November NPD results contain percentages, other numbers

Widespread stress reduction swept across the world's game consumers today after the release of the November 2010 NPD numbers, which have reassured enthusiasts that the state of the games industry can still be represented by a variety of figures, including percentages and dollar amounts.

Numbers about everything

The report reveals an 8% increase in software and hardware revenues compared to November 2009, which ends a seven month year-on-year drop, and indicates that the industry will probably continue to exist long enough to be compared to December's numbers, and perhaps even numbers from 2011.

Numbers about hardware

The Xbox 360 was the top-selling console of November, which is of huge relief to consumers who have desired validation of their Xbox 360 purchases, as well as to those who have been waiting for a chance to dismiss the statistic as irrelevant to their preference of console.

Above: "I don't really care about Kinect, so whatever," said a 17-year-old PS3 owner

The Nintendo DS, however, was the overall top-selling system of the month, which suggests that several months after Christmas, the phrase "No, I'm not getting you the new '3D one.' You said you wanted this one!" will shoot to the top of the stern parental remarks chart, which is released quarterly.

Numbers about software

In software, the NPD Group has revealed that some games sold better than others with the following list:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS; 8.4 million
2. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - Xbox 360, PS3
3. Just Dance 2 - Wii
4. Madden NFL 11  - Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP
5. Fable III - Xbox 360
6. Donkey Kong Country Returns  - Wii
7. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - PS3, 360, Wii, PC
8. Gran Turismo 5 - PS3
9. NBA 2K11 - Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP,PC
10. Wii Fit Plus  - Wii

Many consumers who have studied the numbers have pointed out what they say is a "surprising" correlation between the popularity of a game and its sales, and have expressed their concerns with comments such as, "WTF CoD sux," and, "lol just dance 2 rlly?!"

Above: Call of Duty: Black Ops is "not even that good," according to a 19-year-old computer science student. He added, "Minecraft is all I play now. Did you know it has over 600,000 purchases?"

Tensions among members of the game-playing community are expected to rise again during the lead-up to the next set of figures, which will be released around the same time next month, and should again assuage fears of a fact and figure drought.

[Source: Gamasutra]

Dec 9, 2010


  • GwaR - December 10, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    "Many consumers who have studied the numbers have pointed out what they say is a "surprising" correlation between the popularity of a game and its sales, and have expressed their concerns with comments such as, "WTF CoD sux," and, "lol just dance 2 rlly?!" - I almost got fired I was laughing so hard. Way to start my Friday. Love you GR!
  • oneshotfinch - December 10, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Tyler, do every news story like this. I lol'd hard at the Minecraft part.
  • ricono - December 10, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    Tyler you are amazing i was laughing so hard while i read this esapcialy, (ecspecially, enspecially, jeez i have no idea how to spelll that) when you talked about mincraft. can you please do a follow up to this in december.
  • Crabhand - December 10, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    I'm surprised Golden Sun: Dark Dawn wasn't anywhere on that list. I mean, it had an entire day to pull in more than 8.4 million sales, I wonder what went wrong.
  • DirkSteele1 - December 10, 2010 8:25 a.m.

    The people who care about these figures and use it to justify their allegiance to a particular console are the same breed that use to get beaten up at my school. Might as well be arguing in the playground about "my Dad being able to kick your dad's ass." Thank you for making me chuckle on a boring Friday morning.
  • Aletheon - December 10, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    I enjoyed gaming when nobody knew or cared about numbers.
  • garnsr - December 10, 2010 6:15 a.m.

    I'm watching Colbert right now, and the show and this article are bleeding into each other. Weird.
  • Jack_Burton - December 10, 2010 5 a.m.

    Fuck yeah that wide.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - December 10, 2010 4:18 a.m.

    Brilliant captions, Ty.
  • ninjaemperor - December 10, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    I love how "the onion" like this article is:)
  • KaiokenKid - December 10, 2010 3:51 a.m.

    Thank you Tyler for taking these things as seriously as they shoudl be. Althouhg Sales are important to a extent.
  • tbelz99 - December 10, 2010 3:29 a.m.

    Yay!!! numbers to start large arguments with all my friends. thank you my fellow tyler
  • Hydrohs - December 10, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    I've never had so much fun reading the NPD numbers. Numbers really can be fun!
  • Ensoul - December 10, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    Damn it I haven't bought any of the Top 10 sold, I am the fail. :(
  • juicenpancakes - December 10, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    Best news stories on the interwebs are right here at GR. Tyler, you are a sarcastic treasure.
  • Rapids16 - December 10, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    U shud be able to register to be a hardcore gamer and then Hav a separate npd for them
  • CountFenring - December 10, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    This computer science students sounds like a reputable source, please use him as a reference for any articles related to PBR or bands you haven't heard about.
  • MrDuracraft - December 10, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    Lol, loving the captions. And that things about the "stern parental remarks" seems like a really real thing.
  • Riche666 - December 10, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    Good job getting your creeper on. As if a name like lobsterhunt isn't creepy enough. Good article though, but the list with the numbers down the side was too confusing. Also it needs more pictures of guns and of girls with big boobs.
  • batmanboy11 - December 10, 2010 2:14 a.m.


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