to my mind however I have encountered many others I just can’t remember their names. Where they truly suffered though was Band Hero, and people do not say World Tour because frankly World Tour had an awesome setlist I found a ton of bands in that game that truly kicked ass, but I guess I have no choice but to include World Tour because people hated it, I however loved it though. I put the blame on corporate greed and well, BH. GH is still a strong title even the other games they put out after GH3 (except BH) were great. They should have followed the RB way and just release DLC after DLC after DLC, people got tired of buying GH games that was your true ultimate failure, oversaturation. Because people think like this, “been there, done that.” You have to innovate keep the game fresh in order to get people to keep coming back not just releasing title after title. And then you end up firing your entire studio because it doesn’t sell well anymore, and closing GH for good, oh wait, you have already done that Activision…..

    • expertwinSH says:

      Band Hero wasn’t THAT bad.

    • DucksFAN says:

      Oh yeah, the wopping single Papa Roach song, and single Nickelback song really destroyed the franchise. Seriously dude, that is the dumbest thing you’ve said, and I agree with you most of the time. If anything, including those bands MORE could’ve helped sales because of their popularity.

    • Cactaur says:

      Like I said before, I believe it was basically the fact that they oversaturated the market in 2009 with six different games that really hurt the series. At that point you’re only competing with yourself.

  4. Game!Ov3r says:

    I do have to admit I never owned or played a guitar hero game until GH3, then I became addicted and still am today. I only picked it up because Toys R Us had a killer deal on the guitar/game combo for the Wii and it was the first of its kind for the system. Since then I have never missed a Guitar Hero release, but now I have moved on since the company made me and I am now a Rock Band guy. So in the end I have GH3 to thank for my over $3000 invested addiction in rhythm gameing.

  5. Maztuhmind says:

    it does help that the game was available for every fucking system known to man.

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  7. zomg bbq says:

    Leonardo, are you smoking something?

    Each to their own… But gh3 was awful. The reason it was so popular was because it was easier than gh2 and 1. People felt good playing it because it was more friendly to the user and recommended it to friends and family.

    The bands were good, song choice? Awful

    • Leonardo Storti says:

      Then you sir, have absolutely no taste in music because all of the songs were good, let me guess let me guess….you’re all about death metal right?…and no the game was not easier or friendly to the common user in fact, it was worse, it was WAAAY harder than the other GH games before it, that game required good reaction and it certainly had WAAAY more notes than any other GH game

    • non_zero says:

      Easier than GH2? GH3 set a new standard for frustrating impassible walls of difficulty.

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