As usual, this past November saw the launches of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed games in recent memory. Nothing was going to top Call of Duty, of course; in fact, that mammoth franchise showed continued growth, with Modern Warfare 3 improving upon Black Ops' first-month sales by about 7%. But the month's top ten list of physical retail software sales, as tracked by the NPD Group from October 30 through November 26, does have some surprises in store.
Frazier points out that two other platform exclusives, Nintendo's Super Mario 3D Land (625,000 units sold) and Microsoft's Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, would have made the top ten if the list included only single-SKU sales. Here's the full list of software sales rankings:
The rest of the story isn't as bright, however. Hardware sales dropped by 9% to $982.4 million, and accessories came in at $273.8 million, a 34% decline -- not surprising, since it's tough to compare with the launch sales numbers of Kinect last year. This left the industry relatively flat overall: total US retail sales constituted $3 billion, up only 0.4% compared to 2010.
Game Industry Sales in November Essentially Flat at $3 Billion [IndustryGamers]
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