XboxLiveArcade_BlackNow that the year 2012 has been set firmly in the books, the boys back at the lab have poured over the raw data to bring you the top arcade titles of the year. The figures, based on full versions sold, were tallied from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012, and made public thanks to Xbox Live’s Larry Hyrb.

No surprise to anyone was Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition topping the list this year. Having launched in May, the massive Minecraft community helped propel the title to well over 5 million downloads by year’s end. More impressively, the arcade adaptation outsold its robust PC cousin by nearly a million copies, securing Xbox Live Arcade as the fastest (legally) growing Minecraft community of 2012.

Trials Evolution rode into the second spot of the year’s most-purchased title on XBLA, and despite the staggering difference between first and second place, did very well for itself. Our Game of the YearThe Walking Dead wrapped up the third spot thanks to critical acclaim and its infectious word-of-mouth campaign. Pinball FX2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rounded out the top five, in that order.

Amazingly, the never-say-die mantra of Castle Crashers has proven itself again; moving the sixth most number of copies nearly half a decade after its initial release. Filling out the top 10, in order, are: Gotham City ImpostorsI Am AliveFruit Ninja Kinect, and finally, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD.

You can check out these titles in list form, along with the rest of the top 20, after the jump.

1. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

2. Trials Evolution

3. The Walking Dead

4. Pinball FX2

5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

6. Castle Crashers

7. Gotham City Impostors

8. I Am Alive

9. Fruit Ninja Kinect

10. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD

11. Trials HD

12. Magic 2013

13. Fez

14. Dungeon Defenders

15. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

16. Peggle

17. The Simpsons Arcade Game


19. Toy Soldiers: Cold War

20. Full House Poker 

Source: Major Nelson