NPD Group: Top selling PC games for March

The NPD Group, the top game-industry research firm, released its list of the top 20 PC game titles this past week for the month of March. Unlike the previous months, World of Warcraft did not claim the top spot and the position was given to Creative Assembly's Empire: Total War. Empire: Total War outranked its closest non-Blizzard, non-EA competitor (Dawn of War II) by three positions.

The following are the top 20 PC games in the United States for the month of March. Rankings are calculated from the NPD Group's survey of retailers and does not include online sales or digitally distributed content.

1. Empire: Total War (Sega of America)
2. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Activision Blizzard)
3. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe (Electronic Arts)
4. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War II (THQ)
5. World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest (Activision Blizzard)
6. World Of Warcraft (Activision Blizzard)
7. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Expansion Pack (Electronic Arts)
8. Spore (Electronic Arts)
9. World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade (Activision Blizzard)
10. Mystery Case Files: Return To Ravenhearst (Activision Blizzard)
11. Command & Conquer: Red alert 3 (Electronic Arts)
12. Starcraft: Battle Chest (Activision Blizzard)
13. Fallout 3 (Bethesda Softworks)
14. Civilization IV (Take-Two)
15. Empire: Total War Collector's Ed (Sega of America)
16. The Sims 2 Pets Expansion Pack (Electronic Arts)
17. Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning (Electronic Arts)
18. The Sims 2 University Expansion Pack (Electronic Arts)
19. Call Of Duty: World At War (Activision Blizzard)
20. Diablo Battle Chest (Activision Blizzard)

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but it is not fair, many of this games can be found in the bargain bins and some packs cost less that indies games, for example you can buy starcraft battle chest for less that $15, it is $8 per game and two official guides.

Instead, Empire Total War cost around $50.

I've got all of the Blizzard games already and Sims 2 + University. (What's it doing in the top list again, it was the first Sims 2 expansion!)

Xerxes said,
As much as I love RA3, I'm surprised to see it on the list...considering the cold reception it got from fans.

I dont know why that happened ,the game was good.

Starcraft and Diablo in this list are the reason companies should aim to provide the quality blizzard provides. Obviously their respective incoming sequels help but still.

Sam Symons said,
It'll be a cold day in Hell when The Sims leaves the top selling PC games.

Seriously, how many copies are people buying. They must know they don't need to buy the game every time they play right? RIGHT?

Majesticmerc said,
Seriously, how many copies are people buying. They must know they don't need to buy the game every time they play right? RIGHT?

The same can be said for Diablo and World of Warcraft.

How can ppl still play Diablo 1??

Ksquare said,
How can ppl still play Diablo 1??

Little kids with crappy PCs their parents bought them for "school work" who've never played it before. I supposed adults with crappy PCs too, but there are fewer of those.