The November 2011 NPD report is here
and while we expected it to be big (since approximately 700 games came out on
November 15 alone), we were curious to see how US consumers’ early holiday
spending would break down. Here’s how the software list went:
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
(360, PS3, WII, PC)
2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC)
3. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC)
5. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360)
6. Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2)
7. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3)
8. Saints Row: The Third (360, PS3, PC)
9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (WII)
10. Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, PC)
There’s so much to take from this
list. First off, we weren’t shocked at all to see MW3 and Skyrim in 1 and 2,
but to see Battlefield 3 remain so high in its second month shows that EA
succeeded in taking part of Call of Duty’s market share. This makes it the
best-selling Battlefield game ever, but it remains to be seen if BF3 will have
the staying power on the NPD list that Black Ops did. Assassin’s Creed in the
fourth spot is standard for the million-selling series, and the same is sadly
accurate for Just Dance. It's also worth noting that Just Dance 3's Wii version was the best selling game on Wii in the US this November, even better than Skyward Sword.
Madden is the oldest title on the
top ten and is a strong showing even for a series as big as that, while
Uncharted 3 did well if not spectacularly, though you should remember its
PS3-exclusivity limits its potential audience. Saints Row: The Third had a
credible debut, but we sort of expected the multiplatform release to beat
Uncharted 3. Elsewhere, the Zelda entry deserves a little explanation.
Nintendo’s PR was quick to highlight
its NPD success and gave us some hard numbers. They mentioned that Super Mario
3D Land sold 625,000 in the US during November, while Zelda sold 600,000. So
why isn’t Mario at 9 and Zelda at 10? According to Gamasutra
NPD didn’t count all the Mario copies packed in with 3DS systems.
But don’t think that means
the tenth entry for Batman means it was a sales failure for the month.
According to the NPD group Arkham City has nearly matched the lifetime sales of
Arkham Asylum in a little over a month. A similar situation happened with Elder
Scrolls, as Skyrim has nearly matched Oblivion’s total sales in a matter of
As for the hardware charts,
we know the ranks, but aren’t clear on all of the numbers.
360 - 1.7 Million
PS3 - ???
WII - 860k
3DS - 795k
DS - 350k
It looks like everyone was a winner
with hardware, though the 360 had an exceptionally huge November, as Microsoft
spokesman Major Nelson tweeted the sales success,
which is where we got the number. Nintendo revealed its hardware stats in the
same announcement as the Mario/Zelda sales, with strong showings for consoles
and handhelds. Sony hasn’t shared PS3 numbers, but they mentioned that it had
been an exceptionally great Black Friday for them as well.
So there you have it. If anyone asks you if
people bought videogames for the holidays, you can answer with a resounding “yes!”