In what can only be described as a monumental achievement for Activision and developer Treyarch, "Call of Duty: Black Ops" has claimed the prize of best-selling U.S. video game in history, according to the NPD Group.
The milestone was revealed by NPD analyst Anita Frazier who stated in the report:
Call of Duty: Black Ops was the best-selling game in February, retaining the top selling spot since launch in November. It has now become the best-selling game in history, topping Wii Play.
While we don't have a concrete sales number, VGChartz.com shows that "Wii Play" (which was popular for packing in a free WiiMote) has moved 28.13 units, meaning that "Black Ops" has eclipsed even that astronomical number. The NPD Group, which rigorously tracks retail sales of video games, just released their February report which showed "Black Ops" barely edging out "Wii Play" in total U.S. sales. While most would point to "Wii Sports" as the champion, it is excluded since the title is a pack-in and not technically a retail product.
Of course, it can be argued that Activision has an unfair advantage since the NPD counts each version of "Black Ops" as one entity, lumping in 360, PS3, PC, Wii and even DS versions of the game into a single sales report. Regardless, it's an incredible feat for the "Call of Duty" franchise. The multitude of developers working on "Modern Warfare 3" will certainly have some mammoth expectations.
The NPD Group releases video game sales data the second Thursday of each month.