ChartSpot: November 2009

God of War Collection makes appearance at bottom of Nintendo-dominated top 20 non-PC game chart; Modern Warfare 2 tops PC charts despite server controversy, Aion plummets.

Last Thursday, the NPD Group released its non-PC game-industry sales report for November. To the surprise of nobody, the top 10 list that accompanied it was led by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The Xbox 360 (4.2 million units) and PlayStation 3 (1.87 million) editions of the game came in first and second, followed by the month's other big debut, New Super Mario Bros. Wii (1.39 million). Assassin's Creed II, Left 4 Dead 2, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, Dragon Age: Origins, and Mario Kart Wii also made the top 10.

Four years after he first emerged, Kratos remains popular.

Now, NPD has released lists for November's top 20 non-PC and PC games at retail. On the former list, the only truly new entry was the PS3 version of EA and BioWare's heavily hyped fantasy role-playing game, Dragon Age: Origins, which laid claim to the 15th slot. In 17th place was God of War Collection, which contains the 2005 and 2007 PlayStation 2 action classics reformatted with upscaled HD graphics for the non-backward-compatible PS3.

The non-PC top 20 revealed that many October hits didn't have much staying power. Both the month's top-selling single product, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and the overall best-selling game, NBA 2K10, were nowhere to be found on the November chart. The Xbox 360 edition of the month's overall second-best-selling game, Borderlands, managed to hang on in 19th, just behind October's sixth-place finisher, Halo 3: ODST, originally released in September.

Nintendo's catalog titles continued to clean up in November.

Indeed, thanks to holiday shoppers looking for proven properties, the rest of the bottom half of the non-PC chart featured all previously released games. (NPD does not provide units for the bottom half of the top 20.) The glorified Wii Remote bundle, Wii Play, came in 11th nearly three years after its February 2007 release, followed by Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii, 12th), Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS, 14th), and Madden NFL 10 (360, 20th).

In 13th and 16th place were two mystery entries--the "Value Game Bundle 19.99" for the Wii and the "Value Game Bundle 14.99" for the DS. Though NPD had not identified which games the two packages contain as of press time, GameStop currently sells a $19.99 Wii game bundle that includes two titles from the now-defunct Midway Games: the minigame comp Game Party and the racer Cruis'n.

Over on the PC charts, Modern Warfare 2 was also the top-selling title, despite the controversy surrounding the fact that the game doesn't support dedicated servers. It was followed by Dragon Age: Origins, which GameSpot awarded a near-perfect 9.5 on the PC, versus 9.0 on the PS3 and 8.5 on the 360. The collector's edition of the long-in-development RPG finished in 14th place.

Dedicated server controversy? What dedicated server controversy?

In third was another new entry, the Sims 3: World Adventures expansion pack, which finished one slot ahead of chart fixture The Sims 3. In fifth was the month's other major PC debut, Valve Software's Left 4 Dead 2, which sold well at retail despite being distributed via its developer's Steam service. Steam sales are not counted in NPD's monthly rankings, and Valve does not release the service's unit sales figures to the public.

One game that showed next to no staying power was NCsoft's Aion. After finishing second in October, the massively multiplayer role-playing game barely made the top 20, landing in 18th place. By contrast, World of Warcraft has remained in the top 10 for almost the entire five years since its November 2004 release.

US GAME SALES - NOVEMBER 2009
RANK / LAST MONTH / TITLE / PLATFORM / PUBLISHER / RELEASE DATE / UNITS (top 10 only)
1 / ** / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / 360 / Activision / Nov-09 / 4,200,000
2 / ** / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / PS3 / Activision / Nov-09 / 1,870,000
3 / ** / New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Wii / Nintendo / Nov-09 / 1,390,000
4 / ** / Assassin's Creed II / 360 / Ubisoft / Nov-09 / 794,700
5 / ** / Left 4 Dead 2 / 360 / Electronic Arts / Nov-09 / 744,000
6 / 4 / Wii Sports Resort / Wii / Nintendo / Jul-09 / 720,200
7 / 2 / Wii Fit Plus / Wii / Nintendo / Oct-09 / 679,000
8 / ** / Assassin's Creed II / PS3 / Ubisoft / Nov-09 / 448,400
9 / ** / Dragon Age: Origins / 360 / Electronic Arts / Nov-09 / 362,100
10 / 20 / Mario Kart Wii (w/ wheel) / Wii / Nintendo / Apr-08 / 315,000
11 / ** / Wii Play (w/ Remote) / Wii / Nintendo / Feb-07
12 / ** / Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games / Wii / Sega / Oct-09
13 / ** / Value Game Bundle 19.99 / Wii / Various/ Sep-07
14 / 14 / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / DS / Nintendo / Sep-09
15 / ** / Dragon Age: Origins / PS3 / Electronic Arts / Nov-09
16 / ** / Value Game Bundle 14.99 / DS / Various / Oct-07
17 / ** / God of War Collection / PS3 / Sony / Nov-09
18 / 6 / Halo 3: ODST / 360 / Microsoft / Sep-09
19 / 3 / Borderlands / 360 / 2K Games / Oct-09
20 / 18 / Madden NFL 10 / 360 / Electronic Arts / Aug-09

US PC GAME SALES - NOVEMBER 2009
RANK / LAST MONTH / TITLE / PLATFORM / PUBLISHER
1 / ** / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision
2 / ** / Dragon Age: Origins / Electronic Arts
3 / ** / The Sims 3: World Adventures / Electronic Arts
4 / 1 / The Sims 3 / Electronic Arts
5 / ** / Left 4 Dead 2 / Electronic Arts
6 / 12 / World of Warcraft / Blizzard Entertainment
7 / 3 / Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy / Her Interactive
8 / 7 / Borderlands / 2K Games
9 / 4 / World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard Entertainment
10 / 10 / World of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard Entertainment
11 / 6 / The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / Electronic Arts
12 / 9 / IGT Slots: Texas Tea / Masque
13 / 5 / Mumbo Jumbo Assortment / Mumbo Jumbo
14 / ** / Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition / Electronic Arts
15 / ** / Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut Edition / Ubisoft
16 / ** / BioShock / 2K Games
17 / ** / Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft
18 / 2 / Aion / NCsoft
19 / 13 / Spore / Electronic Arts
20 / ** / The Sims 2 University Life Collection / Electronic Arts

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Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

S.T.O.P. "Physical" counting, counting as well, "Virtual", you stupid prehistoric humans. the present era, unlike the stone age. you compare the PC users, with a prehistoric fanboys.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

stupid consoles fanboy, viva PC platform :D

kbaily
kbaily

I'm just curious to see which game sells the most over time. MW2 or NSMBWii. It's one thing to make the top 20 one month. The true test comes if you stay on the chart for months on end. Which games did that? Mario Kart Wii, the first NSMB, Wii Fit, Wii Play and all the so called "hardcore" games fell off the chart after a month or so. The race begins to see which game has true staying power.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

No surprise the biggest PS3 exclusive of the year only stayed in the top 20 for one month. If you don't think that is important than you really have no idea how the world works. Cheers to Borderlands for making the Top 20 for the 2nd month in a row.

kamizuka
kamizuka

@thorsen-ink i understand but i was replaying to those who say : "do people really think this game can outsell modern warfare 2?? thi game wont even break 5 mil" that is from an real comment from a guy bashing FF13 not selling 5m . WM2 is a great game, i hate to see such people to use the sales of anything just to hate other great products that didnt sell much.

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

@kamizuka Because sales figures & rankings are hard facts in an industry where publishers try to spin everything. We're not trying to stoke anything, just reporting the winners and losers for the month. @jazilla @Tremblay343 Because it doesn't include steam sales (mentioned in article) NPD is super sensitive about PC sales numbers, so they only release PC rankings.

kamizuka
kamizuka

"You know, why do they keep doing these articles on sales figures" i think they want to feed the fanboy ego

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

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xgraderx
xgraderx

Wow,Uncharted 2 is going out the same way every other PS3 game does.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Look how high that Nancy Drew game is.

kamizuka
kamizuka

i just played and finished COD. first thing some of the 360 fanboys say that KZ2 have no story, but they said nothing about COD. the action is tight(awesome) lots of enemys easy to kill yet i didnt see a difference between the last 2. Hype can do wonders but

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

You know, why do they keep doing these articles on sales figures, when as a gamer, I could care less. They should keep these stupid stories to the business sites.

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

I honestly gotta say. Aion was the biggest MMORPG joke in history. I bought the collectors edition of the game thinking it was going to be the best one yet. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was quite possibly the worst waste of $75 I've ever spent in my life. Thanks alot NCsoft. I'll never buy another game from you again. Ever.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

....Also, when you have a game like Far Cry 2 still in the PC charts, I can't see how you can think PC game sales are very high.... If they were that high this game couldn't still get in the chart! I think when you get below the Top 6, you would be shocked at how low the sales numbers for the month are! I know the above makes me sound like a console fanboy, but I am actually a 20 year PC gamer who has never owned a console trying to get a serious debate started about the state of PC gaming!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Don't you find it interesting that console games get sales figures shown and PC games don't? I also find it interesting how many times it is assumed STEAM is selling millions of units when they have never given out sales figures - how does that work?! So on many levels PC gaming is now a bit of an enigma, and that cannot be good! :(

Tuco_Ramires
Tuco_Ramires

Well, Botland is not doing as well as expected... Why am I not surprised?

fatty5xl
fatty5xl

i can honestly say aion really was a big fail

kamizuka
kamizuka

GOWC didnt sell well because it was just selling the same 2 games with extra graphics. if i wanted to get GOW1/2 i could buy used for cheapar than 40 bucks. others want the GOW3 not rebuy the same 2 games again

Fz1994
Fz1994

I thought God Of war was gonna get better......oh welll

Fz1994
Fz1994

I thought God Of war was gonna get better......oh welll

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I'm kind of either speechless or dumbfounded on how low God of War Collection is on the charts. I really was expecting it to break into the bottom of the top 10.

gameking5000
gameking5000

@Inconnux Some people like the traditional way of buying games at retail, like me. And some don't trust the the security of the net with all this hacking possible. And if that's not enough you can view the Steam's "Top sellers" tab on the store page.

Revan_911
Revan_911

Glad to see Dragons Age is doing good.

phattgurl
phattgurl

dont give in. viva la resistance.

tomsteryeah
tomsteryeah

with the boycotting and stuff for MW2 PC, it's till on top... makes me feel i should buy one

Mantleman
Mantleman

So I guess PSP games don't even make it no the top thirty either.

Inconnux
Inconnux

Once again another complete crap chart for the PC. Why does Gamespot even bother reporting PC numbers? Walk into any video game store and good luck finding more than a half dozen PC games. Why? because almost everyone buys via digital downloads... Steam sales are FAR more relevant than these numbers posted... When it comes to the PC NPD numbers are a complete joke.

punksta99
punksta99

@XenoLair Strongly disagree. Distributors such as Steam are keeping the PC market very much alive, despite all the nay-say. We will probably see a drop in hard media, since it is not a necessity, but I believe overall sales will stay strong. That coupled with the fact that indie companies can have decent success with the multitudes of outlets in PC rather than the singular XNA, for example. Just my thoughts, so take with a grain of salt.

DanC1989
DanC1989

That's a monstrous difference between the two versions of COD!

mad0260
mad0260

if we knew the figures from steam, it would be all different. Dragon age definitely number one for PC because it is on steam.

jazilla
jazilla

@thorsen-ink: what are the sales numbers(in terms of units) for the PC version of MW2? It would be really interesting to hear how it fared versus the PC version of CoD:MW. I would love to hear if all that boycott ballyhoo from the fams actually showed up in the sales figures or if all of the boycotters broke down like heroin addicts to get some of the new stuff.

XenoLair
XenoLair

PC sales are going down... Its just a matter of time before all PC games are ports of 360 or PS3 developed games. If I was going to make a PC game it would be an RTS/TBS or an MMO, they are the only genres that can still dominate the PC market. Still I'm not bashing PC games, believe me but face reality and check PC and Console game sales for the 1st decade of the 21st century. Sooner or later we'll be seeing MMO's on consoles using USB keyboards and mouses (since mmo's are the holy grail of console games).

XEKazumi
XEKazumi

While not inherently good to see that MW2 topped console charts, it's not unexpected. Just keep feeding Activision money; they'll backstab you eventually, assuming Blizzard doesn't take them over first.

VectrexFanBoy
VectrexFanBoy

@ darkmask1991 farcry 2 was on sale black friday, for 5$. = ) i bought a copy

sequekhan
sequekhan

Bear in mind it's US sales only. Also, it's possible the unit figures for 10th and 20th are not much different.

Fed__X
Fed__X

I loved it. The single player campaign >over Modern Warfare 2's and the multi-player may not be as robust as MW2 but is just as good.

Fed__X
Fed__X

It's too bad Uncharted is probably the best game ever made. Set new standards and stuff.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

The more and more MMO's that come and go and WoW just keeps on going, the more you think devs would figure it out. Until WoW gets turned off, probably by its sequel, you can ignore getting a lasting piece of the MMO pie. and Uncharted lives up to it's name... uncharted.

GhoX
GhoX

The majority of L4D2 copies were sold over Steam, with all the 4-man bundles, pre-order promotions and whatnot going around. I'm rather surprised that it still manages to get a 5th place on PC sales with just its minute retail figure.

Gammet25
Gammet25

Sadly not many people in this world understands much about dedicated servers for Modern Warfare 2 on the pc so they just go and buy it anyway. such a shame

gnbfd
gnbfd

*sigh* You tried Uncharted 2. You tried...

topsemag55
topsemag55

Dragon Age might have topped the list if Digital Download sales were included. That is, if they are not, then they should be - they are still game sales. I don't believe they should ignore sales numbers from Steam and Impulse.

marshin7
marshin7

ppl say that uncharted is so much better than mw2 yet...

Aaron_Knuts1
Aaron_Knuts1

1 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / 360 / Activision / Nov-09 / 4,200,000, now would you look at that abd say that game sucks on xbox 360?

marshin7
marshin7

i might cry... Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy is in the top PC games!!

Nobri
Nobri

It's sad how no one is buying Uncharted 2...but I'm sure lots of random sales will come up after Christmas when people get their new consoles.

CoolKidX
CoolKidX

Good to see that Dragon Age Orgins is number 2 on PC sells, I mean its mostly a PC game then a console one.