According to Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment (or FADE), the Xbox Live Arcade doubled its revenue from 2011 to rake in 290 Million Dollars in 2012, which is a record for the service.
The big winner in 2012 was Minecraft 360 bringing in close to 5 million units sold for a grand total of 97,388,000 in sales. Even though Trials Evolution and Walking Dead (2nd and 3rd respectively,) did not get anywhere near the numbers that Minecraft did, they still did pretty well.
Trials Evolution brought 14 million dollars with just over a million units sold and Walking Dead brought in 10 million dollars with 2.6 million units sold and given away from all of its episodes released in 2012. Nothing else on the list gets close to these numbers, but I’ll go ahead and post it the entire top ten for your viewing pleasure.
Estimated Top Ten XBLA Titles in 2012, Ordered by Gross Revenues (According to FADE Research)
Minecraft (4J Studios) – 4,997,000 Units / $97,388,000
Trials Evolution (RedLynx, LTD) – 1,002,000 Units / $14,298,000
The Walking Dead (TellTale Games) – 2,615,000 Units / $10,277,000
Counterstrike: GO (Valve) – 273,000 Units / $3,973,000
Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) – 252,000 Units / $3,778,000
Gotham City Impostors (Monolith Productions) – 258,000 / $3,698,000
I Am Alive (Ubisoft) – 245,000 Units / $3,609,000
Tony Hawk’s PS HD (Robomodo) – 226,000 Units / $3,261,000
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Remedy Entertainment) – 206,000 Units / $2,903,000
Trials HD (RedLynx, LTD) – 203,000 / $2,799,000
Castle Crashers and Trials HD might be older games but that is great news that they are still selling well. So, it looks like Microsoft has more things to be happy about going into what seems to be a wide open 2013.