Over at next-gen, they’ve compiled a list of the top-selling games for the past year, between March 1, 2007 and March 1, 2008. The numbers are for combined North American and Western European sales only.

These are all titles that sold high six or seven figures worth of units. While it’s good to know that some games are selling well, the sad part is the lack of RPGs on the list.

Only two (unless I missed something while scanning through) made the cut: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was #92, and Mass Effect clocked in at #34. That’s it.

There was a time when a list of top-selling games would have had a number of RPG titles. And here we see just a couple. Come to think of it, Neverwinter 2 isn’t there. Anyone recall the release date on that? My review posted in March of ’07, so it must have been around then, although I did wait for the 1.04 patch. Hmmm.

Anyway, if anything says “RPG decline”, that list does. It seems that only the independents are interested in making such games nowadays. It’s a shame there’s been such a dropoff in interest. Sigh.

Top 100 Sellers on next-gen

Top 10 Sellers on next-gen