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November NPD: Black Ops Reigns, Monthly Records Broken

The NPD numbers are in for November and only one guess which game topped the software list.

But the best news is that it turned out to be the best November on record; the NPD Group has reported a monthly earning total of $2.95 billion, which is a 9% increase in overall sales of non-PC hardware, software and accessories. The previous best November came in 2008, but we beat it by around $30 million last month, and the Nintendo DS and Call of Duty: Black Ops were a big part of that upswing.

The DS sold more than any other platform, coming in at 1.5 million units and although Sony didn't release hardware numbers for the PS3 or PSP, we know the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console hardware system for November. Accessories were up the highest, thanks to PlayStation Move and Kinect popularity; revenues in this category jumped 69% to $413.3 million. Software sales rose 4% to $1.46 billion and of course, we have to remember about that $650 million debut week for Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Black Ops, by the way, is now the 7th best selling video game in US history, coming in at 8.4 million retail units in the US. The blockbuster accounted for 1/4 - that's 25%, people - of all US software units sold in November. Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood came in second in the software category, and Gran Turismo 5 cracked into the Top 10 even though it was only available for one week at the end of the month.

And although we don't have hard figures from Sony, they did provide a few stats with their standard statement: firstly, PS3 hardware sales continue to increase month over month (up 112%), and secondly the PS3 had a 5% increase in year-to-date sales in November. Said Patrick Seybold, SCEA Sr. Director of Corporate Communications:

"This holiday season PlayStation celebrates, along with the video game industry, as NPD reports a 9% year over year industry increase in overall dollar sales. The early blockbuster success of PlayStation Move has undoubtedly helped to pave the way for us as we head into 2011. The library of hard core and social gamer titles currently on the store shelves (EyePet, Get Fit with Mel B, Gran Turismo 5, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, SingStar Dance) as well those to come (Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, LittleBigPlanet 2, Twisted Metal, Killzone 3) will only continue to solidify our place in the living room.

In fact, the strength of Move’s technology infrastructure in allowing our developers to make already released titles Move compatible, will help broaden the net of their existing PS3 titles, bringing them to life even further with PlayStation Move. We’re pleased that consumers continue to look to PlayStation for innovative and unique entertainment experiences. As we head into the new year, with almost every PlayStation Move sku in short supply and on allocation, I think we will continue to see a steady surge of positive growth for our home entertainment offerings simply because customers looking for strong product value, quality entertainment offerings, depth in gaming and content (original programming, NetFlix, Hulu Plus, NHL, MLB), will choose PlayStation."

Tags: npd, november npd, game industry, npd numbers

12/9/2010 9:46:55 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

Deleted User []
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 10:32:33 PM
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I'll say it:

Sony needs a $199 SKU. Now.

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Nynja
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 7:53:42 AM

Or even $249. Com'on Sony, make it happen.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 10:37:53 PM
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Sorry but it's all just blah blah blah now that we don't get numbers. And anyway, all news feels like blah after that Uncharted 3 reveal :)

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Qubex
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 10:51:41 PM

Absolutely World, we need to see those real numbers.

Hey World, I pick up my second PS3 tomorrow (Saturday), Gun Metal Grey limited edition fatty 40gigger - going to slap in a750gig drive in it.

My original fatty 60gigger has just had a 750gig drive inserted last week. I think for the rest of their lives now (at least the next 5 years), i should be ok for games, music and movies :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 10:56:02 PM

Yeah Qubex you'll be in great shape, if I ever fill my 500 gigger then its a Terabyte next.

I feel like a donkey though, I bragged to my BFF about the quality of Sony hardware, so he bought a PS3, then it crapped out and they sent him another one, and now that one is dying. And the Xbot who lives with him is laughing. AGH.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:53:53 AM

Hey guys, quick question. I put in a 500 gigger in my PS3, but the way it partitions the drive, it doesn't recognize all the space on it. I've also read of 1 TB folks getting ticked off because their PS3 only partitions about 480-ish Gigs to be usable.

Any way to get around that?

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Alienange
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 10:46:19 PM
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Living room? I think he means basement, but whatever.

Oh, and I love my new DSi XL. It looks like it's the biggest screen I'll get to play Dragon Quest on for quite some time.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 10:47:14 PM
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<<<<<because customers looking for strong product value, quality entertainment offerings, depth in gaming and content (original programming, NetFlix, Hulu Plus, NHL, MLB), will choose PlayStation.">>>>

Ha, the Sr. Director of Corporate Communications forgot to add "VuDu" too!

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:22:52 AM
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So what is the #1 best selling video game in US history?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:33:19 AM

Probably Super Mario Bros

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:09:11 AM
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Yo Killa,

FYI, after about an hour of searching, I still couldn't get a straight answer on US sales only.

But.....I was able to find these other international top sales lists,(just check the dates to make sure that they're close to covering current games)

International

(take your pick)
Best-Selling Video Games of All Time

http://gadgets.gunaxin.com/best-selling-video-games-of-all-time/8570

Or......

Top Twenty Five (25) Best Selling Video Games Of All Time

http://www.gunslot.com/blog/top-twenty-five-25-best-selling-video-games-all-time

List of best-selling video games for each console

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_video_games


List of best-selling game consoles

http://www.ask.com/wiki/List_of_best-selling_game_consoles

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:58:11 AM

Thanks for doing the research for me BikerSaint :)

I didn't see your comment before, much appreciated!

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Casual Friday
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 7:14:44 AM
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I've heard about the Move being in short supply, but has the PS3 itself been hard to find as well? What else would explain November's numbers?

Accroding to Bloomberg News via Gamasutra...
DS 1.5 million (down 11%)
360 1.37 million (up 68%)
Wii 1.27 million (up .8%)
PS3 .53 million (down 25%)
PSP ?

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:55:43 AM

PS3 has a 115% month over month INCREASE and a 5% INCREASE in comparison to last year's November sales. And that's just the US. Numbers are even better world-wide, I think.

Not sure where you're getting negative 25% from...

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Deleted User
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:10:24 AM

@Underdog15

That's what Bloomberg or whatever financial site said.

Again, it's time to create a $199 PS3 SKU. The Wii is about $199. We all know the 4 GB SKU of the 360 is their most popular model and it's $199. Sony's 160 GB SKU is the lowest one at $299. It's time to make a model with a small hard drive for 2011.

I hate these bots.

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Casual Friday
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:04:52 PM

@Underdog

The way I understand it Sony has not publicly released actual PS3 sales for November themselves. Sony's statement that uses the 115% & 5% numbers is worded in such a way that at first glance it appears that November was a good month.

The actual November sales numbers that I mentioned above can be found at multiple news outlets. In November 2009 Sony sold 710,000 PS3's, this year they only sold 530,000 which is where you get the 25% decrease.

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