The 2010 edition of the Develop 100 has named Nintendo as the most successful games developer in the world.
Put together by our sister magazine Develop and published in association with Deep Silver, the Develop 100 ranks the top studios in the world based on the sales of their games at retail in the UK. The list is formulated using ELSPA/GfK Chart-Track data for calendar year 2009.
Nintendo's Kyoto-based internal studio secured its position at the top thanks to a mix of evergreen hits like Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit, plus last year's big sellers New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Fit Plus.
Nintendo's cumulative software might beat out Infinity Ward, the studio behind last year's biggest selling game Modern Warfare 2 – the Activision-owned studio had to settle for second place. (for the full list, see below)
2010's edition of the Develop 100 did see several new entrants in the Top 10, including Foundation 9 – the US-headquartered studio network that owns Sheffield-based Sumo Digital – and Professor Layton developer Level-5.
A book including the full list, analysis and commentary is bundled with select reader codes of MCV this week, and the entire run of the May issue of Develop.
More details on the list, including a free digital edition and background info can be found at www.develop100.com.
DEVELOP 100 – THE TOP TEN (Revenues in brackets)
1. NINTENDO – 203.63m (Japan)
2. INFINITY WARD – 125.58m (USA)
3. EA CANADA – 100.99m (Canada)
4. UBISOFT MONTREAL – 59.71m (Canada)
5. FOUNDATION 9 – 36.83m (Various)
6. SEGA – 35.93m (Japan)
7. CAPCOM – 31.87m (Japan)
8. TREYARCH – 30.99m (USA)
9. YUKE'S – 30.06m (Japan)
10. LEVEL-5 – 29.14m (Japan)