November has been a happening month, with the launch of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; releases of games like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and whatnot. The NPD November 2013 report is out and comes bearing good and bad tidings both.
For starters, PlayStation 4 was on top as far as the best selling console is concerned – looks like a week’s head start was enough. Xbox One managed to sell 909,132 in November in US while PlayStation 4 had sold nearly one million units in North America on day one alone.
At last count PlayStation 4 has sold 2.1 million units while Xbox One has manager 2 million worldwide – PlayStation 4 was released to EU, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil on November 29 , so these figures mostly include sales from North America.
The breakdown of the major aspects of the gaming industry was mostly positive. We saw an overall seven percent increase in the industry sales ($2.74 billion). The hardware sales skyrocketed as expected from the next generation launch and increased by 58 percent ($1.327 billion).
As it would have come with the hardware sales increase, the accessories category also saw a hike of 17 million ($327.4 million).
The downside was that even though we had top tier AAA games like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, the software category went down by a massive 24 percent ($1.1 billion) as compared to last year.
As far as Nintendo is concerned, the 3DS portable has taken a green turn all thanks to The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The hardware sales for 3DS went up by 15 percent.
Liam Callahan an NPD analyst has cited this month as the best November ever for the hardware sales. The launch of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 coupled with Nintendo 3DS’ positive sale figures, we see every name performing well.
The list of the best performing games was topped, as expected, by Call of Duty: Ghosts and closely followed by Battlefield 4 – as expected again. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag managed to retain the number three spot which is great while Madden NFL 25 rose up to number four.
Impressively, Grand Theft Auto 5 was the game rounding up the top 5. This is great because GTA 5 is the game released to the least number of consoles among the top 10 list.
Top 10 games according to the NPD November 2013 Report:
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, X360, XBO)
- Battlefield 4 (PC, PS#, PS4, X360, XBO)
- Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, X360, XBO)
- Madden NFL 25 (PS3, PS4, X360, XBO)
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3, X360)
- NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO)
- Skylanders Swap Force (3DS, PS3, PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360, XBO)
- Just Dance 2014 (PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, X360, XBO)
- Disney Infinity (3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360)
- FIFA 14 (PS3, PS4, Vita, X360, XBO)
Now do understand that the top selling games doesn’t really mean the best games, and these rankings are according to the best selling games. You might see a few games ranked out of place if you are a hardcore gamer but that is a different thing.
We have covered Nintendo and their games in a separate article, you might want to check that out too.