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 Dorkly.com 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!
- Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Wii Fit
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Rock Band
- Wii Play (with Wii Remote)
- Guitar Hero: World Tour
- Wii Fit Plus
- Mario Kart (with wheel)
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare